India won a record 5th ICC U-19 World Cup title by defeating England in the final of the 2022 edition of the tournament at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in North Sound, Antigua on Saturday, February 5. Yash Dhul’s men ended with an unbeaten run in the West Indies, once again showing the power of the assembly line of India’s next generation of cricketers on the world stage.
India crossed the finish line with 4 wickets and 14 balls to spare, making light work of the target of 190 runs. All-rounder Raj Bawa was the star of the day for India as he took 5 wickets and smashed 35 runs with the bat in a scintillating performance in the ICC U-19 World Cup 2022 big final.
India reiterated their position as the most successful team by winning the title for the 5th time in the U19 World Cup. Yash Dhul follows an illustrious list of captains – Mohammad Kaif (2000), Virat Kohli (2008), Unmukt Chand (2012), Prithvi Shaw (2018) – who have tasted success at showpiece events in the past.
Raj Bawa, became the first India bowler to pick up a 5-wicket haul in the final of a men’s ICC tournament as his fiery spells helped India restrict England to 189 in 44.5 overs despite winning the toss and opting to bat on a good batting pitch in North Sound.
Ravi Kumar, who is likely to be part of the Bengal Ranji Trophy squad, shone with the new ball, removing in-form opener Jacob Bethel and Captain Tom Perst in his first two overs. England struggled to recover from the setback as they lost wickets at regular intervals.
Nishant Sindhu, who led India when captain Yash was out with Covid-19, was unbeaten on 50 as he helped India get past the finish line despite England struggling with late wickets.
Vice-captain Sheikh Rashid and Captain Dhul made significant contributions in the middle overs. Rashid hit his second half-century to write a good comeback story after his dreams were dashed due to Covid-19 earlier in the tournament.
Despite Covid-19 pandemic hurting their preparations and leading to an apparent lack of hype about the team, unlike the previous editions, Yash Dhull’s men shone brightly in the Caribbean, taking the first step towards having a chance at establishing a career at the highest level.