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Top 5 wicket-takers in Under-19 World Cups

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Wayne Parnell bagged stunning figures of 6/8 against Bangladesh in 2008

The twelfth edition of the Under-19 World Cup is set to begin on January 13 with New Zealand hosting it for a record third time. With young names ready to step up to the big stage and gain the attention of the cricketing world, a visit to the record books to check the highest run-getters in the history of the tournament is only apt.

Sportskeeda lists the names of the 5 batsmen with most runs in the youth World Cup so far.

#5 Wayne Parnell, South Africa

23 wickets at 11.39 in 9 matches

The lanky left arm pacer Wayne Parnell participated in two Under-19 World Cups before graduating to the senior side on the back of consistent performances. In his first outing in 2006, though the wickets column did not have much to show, Parnell bowled extremely economically to choke the opposition.

Spells of 2/31 against West Indies in ten overs did not give South Africa a win, but 2/22 against Scotland in nine ensured they romped over with a 185-run victory.

Bigger things awaited him in 2008. Parnell continued to bowl cheap overs and started with figures of 3/37 in a defeat to West Indies.

He then got 2/27 in eight overs against India and 2/39 in a semi final win over Pakistan, but in between, came a performance of a lifetime. Figures of 6/8 against Bangladesh helped bowl them out for merely 41, and though he picked up two more wickets in the final against India, his side ended up on the wrong side.

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