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U-19 World Cup: India look to win their fifth title as England look to end 24-year drought

India with four trophies in 14 editions is the most successful team in the Under-19 World Cup history.

Today, they would be expected to win a record-extending fifth title, given the form of the squad. However, standing in the passage of victory is English team. India have had a rather smooth run into the final despite a massive off-the-field setback when skipper Dhull and his deputy Shaik Rasheed missed two of the three league games due to Covid-19.

Skipper, has lived up to his high rating in the three innings he has played so far, including a sublime hundred in the semifinal. Rasheed has also shown his brilliance with the bat and is certainly the one to watch out for in the future.

On the other hand, England last reached the final way back in 1998 when they won their sole title till date. After a tense finish in the semifinals against Afghanistan, England will be more than keen to end their title drought. Like India, England are unbeaten in the tournament. Captain Tom Prest has led from the front with 292 runs at an average of 73 while left-arm pacer Joshua Boyden has taken 13 wickets averaging 9.53.

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