5 Under-19 World Cup Players Who Became Cricket Legends

Some of the legendary players did not do well in the Under19 world cup but made their way to international cricket. Under 19 cricket is the significant stage for promising cricketers. This tournament began in 1988 which changed the picture of international cricket.

There are many successful players who represented their younger team and doing great in the international formats but only a few are the legends. Some of them are retired from all formats of cricket.

  1. Virender Sehwag

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Hailing from Delhi, this “Nawab of Najafgarh” is known for his arrogant batting style regardless of formats. This cricketer is the one among most of the all-time favorites in Indian cricket. He came into the limelight with his performance against England in 1998. Though he had a poor record in that U19 world cup with 76 runs in 6 matches, he did great with the ball by taking 7 wickets in the tournament.

In his international career, he scored 8273 runs in 251 ODIs and 8586 runs in 104 test matches he played. Out of 38 centuries, he scored 23 in tests and 15 in ODIs.

     2. Inzamam-ul -Haq

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This cricketer was known for his best career as a Pakistani captain. He was lovingly called as ‘Inzy’. He is known as the best batsman from the side of Pakistan. He did more than 20,000 runs in his International career.

He represented his team in 1988 Youth World Cup but did not do very well in that tournament. He could score only 223 runs in 9 matches at an average of 37.16 without even hitting a fifty in the entire tournament.

In his career, he scored 11,739 runs from 378 ODIs and 8830 runs in 120 test matches. He stood as the tenth highest scorer in the world with 20,580 runs in his international career. He scored 35 tons in total with 25 in test matches and 10 in one-dayers.

  1. Michael Clarke

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He is known for leading the Australian team in his late phase of career but did well to lead the team to fifth World cup victory in 2015. He is known as one of the most competent cricketers in the world.

He played for his U19 team in 2000 world cup at Sri Lanka. He did not score well in that tournament with just 72 runs in 5 matches.

Clarke scored 7981 runs in 245 one-dayers and 8643 runs in 115 test-matches with 36 hundred in his international cricket career. Out of his tons, 8 were from ODIs and 28 from tests.

  1. Brian Lara

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This Caribbean cricketer is one of the greatest world class players. He is one of the west-Indian players who scored 10,000 runs in both test and ODI formats. In U19 world cup 1988, he scored only 222 runs off 8 matches at an average of 27.75 with only one fifty in the trophy.

His 400 runs in a single test inning is the highest individual test match score ever. He scored 10905 runs in the tests and 22358 runs in ODIs throughout his international career. He did 53 centuries in all international formats with 34 from tests and 19 from ODIs.

  1. Sanath Jayasuriya

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This all-rounder is one of the legendary players from Sri Lanka and Mahela Jayawardena, Kumara Sangakkara, Tillakaratne and Fernando Dilshan are some of the fantastic cricketers molded under his captaincy. He did a great job in turning Sri Lanka to the World’s cricket superpower. He did a very poor score of 70 runs in 6 matches of Youth World cup 1988 in Australia. As a bowler, he took 7 wickets in 5 matches.

In his international career, he did 13430 runs in 445 ODIs, and 6973 runs in 110 test matches. He took 323 wickets in ODIs and 98 in tests. Out of 42 international centuries,  14 are in tests and 28 are from ODIs.