A year and a half after the India Under-19 team reached the finals of the World Cup in South Africa, we take a look at how the XI who took the field in the final have fared since then.
The Priyam Garg-led side went down against Bangladesh in the summit clash but had displayed plenty of promise and skills. However, not many cricketers have managed to rise up and latch onto their chances, though, to be fair, they have been far and few in between due to the pandemic.
The India skipper did not have the best outing in the World Cup, where he had scored only 68 runs with one fifty, but led his team brilliantly throughout. The youngster, who had been snapped up by Sunrisers Hyderabad for INR 1.9 crore in the IPL auction before the tournament began, has not been able to make the most of his opportunities in the T20 league thus far, scoring just 133 runs in 14 games at an average of 14.77. He has not played a single game in IPL 2021. He had a poor Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy this year as well, making only 57 runs for Uttar Pradesh, but was in better nick in the 50-over Vijay Hazare Trophy that followed, as he ended with 286 runs at an average of nearing 36.
The Player of the Series in the 2020 Under-19 World Cup, Jaiswal was touted to be the next big thing but was a big disappointment in the IPL last season, and was eventually dropped by Rajasthan Royals after three games. Thus far, he has played six IPL matches, scoring 34 runs with a below-par strike rate as well. He had an underwhelming SMAT this year but fared relatively better in the Vijay Hazare, where he scored 208 runs for Mumbai, helping them to the title.
Jaiswal’s opening partner, Saxena had created headlines with his form in 2019, where he had scored 781 runs in the Cooch Behar Trophy. He is yet to make his professional debut.
The No.3 scored a fighting 38 in the final against Bangladesh and piled on 94 runs with Jaiswal for the second wicket. He has been in good form of late, with six 40+ scores in his last ten innings for Hyderabad in the SMAT and the Vijay Hazare Trophy. His campaign in the latter tournament included an unbeaten 156 and 128, and he ended the competition with 391 runs at a stunning average of 97.75.
The wicketkeeper averaged 49.50 in the Under-19 World Cup but has not been able to perform as per expectations, scoring 5 and 23 in two innings for Uttar Pradesh in the SMAT this year before he was dropped.
The all-rounder scored 69 runs and picked up two wickets in the Under-19 World Cup last year, but notched a duck in the final. It was his last competitive game in any format.
Ankolekar had picked up 3-28 against New Zealand in the U19 World Cup, before scoring a crucial 55* in the next game against Australia. However, he has not been in the best rhythm in the following competitions: he scored 40 runs in the SMAT and picked up three wickets in four games, and could only score an unbeaten 10 in the sole innings he batted in the Vijay Hazare Trophy.
The player from India’s U19 side who has left his mark most indelibly on the IPL, Bishnoi has impressed with his googlies and his variations against the best batsmen in the game. The leading wicket-taker for India in the Under-19 World Cup with 17 scalps, Bishnoi picked up at least a wicket in every innings when he played for Rajasthan in the Vijay Hazare Trophy this season.
The bowler took two wickets in the Under-19 World Cup final, which took his tally to seven in the tournament. The Bihar cricketer has not played a professional match since the loss against Bangladesh.
Bought by Rajasthan Royals, Tyagi has impressed none other than Ian Bishop in the IPL, which indicates his growth since the World Cup finals. He was selected as a net bowler for India against Australia when they toured at the end of last year, and starred in the IPL after its recent resumption, defending four runs in the final over against Punjab Kings.
Akash Singh picked up seven wickets in the Under-19 World Cup but has only picked up two wickets across tournaments in four matches for Rajasthan since then. He is currently with Rajasthan Royals in the IPL but is yet to make his debut.