This is the ninth time that Indian junior cricketers have reached the final, which is a record. They have won five times. This is another record. And this time who will join the national team from under-19 team.. who will fail.
Under 19 World Cup Stars: Many star cricketers have emerged in India with the Under – 19 World Cup. Got a place in the national team. He played a vital role in the success of the Indian team. Recently, the Indian team once again reached the final of the Under-19 World Cup. Last Sunday in Benoni, South Africa, Uday Saharan and Co had a chance to lift the title once again. Apart from the captain, players like Musheer Khan, Sachin Das, Arshin Kulkarni, Soumy Pandey, Naman Tiwari also impressed. This is the ninth time that Indian junior cricketers have reached the final, which is a record. They have won five times. This is another record. And this time who will join the national team from under-19 team.. who will fail. How many people have come so far? A story with details of how many people failed.
Virat Kohli has been the greatest gift to Indian cricket in the Under-19 World Cup. In 2008, Virat led the Indian team to the second Under-19 World Cup in Malaysia. There his team defeated South Africa in the final. He is India's second highest run-getter (235 runs, avg. 47, strike rate 94.75) and sole century scorer. The scene of Virat running towards pacer Siddharth Kaul after the last South African wicket fell is etched in Indian cricket folklore.
In the first indication that he was poised for several match-winning exploits at the senior level, Yuvraj Singh helped India to their first Under-19 World Cup title in 2000. The southpaw played a key role in the Mohammad Kaif-led team that defeated Sri Lanka by six wickets in the final in Colombo. Yuvraj scored 203 runs at a strike rate of 103.57 and became the man of the series. He took 12 wickets with his left-arm spin and became the sixth highest wicket-taker.
Sehwag, one of the batting giants of Indian cricket, participated in an event held in South Africa in 1998. Apart from his batting, Sehwag took seven wickets with his off-spin at an economy-rate of 3.36. India did not reach the final but Sehwag's all-round skills attracted a lot of attention.
Off-spinner Harbhajan also impressed in the 1998 edition, taking eight wickets at an average of 21.12 and an economy rate of 3.44. Harbhajan has been instrumental in all five Indian victories. Soon after, Harbhajan made his Test debut for India in the match against Australia in Bangalore.
Batting at number 3, India's current captain scored three half-centuries in six innings in the 2006 Under-19 World Cup in Sri Lanka. He scored 205 runs at an average of 41. India managed to reach the final, but lost to Pakistan by 38 runs. He shone with his off-spin, picking up four wickets.
The 'rockstar' all-rounder has featured in two Under-19 World Cups – India lost in the final in 2006. Another was in 2008 when India won under Kohli's leadership. In 2006, Jadeja played four matches and took four wickets. He also made some handy contributions to the order. By 2008, he had improved dramatically. One of the stars with the ball, taking 10 wickets in six games. He was Kohli's go-to man, picking up two crucial middle-order wickets to thwart South Africa's 160-run chase in the final.
Few would believe that Cheteshwar Pujar scored runs at a faster clip than Rohit Sharma. It happened in the 2006 Under-19 World Cup. Pujara, who opened the batting, scored 349 runs in six innings at a strike rate of 82.11. Compared to this, Rohit's strike rate is 77.35. Pujara became the highest run scorer with a century and two fifties. But he failed in the final. With India collapsing to 71 runs, he left in vain.
From his under-19 days, Shikhar Dhawan has been passionate about scoring huge scores in IPL events. In the 2004 Under–19 World Cup, he was the highest run-scorer with 505 runs in seven innings. His best knock was an unbeaten 155 against Scotland with two more centuries. Dhawan had to wait to play for the senior team.
Another big name who has gone on to play at the senior level since the 2004 Under-19 World Cup. After Dhawan, Raina is India's second highest run-scorer with 247 runs at an average of 35.28 and a strike rate of 90.80, including three fifties. His knocks in the middle order came at a fast clip. Raina took five wickets with his offspin. Played a key role in breaking partnerships. India lost in the semifinals but the 2004 team emerged as the best team.