The 2024 Under-19 World Cup is moving towards its culmination with one team, India, already in the finals. This edition has given multiple young stars who will be the heartthrob of the next generation of cricket fans. As we move towards the summit clash let’s rewind and take a look at the most successful teams in the history of the Under-19 World Cup.
The Indian team has certainly been the most dominant force in the history of the Under-19 World Cup with 5 titles to their name. The story of their glory started in 2000 when India won their first-ever Under-19 World Cup trophy under the leadership of Mohammad Kaif.
Their subsequent victories were in 2008 when Virat Kohli became a household name, in 2012, 2018, and 2022. This tournament has proved to be very rewarding for India as the Men in Blue have found a lot of promising players through this tournament including some of the biggest stars like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh, and Shikhar Dhawan.
The Kangaroos not featuring in the list of most successful teams in a multilateral tournament is simply impossible. The Kangaroos have won the Under-19 World Cup three times with the most recent victory in 2010. They won the first-ever edition of this tournament in 1988 and had to wait for fourteen years to add another trophy to their cabinet.
In 2010, Mitchell Marsh led the Australian team to their third Under-19 World Cup title. The fourth title might be in the pipeline with the Australian team playing in the semi-finals of the ongoing tournament.
Pakistan is the third-most successful team in this tournament with a couple of titles to their name. They won the tournament consecutively in 2004 and 2006. The victory in 2006 was even more special for Pakistan as they defeated arch-rivals India in the final.
Former Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed was leading that side. Can Pakistan replicate the success this time around? Well, they surely have an opportunity as they will be playing in the semi-final against Australia with the summit clash against India just one step away.
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