“The Secret of getting ahead is getting started as early as possible”.
Under 19 stage provides the perfect platform for a young, talented and aspiring sportsperson. The recently concluded U 19 Cricket World Cup witnessed the emergence of many young stars that can excel even at the senior stage.
We thought this is the perfect time to recall those Under 19 World Cup winners who made it big even on the international level.
Here are 5 Under 19 World Cup winners who went onto do well even at the international stage.
Note: All stats are accurate as of 12th February 2018
# 1) Virat Kohli (India)
Probably the best batsman on the planet, The Indian skipper does not need even an iota of any sort of introduction. Having led the Indian team to victory in 2008 U 19 World Cup, The Delhi Batsman never looked behind after that and is scaling new feats and piling up new milestones every time he steps on the cricket field.
With an average of 53.40, 57.45 and 52.86 in Tests, ODI’s and T20I’s respectively, Virat Kohli has hit 55 centuries across all the formats and has amassed around 17000 runs in the international circuit. At 29, Virat still has a lot of cricket left in him and with a promising career Virat can go on to achieve unimaginable heights in the game.
# 2) Yuvraj Singh (India)
Having won the Under 19 World Cup in 2000, Yuvraj Singh also was an integral part of winning teams of elite tournaments like the ICC Champions Trophy, ICC T20 World Cup and 50 overs World Cup making him the only cricketer who had won all the 4 trophies. A Match winner in true terms, Yuvraj Singh can still hit the cricketing ball for a long distance.
Yuvraj who has had a great T20 and ODI career, he has so far hit more than 10,000 runs across the formats and has also chipped in handy with the ball claiming 148 wickets across all the formats.
# 3) Graeme Swann (England)
One of the best off-spinner to have played the game, Graeme Swann has been the most successful off-spinner for his country. In a test career which lasted for about 5 years, Swann played 60 test games and claimed 255 wickets in test format before calling it a day.
He had decent outings in T20I and ODI format as well as he claimed 51 and 104 wickets respectively. It was highly unlucky for him to make the test debut at the age of 28 after having made the ODI debut way early when he was 20.
Graeme Swann did prove himself handy even with the bat as he scored 1370 runs in the test format at an average of 22.00 which is good enough for a tail-ender.
# 4) Sarfaraz Ahmed (Pakistan)
The Wicketkeeper from Pakistan impressed many with his leadership skills as he captained his side to victory in the 2006 edition of the world cup. Undoubtedly, he is one of the best players to have captained the senior side as well. The Wicket Keeper from Pakistan is also a crafty player with the willow in hand. He has played some really good knocks for the Pakistan team.
Every now and then, Sarfraz has proved his mettle as the captain, His biggest achievement as the captain came in the 2017 edition of ICC Champion’s trophy where he led his nation to victory against their arch rival and tournament favourites India to claim the title.
Sarfaraz who has hit more than 4400 runs on the international stage is still 30. The way he has led the national side is worth praising. It remains to be seen if he can inspire his national team to a World Cup win ending the 27-year drought.
# 5) Josh Hazlewood (Australia)
Often hailed as the next Glenn McGrath, the tall Australian fast bowler has some very serious talent. A bowler who could consistently hit accurate line and lengths, Josh Hazlewood is an impact player. He made his ODI debut soon after the Under 19 World Cup and there has been no looking back since then.
As an integral part of the Australian team, Josh Hazlewood boasts of impressive averages of 25.77 and 24.27 in Tests and ODI’s respectively. He is the wrecker-in-chief for the national team and the duo of him and Mitchell Starc can rip any batting line up apart.