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ESPNcricinfo looks at the progress made by five stars of the 2012 Under-19 World Cup over the last two years
February 13, 2014
Some of the stars of the 2012 Under-19 World Cup in Australia have had varying degrees of success ever since. A few have gone on to represent their countries, but not all have become household names or stormed into the first-class circuit. Here's a selection of five players, picked from ESPNcricinfo's 2012 World Cup XI, and their story so far
William Bosisto (Australia)
The Australian captain in the 2012 World Cup was named the Player of the Tournament for his batting average that matched his runs scored (276) and for leading his team to the final. No bowler managed to get his wicket throughout the tournament, as his only dismissal across six innings was a run-out. The right-hand batsman is yet to establish himself in the Sheffield Shield though. Following the World Cup, he played just one one-day game for Western Australia in the 2012-13 season, and his Shield debut only came in 2013-14. In his only three first-class games so far, he has a highest score of 44, on debut. He didn't feature in the Ryobi Cup or the Big Bash League this season.
Quinton de Kock (South Africa)
By far the most successful graduate of the Class of 2012. The left-handed opener finished fourth in the 2012 tournament's run charts by scoring 284 runs with a century and two fifties. With 18 dismissals, de Kock was also the best wicketkeeper of the tournament. After the World Cup, de Kock made an impact with the Lions franchise during the 2012 Champions League. That earned him a place in South Africa's limited-overs squads. After a patchy start, he finally lived up to his potential in the end of 2013. He became the youngest ODI centurion for South Africa at 20 years and 326 days when he made 112 against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi. The three-match ODI series against India that followed was his own. De Kock scored centuries in all three matches, becoming the only batsman to do so in a three-match bilateral contest. His 342 runs was the most any batsman had scored in a three-match bilateral. However, he wasn't included in the Test series that followed. De Kock is yet to play a Test, but if his ODI form remains as consistent, a call-up in whites might not be far away.
Anamul Haque (Bangladesh)
The right-hand batsman finished as the highest run-scorer in the 2012 tournament with 365 runs, two centuries and a fifty. He made his international debut in the home series against West Indies later that year and scored a match-winning century in only his second ODI. He hasn't scored an ODI fifty since and was dropped from the Test side after a run of low scores against New Zealand at the end of 2013.
Reece Topley (England)
The 6ft 7in left-arm seamer finished the 2012 tournament as the leading wicket-taker with 19 scalps at an average of 9.10, and an economy rate of just 3.17. His most memorable moment was slicing an Australian batsman's middle stump in half. Topley began playing for Essex before the 2012 World Cup and ended the 2013 season on a high, finishing as the county's second-highest wicket-taker in County Championship (Division 2) with 48 wickets, including his best match figures of 11 for 85 against Worcestershire. That earned him an England Lions call-up for the 2013 tour to Australia and with 93 first-class wickets already in 25 games, there could be better rewards in store.
Sandeep Sharma (India)
The right-arm seamer from Punjab, known for his sharp swing and exceptional control, has the experience of two U-19 World Cups but he is yet to get a national call-up. Sandeep finished with 12 wickets in the tournament, the joint-highest for India with Ravikant Singh. Sandeep has been a regular with the Punjab Ranji squad, and he ended the domestic tournament as the highest wicket-taker for the state with 36. He has also featured for India A and had a brief stint in IPL 2013 for Kings XI Punjab.
Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfoFeeds: Kanishkaa Balachandran
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