The Under-19 Indian cricket team provides a huge platform for young cricketers to start their career and then they go on to carve a niche for themselves in the senior team. Here is a list of ten players who started their journey with the Under 19 World Cup and became an integral part of the senior team.
Yuvraj Singh: In 2000, Yuvraj Singh was the biggest find of the Under-19 World Cup. He was the Man of the Tournament.
Mohammad Kaif: Like Yuvraj, Kaif too proved his mettle in the 2000 World Cup. His partnerships with Yuvraj are memorable till today. Kaif was one of the best fielders in the tournament.
Harbhajan Singh: In the 1998 Under-19 World Cup, Harbhajan took 8 wickets in 6 matches. His performance got him a call for the national team the same year.
Rohit Sharma: Sharma showcased a remarkable performance in the Under-19 World Cup in 2006.
Virender Sehwag: Sehwag’s journey accelerated in the 1998 Under-19 World Cup.
Shikhar Dhawan: Dhawan was the leading run scorer (505 runs) in 2004 Under-19 World Cup, and was named Player of the Tournament for his performance.
Virat Kohli: Kohli was the captain of the 2008 Under-19 World Cup. He demonstrated impressive leadership skills throughout the tournament.
Ravindra Jadeja: He was another gem from the 2008 tournament. He now leads the spin attack for India.
Suresh Raina: Raina played the Under-19 World Cup in 2004, and made his national debut a year later.
Cheteshwar Pujara: Pujara was part of the 2006 Under-19 World Cup and also the tournament’s leading scorer.
Thus, we can decipher the importance of the Under-19 World Cup by the presence of these top cricketers on the national team. And we hope that more young players go on to become great assets for the national team in the near future.