India skipper Priyam Garg was gutted but he acknowledged that it was a poor day with the bat and they would have needed a total of 210-220 to make a match of it. Garg also termed the 3-wicket U-19 World Cup final defeat to Bangladesh as “it not being their day”.
India were bowled out for a paltry 177 but had Bangladesh in trouble with leg-spinner Ravi Bishnoi bowling a superb spell riddled with googlies to reduce them to 102/6 at one stage.
However, Bangladesh defeated India by three wickets (DLS method) in a thrilling U19 World Cup final to lift their first U19 World Cup title at Senwes Park on Sunday.
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“It’s a bad day, but our boys fought really well. Even with such a low total, we made it difficult for them, and I would like to thank my team for that.
“The biggest factor was the toss because the wicket was a bit damp. We had a good start, and we should have got to at least 210-220. That would have been a much better score.”
While the bowlers bowled more than 20 plus wides and no-balls, Priyam doesn’t think it could have been much different. “I don’t think we could have done much differently. For 178, we responded really well, and we lost this because we didn’t bat well enough. That’s about it. We enjoyed the World Cup. We played a series here too, and this was enjoyable too.
Akbar remained not out on 43 off 77 balls (4×4, 1×6) and showed nerves of steel at his young age with Rakibul Hossain (9 not out) who hit the winning runs to break into emotional celebrations.
India’s cricketing battles with Bangladesh have been filled with acrimony since the 2015 World Cup quarter-final at the MCG and it had only amplified with the kind of boorish behavior that some of the Bangladeshi players displayed.