The ICC Men's U19 Cricket World Cup 2024 saw 16 teams playing across four venues in South Africa. This was the 15th edition of the U19 men's event. India clinched the title for the fifth time in 2022 West Indies. Australia win the 2024 edition after beating India in the final by 79 runs. This is Australia's fourth U-19 World Cup title in the history of the competition.
The Under-19 Cricket World Cup is a 50-over tournament organised by the International Cricket Council (ICC). It was first held in Australia in 1988 named as the Youth World Cup with eight teams. Thereafter, the tournament was staged after 10 years in 1998 with 16 teams and it has been a 16-nation tournament held regularly every two years ever since.
Australia were crowned as the winner of the first-ever ICC Under-19 World Cup in 1988. They are the only host nation to win the Under-19 Cricket World Cup. Since then, they have won the tournament four times. Their most recent title came in the current edition after beating India by 79 runs in South Africa.
The Indian cricket team is the most successful in the Under-19 World Cup, with five titles to its name. India won their first-ever Under-19 World Cup title in 2000 under the captaincy of Mohammad Kaif. They are also the defending Champions as they defeated England in the Final of 2022 U19 Cricket World Cup in West Indies.
A lot of players have made a big name from the U-19 circuit. There are no better examples than Virat Kohli, Kane Williamson, Steve Smith, Joe Root, and Babar Azam who have proved themselves in the modern era for their countries.