The Under-19 World Cup, over its long field since 1988, has successfully produced a lot of superstar cricketers that went on to become dominant players for the Indian national side. The biennial event has figured out India's several star performers, from Virender Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh, and Yuvraj Singh in the formative years to current cricketers like Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma. India, a four-time champion of the tournament is in Group B alongside South Africa, Ireland, and Uganda. Ahead of the edition of 2022, here's a look at the U-19 Indian cricketers who could light up the tournament, with their astonishing capabilities.
10. Nishant Sindhu
Nishant is a 17-year-old player from Haryana. He is a left-handed batsman and left-arm off-spinner bowler in the Indian cricket team. Nishant made 32 runs in three innings during the U19 Asia Cup of 2022. With the ball, Nishant took two wickets in 4 matches at an average of 42.0; he bowled at a brilliant economy of just 3.76.
9. Angkrish Raghuvanshi
Angkrish's native is Delhi; he is a right-handed batsman and slow left-arm off-spinner in India's squad. In U19 Asia Cup 2021, Angkrish scored 107 runs in 4 matches at a batting average of 35.66 with one-half century.
8. Vicky Ostwal
Vicky so boldly expressed himself to the world with a starring appearance in India's opening match against South Africa, by taking up five wickets in his 10-over spell. Vicky was the 'Man of the Match' in the U-19 Asia Cup final against Sri Lanka.
7. Rajvardhan Hangargekar
Hangargekar is well-known as a firm striker for throwing big sixes. Hangargekar's all-rounder attitude made him score 216 runs in eight innings during the Vinoo Mankad Trophy with a record 16 sixes and two half-centuries.
6. SK Rasheed
Rasheed's maturity on the ground has duly been awarded the title of vice-captain for the World Cup. SK Rasheed straights into the match after finding his name in the top four run-scorers in the Vinoo Mankad Trophy, Challenger Trophy, and the U-19 Triangular series.
5. Ravi Kumar
Ravi Kumar is the sole left-arm bowler in the Indian bowling attack; he has started his last preparatory laps in West Indies in style. The 18-year-old Indian cricketer ripped through the Australian batting order in India's second practice game.
4. Siddharth Yadav
Siddharth attacked into the U-19 squad of the World Cup on the back of a blistering run in the U-19 Challenger Trophy. Siddharth Yadav scored 361 runs in four innings and appeared as the second-highest scorer.
3. Yash Dhull
Yash Dhull has successfully risen through the leadership skills duly complementing his batsmanship. Yash, who has previously captained Delhi in the U-16 and U-19 categories, was selected as a skipper on the back of firm knocks in the Vinoo Mankad Trophy and Challenger Trophy.
2. Raj Angad Bawa
Raj displayed his skill during the infamous Vinoo Mankad Trophy and the Challenger Trophy in 2021. Raj took eight wickets in four games during the U-19 Asia Cup in UAE and will be hoping to give consistent performances across both departments in the West Indies.
1. Harnoor Singh
Harnoor Singh was born in Jalandhar and majestically appeared in the spotlight during the U-19 Challenger Trophy with 418 runs in four innings with three hundred to his name. Harnoor Singh made another century in the U-19 Triangular series at the start of December before becoming the top-scorer in the U-19 Asia Cup in the UAE with 251 runs in five games, comprising 120 against the host.