Former Indian opener Aakash Chopra said India's U19 sensation Musheer Khan could surpass his elder brother and domestic cricket star Sarfaraz Khan. In India's run to the U19 World Cup Final, Musheer's performance was one of the highlights for the young Indian team. In seven innings, Musheer scored 360 runs at an average of 60.00, with two centuries and a fifty. His best score was 131. He is the only Indian, besides Shikhar Dhawan, to score two or more hundreds in a single U19 World Cup tournament.
On his YouTube channel, Chopra predicted a bright future for Musheer and said he has a “gift of timing”.
“I liked Musheer a lot. When their career eventually ends, the younger brother can come before the elder. The good thing about him (Musheer) is that he has the gift of timing,” Aakash said.
Aakash said that Musheer can play spin very well and can also play some unconventional shots.
“He plays very well on his feet and also plays well straight. When the ball is in that range he plays extremely well. The boy plays spin very well and also plays some good unconventional shots,” added the former India- more openly.
In 14 youth ODIs for India, Musheer has scored 554 runs at an average of 61.55 and a strike rate of over 91. He has two tons and two fifties in 13 innings. His best score is 131. He is a useful left-arm spinner and also has 13 wickets, with best figures of 5/38.
However, Aakash warned that the young batsman will have to work on his backfoot game.
“He will have to work on one thing. The backfoot game is somewhat weak. He got a life in the final and also went into the slip in the semi-final. If you have to play for a long time, you have to work.” work hard on your game against the short ball,” said the former opener.
Aakash also praised spinner Saumy Pandey, who finished as India's leading wicket-taker and overall second-highest wicket-taker with 18 wickets in seven matches.
“Then let's move towards Saumy Pandey. He was the highest wicket-taker for us. He bowls with the left arm and was also the vice-captain of this team. He bowls with great control and his speed variation is very good. He is a very decent player. I really liked his temperament,” concluded Aakash.
Match review: Chasing a target of 254, two opening overs from Australia foreshadowed the series of events that would unfold over the next 43.5 overs. Arshin Kulkarni and Musheer Khan were the two victims in the first powerplay, which handed Australia early control in the final.
Chasing 254, Mahli Beardman dismissed Indian skipper Uday Saharan by single digits for the first time in the tournament, indicating that the chase was not going to be a cakewalk for the Indian team.
Adarsh Singh (47) and Murugan Abhishek (42) battled it out during their time at the crease; however, it was not enough to get India across the finish line. India were bundled out for 174.
In addition to Beardman, Raf MacMillan also took 3/43 while Calium Vidler took 2/35. Tom Straker and Charlie Anderson got one wicket each. Mahli was the star for Australia, taking 3/15 in his seven overs and getting important wickets of Adarsh, Indian skipper Uday and Musheer.
Earlier in the innings, after winning the toss, Hugh Weibgen's Australian skipper decided to bat first and set a target of 254 runs in the final match. Harjas Singh (55), skipper Hugh Weibgen (48) and Oliver Peake (46) made notable contributions for Aussies.
Raj Limbani (3/38) and Naman Tiwari (2/63) were the best bowlers for India.
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