ICC U19 Cricket World Cup is always special for the youngsters as they get a big platform to showcase their talents. Meanwhile, in this manner, we found some youngsters in the game who have the ability to perform well in the future for their country. Meanwhile, many of them have already been successful in their respective careers.
In this article, we are going to witness the “Player of the Tournament” in every edition of the ICC U19 World Cup since 1998.
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Chris Gayle | 1998
The first edition of the Under-19 World Cup was played in 1998 which England won. In this edition, Chris Gayle of West Indies became the Player of the Tournament. He scored 364 runs in seven matches at an average of 72.80. He made headlines in this tournament by playing an unbeaten 141 against Bangladesh. In this edition, he scored three half-centuries with one century.
Yuvraj Singh | 2000
The next edition of the Under-19 World Cup was played in 2000. India won this World Cup played in Sri Lanka and Yuvraj Singh was adjudged the Player of the Tournament in this edition. The all-rounder had scored 203 runs in eight matches at an average of 33.83 which included two half-centuries. Yuvraj had also shown amazingly with the ball and took 12 wickets.
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Tatenda Taibu | 2002
In 2002, this tournament reached New Zealand. The Australian team became the winner of this edition and Tatenda Taibu became the Player of the Tournament. This Zimbabwean player had scored 250 runs in eight matches. During this, his average was 50 and this batsman scored two half-centuries in this edition.
Shikhar Dhawan | 2004
In 2004, the Under-19 World Cup was organized in Bangladesh. Pakistan won this World Cup and Shikhar Dhawan of India became its Player of the Tournament. Dhawan had scored the most runs in the edition. He scored 505 runs in seven matches at an average of 84.16. During this, three half-centuries came out of his bat as well as one half-century.
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Cheteshwar Pujara | 2006
In the 2006 World Cup played in Sri Lanka, Pakistan again became the winner of the Under-19 World Cup and defeated India in the final. Meanwhile, India’s Cheteshwar Pujara became the Player of the Tournament in this edition. Pujara had scored 349 runs in six matches at an average of 116.33. This included one century and two half-centuries. Pujara’s century came against England in the semi-final. Moreover, he scored an unbeaten 129 in this match.
Tim Southee | 2008
In 2008, India captured the Under-19 World Cup played in Malaysia under the captaincy of Virat Kohli. But this edition’s Player of the Tournament was chosen by Tim Southee of New Zealand. Saudi took 17 wickets in five matches.
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Dominic Hendrix | 2010
In 2010, Australia won the title of Under-19 World Cup played in New Zealand and the title of Player of the Tournament of this edition went to Dominic Hendrix of South Africa. He scored 391 runs in this tournament with the help of four half-centuries in six matches. However, during this, his average was 97.75.
William Bossisto | 2012
In 2012, India defeated Australia to win the Under-19 World Cup. But the title of Player of the Tournament went to William Bossisto of Australia. Moreover, he was the captain of Australia in this World Cup and scored 276 runs in six matches with his bat. He had scored two half-centuries.
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Aiden Markram | 2014
South Africa won their first Under-19 World Cup title in 2014 under the captaincy of Aiden Markram and the captain has adjudged the Player of the Tournament in this edition. This batsman scored 370 runs in six matches which included two centuries and one half-century. However, during this, his average was 123.33.
Mehedi Hasan Miraz | 2016
In 2016, Mehedi Hasan Miraj of Bangladesh has adjudged the Player of the Tournament in the Under-19 World Cup. Bangladesh team reached the semi-finals in this World Cup. Meanwhile, Miraj was the captain of the team. This spinner scored 242 runs in six matches and took 12 wickets.
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Shubman Gill | 2018
India won the Under-19 World Cup title for the fourth time in 2018 by defeating Australia under the captaincy of Prithvi Shaw. Team’s opener Shubman Gill became the Player of the Tournament in this edition. He scored 372 runs in six matches at an average of 124. Moreover, Gill scored a century and three half-centuries in this World Cup. He scored an unbeaten 102 in the semi-final against Pakistan.
Yashasvi Jaiswal | 2020
India also stepped into the final of the Under-19 World Cup in 2020 but the team led by Priyam Garg lost to Bangladesh in the final. The team’s opener Yashasvi Jaiswal, however, became the Player of the Tournament. He scored 400 runs in six matches at an average of 133.33. He scored four fifties and also scored a century. Jaiswal scored this century against Pakistan in the semi-final.
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Dewald Brevis | 2022
This year South Africa youngster Dewald Brevis aka “Baby AB” has adjusted with the Player of the Tournament award. Brevis has scored 506 runs in the tournament at an average of 84.33. Moreover, he has smashed 18 sixes(most) in the U19 World Cup. For his accurate batting style like AB, he has known as “Baby AB” to the World cricket.
In between these 13 players, whom do you think has performed the best in the ICC U19 World Cup. Let us know this in the comment section.