The 2018 ICC U19 World Cup finished with a bang, as the Indian cricket team won their 4th World Cup, defeating Australia by 8 wickets in the final. Over the years we have seen the likes of Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh make it to the senior team after tasting success at the junior level, and we can be rest assured that some of these young World Cup winning players will represent India and go on to make a huge impact in international cricket.
Although the India U19 cricket team bested all the other cricket nations in the U19 World Cup tournament, the competition saw tough challenges and impressive feats being achieved by many players from all over the world.
Here we look at the 10 best stats from the 2018 ICC U19 World Cup.
U19 World Cup 2018 – Highest innings total
New Zealand recorded the highest innings total of the tournament when smashed Kenyan bowlers for 436 runs for the loss of 4 wickets. The top 3 batsmen got over 390 runs between themselves, which included both the openers scoring over a 100 runs. In reply, Kenya could only manage 193/4 in their 50 overs, losing the match by a massive 243 runs.
U19 World Cup – Biggest margin of victory by runs
Both Sri Lanka and Australia won their matches against PNG and Kenya by 311 runs respectively. The Lankans post a total of 419 runs and then in the second innings, their bowlers did a superb of bowling out Kenya for 108 runs. Australia, on the other hand, managed to score 370 runs against Papua New Guinea in their group match. However, in the 2nd innings, the Aussies bowlers destroyed the PNG batting line-up as they bowled them out for just 59 runs.
U19 World Cup 2018 – Most Runs
West Indian middle-order batsman Alick Athanaze was the main reason behind West Indies reaching the Plate Final. He scored 418 runs in the tournament, which included 2 hundreds and 2 fifties. His best of 116 came against Kenya in a group match, as he helped his team to a 222 runs win.
U19 World Cup 2018 – Highest individual score
Sri Lanka opener Hasitha Boyagoda recorded the highest individual score by a batsman in the U19 World Cup cricket tournament of 2018, when smashed the Kenyan bowlers for 191 runs of just 152 balls. The innings included a whopping 28 fours and 2 sixes.
U19 World Cup 2018 – Highest Strike-Rate
A parameter of minimum 100 balls has been taken into account here. Among the cricketers who played a minimum of 100 balls, the England captain Will Jacks finished the U19 World Cup cricket tournament with the highest strike-rate. The 1998 born player scored 193 runs in 154 balls, which included 25 fours and 1 six.
U19 World Cup 2018 – Most sixes in an innings
Afghanistan batsman Azmatullah Omarzai played one of the most destructive innings of the cricket tournament during the final few overs of their match against New Zealand in the quarter-final. Omarzai smashed the Kiwi bowlers for 7 sixes and 3 fours on his way to making a vital 66 runs of just 23 balls. His 7 sixes were the highest by any batsman in a single innings of this tournament.
U19 World Cup 2018 – Highest Wicket-Taker
Indian spinner Anukul Roy, Afghanistan leg-break bowler Qais Ahmad and Canadian seamer Faisal Jamkhandi all finished the cricket tournament as the highest leading wicket-takers with 14 wickets apiece. Faisal and Anukul even managed to bag a 5 wicket haul in the tournament.
U19 World Cup 2018 – Best bowling figures in an innings
Australian leg-spinner Lloyd Pope wrote his name in the history books as he recorded the figures of 8/35 in 9.4 overs. One of the remaining two wickets of the innings was a run-out. Pope even managed to get two maidens over in during his spell.
U19 World Cup 2018 – Most catches taken by a fielder
18-year-old Harry Brooks finished the U19 World Cup cricket tournament with 8 catches, the highest by an outfield player. India U19 cricket team captain Prithvi Shaw took 5 catches, the highest in the team.
U19 World Cup 2018 – Highest Partnership by Runs
Australian captain Jason Sangha and Nathan McSweeney posted a 250 runs partnership for the 2nd wickets in their group match against Papua New Guinea as they helped their team reach the total of 370 in 50 overs. McSweeney was very impressive in his knock of 156 runs which included 18 fours and 4 sixes.