These Future Superstars Just Made Us World Champions Under The Guidance Of Rahul Dravid
The World Cup is headed back to India. Our U19 team has managed to completely dominate all the teams in the tournament to bring the coveted trophy back to our country.
Being coached by Rahul Dravid, our youngsters have already shown glimpses of brilliance on the field. A young bowling line-up has impressed everyone with their pace while our batting has been extremely solid as well.
The young men in blue have created a place for themselves in Indian cricket’s history. So, let’s look at the Indian players who guided the team to its 4th U-19 World Cup victory:
In the two Ranji Trophy matches that he played for Punjab this season, he made 245 runs at 61.25 with a hundred. He has been the highest scoring Indian in the tournament so far. He made 63 against Australia, 90* against Zimbabwe and 86 against Bangladesh in the quarters. On Tuesday, he came up with another outstanding performance, scoring an unbeaten hundred to fashion India’s 203-run victory over Pakistan in the semi-final.
Gill has 341 runs in five matches at an average of 170.50 and a strike rate of 113.28 in the World Cup. Having been bought by Kolkata Knight Riders, Gill looks all set to put the Indian Premier League on fire in 2018.
Shaw is already being compared to the master blaster Sachin Tendulkar. Having risen to prominence when he was 14, Prithvi has managed to turn a lot of heads with his skillful performances in the tournament.
The U19 skipper is now the fourth captain after Mohammed Kaif (2000), Virat Kohli (2008) and Unmukt Chand (2012) to lift U-19 World Cup.
Kamlesh Nagarkoti grabbed eyeballs by consistently bowling above 140 kph. His gem was one that castled Australia’s Will Sutherland which was hurled at 145 kph during India’s opener in the U-19 World Cup.
Considering India’s pace bowling history, Nagarkoti looks like a gem. We hope to see him send the wickets flying in the air during this year’s IPL.
Abhishek has been phenomenal with his slow left-arm bowling in the tournament. He hasn’t been as impressive with the bat but his bowling spells have often run rings around the batsmen who’ve failed in picking his deliveries.
He has been economical and bagged 6 wickets at an average of 11. Delhi Daredevils have picked him up and his performance in the IPL is something every dilliwala is looking forward to.
For the first time in years, India has been treated to watching two young pace bowlers who’ve been hitting the deck hard. Mavi is definitely one of them. Even better, Mavi is an all-rounder who can chip in with important runs.
He has consistently clocked in the range of 140-145 kph, unsettling batsmen with raw pace. With a tally of 8 wickets at an impressive average of 15.50 in 5 matches, he has given India early breakthroughs more often than not.
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