The “colts war” in Bangladesh ended with a new champion West Indies, who broke India’s long run winning streak in the grand finale of the tournament. Former Indian cricketer Rahul Dravid mentored Indian boys were favourite for this U 19 World Cup but lost to the mighty pace attack of West Indies. A ‘Mankad’ run out against Zimbabwe by Keemo Paul in the last over changed hue of the tournament as West Indies had little chance to qualify for the quarterfinal. However, many players have sparkled and showed their ability to become a star in future. The entire tournament has produced some quality battle between bowlers and batsmen. Fielding also caught the eye of fans.
This tournament has given world cricket stars like Yuvraj Singh, Virat Kohli, Kane Williamson, Steve Smith, Eion Morgan and bowler Trent Boult, Josh Hazlewood, Corey Anderson, Kagiso Rabada. So This edition of the tournament also produced a few young boys who might become stars in future.
So, here are five players who were unknown to the world before they play the U19 World Cup 2016.
1) Alzarri Joseph-West Indies
He was 19, but he got the express quick pace. His red-hot pace was too much strong for opponent batsmen. In the final he broke the heart of India’s top order. He can bowl 147 km/ph consistently. Throughout the tournament, he gets 13 wickets at an average of 13.76. His bowling help West Indies in the built up to the final. He might be a useful bowler for West Indies in future. All he needs is a proper guidance. He will flourish in international cricket quickly. In the last edition of the tournament, South Africa got Kagiso Rabada, who already earned fame in international cricket, so it is expected that Joseph will also become good bowler of West Indies.
2) Mehedi Hasan Shanto- Bangladesh
It will not be staggering to say this 18-year-old Bangladesh boy will become the next big allrounder in Bangladesh cricket after Shakib Al Hasan. He got both the talent in same time. In the just concluded tournament, he has taken 12 wickets in 6 matches while with the bat he scored 242 runs at an average of 60.50. He has a fighting spirit and good cricket brain. In the semi-final match against West Indies, he fought hard both with bat and ball. Batting first Bangladesh lost their top order quickly, but this right-handed batsman steers the ship with a 60 run innings that helped Bangladesh to post a 200 plus score though West Indies defeated easily the hosts. Mehedi got two wickets in the match.
This Indian pacer played an instrumental role for Indian team throughout the tournament to bring in the final. The Madhya Pradesh boy can become a good bowler for Indian national team. He bowls with medium pace but has the swing, cutters in his armoury.
In the final when India all out for 145, it seemed that West Indies colts would win the match with ease, but Khan kept West Indies batsmen in check and gave India the first breakthrough. He also got good assistance from the other bowlers that made West Indies to claw till last over. Khan got 12 wickets in the series. With a good physics and medium pace, Khan will take an entry in Indian bowling department soon.
Shamar Springer-West Indies
He has caught the eye of all cricket fans with his chest roll dance. He is flamboyant both with the bat and ball. He has taken 10 wickets with his medium pace. The most important contribution he made to West Indies team with the bat. He is one of the highest scorers of the tournament as he scored 285 runs at an average of 57. He scored 61 against Zimbabwe in which West Indies has won by two runs. He is a match winner. He might get a place in history if West Indies bring back their glorious history after this U19 World Cup triumph.
Rishav Pant – India
The wicketkeeper-batsman from India is a hard hitter of the white ball and good custodian of three sticks. He is a left-handed batsman. In the match against Namibia in Fatullah, he hit 111 with 14 fours and two sixes. He has a good technique and a player of feet. He scored 267 runs with a hundred. He could be a future of Indian cricket as India always lack a good wicketkeeper batsman. After MS Dhoni’s retirement, the position will get vacant. So, the hunt will start to fill up Dhoni’s shoes. It is tough but Rishav can do if he shows consistency in domestic cricket.