Under-19 World Cup: Uttar Pradesh batsman Priyam Garg will lead India in the Under-19 World Cup in South Africa, starting from January 17 to February 9. The defending champions will be eyeing to lift the title for the fifth time. India are the most successful team, claiming the trophy four times in the past 12 editions. Australia have lifted the title thrice, followed by Pakistan and England (each twice), South Africa and West Indies (each once). India have qualified for the finals for six times, winning four and losing two.
The defending champions will play their opening game against Sri Lanka on January 19, 2020. Notably, India won their first Under-19 World Cup in 2000, defeating Sri Lanka, the team which has so far failed to win the title. The Asian side had been struggling across the past 12th editions and never make it to the top two baring 2000.
Let’s have a look at India’s past four Under-19 World Cup titles:
2000: India won their maiden Under-19 World Cup against Sri Lanka, defeating hosts by six wickets. India chased 178/4 in 40.4 overs. Yuvraj Singh and Mohammad Kaif were part of the winning team.
2008: Virat Kohli-led India brought home Under-19 World Cup trophy from hosting nation Malayasia, outclassing South Africa by 12 runs. This was the seventh edition of the trophy. India had also made it to the finals of the 2006 World Cup but lost at the hands of Pakistan by 38 runs.
2012: India won the third Under-19 World Cup in 2012, thrashing defending champions Australia by six wickets. The final was played in Townsville, Australia.
2018: India won the fourth World Cup title in 2018, becoming the most successful team to win the title four times. The young Indian side defeated Australia by eight wickets in South Africa. India comfortably chased 216/2 with 67 balls to spare.