February 2, 2016

From youth cricket to international fame

How many players have made a smooth transition from junior cricket to internationals?

Brian Lara, Inzamam-ul-Haq and Sanath Jayasuriya are the only batsmen who have played in an Under-19 World Cup and gone on to score 20000-plus runs in international cricket © ESPNcricinfo Ltd

67 Number of players from the 2000 edition of the Under-19 World Cup who went on to get international caps, the most from any single World Cup edition. The next best is 64, from 2004, while the 1998 tournament had 60 players who went on to represent their country in international cricket.

11 Players from the Bangladesh and Zimbabwe Under-19 teams of the 2004 World Cup who were picked for their international sides, the most from any team in a single edition of the Under-19 World Cup. The only other team from which ten players were selected in their international team was from Pakistan's 2000 Under-19 team.

0 Individuals who have gone on to play international cricket from South Africa's Under-19 squad of World Cup 2010. Till 2012, there had been at least one player from each full-member squad of every Under-19 World Cup to have represented the senior team in international matches, except South Africa's 2010 squad. From the last edition of the Under-19 World Cup in 2014, England, New Zealand and West Indies are the teams who have not yet picked any player for their national team.

3 Players from the first Under-19 World Cup, in 1988, who went on to score 20000-plus runs in internationals - Brian Lara, Inzamam-ul-Haq and Sanath Jayasuriya. All three scored 10,000-plus runs in ODIs, while Lara also passed that landmark in Tests. No other Under-19 World Cup player has passed these milestones.

24 Batsmen from the Full Member teams who played Under-19 World Cups, and then went on to score centuries on their Test debuts. Since 1988, 48 players have scored centuries in their first Test, of whom half had played the Under-19 World Cup. The first of those players was Pravin Amre, who played the 1988 Under-19 World Cup, while the last was James Neesham from New Zealand's Under-19 team of 2010. The most such instances was from the 2000 World Cup: Michael Clarke, Shaun Marsh, Mohammad Ashraful, Taufeeq Umar, Jonathan Trott, Jacques Rudolf and Hamilton Masakadza played that tournament and then went to score Test centuries on debut.

13 Bowlers who have played in Under-19 World Cups and taken five-wicket hauls on Test debut. The first of those was Narendra Hirwani, who took a record 16 wickets on Test debut a month before he played the 1988 Under-19 World Cup. The last was Josh Hazlewood, who played the 2010 tournament and took 5 for 68 on Test debut against India in 2014.

4 Batsmen who scored a century on ODI debut after being part of the Under-19 World Cup - Martin Guptill, Rob Nicol, Phillip Hughes and Michael Lumb.

3 Bowlers who took five-wicket hauls on their ODI debuts after playing in the Under-19 World Cup - Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman and Kagiso Rabada. Rabada also became the second player to take a hat-trick on his ODI debut (Tajiul Islam was the first).

Players from Under-19 World Cups who have had prominent international careers:

1988 - Mike Atherton, Mark Ramprakash, Nasser Hussain, Nayan Mongia, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Mushtaq Ahmed, Aaqib Javed, Sanath Jayasuriya, Romesh Kaluwitharana, Chris Cairns, Brian Lara, Jimmy Adams, Ridley Jacobs.

1998 - Graeme Swann, Harbhajan Singh, Mohammad Kaif, Virender Sehwag, Kyle Mills, Lou Vincent, James Franklin, Abdul Razzaq, Shoaib Malik, Prasanna Jayawardene, Chris Gayle, Marlon Samuels Ramnaresh Sarwan.

2000 - Mitchell Johnson, Shane Watson, Michael Clarke, Ian Bell, Mohammad Kaif, Yuvraj Singh, Brendon McCullum, Danish Kaneria, Graeme Smith, Jonathan Trott, Hamilton Masakadza, Tatenda Taibu.

2002 - Mohammad Ashraful, Irfan Pathan, Ross Taylor, Umar Gul, Hashim Amla, Upul Tharanga, Farveez Maharoof, Dwayne Bravo, Darren Sammy, Elton Chigumbura, Hamilton Masakadza, Tatenda Taibu, Brendan Taylor.

2004 - Mahmudullah, Alastair Cook, Ravi Bopara, Suresh Raina, Angelo Mathews, Farveez Maharoof, Upul Tharanga, Denesh Ramdin, Elton Chigumbura, Brendan Taylor, Prosper Utseya.

2006 - David Warner, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Rohit Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja, Martin Guptill, Tim Southee, Angelo Mathews, Thisara Perera.

2008 - Virat Kohli, Kane Williamson, Tim Southee, Umar Akmal, Ahmed Shehzad, Dinesh Chandimal, Thisara Perera, Darren Bravo.

2010 - Joe Root, Jos Buttler, Ahmed Shehzad.

Bharath Seervi is stats sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo. @SeerviBharath

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