The most prominent young cricket stars in India’s U19
India’s U19 World Cup cricketers have been in high demand during Indian Premier League (IPL) auctions in recent years.
Angkrish Raghuvanshi, who is only 16, has had a fantastic U19 World Cup campaign so far. He batted right-handed and hit a run-a-ball 79 against Ireland before smashing a 144 off 120 against Uganda.
After losing their other opener, Harnoor Singh, for a duck in their pursuit of 112, he also stabilized India’s ship with a gutsy 44 off 65 in the quarter-final against Bangladesh. Raghuvanshi also has the ability to bowl left-arm spin. In the quarter-final match, he stumped SM Meherob for 30 runs and finished with figures of 1/4 from two overs.
Raj Bawa, 19, made history by hitting an undefeated 162 off 108 balls in the U19 World Cup match against Uganda. The aggressive left-hander smashed Shikhar Dhawan’s (155*) mark for the highest individual score by an Indian hitter in the U19 World Cup with his innings, which contained 14 fours and eight sixes.
Before his incredible effort against Uganda, Bawa previously had a 42-out-of-64 performance against Ireland. In addition to his batting prowess, Bawa also has some bowling prowess. He is a right-arm medium bowler who took four wickets for India in their 45-run victory over South Africa.
Vicky Ostwal, a left-arm spinner from Maharashtra, has been outstanding in the present U19 World Cup. As India successfully defended a score of 232, he bamboozled South Africa with figures of 5 for 28 in 10 overs.
He didn’t play much in the victories against Ireland and Uganda, but he came up big against Bangladesh in the quarter-final. India swept over the 2020 U19 World Cup champions for 111 runs, with him taking 2 for 25 from nine overs.
Yash Dhull, India’s U19 World Cup captain, is a potential hitter who might land an IPL contract. He top-scored with 82 for India in their opening encounter against South Africa, after striking half-centuries in the warm-up matches against West Indies and Australia. In his 100-ball outing, the right-hander hit 11 fours. Before he ran out, he appeared to be set for a century.
He returned for the quarter-final against Bangladesh after missing the following two matches due to COVID-19. Despite the fact that the bowlers were the true heroes of the victory, Dhull contributed with the bat, producing a composed 20*. After losing a few wickets in rapid succession, he eased India’s worries.
Harnoor Singh, India’s opening batsman, is a gifted left-handed batter who hit a century in a warm-up match against Australia to enable India to easily chase down 269 runs. With a fluent 88 off 101 balls, the Punjab batsman was named player of the match against Ireland. In his innings, he struck 12 fours and had a 164-run opening partnership with Raghuvanshi (79).
Despite his failures against Uganda and Bangladesh in the quarter-finals, with scores of 15 and 0 respectively, there will be great expectations for him coming into the semi-finals. A strong showing in the knockout stages will improve his chances of landing an IPL deal.