Stars in the Making

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The ICC U-19 World Cup has reached its last stage and we can’t wait to see India and Australia battle it out in the final. Meanwhile, lets take a look at some of the players we might see and some whom we’d love to see in their respective international senior teams. 

Quinton de Kock (South Africa)

The leading run scorer of the tournament with 226 runs from just 3 matches, this South African Wicket keeper looks like he has a bright future ahead of him. His 126 against Namibia from just 106 balls was just a glimpse of his prowess with bat; Not to mention some really good wicket-keeping! With 12 first class matches under his belt and an amazing batting average of 63, this lad might just be the perfect replacement for Mark Boucher!

Kamil Passi (India)

8 wickets in just 2 matches with an average of 5.12 and an economy of 2.89! These were Kamil Passi’s figures in the group stages of the tournament against Zimbabwe and Papua New Guinea. Some might call it absurd, but why don’t we call it what it is? Sheer brilliance! While he is yet to make his first class debut, this Indian medium pacer might just have made an impression on the selectors of the senior team. Could he be the savior of the Indian bowling department? Well, come this Sunday in the final against Australia, we’ll just have to wait and see!

Babar Azam (Pakistan)

For a boy who is just 17, Pakistan’s Babar Azam has definitely made his mark in this tournament. Second on the run scoring with 182 runs at an average of 91 in the tournament, Azam has also averaged an impressive total of 57.78 in One days. Two years younger than most of the players in the tournament, experts say Azam could add a lot of value to even the senior team’s middle order. Looks like a test debut could be on the cards really soon!

Sayed Shirzad (Afghanistan)

The leading wicket taker of the tournament with 9 wickets, it won’t be long before we can see Sayed Shirzad make his way into the Afghanistan national team. This player is proof that Afghanistan has made heaps of improvement and might emerge as a serious contender in the near future. While they might have missed out on a quarter-final spot, we can’t wait to see this lad in action again!

Theunis de Bruyn (South Africa)

His 132 runs at an average of 44 and 5 wickets with an economy of 5.12 makes Theunis de Bruyn the most accomplished all-rounder this tournament. Though he is yet to make his first class appearance, a brilliant performance in the tournament has all but ensured that day isn’t far away. We might be jumping the gun here, but Bruyn has all the makings of becoming SA’s next Klusner!
 

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