India vs Australia U19 World Cup final: In case you don't know who is Manjot Kalra, here are some interesting facts about him.
India vs Australia U19 final: When the Indian cricket team took on Australia in the ICC Under 19 World Cup final in New Zealand, all eyes were on skipper Prithvi Shaw and vice-captain Shubman Gill who have been in brilliant form throughout the tournament. Shaw gave India some really good starts and Gill picked up from there and helped India post strong totals. Chasing a target of 217 runs against Australia in the ICC U19 final, both these stars got off t a decent start but got out at a crucial time, leaving India in a tricky position. At this point, opener Manjot Kalra who has been a silent performer in the tournament came to the team’s rescue and played a beautiful knock to help India lift the trophy. In case you don’t know who is Manjot Kalra, here are some interesting facts about him:
1. Manjot Kalra is a left-hand opening batsman. He partnered skipper Prithvi Shaw at the top in the ICC Under 19 World Cup for India.
2. The southpaw scored a century in his debut game for the Under team against England. Since then, he has been a regular in Rahul Dravid’s team, giving many match-winning performances.
4 – Manjot Kalra is the 4th @BCCI player to hit a 50 in an @ICC @cricketworldcup final, only one of the previous three has gone past 62 (Unmukt Chand – 111* v Australia 2012). Launchpad. #U19CWCFinal pic.twitter.com/rdJJbE5Bt2
— OptaJim (@OptaJim) February 3, 2018
3. In the first match of the ICC Under 19 World Cup, Manjot scored 86 runs against Australia on January 14. He added over 100 runs for the first wicket with Prithvi Shaw.
4. After failing to perform in a few matches, he scored 47 runs against Pakistan in the semi-final, helping India enter the ICC U19 final 2018.
5. Just like the Indian cricket team skipper Virat Kohli, Manjot Kalra also comes from Delhi. He was bought by the Delhi Daredevils in the IPL auction 2018.
Batting first, in the ICC Under 19 World Cup, Australia managed to put 216 runs on board with the help of all-rounder Jonathan Merlo’s inning who scored 76 runs after the Indian blowers ripped through their top-order. Ishan Porel drew the first blood when he dismissed Max Bryant on 14. It was Porel again who gave India their second wicket in the form of Jack Edwards. Kamlesh Nagarkoti, who has already taken seven wickets in the tournament so far, sent back Australia skipper Jason Sangha on 13.