5 U-19 superstars who failed to make it big in international cricket
Under-19 cricket is considered as the breeding ground for successful cricketers and has given the game some of its biggest names in recent years. Players like Virat Kohli, Chris Gayle, Yuvraj Singh and Alastair Cook among others had made an impact at the Under-19 level before making it big in their eventual careers.
However, the history of cricket also has a number of stories about players who were touted as future greats while playing Under-19 cricket but could not make it big in their careers. Although there were different factors which contributed to their failure, what these names shared in common was the fact that they couldn't perform as expected.
Here are 5 U-19 superstars who failed to make it big in international cricket:
5. Wayne Parnell (South Africa)
South African fast bowler Wayne Parnell made his international debut back in 2009 and has played 4 Tests, 51 ODIs and 35 T20Is so far. The left-armer has been a decent limited-overs bowler with 70 and 38 wickets in ODIs and T20Is respectively. However, his career never took off to the levels that were expected from him.
In the 2008 Under-19 World Cup, though, Wayne Parnell was a star performer for the South African team and emerged as their leading wicket-taker. He picked up 18 wickets in just 7 matches with best figures of 6 for 8 and a miserly economy of 3.04 per over.