Top 3 Indian players with most wickets in a single edition of U19 World Cup. Saumya Pandey

The recently concluded edition of the Under-19 World Cup saw Australia lift the prestigious cup for the fourth time in the history of the tournament. They registered a spectacular victory by defeating five-time champions India in the final.

Indian players performed brilliantly with both bat and ball in the tournament. While three Indians were among the top five run-scorers of the tournament, Soumya Pandey was India's standout bowler, finishing as the second-highest wicket-taker of the tournament.

Over the years, many players have given memorable and notable performances and played for the senior national teams of their respective countries. This year was no exception, and some young players will definitely be seen wearing their national jerseys soon.

Many players from the current batch of the Indian national team were once part of the U19 circuit. Kuldeep Yadav, one of the finest spinners in the team currently, stood out for the U19 team in the 2014 edition of the tournament.

Similarly, Ravi BishnoiAnother lethal white-ball spinner, he was a part of the U19 team in 2020. His performances caught the attention of the selectors and he soon got a place in the senior team.

Many Indian bowlers have dominated the U19 setup over the years, and on that note, let's take a look at the top three Indian bowlers with the most wickets in a single edition of the U19 World Cup.


#3 Anukul Roy – 14 wickets, 2018

Anukul Roy attending a press conference during the U19 World Cup 2018

In the 2018 edition of the U19 World Cup, India's friendly Roy finished as the joint-highest wicket-taker along with Afghanistan's Qais Ahmed and Canada's. Faisal Jamkhandi, With an excellent average of 9.07 in the six matches he played, Roy managed to top the list of wicket-takers in India's victorious campaign.

However, Roy has still not got a place in the senior team. Now the 25-year-old player represented Mumbai Indians Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League and is currently part of Jharkhand's domestic setup.

Three other Indian bowlers had taken 14 wickets in previous editions. Shalabh Srivastava took 14 wickets at an average of 17.57 and an impressive economy of 3.91 in the U19 World Cup 2000. He recorded figures of 3/33 in the final against Sri Lanka as India won the cup.

Abhishek Sharma and Kuldeep Yadav also took 14 wickets each in the 2002 and 2014 editions of the U19 World Cup respectively. While the former finished with an average of 14.4 and an economy of 3.51 in seven matches, the latter finished with an average of 16.42 and an economy of 4.14 in six matches.


#2 Ravi Bishnoi – 17 wickets, 2020

India vs Australia - T20 Series: Ravi Bishnoi celebrates wicket during Game 3India vs Australia - T20 Series: Ravi Bishnoi celebrates wicket during Game 3
India vs Australia – T20 Series: Ravi Bishnoi celebrates wicket during Game 3

Although India could not win the title in 2020, Ravi Bishnoi, one of the best spinners in India's white-ball setup currently, took 17 wickets to his name. He was not only the highest wicket-taker for India but also topped the wicket charts of the tournament in that edition.

In six matches, he took 17 wickets, while also recording the best bowling figures of 4/5 in the tournament. Bishnoi maintained an average of 10.64 and economy of 3.48 as the Men in Blue finished as runners-up.

Bishnoi then put in some good performances in the IPL and caught the attention of the selectors to earn his international call-up in February 2022. He has been a regular in India's T20I setup since then and will be one of the contenders for a place in it. India's T20 World Cup 2024 squad.


#1 Soumya Pandey – 18 wickets, 2024

Currently one of the rising stars of the circuit, Soumya Pandey impressed everyone with his bowling technique in the recently concluded edition of the U19 World Cup.

He performed consistently well and took 18 wickets, the most by an Indian bowler in a single edition of the U19 World Cup. The left-arm spinner took at least one wicket in all seven matches he played for the team.

Soumya Pandey took three four-wicket hauls in the tournament and recorded his best bowling performance of 4/19 in the game against New Zealand. Pandey scored at an average of 10.27 in the tournament and finished with one of the best economy rates of 2.68 among all bowlers.

Although India could not defend their title and lost to Australia in the final, players like Pandey, captain Uday Saharan, Musheer Khan and Sachin Dhaas have shown attractive performances and their future is very bright.

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