India U19 cricket team’s run to the ICC U19 World Cup final has floored many in the world of cricket, not because India is expected to be an underdog, that is not the case anymore. The surprise has come by the fashion in which the India U19, coached by Rahul Dravid, has achieved their wins in the tournament, specially the final which India won by thrashing Australia U19 by 8 wickets. Shubman Gill was awarded the ‘Player of the Tournament’ award.
As India U19 cricket teams lifts the ICC U19 World Cup for the fourth time in the U19 World Cup history, we take a look at 5 top performers from both the teams:
1. Shubman Gill
Shubman Gill is just 18 years old but has shown great potential in the ICC U19 World Cup tournament that took place in New Zealand. Shubman Gill is a Punjab based batsman, who is expected to be making a trajectory in his cricket career, which is similar to the big names such as Yuvraj Singh, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, etc., some of the biggest stars that the ICC U19 Cricket World Cups have produced for India.
Gill scored 31 runs against Australia in the U19 World Cup final, before getting out to Australia bowler Param Uppal’s delivery. Shubman Gill has totalled 372 runs in six matches of the ICC U19 tournament, and was awarded the Player of the Tournament award, with the highest runs from the India U19 team in the tournament.
2. Prithvi Shaw
The captain of the India U19 team, Prithvi Shaw has been drawing parallels with the greatest Indian cricketer of all time, Sachin Tendulkar. It is not only because Shaw is a run-scorer, who likes to adhere to the textbook techniques, adding finesse to his shots, but the fact that at the young age of 18, Prithvi Shaw gives glimpses of an highly mature and trained cricketing veeran.
Shaw has been in a great form in the ICC U19 World Cup in New Zealand, scoring a 94 against Australia in the opening match to set up a 90-run victory, and 29 runs in the final against Australia which took place on Saturday, to end up with 261 runs in five matches.
3. Manjot Kalra
Manjot Kalra would not need more introduction as he established himself as the MVP (most valuable player) of the ICC U19 World Cup final. Manjot Kalra came in when India U19 cricket team had lost their two high-scorers – captain Prithvi Shaw (29 runs) and Shubman Gill (31 runs).
Manjot Kalra stepped in to create a solid stand with wicketkeeper-batsman Harvik Desai, and scored an unbeaten 101 runs off 102 balls, and guided the India U19 team to a smooth U19 World Cup victory.
4. Kamlesh Nagarkoti
Kamlesh Nagarkoti has become a famous name in the India U19 squad due to his excellent performances against all the top-class international cricket teams. One who would not be aware with Kamlesh Nagarkoti’s name, would know the 19-year-old cricketer as the pace bowlers who bowls over the speeds of 140 KMPH, a blinding and equally impressive feat at such a young age.
Nagarkoti proved his mettle when he didn’t hold back anything in the U19 World Cup final against Australia on Saturday and took two wickets – Australia captain Jason Sungha (13 runs) and Zak Evans (1 run), apart from taking a brilliant catch of Aussie opener Jack Edwards (28 runs) on the delivery of India U19 seamer Ishan Porel.
5. Anukul Roy
Anukul Roy is a left-arm spinner, who has showcased extraordinary talent coming into the India U19 cricket team. The 19-year-old grabbed worldwide attention when he achieved excellent figures in the ICC U19 World Cup tournament, registering; 5/14 against Papua New Guinea, 4/36 versus Zimbabwe, 1/36 against Australia, 1/11 versus Bangladesh and 1/11 against Pakistan in the run up to the ICC U19 World Cup final against Australia.
Anukul Roy again proved his worth when he baffled the Australia batsmen – Jonathan Merlo (76 runs) and Param Uppal (34 runs). Anukul Roy dismissed Australia’s highest scorer of the final clash, who was posing a great threat to the Indi U19 bowlers. In the process of taking two important Australian wickets, Anukul Roy gave only 32 runs in 7 overs.