Ishan Kishan (Gujarat Lions)
The captain of India under 19 cricket team Ishan Kishan hails from Patna,Bihar. He was purchased by Gujarat Lions for an amount of 35 lakhs. A lot was expected from him in the under 19 world cup but he failed miserably. Despite that failure he is a player to look because he has proved his mettle in the domestic cricket.
He was an unknown face for many years but he came into limelight when he scored 87 against Saurashtra in the recently concluded Ranji trophy. On a pitch where whole Jharkhand team surrendered in front of Ravindra Jadeja and Kamlesh Makvana, Ishan was the lone player to cross fifty run mark in the first innings scoring 87 of 69 balls which included 8 sixes. He was made the captain of India under 19 because of this innings only. We have to keep an eye on this boy because there have been many successful cricketers who failed a junior level but were quite successful for their country.
Rishab Pant (Delhi Daredevils)
The aggressive opener from Delhi has already shown his T20 skills at the junior level. He was the highest run-scorer in the under 19 world cup. He grabbed his opportunity at the junior level with both hands & was one of the successful batsmen for the team. He is still to play a T20 match at senior level but has a good record in senior cricket.
He made his Ranji trophy debut for Delhi in a tense match between Delhi and Bengal which was famous for a big fight between Manoj Tiwary and Gautam Gambhir. On the final day of the match, Rishab played with patience against Dinda & Ojha and scored his first half-century on his debut. He made his List A debut against Jharkhand in a quarterfinal match of Vijay Hazare trophy, a match which was also played by captain MS Dhoni, though Pant did not get a big score but he shared a fifty-run opening stand with Shikhar Dhawan .He hadn’t enjoyed much success in his short domestic career but he had scored heavily for India Under 19 team. His current form & aggressive batting style makes him the under 19 player to look out for. He was sold for a skyrocketing amount of 1.90 crores to Delhi Daredevils.
Ricky Bhui (Sunrisers Hyderabad)
He was one of the senior members of the under 19 team but failed to play the role of a senior. Like Ishan Kishan, he failed to deliver but one cannot write off Ricky as he has 3 centuries in senior cricket in his short domestic career. Within just 2 years he is one of the best batsmen for his state team, Andhra Pradesh. This will be his third season with SRH as he is part of this team from the year 2014. He is yet to play a match for them but his brilliance in domestic cricket may force the captain to give him the much-deserved chance. The young batsman has already faced Ishant Sharma,Dale Steyn and Trent Boult in the nets & is also under the eyes of V.V.S. Laxman. He was purchased by SRH for 10 lakhs in 2014.
SARFARAZ KHAN (RCB)
Sarfaraz Khan has always been in the limelight, sometimes due to his heavy scoring and sometimes due to indulging in one or the other controversy. He first came into limelight when he scored 439 runs in a Harris Shield match beating the record of great Sachin Tendulkar. He then came into limelight when he faced over-age allegations & was expelled from a BCCI camp. He was again in controversy as news came that he was involved in an ugly fight with Robin Uthappa & Uthappa also mishandled young Sarfaraz. The latest incident for which he was in the limelight, when he left Mumbai to play for Uttar Pradesh in domestic cricket.
Despite having faced all these at a young age, he has made a name for himself with heavy scoring with the bat. He played brilliantly at under 19 world cup and scored 5 half centuries in 6 innings he played.
He was also one of the big hitters for RCB last year. He has enjoyed much success in the RCB camp. His current good form makes him a player to watch out for as if he performs here then we may see him playing for India A in few months.
Arman Jaffer (Kings Xi Punjab)
Armaan Jaffer is the nephew of the Veteran domestic cricketer Wasim Jaffer. Armaan have always been in the limelight from a very young age of 13 for his heavy scoring. He first came into limelight when he smashed 498 for Rizvi Springfield school in the Giles Shield Tournament at Cross Maidan in Mumbai. He again made a name for himself when he scored 290 runs in 464 balls batting for 701 minutes for Mumbai under 16 sides in the final of Vijay Merchant Trophy against Delhi at Shivaji College ground in Delhi. He again enjoyed success at junior level when he slammed 3 consecutive double centuries that took his count of successive centuries to four.
Although all his success has come in days cricket but he showed his class a T20 match playing for Mumbai against South Africa in the practise match of the recently concluded T20 world cup. He scored quick fire 24 in just 12 balls. He smashed 3 boundaries and a six. It was his first encounter with international level bowlers but young batsman played brilliantly. He is a player to look out for as if he is able to perform here then surely selectors may fast track him to the higher level. He is part of Kings XI Punjab as the franchise purchased Armaan on his base price i.e. for 10 lakhs.