U19 World Cup: Mohammed Kaif resigns 'on paper' after India's defeat against Australia

Australia's victory marked the latest World Cup disappointment for India, who claimed a record 79 wins to lift the U-19 World Cup trophy.

Former Indian batsman Mohammad Kaif congratulated Australia for their victory against India in the ICC U-19 World Cup final at Benoni, confirming the Australian team's stellar performance both on the field and on the paper. Australia won their first U-19 title since 2010 and fourth overall by defending a target of 254 against India, ending their winless streak in the U-19 title clash against the Men in Blue.

Kaif highlighted the importance of the U19 level in nurturing future cricket stars, emphasizing the importance of learning from this tournament for the long-term development of players. Even though India lost, Kaif praised them for their commendable performance throughout the tournament.

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To summarize the final match, Australia took control early with their first two overs and an early wicket during India's chase. Key wickets of Mahli Beardman, including Indian captain Uday Sahara, defined Australia's dominant performance.

Australia's bowlers, led by Beardman and supported by Raf MacMillan and Calium Vidler, played a crucial role in restricting India to 174 runs. Earlier, Australia's decision to bat first proved fruitful as contributions from Harjas Singh, Hugh Weibgen and Oliver Peake took them to a total of 254 in the competition.

In the end, Australia's victory meant another World Cup upset for India, who won 79 and lifted the U19 World Cup trophy.

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