Internet Desk: The ICC U19 World is knocking the door as it will start from January 13 next year. The cricketing world got a lot of talents like Virat Kohli, Steve Smith, Joe Root, Yuvraj Singh, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Virender Sehwag from this grand tournament who later ruled the World cricket.
The Indian U19 team was runners-up in the last edition back in 2016. Now in 2018, they are placed in Group B where they will play against Zimbabwe, PNG and Australia. Pithvi Shaw led India will face the Aussies in the opener on January 14, later they will face PNG and Zimbabwe on January 16 and 17 respectively. India will play all their three games at the same venue which is the Bay Oval placed in Tauranga.
Indian squad: Prithvi Shaw (captain), Shubman Gill, Himanshu Rana, Abhishek Sharma, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Ishan Porel, Shivam Mavi, Riyan Parag, Aryan Juyal, Harvik Desai (WK), Arshdeep Singh, Shiva Singh, Pankaj Yadav, Anukul Roy and Manjot Kalra.
Among these young cricketers there are a few talented lads who can change the game on their own and have the potential to represent India in the senior level. Here we will discuss about them.
Prithvi Shaw: This young fellow came under limelight back in 2013 when he scored 546 runs in an innings during a school tournament, which was a highest score by an individual at that point of time. He continued his dominating run in his first Ranji Trophy season too. In his outing for Mumbai in eight first-class games and in Duleep Trophy he smashed 945 runs. A lot will be depending on Prithvi during India’s U19 World Cup campaign.
Abhishek Sharma: This Punjab all-rounder ended as highest wicket taker with 59 wickets in 2016 Vijay Merchant Trophy. He also scored 1200 runs in 12 innings which was also the best by any batsman.
Looking at his performance Punjab team management gave him a place to the state team. He can be another key talent for the upcoming U-19 World Cup.
Ishan Porel: Bengal’s young sensation Ishan Porel will be the key in this Indian team as his experience of playing for Bengal will help the side in New Zealand. Porel bowled really well in the ongoing Ranji Trophy season as he has already scalped 13 wickets in five innings.
Kamlesh Nagarkoti: He came under limelight after taking a hat-trick in a List A match. Later the 17-year-old kid was picked for the India U23 squad for the AFC Emerging Players tournament which was played in Bangladesh.
During his England tour the young boy continued his dominating run by taking five-wicket hauls in both the innings of the Youth Test at Chesterfield. A lot will be depended on this young fellow during the ICC U19 World Cup.
Pankaj Yadav: Pankaj’s life story can inspire many people. He is a son of a milkman and playing cricket with a lot of obstacles. He is yet to play for his state team at the senior level.