After landing in India from New Zealand with a World Cup in hand, Prithvi Shaw, 18, was living a dream. He was a victorious Indian captain in a World Cup and he could not have asked for more. However, the world has not seen enough of him and he needs to realize that. Rahul Dravid, the Under-19 coach said that, the real challenge for the team starts for the U-19 boys from now.
Shaw has seen enough of those challenges already and his journey suggests he has not taken the victory into his head. Speaking to the media, he was very clear about what future holds for him.
India U19 players have always been welcomed in IPL. Starting with Virat Kohli and gang, who clinched the U19 World Cup in 2008, over the years we have seen a plenty of U19 graduates, going on to represent different IPL teams. Virat Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja, Unmukt Chand, Rishabh Pant, Avesh Khan, Ishan Kishan are some of the big examples.
This year too, India possesses some great talent at the U19 level. Here, we look at six of the prospects who can earn a big paycheck at the IPL auction.
On this day, back in 2008, Virat Kohli gave the first glimpse of being a leader by lifting the coveted ICC Under-19 World Cup trophy. It took 8 years since India last lifted this magnificent trophy back in 2000. The final match was played between India U19 and South Africa U19 at Kuala Lumpur. Batting first, India were bowled out for 159 in 45.4 overs. Later, due to rain, the match was reduced to 25 overs per side, which brought the target down to 116 for South Africa in the given overs. However, the South Africans failed to chase as they could score only 103-8 after the completion of 25 overs. Medium-pacer Ajitesh Argal was India's go-to man in that encounter as he bowled a brilliant spell of 5 overs with 2 maidens, 7 runs and 2 wickets, which made him earn Man of the Match award.