2022 U-19 World Cup – Players to watch


A look at 11 players who could make a big mark in the upcoming tournament

Some of today’s biggest cricketers – Kane Williamson, Steven Smith, Babar Azam, Ben Stokes, Kagiso Rabada and Virat Kohli, to name a few – had at least one identical stop on their way to the top : the Under-19 World Cup. Each edition of the tournament offers us a new crop of future stars. Here’s an XI that might be worth keeping an eye out for as the 2022 edition begins.

Harnoor Singh (India)

Harnoor, who comes from a family of cricketers, gained attention after reaching three centuries in the Challenger Trophy by age group last year. After hitting the Under-19 team in November, the tracks continued to pour in. The left-handed opener scored 72 and 111 in the Under-19 games against Bangladesh before going on with 120, 46 and 65 in the Asian Under-19 Cup against United Arab Emirates, Pakistan and Afghanistan respectively. After arriving in the Caribbean, he hit a century against Australia in a warm-up match. He may well be to the Indian team in 2022 what Yashasvi Jaiswal was to them in 2020.

Qasim Akram (Pakistan)

In terms of senior cricket, Qasim, the Pakistani captain, could be the most experienced player in this tournament. In 15 List A games, the batter is averaging 51 and hitting over 100. In 21 T20s, the hitting rate is 152.04. Qasim, who also appeared in the last World Cup, also made nine first-class appearances, averaging 35.36. On his way to his first century senior, in a one-day Pakistan Cup match for central Punjab against Balochistan a year ago, Qasim showed his ability to play punches all around the wicket. Just two months ago, his finishing skills brought central Punjab to the T20 National Cup final and he was an emerging player with the Karachi Kings in PSL. Qasim also enters the competition on the back of some form of bowling.

Dewald Brevis (South Africa)

Brevis, the right-handed hitter, is considered to be Villiers ‘next AB in South Africa, and that’s because of his aggressive hitter, who includes walking around the crease to delay the bowlers’ plans. He uses his strength to cross boundaries almost at will and has also seemed comfortable with the rotation. Ahead of the World Cup, he added another skill to his repertoire: legbreak bowling. Last month, Brevis won ten wickets in three youngsters for a day against the West Indies, in the Caribbean, where this World Cup is being played. Unfortunately, his batting form was far below par, although he has since hit a 70-ball 50 against the same opponents in a World Cup warm-up match.

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