The U19 World Cup winners list has 7 teams featuring thus far. The inaugural edition of the tournament took place back in 1988. The second edition was staged 10 years later in 1998. Since then, the mega event happens every 2 years.
Australia won the inaugural edition back in 1988 and have won the title 3 times thus far. India happens to be the most successful team in the history of the tournament, having gotten their hands on the title as many as five times.
Mohammad Kaif, Virat Kohli, Prithvi Shaw, Unmukt Chand and Yash Dhull helped India attain glory in the U19 World Cup. It remains to be seen if Uday Saharan can join the elite list of India U19 captains as his team is only one win short of lifting the trophy. .
Pakistan is the only team to have won the title in successive seasons. South Africa, Bangladesh and West Indies have won the event one time each.
In the article, let us look at the U19 World Cup winners over the years
Australia was the first to register their name in the list of U19 World Cup winners. Australia, captained by Geoff Parker, finished on top of the table with 12 points thanks to wins in 6 out of 7 matches. In the semi-final, Australia beat England by 2 wickets after chasing down 204.
In the final, Australia defeated Pakistan by 5 wickets after chasing down a target of 202 with 25 balls left in their innings. Brett Williams won the Player of the Match award for scoring 108 runs off 134 balls under pressure.
1998 – England
England made their entry in the list of U19 World Cup winners after they won the title for the first time in 1998. The team, captained by Owais Shah, defeated Jarrod Engelfield’s New Zealand by 7 wickets in the final at the New Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg.
After being put in to field first, England restricted their opponents to 241 for 6. Thereafter, they chased down the target with 4 overs to spare. Stephen Peters won the Player of the Match award for scoring 107 runs off 125 balls with 12 fours.
2000 – India
India entered the U19 World Cup winners list after they won the championship in 2000. The team, led by Mohammad Kaif, remained unbeaten throughout the tournament after defeating hosts Sri Lanka by 6 wickets in the final at the Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo.
After batting first, Sri Lanka only managed to score 178 in 48.1 overs on the back of Jehan Mubarak’s 58. India chased down the target with 56 balls left in their innings. Reetinder Singh Sodhi and Niraj Patel stayed not out on 39 and 34 to take India home.
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It was in 2000 when India U19 bagged their maiden U19 World Cup title. 🏆
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2002 – Australia
Australia made the U19 World Cup winners list for the second time when the tournament took place in Sri Lanka in 2002. The team, captained by Cameron White, beat Hashim Amla’s South Africa in the final by 7 wickets at the Bert Sutcliffe Oval in Lincoln.
Aaron Bird won the Player of the Match award after he finished with stupendous figures of 10-0-47-4, After batting first, Australia restricted South Africa to 206 for 9. Jarrad Burke scored 100 runs off 130 balls with 11 fours as the Aussies romped home with 29 balls to spare.
2004 – Pakistan
In 2004, it was Pakistan’s turn to enter the list of U19 World Cup winners. The team, captained by Khalid Latif, won the championship in Bangladesh after beating Denesh Ramdin’s West Indies by 25 runs in the final at the Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka.
After batting first, Pakistan somehow got themselves up to 230 for 9 in 50 overs. Asif Iqbal scored 54 runs off 72 balls and was the top-scorer for his team. Thereafter, Pakistan bowled the Caribbean team out for 205 in 47.1 overs to get their hands on the trophy.
2006 – Pakistan
Pakistan became the first to win back-to-back titles as they entered the U19 World Cup winners list for the second time. The team, led by Sarfaraz Ahmed, beat Ravikant Shukla’s India by 38 runs in the final at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.
After being put in to bat first, Pakistan were bowled out for 109 in 41.1 overs. Thereafter, Sarfaraz and Co. bowled India out for 71 in 18.5 overs. Anwar Ali won the Player of the Match award after he finished with incredible figures of 9-0-35-5.
