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ICC U19 WC: Meet the Boys Who Won India the Historic Fourth Title

Manjot Kalra slammed a majestic century when it mattered the most while bowlers also came up with the goods as India thumped Australia by eight wickets to lift their fourth ICC Under-19 World Cup title at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui, on Saturday.

Cricketnext Staff |February 4, 2018, 8:56 AM IST
ICC U19 WC: Meet the Boys Who Won India the Historic Fourth Title

Manjot Kalra slammed a majestic century when it mattered the most while bowlers also came up with the goods as India thumped Australia by eight wickets to lift their fourth ICC Under-19 World Cup title at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui, on Saturday.

Manjot remained unbeaten on 101 while he was ably supported by Harvik Desai (47*) as India crossed the finish line in just 38.5 overs. The Indian colts become the first team to win the title for four times as earlier they were tied with Australia with three titles each.

Cricketnext takes a look at the India colts who brought the cup back -

Prithvi Shaw (Captain)

Prithvi Shaw

One of Indian cricket’s youngest and most talked about stars has been the U19 captain Prithvi Shaw who has led his team in fantastic fashion at the ICC U19 World Cup in New Zealand. Shaw, who has been performing well at the first class level as well has added yet another feather to his hat.

The India U19 captain was in great form throughout the course of the tournament, where piled on the runs at the top of the order giving all opposition bowlers a hard time. As Indian captain at the U19 World Cup, Shaw now has the most number of runs in the tournament in comparison to all previous Indian captains. Once Shaw crossed the 14 run mark in the final while batting against Australia, he crossed Unmukt Chand’s tally of 246 runs in the World Cup.

Recently, Shaw was rewarded for his great form in the domestic circuit as well as in the world cup as he was bought by Delhi Daredevils for Rs 1.2 Cr in the Indian Premier League.

Manjot Kalra

Manjot Kalra_Twitter

The most talked about name after India lifted the title was that of batsman Manjot Kalra, who slammed a blazing ton in the final of the tournament and saw his team over the line against the mighty Aussies. By doing so, Kalra became only the fifth cricketer ever to have scored a century in the final of the U19 World Cup. Previously, it was Unmukt Chand who had the distinction, but now both he and Kalra can boast of the same record for India. Kalra made a name for himself in the Cooch Behar Trophy in 2016-17 season, where he slammed a whopping 742 runs, which included one century and six half-centuries to take Delhi into the final of the competition.

Shubman Gill

India U19 Shubman Gill

Another breakout star to come out of the World Cup for India is Shubman Gill who simply took the tournament by storm. Before the final, Shubman scored 341 runs in four innings where he crossed the 50-run mark in all the four innings. Gill went onto convert one of those fifties into a hundred against Pakistan to help team storm into the fina. While Gill could only muster 31 runs in the final, his efforts to get the team into the championship match cannot be discounted for. Moreover, Gill has been plucked by Kolkata Knight Riders for a big sum of Rs 1.8 Cr for this edition of the IPL.

Harvik Desai (wk)

India's Harvik Desai

When stalwarts like Prithvi Shaw and Shubman Gill fell in the final, it was Harvik Desai who stood up and put on a stunning partnership with Manjot Kalra to take the team over the line. Harvik slammed a brilliant 47* which helped India win their fourth Under-19 title. Harvik started to make a name for himself at the under-16 level for Saurashtra. Harvik missed the bus for the ICC U-19 WC 2016, despite being one of the top run-getters in the Challenger Trophy 2016 as Rishabh Pant and Ishan Kisan were up the pecking order to him. However, he got his chance to shine this time around and he accepted it with both hands.

Riyan Parag

Riyan Parag didn't get much of a chance to showcase his talents at the highest stage as most of the work was done by the top-order. Riyan was selected into the side after excellent performance in the U-19 Challenger Trophy, where he ended up being the highest run-getter. Moreover, he also performed admirably in England in the two youth Tests in 2017.

Abhishek Sharma

Abhishek Sharma put on a decent all-round show in India's fourth title winning campaign at the World Cup. Sharma scalped six wickets throughout the course of the tournament and also slammed a fifty against Bangladesh when he was needed to step up. Sharma first broke onto the scene when he led India to U-19 Asia Cup 2016 title at a tender age of 16. Sharma's spin came to the fore in the final of the competition where India beat Sri Lanka by 34 runs.

Anukul Roy

Anukul Roy

Anukul Roy was the star of the Indian bowling attack throughout the course of the season as he ended the World Cup by being the top wicket-taker of the competition. The left-arm spinner scalped 14 wickets in 6 matches at an astonishing average of just 9.07. In total, he gave away just 127 runs in the entire tournament at an economy rate of mere 3.8 and his best figures were 14/5, which came against Papua New Guinea. He starred with the ball in the final as well, where he picked up 2/32.

Kamlesh Nagarkoti

Kamlesh Nagarkoti

Speedster Kamlesh Nagarkoti became the toast of the nation from the first match of the tournament itself, when he bowled consistently at 140+ km/hr. The batsmen were blown away by the pace of the right-arm bowler and he ended the tournament as the joint-second highest wicket-taker. Nagarkoti ended the tournament with 9 wickets in 6 matches and he gave away just 147 runs in the process. Nagarkoti was awarded for his sublime show in the tournament as he was picked by KKR for a whopping Rs 3.2 Cr.

Shivam Mavi

shivam mavi

They say pacers should hunt in pairs and the old adage fits perfectly to the Indian team as they have two supremely talented in their ranks. Shivam provided able support to Nagarkoti and the duo wrecked havoc in the World Cup as he also ended up with nine wickets in six matches and he gave away mere 170. Shivam scalped one wicket in the final and his best figures came against Australia in the first match where he ended with figures of 3/45. Shivam will be seen in KKR colors as well in the IPL after he was picked by the two-time champions for Rs 3 Cr.

Shiva Singh

Left-arm spinner Shiva Singh saved his best for the last as he ended the final against Australia with figures of 2/36 which helped India restrict the three-time champions to just 216. In total, Shiva scalped fourth wickets in the tournament and provided able support to the other bowlers. Shiva's economy of 3.23 in six matches was one of the best in the World Cup.

Ishan Porel

Ishan Porel (Getty Images)

Ishant Porel had a very up and down tournament as he got injured in the first match itself and was on the verge of going back home. However, the team management stuck with him and he repaid the faith with some fine performances. Porel made his comeback in the quarter-final against Bangladesh and returned figures of 5-2-8-0. While, in the semi-final against Pakistan, Porel added wickets to tally, returning 4/17 in six overs as Pakistan were shot out for 69.

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4027 115
2 New Zealand 2829 109
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3778 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6745 125
2 India 7071 122
3 New Zealand 4837 112
4 Australia 5543 111
5 South Africa 5193 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 India 8099 261
5 Australia 5471 261
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