A lot has changed in recent times for India as it’s become a dominating force in cricket all over the world. They won the Under-19 World Cup which was held in New Zealand from the 13th of January to 3rd of February 2018. With this win, India also became the only team to win the World Cup for a record 4 times. They had moved into the World Cup with a lot to prove after being knocked out of the Asia Cup in 2017 suffering shocking defeats to Nepal and Bangladesh. Rahul Dravid, the coach of the Under 19 team, had to make a lot of changes with the Under 19 World Cup around the corner.
India put up dominating performances with two 10 wicket wins over Papua New Guinea and Zimbabwe in the group stages of the tournament. In the Semi-Finals India had defeated Pakistan by 203 runs. Before meeting Australia in the Finals, India had already beaten them in their first match of the tournament by 100 runs.
In the finals, it was a similar affair as India reduced the Aussies to a total of 216 with Ishan Porel, Shiva Singh, Anukul Roy, and Kamlesh Nagarkoti picking up 2 wickets each. The Aussies were highly troubled by the pace of Nagarkoti and Shivam Mavi who bowled at a constant speed of over 140 miles per hour.
The Indians got off to a flier with both Manjot Kalra and Prithvi Shaw looking in good touch. Manjot Kalra scored an unbeaten hundred which proved to be enough as India chased down the target set by the Aussies with 8 wickets in hand. This victory was even sweeter for Rahul Dravid after his side lost in the finals of the Under 19 World Cup to West Indies in the 2016 edition. Let's have a look at how the stars of India's World Cup Winning campaign have fared so far:
#1 Shubman Gill:
The junior cricketer of the year for 2013-14 and 2014-15 has been in the limelight since the very beginning. He smashed an unbeaten double century on his under-16 debut for Punjab in the Vijay Merchant trophy.
He was awarded as the 'Player of the Tournament' in the Under 19 World Cup where he amassed 372 runs in 6 games at an average of 124. He was also the second highest run-getter scoring 1 century and 3 fifties. He dominated the oppositions throughout the tournament and scored runs at a strike rate of 112.38
Gill was bought by the Kolkata Knight Rider for 1.8 crores after a fierce battle between the Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals for the young batting sensation. He did not disappoint the Knight Riders with the price they paid for him as he scored 203 runs at an average of 33.83 with a strike rate of over 140. He scored his first IPL fifty in his unbeaten knock of 57 off 36 balls against the Chennai Super Kings.
He scored 273 runs in the 5 games he played in the India A tour of England which included 3 fifties. He was the highest run-getter for Punjab in the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2018 as he scored 418 runs at an average of 59.71 with three fifties and a century.
#2 Prithvi Shaw:
Prithvi Shaw has made huge strides this year. He captained the India under-19 team to victory in the ICC under 19 World Cup in New Zealand for a record 4th time. In the World Cup he became the highest scoring Indian Captain at the Under 19 world cup, scoring runs at an average of 65.25.
Since then he has been in exceptional form for the Mumbai team as well as the India A team. He recently made his debut for the senior team in Test cricket against the Windies. He stamped his authority in the test series and was declared the 'Player of the Tournament.' On returning from national duty to play the semifinals for Mumbai against Hyderabad, he showcased why he's been the talk of the town as he scored a quick fire 50 in less than 35 balls as he got Mumbai off to a flier in the semifinals of the Vijay Hazare Trophy.
Having been compared to the likes of Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, and Brian Lara he's been the talk of the cricketing world.
#3 Anukul Roy
Anukul Roy’s performance in the Under 19 World Cup was very impressive as he ended the tournament as the 'joint highest wicket-taker'. He troubled the batsmen with his left arm orthodox bowling. He picked up 14 wickets at an average of 9.07 with an economy rate of 3.84. In the finals of the World Cup, he picked up the important wickets of Jonathan Merlo on 76 and Param Uppal on 34. His tight bowling helped India restrict the Aussies to a total of 216 which led to their 8 wicket win.
Following his success in the Under 19 World Cup, he was bought by the Mumbai Indians for Rs.20 Lacs.
After his impressive performance in the Under 19 World Cup, he continued with his heroics for Jharkhand in the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2018. He picked up 15 wickets at an economy rate of 4.21. He guided Jharkhand into the semi-finals with his figures of 4 for 32 against Maharashtra.
#4 Manjot Kalra:
The left-handed opening batsman from Delhi got selected for the under-19 World Cup team after ending up as the second highest run scorer in the Cooch Behar Trophy 2016-17 with 742 runs. In the matches, he played for Delhi in the tournament he scored runs at an average of 49.47 with a century and 6 half-centuries to his name. He scored a commendable double century against Maharashtra in Nasik. He faced many age verification tests on his way to the under 19 team.
Kalra was also the 'Man of the Match' in the Finals of the Under 19 World Cup where he smashed an unbeaten 101 off 102 balls to guide India to an eight-wicket victory over Australia. He smashed 3 sixes and 8 fours in his innings. He scored 252 runs at an average of 84 in the under 19 World Cup with a century and fifty to his name.
After the World Cup, he was bought by the Delhi Daredevils for Rs.20 lac in the 2018 edition of the IPL. He didn’t feature in any of the games but definitely must have learned a lot sharing the dressing room with players like Chris Morris, Glen Maxwell, and Jason Roy.
Shivam Mavi, the bowling all-rounder from Noida, is one who has troubled many batsmen in the Under 19 World Cup with his pace. His consistency of bowling over 140 mph got him 9 wickets in the World Cup at an average of 18.88. He also picked up these wickets at an economy rate of 4.12.
With his fiery pace, Mavi was bought for Rs.3 Crore by the Kolkata Knight Riders for the 2018 season. He featured in 9 matches for the Knight Riders picking up 5 wickets.
He made his List A debut for India A against South Africa A on the 27th of August 2018. He was a regular part of the Uttar Pradesh team in the recently concluded Vijay Hazare Trophy 2018 where he picked up 8 wickets. He was also the 'highest wicket-taker' for Uttar Pradesh in the tournament. He picked up his first hat-trick and five-for in his debut match for Uttar Pradesh against Saurashtra in the Vijay Hazare Trophy.