The story of Indian dominance had no end and resulted in a record fourth Under-19 World Cup title, as they defeated Australia by eight wickets in the final at Bay Oval in Tauranga on Saturday (February 3).
The track at the Bay Oval had grass covering on it and with the wind blowing across the ground, the Indian bowlers made it hard for Australian batsmen to score runs freely.
It wasn't something they were used to, but they responded superbly between India, crucially grabbing the impetus in the final overs as Australia lost their final six wickets for the addition of just 33 runs.
Australia have battled through to set India a 217-run target to win the Under-19 Cricket World Cup final in New Zealand.
India U19 Cricket team pose for a selfie after defeating Australia in the final of the U19 Cricket World Cup. Australia's batsmen haven't been as menacing but Jack Edwards and skipper Sangha will hold the key in their top three.
As the boys lift the cup, the entire cricket fraternity is in awe of the team and their coach Rahul Dravid.
Under Dravid, the side had finished runner-up in the 2016 edition in Bangladesh. Pakistan cricketer Khalid Latif occupies the third spot in the list of youngest captains to win the U19 World Cup, as he achieved the title in 2004 at the age of 18 years, 122 days.
The gulf between them and other teams was clearly evident. He ended the tournament as the second highest rungetter for India (252 runs), behind vice-captain Shubman Gill (372 runs).
Manjot Kalra strong innings against Australia gave India a strong support and smashed Australia by 8 wickets. Kalra was announced as the Man of the Match too, for his match-winning performance. With Harvik Desai joining in the middle, Manjot kept on playing his shots before reaching the three-figure mark. Desai hit the winning boundary, sending the team members and the packed crowd into frenzy.
Earlier, Jonathan Merlo (76, 102b, 7×4) played a solid knock before India's left-arm spin duo of Shiva Singh (2/36) and Anukul Roy (2/32) created a web of deceit to derail the Aussies. Aussie bowlers had to toil hard to pick India wickets as Indian batsmen chased down the target easily.
A lot was expected from Shubman Gill after his big scores in the Ranji Trophy and on India's U-19 tour to England a year ago. He drove through the line beautifully in languid style, and even went aerial, hitting the long ball down the ground.
First, though, they must beat an Indian side who have won each of their five matches by 10 wickets or at least 100 runs - including their tournament opener against Australia. India's Ishan Porel, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Shiva Singh and Anukul Roy took two wickets each while Shivam Mavi took one.