India has a successful history at the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup, having won the event in 2000 and 2008. A disappointing result in 2010 saw the team finish 6th, losing the quarter-final to Pakistan by two wickets with only three balls remaining.
The team has enjoyed extensive international experience since the last tournament, hosting a Quadrangular series in 2011 in which it did not lose a match. Unmukt Chand scored a century against both Australia and Sri Lanka in the series, while Aparajith Baba took an astonishing 5-38 and 5-35 against the same teams.
India went on to win the Quadrangular series in Townsville in early 2012, despite losing its three matches to New Zealand, Australia and England. The team beat table-topping England in the semi-final to face Australia in the final, winning by seven wickets after Unmukt Chand scored 112 runs.
In July 2012, India U19s competed in the ACC U19 Asia Cup, finishing second in its group after a 1-run loss to table leader Pakistan. India defeated Sri Lanka by six wickets in the semi-final, before another dramatic match against Pakistan saw the final end in a tie, despite a 175-run partnership between Unmukt Chand and Baba Aparajith.
The team includes a number of players who have already played first-class cricket in India, suggesting that the tournament will continue to be a great event to see future stars of the India team. The team can look to Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh for motivation, as the two stars not only played in U19 Cricket World Cup-winning teams, but also won the ICC World Cup 2011, the only India players to win world cups at both the Under 19 and senior level.