Shubman Gill emerged as the most prolific batsman at the recently concluded Under-19 Cricket World Cup in New Zealand, becoming the fourth Indian to bag the Man-of-the-tournament award. His exploits included four 50+ scores in a row, including a century in the semi-final against arch-rivals Pakistan.
Gill accumulated 372 runs in 6 games at an astonishing batting average of 124 and strike rate of 112. He couldn’t get a big score in the final but his 31 was filled with authoritative strokeplay.
Before Gill, three Indians have won this honour. They are:
Yuvraj, one of the most celebrated cricketers of the modern times and India’s World Cup Hero, has not just bagged the Player of the Tournament at the highest level. Yuvraj had also made it big in the first edition of the junior cricket world cup in 2000, helping India lift the trophy for the first time.
Other than Dhawan, no other batsman has scored over 500 runs at under 19 cricket world. In 2004, Shikhar Dhawan scored 505 runs in 7 innings, studded with 3 hundreds. However, the left-hander had to wait 6 years for India call-up.
Not best known as limited over cricketer, but Pujara announced himself at the International stage with big scoring tournament at the junior level. Pujara amassed 349 runs at a mindboggling batting average of 116.33 in 6 innings of 2006 edition of junior cricket world cup.