Despite losing U-19 World Cup final, What India gained?

These five can be future stars of Indian cricket

The ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup was a great spectacle ending with Australia lifting their fourth title and the first since 2010. For India, it was a heartbreak of not retaining the trophy and losing by 79 runs in the final. However, the positive thing was they managed to produce some immaculate gems for the future.

Skipper Uday Saharan was one of them. He finished as the top run-getter in the competition with 397 runs at an average of 56.71 and a strike rate of 77.69. His lowest score in the entire tournament was 8 which came in the final. Uday scored a century and three half-centuries in the tournament.

Another Indian stalwart with the bat, Musheer Khan returned as the second highest run-scorer with 360 runs. He maintained an average of 60.00 and a strike rate of 98.09. Khan was the only batter in the tournament to score two centuries. The 18-year-old also showed his all-round skill by picking up seven wickets.  

Named after the master blaster in cricket, Sachin Dhas had one of the highest strike rates in the tournament with 116.53. Known to be a finisher, Dhas made his place among the five highest run-getters with 303 runs. His innings of 96 in the semi-final win over South Africa when India was 32/4 became a notable one. 

 Saumy Pandey took 18 wickets for India with an economy rate of 2.68. He finished as the second highest wicket-taker with three four-wicket hauls. Not only with the ball, Saumy also helped the team with the bat in the lower order.

Left-arm pacer Naman Tiwari also had an significant impact for boys in blue in the U-19 World Cup. He managed to take 12 wickets in the tournament at an average of 19.83 with two four-wickets haul.

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