Under-19 World Cup 2012 August 27, 2012

Topley, Haque in team of the Under-19 World Cup

ESPNcricinfo's George Binoy picks his team of the Under-19 World Cup
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The Under-19 World Cup is a vast competition and it hasn't been possible to watch all 16 teams play, so some notable performers may have missed selection. The players comprising the team of the tournament have been selected from those sides that made it to the quarter-finals, with one exception.

1. Unmukt Chand (India) (246 runs @ 49.20)

After one half-century and a couple of starts on difficult pitches, Unmukt's performances had been average during India's progress to the final. However, on the grandest stage an Under-19 player can have, he delivered a breath-taking innings, his century helping India pull off the highest successful chase at Tony Ireland Stadium to become World Champions.

2. Babar Azam (Pakistan) (287 runs @ 57.40)

Began the tournament with 75 against Afghanistan and a century against Scotland to help his team top their group. Made the curious decision of batting first on a tricky pitch in the quarter-final but was good enough to score a half-century against India as his team-mates collapsed around him. Was Pakistan's top-scorer in a play-off semi-final against West Indies as well.

3. Quinton de Kock (wk) (South Africa) (284 runs @ 47.33, 18 dismissals)

Blitzed 95 and a century against Namibia and Bangladesh to finish top of the run-charts in the group stages, but had consecutive failures in the quarter and semi-finals. Finished the World Cup with a half-century against New Zealand as South Africa won the third-place play-off. Made the best XI because, with 18 dismissals, de Kock was the best wicketkeeper-batsman on show in Queensland.

4. Anamul Haque (Bangladesh) (365 runs @ 60.83)

The highest run-scorer in the World Cup, Anamul began with a hundred that would relegate Sri Lanka to the plate competition and ended with another hundred, against Pakistan, which helped Bangladesh finish seventh out of 16 teams. He scored a half-century against England's potent attack as well, and had starts in two other innings. Wasn't tested on the tough pitches at Tony Ireland Stadium, but received praise from his former coach Stuart Law.

5. William Bosisto (capt) (Australia) (276 runs @ 276)

Player of the Tournament. Unbeaten in five out of six innings, his only dismissal was a run-out against South Africa. Made important contributions in chases against England, Ireland, Bangladesh and South Africa, often shoring up a top-order wobble. Saved his best for the final, his 87 taking Australia to a competitive total. Had the coolest head in the competition. Bosisto's only slip-up was dropping Unmukt in the last ten overs of a tense chase in the final.

6. Kyle Mayers (West Indies) (116 runs @ 29, 12 wickets @ 11.83)

One of three players to have scored over 100 runs and taken more than ten wickets in the tournament, Mayers batted at No. 6 and bowled second change for West Indies. He was their highest wicket-taker and conceded fewer than four runs an over, hitting the bats hard with his pace and bounce. As a batsman, he had the ability to play in several gears, showing patience against India and attacking against Zimbabwe.

7. Ashton Turner (Australia) (97 runs @ 48.50, 11 wickets @ 16.18)

Finished as Australia's leading wicket-taker by bowling an attacking brand of offspin. Turner got the ball to bounce and spin from an aggressive line just outside off stump. A useful batsman at No. 7 as well, contributing valuable runs in the quarter-final against Bangladesh and in the final against India.

8. George Dockrell (Ireland) (10 wickets @ 12.30)

The left-arm spinner who could not be attacked is the only player from the plate competition in the XI. Dockrell's tournament figures were 60-22-122-10. He had astonishingly economical figures against strong opposition as well - 0 for 22 and 1 for 10 in full spells against England and Australia. Against Namibia, he had 10-5-8-1. His economy-rate of 2.05 made him impossible to not pick.

9. Ronsford Beaton (West Indies) (8 wickets @ 20.12)

His stats may not be the best but Beaton was a tough quick to face. He hit speeds of 145 kph and was a constant threat with his lines and length. Began with a match-winning 3 for 33 against India and also took 3 for 47 in the quarter-final against New Zealand. In that match, Beaton conceded only four in the penultimate over of the chase, leaving Justin Greaves 18 to defend in the 50th, which he failed to do.

