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Top 5 run-getters in Under-19 World Cups

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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 Kanishka Chaugai, Nepal

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Kanishka Chaugai played in three consecutive Under-19 World Cups

537 runs at 28.26 in 20 matches

Right-handed opener Kanishka Chaugai is the only one is the list of the top five run-getters who plays for a nation still counted as an Associate team by the ICC. Chaugai played in three consecutive Under-19 World Cups for Nepal in 2002, 2004 and 2006, and got three half-centuries from the twelve times that he batted.

His highest of 90* came in the 2004 edition against Papua New Guinea. Chaugai was the Nepal Under-19 captain in the 2006 World Cup, where his 78 nearly helped his side beat Zimbabwe. He hit 40 in a win over Ireland, and under him, Nepal beat Uganda in the Plate Quarter-Final.

One of the biggest moments in their cricketing history arrived when they stunned South Africa by 2 runs in the Plate Semi-Final, in which Chaugai got 59. Just days later, Nepal also shocked New Zealand in a nervous run chase of 205 which they won with 1 wicket and 2 balls to spare, thus winning the Plate Final.

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