5 U19 World Cup stars who faded away
The 12th edition of the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup is already underway with Matchday-1 done and dusted. Hosts New Zealand began with an easy win over reigning champions West Indies while Zimbabwe had a cakewalk against Papua New Guinea. Bangladesh U19 registered an easy win over Namibia U19. However, the upset of the day was scripted by Afghanistan U19 who defeated Pakistan U19 by five wickets.
Over the years, the U19 World Cup has seen numerous stars producing sensational performances. Many of them have gone on to shine in international cricket like Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Graeme Smith and Shane Watson. However, some stars in the U19 World Cup haven’t been able to perform well in international cricket. Here are 5 foreign U19 World Cup stars who have not been able to fulfil their potential in international cricket.
#5 Mluleki Nkala, Zimbabwe
Mluleki Nkala was only 16 when he played for Zimbabwe at the 1998 U19 World Cup in South Africa. Zimbabwe reached the Super League round ahead of West Indies, with Nkala spearheading their bowling attack.
Nkala produced some brilliant spells throughout the tournament, including a match-winning 5/51 against West Indies which helped Zimbabwe reach the Super League. During the Super League stage, Nkala bowled a spell of 4/26 against Sri Lanka. Out of the six matches he played, he picked up wickets in four of them and on all occasions, took at least three.
Nkala was the joint-highest wicket-taker of the tournament with 16 scalps at an impressive average of 13.06. However, his international career did not go according to plan. From 2000-2005, Nkala took 11 Test wickets from 10 matches. From 1998-2006, he took just 22 ODI wickets in 50 ODIs. He took the wicket of Sachin Tendulkar with only his second ball in international cricket, but faded away badly.
Nkala has not played for Zimbabwe since 2006 and last played a First-Class game in March, 2013. He has 91 First-Class wickets and 71 List-A wickets to his name.