New Delhi: India U-19 thrashed Australia in the final of the ICC U-19 World Cup 2018 to win a record fourth title at the Bay Oval in Tauranga on Saturday. With this win, India became the most successful side in the tournament’s history as they now have four U-19 World Cup in their trophy cabinet. Also Read - On This Day: Sachin Tendulkar Scales Mount 10000 in ODIs
After the bowlers shined and sent Australia packing for a paltry 217 in the 50-over game, the boys in blue needed a similar sort of inspiration from the batting department. Prithvi Shaw and Shubman Gill had already made it to headlines after thrashing the opponents with their batting prowess throughout the tournament, but both of them failed to impress in the final. Also Read - When Maxi Ran Out Dhoni, We Knew It Was Our Game: James Faulkner Remembers 2015 World Cup Semifinal Against India
Manjot Kalra grabbed the opportunity with both the hands to steal the show with the bat. The southpaw, who came out to open for India, remained till the end and took the Rahul Dravid-coached team to the title. Kalra thrashed an unbeaten century which included eight boundaries and three sixes to score 101 runs off 102 balls at a strike rate of 99.02. Kalra dominated Australia throughout the chase to make the summit clash one-sided as India won the game comfortably by eight wickets with more than 10 overs left. Also Read - This Day That Year: Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina Knock Australia Out of World Cup
A Brief Biodata of Manjot Kalra.
# Manjot Kalra was born on January 15, 1999, in Delhi and he started playing cricket at the age of seven.
# The batsman started his professional cricket career by representing Delhi in the Under-16 level and then he represented the Delhi at Under-19 level.
# Kalra attracted limelight in 2016-17 during the Cooch Behar Trophy by scoring 742 runs in the 9 games helping Delhi to reach final of the tournament.
#The southpaw made his youth One-Day International (ODI) debut at the age of 18, in February 2017, against the visiting England under-19 side. However, he failed to make it to the playing XI and was only selected for Test Squad, where he batted at number 4 and 122 off 117 balls in the first innings of the first game.
# In the recently concluded IPL 2018 Auction, Kalra was bought by Delhi Daredevils for Rs 20 lakh.
# This was the second time Manjot performed brilliantly against the might Australia as in India’s opening match of the tournament, he scored gritty 86 runs against the same opponent and was involved in a 180 runs partnership with the India U-19 skipper Prithvi Shaw.
Interestingly, Manjot’s elder brother Hitesh Kalra also plays cricket and is an all-rounder, who has represented Delhi at Under-19 level.