With the subsequent version of the U-19 World Cup set to begin in South Africa from Thursday January 17, the main focus of the cricketing world as soon as once more shifts to the potential stars of tomorrow. It’s a match which has been the grooming floor for a lot of of at this time’s family names in world cricket. The likes of Virat Kohli, Kane Williamson and Steve Smith all took half within the 2008 version, and if the U-19 cricketers from the taking part nations wanted any motivation to carry out effectively on the occasion, they needn’t look any additional than them.
India have gained 4 U-19 World Cup titles, making them probably the most profitable crew within the historical past of the competitors for the reason that first version was held in South Africa in 1988. India additionally gained the final version in 2018, and enter the match as one of many favourites. Led by the proficient batsman Priyam Garg, the opposite groups in India’s Group A are Sri Lanka, New Zealand and Japan.
Nonetheless, he’s not the one expertise that India have on their books. Mumbai batsman Yashasvi Jaiswal can also be one to be careful for, after making 779 runs in 13 Record A innings, and the truth that he was purchased for two.four crore by Rajasthan Royals within the IPL auctions is testomony to his expertise. India additionally has the proficient spin duo of Atharva Ankolekar and Ravi Bishnoi. Ankolekar, a left-arm orthodox spinner has been in high kind within the lead as much as the match, serving to India win the U-19 Asia Cup in Sri Lanka with a match successful 5 for 28 in opposition to Bangladesh. He continued to take 15 wickets at a spectacular common of 11.80 within the subsequent seven matches, and has additionally executed so in South African circumstances. His expertise will likely be important to India’s possibilities.
Ravi Bishnoi, then again will play the position of containing the batsman and locking one finish as much as create as a lot strain as he can, enabling the likes of Ankolekar to strike when it’s most beneficial.
So far as the opposite teams are involved, Australia, England, West Indies and Nigeria have been assigned Group B. Pakistan, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe and Scotland are a part of Group C whereas South Africa, Afghanistan, Canada and United Arab Emirates fall below Group D. The highest two groups from every group will progress to the Tremendous League section, whereas the underside two will enter the Plate League. Group B, on paper seems to be prefer it may very well be the ‘group of demise’, with the presence of three former champion groups in Australia, England and West Indies.
It is going to be troublesome to look additional than India as being overwhelming favourites for the match, with the Indian youth sides not having misplaced a single bilateral sequence since succeeding within the 2018 World Cup, and successful 22 of 31 matches that they’ve performed in the identical timeframe. Bangladesh would be the dark-horses of the match, having the third finest win-loss ratio amongst all the opposite groups in the identical timeframe. Quick bowlers Shoriful Islam and Mrittunjoy Chowdhury lead the assault for the tigers, and have taken 35 and 34 wickets respectively at spectacular averages of their youth profession.
The primary match will start with the conflict between South Africa and Afghanistan in Kimberly on Friday.
If the Indian crew can play to its potential, there isn’t a saying that they will not go all the best way and choose up their fifth title. An important factor will likely be dealing with the strain on the largest stage the younger gamers would have confronted to this point of their comparatively younger careers. India get their marketing campaign off to a begin with their match in opposition to Sri Lanka on Sunday.