Unmukt Chand’s century in final of ninth edition of ICC U-19 World Cup helps India win its third title
The ninth edition of the ICC Under-19 World Cup was among the toughest ones, with every team being beaten at least once in the tournament. Like in the past, the 2012 edition also featured a number of players who would become international stars including Quinton de Kock from from South Africa, Kraigg Brathwaite from West Indies, George Dockrell and Graeme McCarter from Ireland, Ehsan Adil from Pakistan, Anamul Haque from Bangladesh and Ashton Agar from Australia.
Unmukt Chand, the Indian captain who hit a century in the final, and Baba Aparajith, the batting allrounder, were among India’s breakout stars, and though neither has earned international stripes yet, they have both had some notable domestic performances to their credit. Chand’s unbeaten 111 in the final was among the best innings of the tournament, giving India a six-wicket win over Australia, the defending champion.
India also tied with Australia for the most number of U-19 ICC World Cup wins, with three each.
The performance of William Bosisto, the Australia captain, was also one of the highlights of the tournament. Bosisto hit 276 runs in six innings, and bowlers found his defences almost impregnable. Bosisto was dismissed just once, ending with an incredible average of 276 in the tournament.