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Saturday, January 4, 2020

Seven cricketers who captained the U-19 World Cup, but never played with Team India

Seven cricketers who captained the U-19 World Cup, but never played with Team India

The under-19 Cricket World Cup countdown has begun. Just 13 days from today, the battle to become the young world winner will start among 16 teams. The champions will be decided after 24 days and 48 matches. A record four-time champion and one-time runner-up India will try their best to retain their title. There are many players who not only played but won the Under-19 World Cup but could not make it to the senior team. In the 32-year history of the Junior World Cup, only five captains out of 12 could make it to the Indian team. While the seven captains did not get the privilege of wearing the senior team's blue jersey.

Wearing the Team India jersey is every cricketer's dream. The hard work of some brings color and the luck of some comes to fruition. Despite a good performance in junior and domestic cricket, his dream could not be fulfilled. One of them became the Under-19 Team Champion under the captaincy of Unmukt Chand of Delhi. He was being called the star of the future but he could not make it to the Indian team. Similarly, Ravikant Shukla, Ashok Maneria, Vijay Zol, Ishan Kishan, S Senthilanathan and Amit Paganis also lost.

Kohli's unique record: 

Virat Kohli is the only captain to have captained the senior team after the junior team. The under-19 team led by Virat became the champion in 2008. The team also had Ravindra Jadeja, Manish Pandey and Saurabh Tiwari.

S Senthilanathan was the first captain:

India first challenged in 1988 under the captaincy of Tamil Nadu's M Senthilanathan. The team had already finished sixth in the first edition. Right-handed batsman Senthilnathan has scored 1615 runs in 37 matches of the first class at an average of 31.66. In this World Cup, Nayan Mongia scored 135 runs from seven matches at an average of 19.28 for India. At the same time, Narendra Hirwani took ten wickets in the same number of matches at an average of 21.30. Along with Mongia, Hirwani, there were Praveen Amre and Venkatespathi Raju who later played in the senior team as well.

Paganis was also unable to do the feat: 

In the second World Cup held in 1998 after about 10 years, the under-19 team was led by Amit Paganis of Mumbai and the team reached the second round. Paganis had scored 175 runs in six matches at an average of 29.16. Amit Bhandari took 11 wickets, Harbhajan Singh eight and Virender Sehwag took seven wickets. He had the distinction of wearing a blue jersey of the senior team but Pagnis had a kimsham fury.

Ravikant Shukla failed:

Ravikant Shukla of Rae Bareli in Uttar Pradesh got the chance to captain the under-19 World Cup team in 2006 but to play in the senior Indian team'S dream could not be fulfilled. Ravikanth's team missed the title by losing to Pakistan in the final. The captain scored 53 runs in six matches.  Cheteshwar Pujara was the Man of the Series scoring 349 runs at an average of 116.33. Rohit Sharma scored 205 at an average of 41.00. Piyush Chawla took 13 wickets at an average of 12.15.

Maneria also turned around: 

Ashok Maneria's team from Udaipur, Rajasthan finished sixth in 2010. Maneria also failed to play any match with Team India. Mayank Agarwal scored 167 runs for the team at an average of 27.83 and Lokesh Rahul scored 143 runs at an average of 28.60. Maneria has scored 2088 runs in the first class at an average of 41.76. Jaydev Unadkat and Sandeep Sharma took seven wickets each.

Unmukt also had a rough luck: 

Unmukt made headlines by making the Under-19 team champions in 2012 under his captaincy. His bat also spoke a lot. He scored a team-leading 246 runs at an average of 49.20. It also included an unbeaten 111-run innings in the final against Australia.After this, he could not concentrate in his game and the desire to play in Team India remained incomplete. Sumit Patel scored 178, Prashant Chopra 172 and Baba Aparajita 171 and Vijay Zol scored 151 runs. Ravikant and Sandeep Sharma took 12–12 wickets.

Vijay also found disappointment: 

Maharashtra left-handed batsman Vijay Zol had the distinction of captaining the Under-19 team in 2014 but did not get a chance to play in the senior team. Sanju Samson scored 367 runs at an average of 44.50 with the Indian team finishing fifth.  Deepak Hooda scored 235, Sarfaraz Khan 211 and Ankush Bains scored 195 runs. Kuldeep Yadav took 14 wickets and Deepak took 11 wickets.

Ishan is waiting: 

Patna's wicketkeeper batsman Ishan Kishan, who played from Dhoni's state Jharkhand, took the team to the final in 2016 but could not make the champion. The team's second wicketkeeper batsman and his partner Rishabh Pant wore Team India's jersey after this tournament, but Ishan is still waiting.  Pant had scored 267 with the help of a century. At the same time, Sarfaraz Khan, who scored the most 355 runs at an average of 71.00 from India, is also waiting for Team India. Avesh Khan took 12 and Mayank Dagar took 11 wickets.

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