The International Cricket Council’s ICC Under-19 World Cup is going to kick start its campaign in about 8 days of time when the young guns from the big and small cricketing nations will lock horns in South Africa from January 17th 2020. The tournament will be played over 24 days with the grand final taking place on 9th of February 2020.
Four-time World Champions India have sent another well-balanced side to this year’s Under-19 World Cup. They have a lot of youngsters who are going to be a real treat to watch in this tournament. All three departments are covered with some excellent young talent from all corners of India.
In this article, we will take a closer look at the three Indian superstars who are going to rock the Under-19 World Cup and who have shown much maturity already at such a tender age in the Indian domestic tournaments and youth ODIs.
Here are the three Indian players who can shine in U19 World Cup 2020:
1. Ravi Bishnoi
Every team which wants to be the best in world cricket in today’s time needs a specialist leg spinner who can take wickets at regular intervals especially in middle overs. And Ravi Bishnoi from Jodhpur is the answer to the above-written lines. The 19-year-old rookie bagged an IPL contract worth 2 Crore INR in the recently concluded IPL auctions and is all set to represent Kings XI Punjab in IPL 2020.
Bishnoi is going to be one bowler to watch out for in the upcoming Under-19 World Cup. He has played only 7 youth OIs but has taken 12 wickets with an outstanding economy of 4.37. Bishnoi also grabbed 7 wickets in Vijay Hazare Trophy representing Rajasthan. With an excellent control over googlies and a tall height to assist, he has all the potential to become the next big thing in limited-overs cricket.
Though the 19-year-old haven’t represented India at the youth level in many ODIs his rise to the occasions in such a short span has given a lot of promise to every cricket lovers around India a ray of hope going into the Under-19 World Cup in South Africa. He will surely be an X-factor from this Indian side to look forward to.
2. Priyam Garg
The man who is going to lead the Indian Under-19 side in the World Cup, Priyam Garg is one heck of a talent who has come through the ranks of Uttar Pradesh. After narrowly missing out on India’s squad for the last Under-19 World Cup, Garg made a sensational comeback by becoming captain of the next edition’s Indian side.
Garg’s calm and composed stay at the crease while batting as well as fielding has led the Indian selectors to consider him and finally choose him for the role of a team leader going into this tournament. At such a young age, his command over the match situation is very impressive. In the 18 youth ODIs so far, he has scored 548 runs at an average of around 40. But his real ability gets reflected in playing first-class cricket for Uttar Pradesh where he averages around 67.
The right-handed batsman has proven his worth as a skipper when he captain the same side in 2019 when India toured England for Tri-nation series. He led the side successfully in the series winning the trophy comprehensively. The whole of India will be hoping for the same type of leadership from him when he leads them in the upcoming Under-19 World Cup.
3. Yashasvi Jaiswal
Lauded by many as the next Yuvraj Singh, the Mumbai batsman Yashasvi Jaiswal has been in a tremendous form with the bat and is scoring runs at will in the domestic tournaments. At the recently concluded Vijay Hazare Trophy, Jaiswal hit gold with the bat scoring lots of runs. He is surely going to be a sensation in his country if he scores big in this Under-19 World Cup.
In the same tournament against Jharkhand, Jaiswal slammed a double century showing his batting prowess at such a young age. The Mumbai opener became the youngest to score a double ton in the history of List A cricket. He broke the 45-year long record of South African Alan Barrow, aged 20, who had scored an unbeaten 202 for provincial side, Natal, 45 years ago.
Jaiswal is going to be an important aspect for the Indian side with the help of his part-time spin bowling, especially in middle overs. He has become a ‘Crorepati’ with his recent IPL contract with Rajasthan Royal who bought the southpaw for 2.4 Crore INR for IPL 2020. With an outstanding average of 62 in 20 Youth ODIs for India Under-19, he may be a strong contender in the senior Indian cricket side in coming years.
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