An overview of the upcoming edition
The 13th edition of U-19 World Cup is set to begin on 17th January in South Africa with a total of 16 teams participating to get their hands on one shining trophy. All the 16 teams have been divided into 4 groups. Top 2 teams of each groups will advance to the super league and then to the semifinals and Final whereas the bottom two teams of each group will battle for places from 9th to 16th.
The final will be played on 9th Feb with India starting their campaign against Sri Lanka on January 19, 2020. India will take on Japan on 21st and New Zealand on 24th January before advancing to the next stage. Priyam Garg is leading the Indian side this time. The side is full of players who can be an superstar in years to come.
The point made in the last line leaves us with the question of which players from previous editions of the tournament have gone on to become a big name in future. Let’s take a look at few of them from each editions of the tournament in this century.
2000, Winner – India
The biggest star to come out of that tournament was Yuvraj Singh. He was declared Player of The tournament when India won that World Cup beating Sri Lanka in the final. Much like how Yuvraj helped India win the 2011 world cup with his all-round abilities, his 203 runs and 12 wickets helped India win the U-19 World Cup 11 years earlier. Yuvi was subsequently selected in Indian side for ICC Knockout Trophy which is now known as ICC Champions Trophy and what happened thereafter doesn’t need to be described. He is the only Indian player to win 50 Overs World Cup, 20 Overs World Cup and U-19 World Cup till now.
Mohammad Kaif was the captain of the side which won the World Cup. He made his Test debut right afer the triumph but failed to make it count with the red ball. With white ball though, he played a very important role in India’s Natwest Series win in 2002 and series victories in Pakistan in 2004 & 2006. His career didn’t last as long as Yuvraj’s but he still went on to play 125 ODIs for India in his 6 years long career.
2002, Winner – Australia
A Parthiv Patel led India reached the semifinals of the U-19 World WC and Parthiv contributed to India’s success till that stage with his 184 runs in the competition. He was selected in India’s Test side when Ajay Ratra suffered an injury. Parthiv became the youngest wicket-keeper to play Test cricket. He has been in and out of the Indian side due to different reasons but even after all these years, he still actively plays domestic as well IPL games.
Ifran Pathan’s career flourished a lot more than Parthiv’s. He only had a decent World Cup as he picked up 6 wickets in the entire tournament. The All-rounder who retired just a week ago went on to play 120 ODIs, 29 Tests and 24 T20Is for India.
Read more on Irfan Pathan : https://cricpick.in/irfan-pathan-indian-all-rounder-announces-his-retirement-after-a-16-years-long-career.html
2004, Winner – Pakistan
Shikhar Dhawan is regarded as the man of ICC tournaments and the signs were seen in the U-19 World Cup he played in 2004. He ended the tournament with 505 runs which did not only make him the highest run scorer in the tournament but also won him the Player of The tournament award. Dhawan had to wait for very long for his first opportunity at international level. He made his debut for India in 2010 and now he is a regular member of Indian ODI side who has represented India in 133 ODIs thus far.
Suresh Raina himself had a pretty decent tournament which was played in Bangladesh. He scored 247 runs and was the second highest run scorer for India in that tournament. A year later, he made his ODI debut for India and then never looked back. He was the part of 2011 World Cup winning Indian side and played a couple of crucial innings in knockout stages. Raina has featured in over 200 ODIs for India.
Ambati Rayudu led Indian side reached the semi-final of the competition where they lost to Pakistan. Rayudu though didn’t have a great tournament where he averaged only 24 with the bat. He failed to impress the selectors and only his first class career helped him get an International break in 2013. Recently he announced his retirement but then came back out of it as well.
Robin Uthappa made his debut for India in 2006 although the opportunity didn’t knock his door because of his U-19 WC performance. Uthappa went on to play 46 ODIs and 13 T20Is for India, some of those matches came in India’s victorious campaign in WT20 2007.
2006, Winner – Pakistan
Cheteshwar Pujara was the leading run scorer for India in the tournament. He scored 343 runs but his ODI career never took off. He is a solid player in Indian Test top order now.
