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5 Players To Watch Out For At The 2022 U-19 World Cup

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The 2022 U19 World Cup gets underway from the 14th of January in the West Indies, allowing the next generation of superstars from across the world to step into the spotlight. Stars such as Virat Kohli, Babar Azam and Kane Williamson all made their name at the U-19 World Cup in the years gone by, and here are five players to watch out for in the 14th edition of the tournament in the Caribbean. 

5. Yash Dhull – India


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Yash Dhull follows in the footsteps of Virat Kohli, Ishan Kishan and most recently, Prithvi Shaw and Priyam Garg to lead India at a U-19 World Cup. Dhull has plenty of leadership experience already, having captained Delhi at the U-16 and U-19 levels while also leading the India ‘A’ U-19 side. The right-hander from Delhi scored 302 runs at an average of 75 in the 2021-22 Vinoo Mankad Trophy while also leading the young Indian side to victory in the recently concluded U19 Asia Cup in the UAE.

4. Nivethan Radhakrishnan – Australia


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Chennai-born Nivethan Radhakrishnan will represent Australia in the upcoming U-19 World Cup in the West Indies after his family shifted to Sydney in 2013. The all-rounder made headlines in 2021 with his ability to bowl both off-spin with his dominant right arm and left-arm spin, making him one of the rare ambidextrous players in world cricket. Radhakrishnan has already played two seasons of the Tamil Nadu Premier League for the Karaiudi Kaalai and Dindigul Dragons and was a net bowler for Ricky Ponting’s Delhi Capitals in IPL 2021.

3. Jacob Bethell – England


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Born in Barbados, Jacob Bethell moved to England at the age of 12 and has quickly risen through the ranks in the county system, signing a professional three-year contract with Warwickshire in 2021. The spin-bowling all-rounder has been described as the ‘best 17-year-old he has seen’ by Ian Bell and will be the vice-captain of England’s U-19 team in the West Indies, sharing the leadership duties with captain Tom Prest.

2. Harnoor Singh – India


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Harnoor Singh was a revelation at the top of the order for India at the 2021 U19 Asia Cup in the UAE, finishing the tournament as the top scorer with 251 runs in five matches at an average of 50.2. The right-hander from Punjab comes from a family of cricketers and also finished as the highest run-getter in the U-19 Men’s Challenger Trophy in 2021, scoring three consecutive centuries to finish with 418 runs in four matches.

1. Rajvardhan Hangargekar – India


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Pacers such as Kartik Tyagi, Kamlesh Nagarkoti and Shivam Mavi have all showcased their raw speed and ability in recent editions of the U-19 World Cup, and in 2022 the one Indian fast-bowler to watch out for is Rajvardhan Hangargekar from Maharashtra. Hangargekar can clock speeds of up to 140 kph and impressed heavily in the U-19 Vinoo Mankad Trophy in September, taking 19 wickets in eight matches. The ‘Marathwada Express’ also picked up eight scalps at the recently concluded U19 Asia Cup in the UAE and will be looking to carry his excellent form into the World Cup as India look to win a record 5th title.


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