10. Sandeep Sharma (India) (12 wickets @ 15.75)

Had supreme command over the new ball and could swing it prodigiously in both directions with exceptional control. His inswingers with a right-hander's nightmare and, for the left-hand batsmen, the same deliveries were un-leaveable. They would begin around leg and finish just outside off. Could be relied on to provide an early breakthrough nearly as regularly as the sun rises.

11. Reece Topley (England) (19 wickets @ 9.10)

The most complete bowler at the World Cup. Tall, fast and skilled, Topley was dangerous with both new and old ball. His attacking lengths - good length and straight - made it difficult to score off him and he had an economy-rate of 3.17. Finished as the top wicket-taker and provided one of the most memorable moments of the tournament with his second ball - breaking Jimmy Peirson's middle stump in half.

George Binoy is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • i_amVIVA on August 30, 2012, 11:36 GMT

    @yadavrohit: how come talent does not translate into stats?

  • yadavrohit on August 29, 2012, 12:57 GMT

    @Biophysicist bcoz this team selection is based on stats, not the talent.. by that way, dockrell has better stats than harmeet..thats why dockrell is preferred over Harmeet.

  • Biophysicist on August 29, 2012, 10:31 GMT

    According to Ian Chapell, Harmeet Singh is the 2nd best spinner in the world after Graeme Swann. Then how come he is not in this list?

  • on August 28, 2012, 22:38 GMT

    Topley will make it to the national side by 21 or 22.

  • TheMightyBradburn on August 28, 2012, 22:05 GMT

    I would prefer the tournament team to include only players who meet the U19 eligibility criteria i.e. were under 19 on 1 September 2011. This rules out Dockrell but makes the playing field level for all.

  • Afridynamite on August 28, 2012, 16:34 GMT

    ZiaulHaq needs to be in there instead of Turner. Babar and Chand were the best batsmen of the tournament.

  • masodur2000 on August 28, 2012, 16:27 GMT

    @RandyOZ: enjoyed your comment

    I am also wondering; how come without performance in Tony Island pitch, someone got the list

  • on August 28, 2012, 15:23 GMT

    Oh and with the people saying he's England's new talent. Try another joke, Dockrell and Stirling have said they're happy playing for Ireland and won't be leaving. Despite what you think, some players are loyal...

  • on August 28, 2012, 15:22 GMT

    @Gilly4ever - How is Dockrell a cheat?, he qualified the same way as the rules allow. Also your claims of him to be an average bowler is absolutely laughable.

    Australia would murder to have someone of his potential in their side. He has gained 220 wickets so far in only two years of playing for Ireland. He has claimed the prize scalps of some of the biggest names in cricket. He recently turned a game from a certain

    ''George Dockrell claimed his second six-wicket haul at Taunton this season to bowl Somerset to an unlikely three-day County Championship win over Durham.''

    This guy is not average, he is world class. It's disgraceful you can call him a cheat. ..

  • hari.pes100 on August 28, 2012, 13:58 GMT

    @RandyOZ....hahaha. Love your comments man. Shame some people don't take them as they are intended. Please don't stop posting :)

  • i_amVIVA on August 30, 2012, 11:36 GMT

    @yadavrohit: how come talent does not translate into stats?

  • yadavrohit on August 29, 2012, 12:57 GMT

    @Biophysicist bcoz this team selection is based on stats, not the talent.. by that way, dockrell has better stats than harmeet..thats why dockrell is preferred over Harmeet.

  • Biophysicist on August 29, 2012, 10:31 GMT

    According to Ian Chapell, Harmeet Singh is the 2nd best spinner in the world after Graeme Swann. Then how come he is not in this list?

  • on August 28, 2012, 22:38 GMT

    Topley will make it to the national side by 21 or 22.

