As India prepares for the World Cup final, U-19 captain Uday Saharan addressed his team in a huddle against South Africa at Willowmoore Park in Benoni. During the semifinal match, the conversation among the team revolved around India’s ODI World Cup loss to Australia.
When the WhatsApp group for the current India U-19 squad was created on November 24, just five days after their heartbreaking loss in Ahmedabad, most of the discussion focused on their ODI World Cup defeat to Australia.
Sanjay Dhas, father of Sachin, who played a pivotal role in the semis with 96 runs against Australia’s best pace attack of the tournament, reflected on the dominance of yellow brigade over their legend. “The majority of conversations centered around how Australia has always dominated India in big tournaments,” he said. “We lost both the World Test Championship (WTC) and ODI World Cup.”
He emphasized that beating Australia was crucial to boosting team morale and creating pride among Indian fans. “Beating them at their own game is essential,” he said. “Each one of them is ready for this match.”
Sanjay recalled a moment when Uday Saharan addressed everyone during their journey from Pakistan vs Australia tie as they were heading towards their hotel saying, “We can’t lose to them again.”