CUT: Newcastle’s Jason Sangha batting earlier at the Under-19 World Cup in New Zealand. Picture: ICCn captain Jason Sangha will return home to Newcastle without the coveted Under-19 World Cup crown but he doesn’t feel like he’sleft New Zealand empty handed.
The Cardiff South-raised18-year-old was dismissed for 13 in Saturday’s final which lost to India by eight wickets at Bay Oval but said the experience carries more than the result.
“I may never play in a World Cup again, but it has taught me what it is to be a professional cricketer at a world tournament,” Sanghasaid in a post-game press conference.
“I’ve personally learnt a lot about other players and what they have done.”
made 216 after Sangha won the toss and elected to bat at the Mount Maunganui venue.
Sangha was caught behind by Havrik Desai off the bowling of right-arm quickKamlesh Nagarkoti and the total was 3-59.No.4 Jonathan Merlo top scored with 76.
Undefeated India reeled in the runs in the 39thover to claim a record fourth title with Manjot Kalra producing101 not out.
Sangha said just “weren’t up to the challenge” but praised the Indian performance.
“Full credit to India,” he said.“I thought probably 250 would have been a better score. India found ways to win key moments. As a captain, it was hard to set fields for the kind of batsmen India have, but I’m proud of some of our guys.”
Sangha finished the tournament as ’s highest run scorer with 229 at38.16.
He revealed an earlier text from the n Test captain.
“At the start of the tournament, I got a message from Steven Smith and that was an amazing feeling for us to hear from such a big cricketer,” Sangha said.