Rohit Sharma, much like Pujara had a fantastic tournament himself. Sharma was seen as a middle order player those days and hence he batted at 3 in the tournament. Today he opens the batting for Indian team and is currently the second best batsman in ODIs these days.
2008, Winner – India
Virat Kohli’s career kicked off with the success in 2008 ICC U-19 World Cup. He led his side to the victory and scored 218 runs with the bat. On the back of his impressive U-19 WC performance, he was selected in Indian national side where he didn’t too long to secure his place. A part of the world cup winning team in 2011 and World’s number 1 batsman currently, Kohli needs no special mentioning.
Ravindra Jadeja is a household name at present. He was India’s highest wicket taker in the tournament with 10 wickets along with the valuable contribution he had with the bat. One year later he made his ODI debut for India against Sri Lanka. Much like the U-19 WC, Jadeja was the leading wicket taker in Champions Trophy 2013 as well. It was him with the ball who won India that tournament.
Manish Pandey has had a stop-start career ever since the 2008 U-19 WC. In all these 12 years, he could only play 23 ODIs and 33 T20Is. One can say he didn’t do justice to his potential on the International level.
2010, Winner – Australia
It was a disappointing World Cup for India. You could also say so when Mayank Agarwal who averaged 27 in the tournament was the top scorer of the side. Mayank only got to play for India after a huge gap of 8 years when he made his debut at MCG in 2018.
Much like his best friend and teammate Mayank, Rahul was disappointing in the entire tournament where he managed to score only 143 runs. His first break in International cricket came in 2014 on the back of strong domestic performances.
2012, Winner – India
No one from this edition of the tournament could go on to become a household name at senior level. A lot was expected from Unmukt Chand but he got lost in obscurity.
2014, Winner – South Africa
Shreyas Iyer had a very fine U-19 WC where he scored 2 fifties in 3 games. However, it was a very difficult journey ahead of him as he had failed to impress people in India because of the lack of opportunities in that tournament. His strong domestic performance helped him earning an Indian call-up in 2017 and now he is a member of Indian ODI and T20I team.
The hattrick man, Kuldeep Yadav had lit up 2014 WC by his hattrick against Papua New Guinea. It was again a disappointing tournament for India but Kuldeep made people notice him. He had emerged as the leading wicket taker of the tournament with 14 wickets from 6 Matches he played. His moment of reckoning finally came in 2017 after the disappointing Champions Trophy final when India decided to move on from finger spinners. Currently, he is on the verge of becoming the second fastest Indian to 100 ODI wickets.
2016, Winner – West Indies
Rishabh Pant was one of the stars of India’s bright WC campaign in 2016 where they reached the finals only to lose to West Indies. Pant while opening the batting for India had scored 267 runs in the tournament at an average of 44 and strike rate of 104. His 100 against Nepal came in only 47 balls which is still the fastest at U-19 level. Pant soon went on to play for India and is currently playing as the Wicket keeper batsman in India’s white ball side.
In a low scoring tournament, Washington Sundar did well in containing runs. Although, he only managed to pick up 5 wickets, his economy of 3.36 made sure India didn’t lose the control of the game even when they failed to score a lot with the bat. A year later he made his T20I debut and is a part of Indian T20 side at this moment.
2018, Winner – India
Prithvi Shaw led Indian side won the U-19 World Cup in 2018. Shaw as a captain took responsibility with bat as well and scored 261 runs in the tournament at a strike rate of 94. The same year, he was picked for Indian national side to take on West Indies in a home Test series where he scored a double quick 100 at debut. Injuries though haven’t helped in growing his career. Currently he is facing an 8 months ban because of violating doping rules.
Shubman Gill emerged as the brightest player in that entire tournament which is why he had also won the player of the tournament in India’s successful runs. Gill had scored 372 runs in the tournament at an average of 124 and strike rate of 112. His important ton against Pakistan in the semifinal came when he had very little support from the other ends. In February 2019, he was picked for India’s tour of NZ for the last 2 ODIs. He is currently making a strong case for his selection with his performance in domestic cricket.