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Four U19 World Cup Winners Who Went On To Win The Senior 50-over World Cup

Cricketers who work hard in the domestic cricket get the chance to showcase their talent at an international level. While the age level domestic tournament gives the confidence to the young cricketers, enhancing their performance lead them to the national side.

A significant platform for juniors is the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup from where youngsters get noticed by the selectors. This tournament builds the budding cricketers who go to shine at the senior international level.

There are very rare cricketers who were part of the World Cup-winning team at the junior level as well as senior level. Here we will discuss those four cricketers who won the U-19 World Cup as well as senior-level Cricket World Cup.

Josh Hazelwood (2010, 2015)

Josh Hazlewood, U-19 World Cup, 2010, 2015
Josh Hazlewood.

The Australian fast bowler Josh Hazlewood was the one who impressed with his bowling in the U-19 World Cup 2010, after which he earned the place in the national side in the same year. He was also the part of the U-19 team in 2008 but lifted the trophy in 2010 U-19 World Cup. In that tournament, he was the third-highest wicket-taker in the tournament and most wicket-taker for the team, picking 13 wickets in 6 matches at the economy rate of 4.00. He also had two four-wicket hauls in that tournament.

With impressing in the Test format in 2014, he was also included in the Australian squad for the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup and played a part in their triumph, picking up four wickets against Pakistan in the quarter-finals. In the final, he went wicket-less against New Zealand, but Australia successfully registered the victory.

MS Dhoni, Ajit Agarkar, Aakash Chopra
MS Dhoni. Photo Credit: Getty Images.
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Five Indian Players Who Didn’t Feature In the U-19 World Cup But Went on to Play for National Team

To get the name in India’s U-19 World Cup squad is a big dream for youngsters as it subsequently paves the way for selection in the national cricket team. Many cricketers came in limelight after they had impressed in the age group competition before becoming legends of the game.

Virat Kohli is such a big example. He led India’s U-19 team to lift the title of the U-19 World Cup in 2008. After this, he was selected in the senior team.

Now, the aggressive player is the captain of Team India. Similarly, KL Rahul, Mohammed Kaif, Yuvraj Singh and others had influenced the selectors with their domination in the U-19 World Cup and soon they earned the place in the national side.

But there have been exceptions when the cricketers without playing the U-19 World Cup have made the direct entry in the national team.

Anyway, this is some story to reveal before you. Isn’t it? Their dedication, hard work, and determination led them to play for their country.

Here are the five Indian players who haven’t featured in the U-19 World Cup team but went on to play for the national team:

5. Bhuvneshwar Kumar:

Bhuvneshwar Kumar, U-19 World Cup

Who doesn’t know the name of this pacer? Since he made the debut in the Indian team, Kumar has become a crucial player. The death-bowling specialist is the go-to bowler for the skipper.

It was hard for him to find the place in the U-19 squad but he didn’t stop working hard. And finally, in 2012 he got the chance to wear Indian jersey. As if now, the pacer has played 21 Tests, 114 ODIs and 43 T20Is. In Tests, he has picked 63 wickets while in ODIs he has taken 132 wickets.

Currently, the pacer is fighting with an injury. He has been out of the team after he resurfaced with an old injury ahead of the ODI series against the West Indies.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar will be soon back in the team once he gets fit.

Kane Williamson, India, New Zealand vs India 2020
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Virat Kohli Selects Kane Williamson As The Best Performer In U-19 World Cup 2008

Virat Kohli has selected the New Zealander Kane Williamson as the best performer in the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup 2008. The young Virat Kohli had gained initial fame after leading the India team to victory the U-19 World Cup 2008.

In the semi-final of that edition, Virat Kohli beat Kane Williamson-led New Zealand lads. Kohli remembers the old days when he was also trying to impress the selectors. He recalled that during that tournament Williamson was the batsman who was the star performer for his team.

Virat Kohli, Kane Williamson
Kane Williamson (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

 

“I remember playing against Kane (Williamson). He was someone who always stood out in the team, his batting ability was very different from the other players who were around. It is good to know that so many people from that batch, like Kane and Steve Smith, have played for their respective countries,” Kohli was quoted as saying in a media release by the ICC.

The ICC U19 World Cup was a very important milestone in my career – Virat Kohli

Steve Smith, Trent Boult and Tim Southee are of the same batch who was at that time young cricketers but now are experienced and have reached great heights in the cricket world.

Virat Kohli believes that the ICC U-19 World Cup was an important step for him to reach what he is now. He said that it is a platform that helps everyone to build their careers.

Virat Kohli, Kane Williamson
Virat Kohli (Image Credits: Twitter)

“The ICC U19 World Cup was a very important milestone in my career,” said Kohli

“It helped us get a good platform to build on and make our careers from thereon, so it holds a very important place in my mind and heart. It is very important to understand and respect the opportunity it provides to you.”

Now, Virat Kohli is one of the successful captains India has got. He took charge from MS Dhoni and is continuously giving his best to lead the Men in Blue.