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India captain Uday Saharan speaks to his side in the huddle against South Africa in the semifinal at Willowmoore Park in Benoni. (ICC Media Zone)

Avengers Assemble: ‘Ahead of World Cup final, U19 captain Uday Saharan told whole team, ‘We can’t lose to Australia again’

When the WhatsApp group of the current India U-19 group was created, most of the talk was regarding India’s ODI World Cup final loss to Australia. The group was formed on November 24, five days after the Ahmedabad heartbreak.

Sanjay Dhas, father of Sachin, who starred in the the semis with 96 against the best pace attack of the tournament, describes how the yellow brigade looms large on their legend. “Most talk was about how Australia have always dominated India in the big tournaments. We lost the World Test Championship (WTC) final and then the ODI World Cup final. I have watched the highlights of the 2003 World Cup final so many times with my son. He knows how important it is to beat Australia. I have told him there is no bigger pride than beating Australia in the final. Australians are tough and you guys will have to beat them at their own game,” Sanjay says.

“Each one of them are ready for this match. They want to beat Australia in the final. While going to the hotel after the Pakistan vs Australia tie, captain Uday Saharan, told everyone ‘We can’t lose to them again,’” shares Sanjay. (READ MORE)