Today, March 2 is very special for Virat Kohli and his fans, who are among the best batsmen in the world. On March 2, 2009, India became the Under-19 World Cup champion under Virat’s captaincy.
India won the Under-19 World Cup title on 2 March 2008 under the leadership of young Virat Kohli in Malaysia. In the final of the tournament, the Indian team defeated South Africa by 12 runs (Duckworth Lewis). The match was played at Kinnara Academy Oval in Kuala Lumpur.
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Apart from Kohli, there were many players in that winning team who later played for the senior Indian team. It includes names like all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, Manish Pandey, Saurabh Tiwari and Siddharth Kaul.
This was the second time India won the Under 19 Cricket World Cup. Prior to this, India became the Under-19 World Cup champions in 2000 under the captaincy of Mohammad Kaif. Apart from this, the Indian team also won the Under-19 World Cup under the captaincy of Unmukt Chand (2012), Prithvi Shaw (2018).
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Indian team was reduced to 159 runs
The Indian team was reduced to 159 runs in the final match. Tanmay Srivastava, the then Player of the Series, scored the highest 46 runs. Virat smashed 19 runs off 34 balls with the help of a six. The Indian team could score 159 runs in 45.4 overs. Based on Duckworth Louis, the South African team got a target of 116 runs in 25 overs but managed to score 103 runs for 8 wickets. Man of the match Ajitesh Argal took 2 wickets for just 7 runs in 5 overs. Jadeja and Siddharth Kaul also picked up 2-2 wickets, while Iqbal Abdullah got one wicket.