Under-19 World Cup: 5 India players who need polishing
Young prodigies who have all the ingredients to contend for a place in the senior squad in the future.
The Under-19 World Cup is probably the premier platform for emerging prodigies to make a mark and attract the spotlight and the Indian team just did that by winning the tournament comprehensively under the guidance of the legendary Rahul Dravid. The team, led by Prithvi Shaw, were ruthless throughout the tourney and showcased their grit, composure, and professionalism thoroughly. The Indian camp went unbeaten throughout the tournament and has unearthed many stars who might well be the next Kohlis, the Dhawans, and the Jadejas.
But this time around, the pace-bowling unit was the highlight, with the speedsters causing all sorts of problems with speeds above the 140 kmph mark on the speed gun. To sum it up, it was an all-round performance that enabled them to lift the U-19 World Cup for the fourth time in history.
But let us take a look at some of the promising players who need a bit of polishing to make it big in the future:
#5 Harvik Desai
The gloveman of the India Cricket team, Harvik Desai had a memorable tournament in the U19 World Cup.
He opened the innings on a couple of occasions and was involved in a century stand alongside Shubman Gill against Zimbabwe. In addition to this, Desai stitched a crucial partnership of 89 with Manjot Kalra to see his team triumph in the finals.
With MS Dhoni in the final stages of his career and the likes of Wridhiman Saha, Parthiv Patel and Dinesh Karthik all well into their 30s, very few young cricketers are in contention for a spot to replace them.
Under the guidance of Rahul Dravid, undoubtedly if Desai keeps improving rapidly, he has the potential to make it into the senior team.