Bangalore, Aug 27: For the first time in their cricket history, India are currently the holders of two World Cup titles (both senior and junior 50-over format). If they could add the ICC World Twenty20 2012 as well in October, it would be a historic one.
India and Australia are the only teams to have held both World Cups at the same time. Australia did it in 1987 and 1988. Australia won the senior World Cup in India in 1987 and next year took the inaugural U-19 world title.
On Sunday, August 26, the India Under-19 team won the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup by defeating Australia by six wickets. Captain Unmukt Chand was the star of the final with an unbeaten 111 which gave India their third U-19 World Cup.
Previously, India won U-19 World Cups in 2000 and 2008. When the tournament was held in Sri Lanka, Mohammad Kaif led India to victory in the year 2000. That was India's first. The team also included Yuvraj Singh.
In 2008 when the tournament was conducted in Malaysia, Virat Kohli successfully led the team to the trophy.
Yuvraj and Kohli hold the distinction of winning both U-19 and senior World Cups. Both were part of India's 2011 World Cup triumph.
It was on April 2, 2011, that MS Dhoni and his men lifted the ICC World Cup trophy at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. In 16 months' time India have another World Cup.
There are some similarities to the 2011 World Cup final in Mumbai to yesterday's title clash in Townsville. In both games, it was the innings of captains that were decisive.
Dhoni's unbeaten knock in the final against Sri Lanka and Chand's undefeated superb innings were worth their weight in gold. This is what you call leading from the front.
On that night in Mumbai, Dhoni scored 91 not out off 79 balls with eight boundaries and two sixes. Chand made 111 not out off 130 balls with seven fours and six sixes. While Dhoni batted at number five, Chand was the opener.
With ICC World T20 set to kick start in Sri Lanka on September 18, Dhoni and his men will be aiming to add one more trophy to their cabinet and India could set a new record with three World Cup titles in their kitty.