  • TheMightyBradburn on August 28, 2012, 22:05 GMT

    I would prefer the tournament team to include only players who meet the U19 eligibility criteria i.e. were under 19 on 1 September 2011. This rules out Dockrell but makes the playing field level for all.

  • Afridynamite on August 28, 2012, 16:34 GMT

    ZiaulHaq needs to be in there instead of Turner. Babar and Chand were the best batsmen of the tournament.

  • masodur2000 on August 28, 2012, 16:27 GMT

    @RandyOZ: enjoyed your comment

    I am also wondering; how come without performance in Tony Island pitch, someone got the list

  • on August 28, 2012, 15:23 GMT

    Oh and with the people saying he's England's new talent. Try another joke, Dockrell and Stirling have said they're happy playing for Ireland and won't be leaving. Despite what you think, some players are loyal...

  • on August 28, 2012, 15:22 GMT

    @Gilly4ever - How is Dockrell a cheat?, he qualified the same way as the rules allow. Also your claims of him to be an average bowler is absolutely laughable.

    Australia would murder to have someone of his potential in their side. He has gained 220 wickets so far in only two years of playing for Ireland. He has claimed the prize scalps of some of the biggest names in cricket. He recently turned a game from a certain

    ''George Dockrell claimed his second six-wicket haul at Taunton this season to bowl Somerset to an unlikely three-day County Championship win over Durham.''

    This guy is not average, he is world class. It's disgraceful you can call him a cheat. ..

  • hari.pes100 on August 28, 2012, 13:58 GMT

    @RandyOZ....hahaha. Love your comments man. Shame some people don't take them as they are intended. Please don't stop posting :)

  • i_amVIVA on August 28, 2012, 13:14 GMT

    @sachinkhairnar5983 : anamul deserves the place fair and square, may be even above the #4 slot in the list. this is why: the batsmen were challenged by the bounce, speed & swing of Australian pitches...considering these facts and being the sub continental player, who was completely stranger & unfamiliar with the condition, the performance & heroics of Anamul Haque are just superb, significant & amazing, who scored the highest run, and the only batsman who scored 2 centuries and 300 plus runs facing the top teams like S.A, Aus, Eng, Pak, SL on his way!!! So many congrats to Anamul! Also, why we forget the another amazing performer of Bangladesh, Liton Das, who scored 250 plus runs with 1 century & 2 half centuries and got the 7th position in the batting chart? the only reason these players could be deminished would be that they are from bd, not ind!

  • Ozcricketwriter on August 28, 2012, 13:02 GMT

    Why are there 2 West Indian players in there when Pakistan had some amazing performers, and South Africa too? Bosisto was far too slow to be in serious consideration and ditto for Bazar Alam. As for George Dockrell, he was an overage player and was cheating really, given he already has 2 years of international experience. Not that Dockrell was in the top 5 best bowlers anyway. Zia-ul-Haq?

  • on August 28, 2012, 12:50 GMT

    Surprised Anamul is at 4 considering he has scored his runs a 3 and George Dockrell is on the England radar list for sure for the future unless Ireland acts quickly. Bosisto is definitely a future Australia player considering how sensibly he bats. Babar Azam is a batsman which looks very promising for Pakistan saw him play and he has talent.

  • on August 28, 2012, 12:45 GMT

    This reminds me, I think the ICC should revive these World XI v Asia XI matches or something just to keep interest going on besides, the last time these matches have happened they were played as part to raise money for charity so yeah I personally would prefer to see such matches again.

  • on August 28, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    @Arnab Banerjee...You made a very good suggestion that the name should be known as something as even Youth Championship or something and also right about age but in my view upto 21.

  • on August 28, 2012, 10:51 GMT

    There should be an international First Class League in the lines of UEFA Champions league, with a home and away format. This will help cricketers to learn more and lessen the home advantage and we will have less of the Chickens outside and Tigers at home syndrome. Imagine a league which pitches teams like Mumbai against Sussex, or say Rajasthan against Western Australia!! And even the associate nations which have a proper first class structure can participate. We can definitely get back spectator interest in first class cricket then.

