In a bid to win a record-breaking fifth U19 World Cup title, India will face England in the final of the current edition at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium on Saturday. Both India and England are unbeaten in the tournament and the battle between the two teams is likely to go to the extreme. India has been quite dominant with bats while the bowling unit has also produced the goods when needed. Ahead of the duel on the summit later in the day, here are three Indian players who have each been a standout performer for the team in the batting and bowling divisions respectively:
India’s standout performers with the bat:
1. Angkrish Raghuvanshi
Angkrish Raghuvanshi was a man on a mission for India in the ongoing tournament. He is India’s leading points scorer so far, tied for fourth overall, with 278 runs in five matches, an average of just over 55. He has scored 150 in the tournament so far and will score another big in the final.
2. Raj Bawa
Raj Bawa is in superb form for India in the tournament. The southpaw scored an unbeaten 162 runs against Uganda in their third and final group stage match. With 217 runs in four innings, Bawa is India’s second-highest points scorer in the tournament, with an average of 72.33.
3. Yash Dhull
Yash Dhull became only the third India captain to score a century at the U19 World Cups, after scoring a run-a-ball against Australia in the semi-final. Dhull hopes India can claim their fifth U19 World Cup title under his leadership. His role could be key in determining the outcome of the final.
India’s standout performers with the bowl:
1. Vicky Ostwal
Vicky Ostwal has delivered the goods with the ball for India. So far, Ostwal has taken 12 wickets in 5 games, including a five-for against South Africa in India’s campaign opener. He would aim to complete his tally in the final, and will certainly support himself to put in another good performance.
2. Nishant Sindhu’
Nishant Sindhu has contributed to the team with both bat and ball. However, his four for 19 spell against Uganda was one he will remember for the rest of his life as he captained the team in that match in the absence of Dhull and Shaik Rasheed.
He will now also try to impress in the final, having taken two wickets in the semi-final against the Aussies.
3. Ravi Kumaric
Ravi Kumar is India’s second highest wicket taker along with Sindhu, having taken six wickets to date. Ravi, arguably, tossed the ball of the tournament in the semi-finals to fire Australian batter Teague Wyllie in form. He will try to produce another match-winning spell in the final against England.
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