Under-19 World Cup: For Virat Kohli and his fans, the former captain of the Indian team and one of the best batsmen in the world, today i.e. March 2 has a special significance. Under the captaincy of Virat, India lifted the Under-19 World Cup trophy in the year 2008 on this day. In this junior tournament played in Malaysia, the Indian team, who came to play under the leadership of Virat Kohli, defeated South Africa by 12 runs (Duckworth Lewis) in the final and won this trophy for the second time. The match was played at the Kinara Academy Oval in Kuala Lumpur.
Many talented players were included in the team
Apart from Kohli, there were many such players in that winning team. They came forward and made a lot of noise for the Indian team in senior cricket as well. It includes names like star all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, Manish Pandey, Saurabh Tiwari, and Siddharth Kaul. This trophy won under the captaincy of Virat was the second Under-19 World Cup trophy. Before that, in the year 2000, under his captaincy, Mohammad Kaif made Team India the champion for the first time. Since Virat’s BAAD, the Indian youth team has won 3 more captain Unmukt Chand (2012), Prithvi Sau (2018), and Yash Dhul (2022) trophies. Today is not only a special day for Virat, but after 2 days there is going to be another special day for him. Actually, the Indian team is currently preparing to play the Test series against Sri Lanka. The first match of the series will be played in Mohali from March 4. King Kohli is also making a comeback in the first Test after taking a rest in the T20I series.
The young Indian team won the exciting match
Talking about that final match with South Africa on this day in the year 2008, batting first, the Indian team was reduced to only 159 runs. Tanmay Srivastava played the highest innings of 42 runs. He was also selected as the Player of the Tournament that year. Virat was able to score only 19 runs in 34 balls. The entire team of India was all out in 45.4 overs. The South African team was given a target of 116 runs in 25 overs on the basis of Duckworth Lewis. In reply, South Africa’s team could reach only 103 runs for 8 wickets. Ajitesh Argal took 2 wickets for just 7 runs in 5 overs, for which he was also named man of the match. Jadeja and Siddharth Kaul also took 2-2 wickets while Iqbal Abdullah had 1 wicket in his account.