Since its inception in 1988, ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup has been a platform for young cricketers to show their talent and potential. The tournament has introduced the cricketing world to many modern-day great players like Virat Kohli, Graeme Smith, Brian Lara and Sanath Jayasuriya to name a few.
In its twelve editions, the Under-19 World Cup has seen the rise of a lot of promising bowlers like Mushtaq Ahmed, Trent Boult and Tim Southee. Moises Henriques and Greg Thompson share the top spot in the U19 World Cup most wickets list. Both of them have 27 wickets to their name, although Thompson has played six more matches than Henriques. 16 of Henriques’s 27 dismissals came in the 2006 Under-19 World Cup, where he was the leading wicket-taker.
Also see - Under 19 World Cup points table
The second spot on the Under 19 Cricket World Cup most wickets list is occupied by Abhishek Sharma who has 26 wickets in the tournament to his name. Following him is Englishman Tim Bresnan with 25 wickets. The fourth place is jointly held by four bowlers, each of them having 23 wickets to their credit. Bangladesh's Enamul Haque holds the record for most wickets in a single tournament. He took 22 wickets in the 2004 ICC Under 19 World Cup.
The thirteenth edition of the tournament, the 2020 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup is scheduled to take place in South Africa from 17 January 2020 to 9 February 2020. 16 teams full of talented youth players will fight for the title of the best Under 19 cricket team in the world. The competition between the bowlers to become the leading wicket-taker in the World Cup has been growing fierce. The fact is that the last edition had three top bowlers with the most wickets. With the South African pitches generally favourable for bowlers, it will be interesting to see which young bowler will announce his arrival to the big stage and top the U19 World Cup most wickets 2020 list.