Left-handed Rabada, Australian players, Pakistani talents and the secrets of Rann of Kutch: the fast bowlers who set the U19 World Cup on fire

It was with incisive spells and workhorse moves that these fast bowlers set the Junior World Cup on fire. During this period he got a lot of wickets.

M-6, W-21

At the age of 17, Kwena Mfaka played in his second Under-19 World Cup and finished the tournament with the most wickets. The left-arm fast bowler came close to equaling the record for most wickets in a single edition, but fell just one short of the 22-wicket mark, set by Bangladesh's Enamul Haq Jr. in 2014. This young player caught everyone's attention in his domestic Under-19 team. The World Cup with his fiery inswinging yorkers and sharp bouncers. He has already started being called left-handed Rabada. Given that Mafaka went to the same school, comparisons with fellow St Stithians alumnus Rabada are expected. Mafaka is not as tall as Rabada but is more explosive and definitely has more aggression in his bowling.

Ali Raza (Pakistan)

M-3, W-9

The 15-year-old fast bowler from Pakistan took his country closer to the final. Raza's brilliant spell of 4 for 34 was not enough as Australia defeated Pakistan by just one wicket. Despite the loss, in Raza, Pakistan have discovered a gem who Ian Bishop believes can become a future superstar if nurtured carefully. The teenager also played a key role in Pakistan's five-run win over Bangladesh in the Super Six. It was his magic that turned the momentum towards Pakistan.

The 15-year-old fast bowler from Pakistan took his country closer to the final.

Callum Vidler (Australia)

M – 5, W – 12

Inspired by fellow Queenslanders Michelle Johnson And Ryan Harris, Callum Vidler moved through the ranks in Queensland from backyard cricket, picking the brain of former Australia star Andy Bichel along the way. He is determined not to compromise on his pace. “If anyone ever asks me to slow down, I don't listen to them. Speed ​​is my point of difference, my best quality,” ICC quoted him as saying.

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under-19 Australia's Callum Vidler celebrates the wicket of Sri Lanka's Sineth Jayawardene during the ICC U19 Men's Cricket World Cup South Africa 2024 match between Australia and Sri Lanka at the Diamond Oval on January 28.

Ubaid Shah (Pakistan)

M-6, W-18

Ubaid Shah is jointly second in terms of wickets taken in the World Cup. His efficient performances with both the new and old balls meant that the bowler made an impact in all phases of the game and helped Pakistan get back into the match at crucial times. Naseem Shah's younger brother Ubaid has been one of the standout performers of the tournament.

Raj Limbani (India)

M – 5, W – 8

Raj Limbani is not a very fast bowler, but with the new ball he has done more than any other fast bowler in ten matches on the dry surface of Bloemfontein. Most of the time he has bowled in the afternoon when there is little or no help for the seamers. Before the World Cup, Limbani was not the first-choice fast bowler for India. He was ranked fourth after Naman Tiwari, Aaradhya Shukla and Dhanush Gowda. But his aggressive spell of 7/13 against Nepal in the Asia Cup helped him stand ahead of the rest.

Tom Straker (Australia)

M – 5, W – 12

Tom Straker's 6 for 24 against Pakistan are the best bowling figures in an Under-19 World Cup semi-final or final as he performed better. Kagiso Rabada6 wickets for 25 runs against Australia in the 2014 semi-final. Straker has been a key player for Australia in the tournament. Australia captain Hugh Wiebgen said of Stricker, “He just keeps going all day, no matter what end he bowls at, no matter how hot it is, he just keeps coming.”

Maroof Mridha (Bangladesh)

M – 5, W – 8

By taking a look at Maroof Mridha's bowling, you can easily tell that he has modeled himself like Mustafizur Rahman. There is a unique similarity in Maroof's bowling. Like his childhood hero, Maroof can bowl sharp cutters and yorkers that are equally dangerous for right-handed batsmen.

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