With heaps of glory, acclamation at stake- India’s youngest team will again set out to battle against the world’s best teams in the tournament that’s second to none in closely examining the future and talent of India’s “would-be” cricketing future.
Several names from this stage have risen to the pinnacle of their careers and have gone on to raise the flag high everywhere. You are struck by the names like Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Mohammad Kaif, Shikar Dhawan and the others. While the youngsters will have to battle uncertainty, it will make for some interesting viewing as to how the young minds will exhibit their craft that is ready for the international take-off.
This particular tournament acts as a bridge to a player’s global dreams. Some grabbed attention with key debuts and also with their entry into the IPL aftermath their U-19 exploits.
India has a record of being one of the most successful team as it won the coveted trophy four times since the tournament’s inception. The current setup seeks inspiration from its former players who not only showed their potential but also made a promise to continue India’s achievements.
The team for U-19 World Cup(2020)
Priyam Garg(Captain), Dhruv Chandel Jurel(Vice-Captain & Wicket-Keeper), Akash Singh, Divyaansh Saxena, Divyansh Joshi, Atharva Ankolekar, Kartik Tyagi, Kumar Kushagra(Wicket-Keeper), Ravi Bishnoi, Shashwat Rawat, Shubang Hedge, Sushan Mishra, Tilak Varma, Vidhyadhar Patil, and Yashasvi Jaiswal.
The Indian team definitely needs pacers to ace the African pitches with the aid of spinners. The Indian team has been picked from a variety of pooled structures like the state teams to the domestic tournaments, List-A games, etc. Some raced through the junior levels to be chosen for the U-19 world cup.
Few of the players have already tested their fortunes in the national level tournaments like Deodhar Trophy, Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, Vijay Hazare Trophy. Among them are players like Priyam Garg and Yashasvi Jaiswal who have List-A centuries to their names. Both have abundant experience in playing India’s robust domestic games prior to the World-Cup exploits.
So which are the best Indian players at the Under-19 World Cup 2020?
Undoubtedly, among the best Indian players at the Under-19 World Cup 2020 is the Indian captain.
The newly appointed captain will lead the junior side for the World title. It’s his growth through the state team to the First-Class Matches has made him an automatic choice for the selectors. His fluid stroke play and the game awareness will be an added advantage to lead the batting attack and guide the team across the line. He averages 66.99 in List-A career with one double century to his name. Coming from a modest background, Garg progressed by crossing every hurdle with perseverance and confidence. His captaincy will be eagerly looked upon; while the hopes of 1.2 Billion people will rest on these young shoulders
Records have been made long before the tournament has kick-started, Yashasvi has already been in the limelight to break the domestic season’s records. Jaiswal was pivotal in guiding the U-19 Indian team to Youth Asia Cup glory. He is the youngest player to score a double-hundred off just 154 balls in Vijay Hazare Trophy this year. In the domestic season in the last five years, he stroked 49-Hundreds which is a stupendous achievement at such a young age. With the IPL auction that is set to clock in a few days, Jaiswal has been in the Radar of the franchises. The middle-order becomes a solid unit when Jaiswal unleashes his potential. Abundance is his experience and his exposure to first-class and junior level cricket matches shall be put to test in the upcoming Worldcup.
Without much doubt, the fiery left-hander, who once sold snacks to earn a living on Mumbai roads and went on to earn big sums in the recent IPL auction will be among the best Indian players in the Under-19 World Cup 2020.
Dhruv Chand Jurel
Another fascinating mention among the best Indian players in the Under-19 World Cup 2020 is the dependable keeping-batsman Jurel.
The newly appointed deputy cum wicket-keeper will have a bigger responsibility lying on his hands. In assisting and taking over the team along with his team-mate (Priyam Garg) in the state team, it will be a task that is crucial to driving the entire squad. The former captain, who is an aggressive player by nature, has been a leading force for India’s success at the Youth Asia Cup. His fast-paced tactics and sharp presence of mind and enriched experience in leading the team will be decisive to change the game scenario in India’s way. His knowledge in having already gelling up with the team might stream many more wins along with Garg.
The youngster, who tried his luck away from his home state, has bagged it big when it comes to the world cup spot. Joshi is the 1st player from the northeastern states to be selected for the world cup by representing Mizoram. With his all-rounder potential, he will be the go-to player when it comes to picking up an all-rounder. A specialist death-over medium pacer and handy batsman in the lower order will look to prove his worth as an all-round cricketer.
Be it a pacer, spinner or a batsman or a keeper or a fielder who raises on an occasion, it is more about the culmination of the team’s work and effort, that would bring them closer to the Cup, consistency is the key.
One of the most important Indian players at the under-19 World Cup 2020, Ravi Bishnoi, for starters, is a wrist spinner, one who trained under Anil Kumble- if that gives us the significance of the talent- someone he considers, his idol.
Having grown up watching Kumble, and then training under him, Bishnoi, a leg-spinner who bowls with a sense of purpose and guile has already been picked by the Kings XI for the IPL 2020.
Someone who impressed at the Vijay Hazare Trophy for Rajasthan, taking 7 wickets, including an impressive 3-for in 2019, Bishnoi turns it big and can also contribute handily down the order.
Can some of these best Indian players at the under-19 World Cup 2020 turn it around and rise to the occasion in South Africa?