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Top 5 Indian U-19 stars whose careers never got going

Modified 25 Feb 2019, 23:46 IST
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#4 Vijay Zol

Vijay Zol
Vijay Zol

Vijay Zol first burst onto the scene when he hit a 467 ball 451 in 2011 for Maharashtra in a first-class U-19 match. On the back of that record-breaking knock, Zol was fast-tracked into the India Under-19 squad at the age of 17.

He was the vice-captain of the Unmukt Chand-led team in the U-19 ICC World Cup 2012. He himself led the U-19 Indian team in the World Cup in 2014 to become one of the very few cricketers hold the distinction of representing their country in two U-19 World Cups. 

His decent outing with the triumphant Chand-led side in the 2012 U-19 World Cup where he scored 151 runs in 6 matches coming in at number three helped him made the captain for the 2014 U-19 World Cup. Under the leadership of Zol, the defending champions failed to retain the trophy as they were knocked out in the quarter-finals to end their tourney at 5th place. His aggregate of 120 runs in 5 matches didn't help India's cause.

Zol got an IPL contract from RCB in 2012 but didn't even get a game. He was bought back by RCB in 2014 and got three games of which he scored a mere 29 runs at a dismal average of 14.50.

Currently, the 24-year-old continues to play first-class cricket for his state team Maharashtra. After playing some consistent cricket for India A team for a few years, Zol lost his touch and hasn't looked likely to come back in contention since then. Thus far Zol has scored 733 runs in 15 first-class matches at an average of 34.90.

Published 25 Feb 2019, 23:46 IST
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