And there they are! The future of Indian Cricket Team who truly ‘bleed blue’. India has entered the finals after thrashing the arch-rivals Pakistan by a mammoth 203 runs to play Australia in finals on 3rd February at the Bay Oval in Tauranga.
India are the only side to have qualified for the final of the ICC U19 World Cup six times and have claimed the title thrice. Australia was defeated by India by 100 runs in the start of the tournament, and now the injured Aussie warriors would eye revenge.
Here are the players from the Indian U-19 team who have made a reputation for themselves:
The Punjab Batsman, Shubman Gill is India’s top scorer in the 2018 U-19 World Cup. Gill’s lowest score in five matches is 63 and his batting average at the end of the second-final is astonishing 170. Gill smacked 63 off 54 balls against Australia to start the tournament with a bag, and followed it up with an unbeaten 59-ball 90 runs blitz. Against Bangladesh he scored 86 and smashed an unbeaten century against Pakistan. The rising star Shubham Gill who is said to show shades of Virat Kohli in his batting would like to make end on a high note in the finals.
Ishan Porel has undoubtedly touched the stars after battling adversities. Teenager from Hooghly in West Bengal has been intimidating batsmen with sheer pace. Porel made his debut for Bengal last season where he picked 13 wickets in three matches which included a five-wicket haul. He ran through the Pakistan top order in the semis, returning with 4/17 from six over now he is all set to lock horns with Aussie batsmen.
With a raw pace of 146 km per hour, ability to reverse swing the ball and bowl some deadly yorkers, this 19-year-old Noida pacer Shivam Mavi is a force to reckon with. Having bagged five wickets in three matches, his boisterous performance has remained a head turner. He idoloizes Dale Steyn and hates being hit even in the nets, his speed of 146 kph, in the match against Australia, even surprised former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly.
The wiry right arm pacer, who consistently bowls at 145-150 kmph, has 7 scalps against his name in the tournament. He has remained the most-talked about teenager clocking nearly 150 kph, which is unheard at the U-19 level.
Last but definitely not the last one, the Indian skipper, Prithvi Shaw is a class in making. The U-19 opener has already registered two half-centuries in the tournament. His domestic outbursts, five first-class hundreds and three half-centuries in past 12 months. Shaw said, “Facing Australia will be a good challenge. Our fast bowlers are doing a great job in the tournament, hope they do a good job in the finals too.”
With zeal in heart and determination in mind Prithvi & Co. are all set to take on their opponent and clinch the trophy once more!