As the U19 World Cup 2024 unfolds, a quintet of young cricket prodigies has seized the spotlight with exceptional performances. Let’s delve into the standout talents shaping the tournament narrative.
New Delhi, February 04, 2024: Five Rising Stars Shine Bright at U19 World Cup. The ICC U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup 2024 has witnessed the emergence of several exceptional talents, and five standout performers have been the talk of the tournament during the group stage and Super Six phase.
1. Musheer Khan – India
Musheer Khan, the Indian all-rounder, has been a force to reckon with, amassing 334 runs at an impressive average of 83.50. His dual threat was on full display with four wickets at an economy of 24.25. Musheer’s two centuries, including a stellar 131 against New Zealand, underscore his prowess with the bat. His standout Player of the Match performance showcased not only his batting prowess but also his valuable contribution with the ball.
With such stellar performances, Musheer is on track to surpass the previous record for most runs by an Indian player in the U19 World Cup, currently held by Shikhar Dhawan.
2. Ubaid Shah – Pakistan
Ubaid Shah has been a standout performer for Pakistan, claiming 17 wickets at an astonishing average of 10.52. His recent five-wicket haul against Bangladesh was instrumental in securing Pakistan’s spot in the semi-finals. Ubaid’s ability to generate movement with the new ball and his consistency make him a promising player for Pakistan’s future.
If Ubaid can add three more scalps during the knockout stages, he will set a new record for the most wickets by a Pakistan player in a single U19 World Cup edition.
3. Kwena Maphaka – South Africa
South Africa’s tall left-arm quick, Kwena Maphaka, has been a dominant force with 18 wickets at an impressive average of 9.55. Maphaka’s trio of five-wicket hauls puts him in contention to finish as the leading wicket-taker in the tournament. He is also on the verge of breaking records for the most wickets in a single edition and the most wickets overall in the U19 World Cup.
Maphaka’s ability to move the ball both ways, especially with the new ball, has made him a formidable opponent for opposition batters.
4. Hugh Weibgen – Australia
Australia’s Hugh Weibgen has been a reliable batsman, amassing 252 runs at an impressive average of 63. He played a crucial knock during Australia’s Super Six clash against England, stabilizing the innings and contributing to a match-winning score. Weibgen’s intelligent batting and pivotal performances make him a key player for Australia’s quest for a fourth U19 World Cup title.
5. Steve Stolk – South Africa
Steve Stolk, the South African opener, may not have the highest run tally, but his impressive strike rate of 148.61 sets him apart. His innings of 86 from just 37 deliveries against Scotland showcased his ability to score quickly and decisively. Stolk’s striking ability puts him in the company of notable past performers in U19 World Cups.
South Africa’s knack for producing high-quality white-ball batters seems to continue with the emergence of Steve Stolk as a promising player.
As the U19 World Cup progresses, these five young talents are undoubtedly the ones to watch, representing the future stars of international cricket.