ICC U19 World Cup: the top five players of tournament
The ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup in New Zealand is veering towards its conclusion with just three matches remaining.
The past month has seen 16 of the world’s best youth teams battle it out for ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup most coveted prize.
Australia and India will contest Saturday’s final with both teams searching for their fifth crown but prior to the contest we look at the top five players from what has been an enthralling in ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup so far.
SHUBMAN GILL (INDIA)
The Punjab-born 18-year-old has been the tournament’s best batsman so far. There can be no doubt about his temperament either after his match-winning unbeaten 102 against arch-rivals Pakistan in Tuesday’s semi-finals of ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup.
His three innings prior to the Pakistan clash had yielded scores of 63, 90no and 86. With a batting average of 170, it is no wonder that Gill has bagged a lucrative IPL contract.
HARRY BROOK (ENGLAND)
The Yorkshire batsman has been the shining light for England in the tournament with some eye-catching performances with the bat. He has been dismissed only twice in the tournament and scored a classy unbeaten 102 against Bangladesh in the group stages.
Brook has been averaging almost 120 with the bat and has also shown his all-round capabilities by chipping in with two wickets.
QAIS AHMAD (AFGHANISTAN)
With 14 scalps in five matches, the Afghanistan leg-spinner is the leading wicket-taker in the World Cup so far. He instrumental in his side’s dream run to the semi-finals where they perished at the hands of the Australians.
His best performance came in the quarter-finals against hosts New Zealand where he returned with match-winning figures of 4-33.
ANUKUL ROY (INDIA)
He might not be the leading wicket-taker but with an insane bowling average of 7.91 and an economy rate of just 3.6, India’s left-arm spinner Anukul Roy has been up there with the best.
He was extremely lethal in the group-stages where his 5-15 against Papua New Guinea and 4-20 against Zimbabwe paved the way for some big wins for India.
SHAHEEN AFRIDI (PAKISTAN)
The Pakistan teenager shaheen Afridi is the latest product to be churned out of the country’s fast-bowling factory and he’s shown he has all the tools to make it big at the senior level.
The left-arm pacer has picked up 12 wickets in five matches at an average of 14.58. The 17-year-old was sensational against the Irish where he ran through their batting order with 6-15.
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