U19 cricket is the biggest stage for the young cricketers to show their talents. The ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup is successful in producing good talents. Some of them became legends or at least very important part of their national team.
Here are the top 10 cricketers among them are discussed in briefly at below (along with their U19 WC playing years).
Nasser Hussain (1988-1988): – At first, the former England skipper Nasser Hussain showed his talent in the inaugural ICC U19 Cricket World Cup (the original name was ICC Youth Cricket World Cup) in 1988. The right-handed batsman had scored 330 runs in that tournament including four half-centuries. He had also taken 9 catches in that tournament, which was the best performance by an England non-wicket keeping fielder in the U19 Cricket WC.
Nasser went on to play 96 Tests and 88 ODIs for England in the international cricket. He had also served as the captain for the national team.
Brian Lara (1988-1988): – One of the greatest batsman in the cricket world, Brian Charles Lara also came up from the Youth Cricket World Cup. The left-handed batsman had scored 222 runs in the tournament with one fifty.
Lara served the West Indies for almost 16 years at the senior level. He had played 131 Tests and 299 ODIs and scored over 10,000 runs in the both format. He holds the record of the highest score in an innings in the Test and First-class cricket both at 400* and 501* respectively. Also, he had served as captain for the national team.
Inzamam-ul-Haq (1988-1988): – This Pakistan legend also had grown up in the cricket in the same year as Nasser Hussain and Brian Lara. Inzamam-Ul-Haq had scored 223 runs in the tournament as a middle order batsman. He had played some crucial knocks during that WC.
Later, he had represented his country at the senior level for the 15 years. He had also served as a captain for Pakistan. He had played 120 Tests and 378 ODIs along with 1 T20Is. The right-handed batsman had scored over 10,000 runs in the ODI cricket.
Chris Gayle (1998-1998): – West Indian batsman Chris Gayle had showed his talent in the 1998 U-19 WC. The left-handed batsman had scored 364 runs including one century and three half-centuries in that tournament. He became the highest run scorer in that tournament.
In the senior level cricket, he becomes a vital part of depleted WI team. He already played 103 Tests, 269 ODIs and 45 T20Is and is still serving the team. He is the only player in the international cricket to score two triple hundred in the Test cricket and one double hundred in the ODI along with one hundred in T20Is.
Virender Sehwag (1998-1998): – One of the most explosive batsmen in the world, Virender Sehwag played 1998 U19 WC. He had managed only 76 runs with his bat in that tournament but gave a handy performance with his bowling in that tournament as he had taken 7 wickets.
In his international career, he had played 104 Tests, 251 ODIs and 19 T20Is. He had scored two triple hundred in the Test cricket and one double hundred in the ODI cricket history. He took retirement from the international cricket just 3 months ago. He was one of the biggest entertainers in the cricket world.
Harbhajan Singh (1998-1998):- Harbhajan Singh had also played for India in the 1998 U19 WC along with Sehwag. He had picked up 8 wickets in that tournament.
In the international cricket history, Harbhajan was one of the best off-spinners of his generation. He played 103 Tests, 236 ODIs and 27 T20Is for India. He was the 3rd Indian bowler to pick up over 400 wickets in the Test cricket. He is currently no. 10 in the most wicket-taker tally in the Test cricket history. He also grabbed a hat-trick in the Test cricket. Currently, he is fighting for his spot in the national squad.
Graeme Smith (2000-2000):- Graeme Smith represented South Africa U19 team at the ICC U19 WC in 2000. He had scored 348 runs and had become the highest run scorer in that tournament. He had hit four fifties in that tournament.
In the senior level cricket, he became one of the best captains in the world cricket. He had played 117 Tests, 197 ODIs and 33 T20Is for South Africa. He was the only cricketer to serve captaincy for more than 100 Test matches.
Yuvraj Singh (2000-2000): – One of the best finishers in Indian cricket, Yuvraj Singh got the limelight from the 2000 U19 WC. He was selected for player of the tournament award for his great all-round performances in that tournament and had helped his country to win the trophy for the first time. He had scored 203 runs and picked up 12 wickets in that tournament.
In international cricket, nothing changed in his performance and achievement. He was again selected player of the tournament award for 2011 ICC WC, which India had won. He played 40 Tests, 293 ODIs and 40 T20I and still not stop. He was also an important member for India in the 2007 ICC T20 WC winning squad. In that WC, he had hit 6 sixes in an over against England (the bowler was Stuart Broad) in the super-six stage.
Hashim Amla (2002-2002):- One of the greatest batsmen in the world at present Hashim Amla also had grown up through the youth world cup. He had played for South Africa in the 2002 U19 WC. He had managed 191 runs in that WC including two half-centuries.
In the international cricket, He already played 89 Tests, 126 ODIs and 30 T20Is for the Protease team and is still serving the country. Amla (311* against England) became the first South African player to score a triple century in the Test cricket.
Alaister Cook (2004-2004):- Alaister Cook still holds the record of the highest scorer for England U19 in the U19 WC. He had played 2004 U19 WC and scored 383 runs with the average of 76.60 including two centuries and one half-century.
He has already played 123 Tests, 92 ODIs and 4 T20Is for the senior team and is still playing for England. Cook holds the record of most runs scorer for England in Test cricket. He is a specialist Test cricketer and plays as an opening batsman. Currently, he is England’s Test captain.