Uday Saharan Laments Rash Shots From India: We Didn't Spend Enough Time In The Middle
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- India lost opener Kulkarni in the third over of the chase.
- They came into the final with an unblemished record in the tournament.
- Saharan said that he has learnt a lot throughout the tournament.
India's U19 team captain Uday Saharan lamented rash shots from his side's batters during the final of the U19 World Cup, saying that they didn't spend enough time in the middle. Australia, after electing to bat, rode on Harjas Singh's half-century and a useful cameo in the death by Oliver Peake to post 253/8 from their 50 overs.
Australia's score was the highest total ever registered in the final of an U19 World Cup and India's trials to chase down the big target never took flight. They lost opener Arshin Kulkarni in the third over of India's innings before they slipped to 68/4, with both Saharan and Sachin Dhas gone.
Kulkarni's fellow opener Adarsh Singh and Murugan Abhishek showed some fight but the Australian pacers never let them get their noses ahead in the game.
"It was fine. We played a few shots and couldn't spend some time on the surface. We were prepared for it but we couldn't execute well. That is where we went wrong," Saharan said at the post-match presentation.
The Indian captain said that he was proud of how his team went about all through the tournament.
"It was great, I am very proud of the boys, they played very well. The entire team, from the start to the end showed fighting spirit. They played very well and I am proud of them," Saharan said.
The Indian captain said that he has learnt a lot throughout the U19 World Cup and just wants to take these learnings as he moves forward in his career.
"There have been a lot of learnings, right from the start to now. I have learnt a lot from the staff and even during the match, have learnt so much. I just want to take all the learnings from this tournament and move forward in my career," Saharan said.
The Indian captain represents Punjab in domestic cricket and he would be looking forward to take the field for his team soon.