2008 – India
India got their name in the U19 World Cup winners list after they became champions in the tournament that took place in Malaysia. The team, led by modern day great Virat Kohli, beat South Africa by 12 runs (D/L) at the Kinrara Academy Oval in Kuala Lumpur.
After India scored 159 in 45.4 overs, rain interrupted play after which South Africa were set a revised target of 116 in 25 overs. India restricted Wayne Parnell’s men to 103 for 8. Ajitesh Argal won the award for the Player of the Match after his match-winning spell of 5-2-7-2.
2010 – Australia
Australia made their way into the U19 World Cup winners list for the third time. The team, led by Mitchell Marsh, beat Azeem Ghumman’s Australia by 25 runs in the final at the Bert Sutcliffe Oval in Lincoln to become the then most successful team in the history of the tournament.
After being put into bat first, Australia huffed and puffed their way to scoring 207 for 9 in 50 overs. Hazlewood finished with figures of 8.4-1-30-4 as Australia bowled Pakistan out for 182 in 46.4 overs.
2012 – India
India won the trophy for the third time in 2012 and entered the U19 World Cup winners list when the tournament took place in Australia. The team, captained by Unmukt Chand, beat Australia by 6 wickets in the final at the Tony Ireland Stadium in Townsville.
Chand, who has already retired from Indian cricket, scored 111 runs off 130 balls with 7 fours and 6 sixes. On the back of his knock, India chased down a target of 226 with 14 balls to spare.
2014 – South Africa
South Africa entered the U19 World Cup winners list for the first time when the United Arab Emirates (UAE) won the tournament in 2014. They defeated Pakistan by 6 wickets at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
After being put in to field first, South Africa bowled Pakistan out for 131 in 44.3 overs. Corbin Bosch picked up 4 wickets for 15 runs in 7.2 overs. Skipper Aiden Markram scored an unbeaten 66 off 125 balls with 6 fours to chase down the target with 47 balls to spare.
2016 – West Indies
West Indies registered their name in the list of U19 World Cup winners list for the first time in Bangladesh in 2016. The team, captained by Shimron Hetmyer, defeated Ishan Kishan’s India by five wickets in the final at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur.
After opting to field first, West Indies bowled India out for 145 in 45.1 overs. Keacy Carty scored 52 runs off 125 balls with 2 fours as the Caribbean team romped home with 3 balls to spare. He also won the Player of the Match award.
2018 – India
India, captained by Prithvi Shaw, made it through to the U19 World Cup winners list for the fourth time. India beat Australia by 8 wickets in the final at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui. After batting first, the Aussies, led by Jason Sangha, scored 216 in 47.2 overs.
Ishan Porel, Shiva Singh, Kamlesh Nagarkoti and Anukul Roy picked up 2 wickets apiece. Thereafter, Manjot Kalra scored 101 runs off 102 balls as India went past the finish line comfortably with 11.1 overs to spare.
2020 – Bangladesh
2020 was a special moment for Bangladesh and they featured in the U19 World Cup winners list for the first time. The team, captained by Akbar Ali, defeated Priyam Garg’s India by 3 wickets in the high-voltage final at the Senwes Park in Potchefstroom.
After being put in to bat first, India were bowled out for 177 in 47.2 overs despite Yashasvi Jaiswal’s 88-run knock. After a short rain delay, Bangladesh chased down the revised target of 170 with 23 balls to spare.
2022 – India
India, led by Yash Dhull, won the U19 World Cup 2022 when the tournament took place in the West Indies. The Boys in Blue defeated Tom Prest’s England by 4 wickets in the final at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in North Sound, Antigua.
After opting to bat first, England scored 189 in 44.5 overs on the back of James Rew’s knock of 95 off 116 balls with 12 fours. Raj Bawa picked up 5 wickets while Ravi Kumar lent him support with a 4-wicket haul to show for his efforts.
India chased down the target in 47.4 overs after Shaikh Rasheed and Nishant Sindhu scored 50 runs apiece. Bawa also made 35 useful runs off 54 balls.