This is where it begins for most players who go on to become giants in international cricket. Ben Stokes, Ravindra Jadeja, Sanju Samson, Yuvraj Singh, Riya Parag, Kane Williamson, Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan, and Robin Uthappa are just some of the numerous players who left a lasting impact while playing U-19 cricket and they had some stand-out performances in the U-19 World Cup too. The tournament is upon us once again, with India going in as the defending champions. Rajasthan Royals star, Riyan Parag was a member of the squad that won the tournament in 2018. This time around, we have three young Royals, who are slated to play key roles in India’s U-19 World Cup campaign. Let’s see what they have to offer during this exciting tournament.
Yashasvi Jaiswal, one of India’s most talked about U-19 batsman from Mumbai will be looking to announce himself on the world stage. The young left-hander has been in terrific form leading up to the tournament, scoring 3 fifties and 1 century in his last ten outings. His all-round abilities have also been on point in South Africa, claiming 6 wickets in his first two appearances, including a four-for in his first outing against South Africa u-19. Yashasvi has been ticking the right boxes before the U-19 World Cup and we hope he’ll put on a show to remember for all of us.
A right-arm fast bowler for Uttar Pradesh, Kartik has already shown glimpses of his pace and skill with his performances in junior cricket and First-Class cricket playing for his state side. The quick has already had an impact in South African conditions; Tyagi has picked up nine wickets in six games bowling at lively pace and with prodigious swing. Tyagi is an impactful bowler with a clever knack of taking wickets. Having already performed in countries like England, India and South Africa, we can expect Kartik to adapt to different situations and bowl with purpose at all times.
Another addition to Rajasthan Royals’ 2020 squad is this exciting sensation, Akash Singh. He is slated to play a key role in India’s U-19 squad for the upcoming World Cup, Akash is a left-arm quick who bowls at impressive pace and can swing the ball back in sharply to right-handed batsmen. Left-arm bowlers are an impactful breed and Akash Singh is no different. His impact has been evident ever since he landed in South Africa with impressive figures and spells against the Proteas and Afghani U-19 sides. The South African pitches will be conducive to his bowling. He is one for the future and this might just be the tournament he establishes it for the world.
The form they have been in speaks highly of their abilities. Yashasvi, Akash and Kartik will be eager to make a mark and treat this opportunity as launchpads for their respective careers. The U-19 World Cup is where stars of the future are made and found. Rajasthan Royals wishes the three youngsters and Team India all the luck!