5 Indian Captains Who Have Won The Under-19 Cricket World Cups
While the leader has the last say, decisions are frequently made in a team effort. When India secured its fifth trophy by defeating England by four wickets in 2022, it had already established itself as the most successful team in the history of the U-19 World Cup. Under the leadership of Mohammad Kaif, India earned the first title in 2000.
Here are all the captains of the U-19 Indian cricket teams, who successfully lead the squads to win the ICC U-19 World Cups in the past.
While no one could match Yuvraj Singh success in his early days, however Mohammad Kaif's under-19 squad was the first Indian team to win the ICC Under-19 World Cup in 2000. The event was held in Sri Lanka, where the team earned its first title under Mohammad Kaif's leadership. Team India got success in all of their matches before defeating Sri Lanka in the finale. India won by six wickets against Sri Lanka, and Yuvraj Singh was awarded the player of the tournament.
Former Indian captain Virat Kohli is a fabulous cricketer and once-in-a-generation player. India got its second shot to secure the World Cup title in 2008 and Virat did not squander it.
In a rain-shortened final in Malaysia, India won their 2nd ICC U-19 World Cup since Kaif and his teammates achieved the feat in 2000. India's victory was met with frenzied jubilation that day. In 2008, Virat Kohli captained India to their second U-19 World Cup triumph by defeating South Africa in the final. He rose to prominence almost overnight. In the same year, he was also offered an IPL contract.
After Virat Kohli, another Delhi player, Unmukt Chand took India to the U19 World Cup triumph in 2012. Sandeep Sharma's 4-wicket haul reduced Australia's total to 225/8. While it is not a big total, the expectations of competing in the grand finals have caused several teams to crumble. Not so for India, who dominated the Australian assault with a spotless 111-run chase off 130 balls to win the U-19 World Cup for the 3rd time in 2012. Unmukt Chand's attitude and stroke-making were so impressive that former Australian captain Ian Chappell waxed eloquently about him, even encouraging the Indian cricket team selection committee to accelerate him into the senior national squad.
The Mumbai player Prithvi Shaw had already created a name for himself in domestic cricket by amassing a large number of runs in age-group games. He made his debut in Mumbai before leading the Indian cricket team in the U19 World Cup in 2018. He was India's most talked-about cricketer as the squad left for the World Cup in New Zealand and he didn't disappoint everyone's expectations by winning the 4th U-19 World Cup trophy for India.
Yash Dhull is the most recent Indian captain to win the 2022 ICC U-19 World Cup in Antigua after defeating England by four wickets. It was India's record-breaking fifth World Cup title, and the team went undefeated throughout the competition to write a history. The India U-19 captain is a middle-order batsman from Delhi, because of his highly regarded abilities, he was chosen as the captain of the squad. After missing two league matches due to a Covid-19 outbreak, he showed his exceptional skills by playing 3 key knocks back-to-back.