PLAYERS FROM U-19 WORLD CUP WHO MADE IT BIG IN INDIAN CRICKET:
There is an old saying, ”First Impression is the best impression”. The Under-19 World Cup is one such platform to impress and grab the eyes of the selectors. As the 2018 World Cup is starting on 13th January, here are the 5 players who grabbed the selectors eyes with their consistent show in the World Cup.
Captain of the team that won the 2008 U-19 World Cup, he made his debut against Sri Lanka in 2008. His consistent performances made him a permanent member of the Indian team that went on to win the 2011 World Cup. He was handed the test captaincy in 2014 after MS Dhoni retired from tests. At present, he captains all the formats after Dhoni withdrew from captaincy.
HIGH POINTS: Man of the tournament in 2012 and 2014 T20 World Cup.
Man of the Series in the 2000 World Cup in which India won, he immediately caught the selectors eye and played the 2000 Knockout Cup in Kenya, scoring a vital 84 against a strong Australian team that was instrumental in India’s victory. Handy as a bowler, he has the distinction of taking 5 wickets and scoring 50 runs in a single game. One can remember the six sixes he hit against Stuart Broad in the 2007 World Cup. Out of favour now, it’s high time he can consider himself for retirement.
HIGH POINTS: Player of the tournament in 2007 T20 World Cup and 2011 ODI World Cup.
Part of the team that was playing the 1998 World Cup, he made his debut against Pakistan in 1999.Known for his aggressive batting and beautiful hand-eye coordination, he was a treat to watch. Though India lost the 2003 World Cup, he made the headlines for his clean-hitting. Part of the team that won the 2007 T20 and 2011 ODI World Cups, he is the only Indian player to score 2 triple tons in the history of test cricket. For a player of his class, it is unfortunate that he didn’t get the proper farewell.
HIGH POINTS: He has the record for scoring the fastest 250 and triple hundred in the history of test cricket.
Also known as “The Turbanator”, he made his debut against New Zealand in 1998. He made headlines when he was the Player of the Series in the 2001 Border-Gavaskar Trophy, taking 32 wickets in 3 matches. Also a part of 2007 T20 and 2011 ODI World Cups, he was a handy lower order batsman in both ODI’s and Tests. However, his form dipped considerably and was not even in the squad for the 2015 World Cup.
HIGH POINTS: He is the first Indian bowler to take a test hat-trick.
The “HitMan”, as he is popularly known, Rohit Sharma was part of the 2007 T20 World Cup and he made an impression for his 50 against South Africa in the Super-8 stage that was crucial in India’s successful campaign. However, he couldn’t carry the momentum and was in and out of the side. In 2013 Champions trophy, when he was opening the batting, he grabbed the opportunity and impressed everyone with his clean striking and there was no looking back again. He holds the record for the highest individual score in ODI’s(264).
HIGH POINTS: He is the only player in the history to score three 200’s in ODI’s.
* Shikhar Dhawan was the leading run scorer and player of the tournament in the 2004 World Cup.
* Cheteshwar Pujara was the leading run scorer in the 2006 World Cup.