  • on August 28, 2012, 10:39 GMT

    I think U19 World cups are a misnomer. It should be more called Junior World Cups, or Amateur World Cups. Then the age relaxation for associates will not look so strange, with a large bandwidth of Players available, and overall age could be raised to 20, rather than 19.

  • on August 28, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    Harmeet Singh & Baba Apajith did great job too specially in the knockouts when it matters most!!!

  • on August 28, 2012, 8:37 GMT

    How about Harmeet Singh who even Ian Chappel feels should be playing in the Senior team straightaway or you think Ian is just trying to undermine the current spinners playing in the senior team !!

  • on August 28, 2012, 8:30 GMT

    @jithoosin: George Dockrell despite being 20 yrs old can play as he's Irish and the associate teams have a one year relaxation allowed on age.

  • on August 28, 2012, 8:27 GMT

    Where is baba aparajith? he is one heck of a player !

  • RandyOZ on August 28, 2012, 8:24 GMT

    Can't understand how topley made the list, all his wickets were lucky and against minnows.

  • jasonpete on August 28, 2012, 7:22 GMT

    Only 1 Pakistan player.where is asif and amir ? They even forgot to mention 16 yr old shahid afridi? How could this happen? Total injustice.

  • QingdaoXI on August 28, 2012, 7:22 GMT

    To all the Bangladeshi friends the reason behind my comment was that Harmeet was a best spinner in the tournament and he got appreciation for Ian Cahppel and Baba Aparjith if you follow this world cup properly he is the first person who desreves place in the team and afterall India is a winning team of the tournament so if there 3-4 players in the squad it will not be base less. Anamuel haque played good Innings most vs Sri lanka and Pakistan and he is a good prospect but i personally think Anamuel and Dockrell have played with the senior team and were not desreving the slot in this XI. My best wishes are always with you but you people dont understand cricket properly, before commenting think properly and dont give baseless comments like there should be sehwag, tendulkar, Prasad or Srresanth they are not U-19 Players. But I wish haque will solve the problem of Bangladesh middle order if handed properly, dont rush him give him chance to play 1-2 year first class cricket in county too.

  • nazmulrana on August 28, 2012, 7:16 GMT

    Bangladesh still did not find the best number 3 position batsman. I think he will be the only solution on that position.

  • Inaz on August 28, 2012, 7:16 GMT

    @Rubaiyat Wahab, well said man

  • sonir on August 28, 2012, 6:33 GMT

    Prenelen Subrayen from South Africa should be included as a spinning allrounder! Definitely future of SA cricket and will be seeing more of him in future!

  • shrek_k on August 28, 2012, 6:25 GMT

    @Bruisers : Not completely pointless. There are quite a lot of us who haven't followed the whole tournament closely and such articles do help highlight the better performers so we can dig a bit deeper into their performances so far and also follow them in the future if we are suitably impressed. This may not represent the Best 11 (if such a thing is even possible) but definitely a sample of the top lot.

  • NP_NY on August 28, 2012, 6:25 GMT

    A fast bowler from India, a spinner from Ireland and a batsman from Bangladesh in the U19 world 11! Times are changing in deed. Good to see!

  • satish619chandar on August 28, 2012, 6:21 GMT

    @woodhaven24 : Might agree with Chand.. Yet he produced the innings of the tournament at the best time possible.. But Sandeep was just too good to be left out.. Turner, De Kock and Haque were just awesome.. Find it pleasantly weird to see Dockrell after following him very much in Somerset/Ireland cricket at much bigger stages.. Come on.. He is a veteran already..

  • jonesy2 on August 28, 2012, 5:48 GMT

    also joel paris is a better bowler than topley

  • puneet88 on August 28, 2012, 5:47 GMT

    George Dockrell seems to be another good prospect for England :p !!

  • KiwiRocker- on August 28, 2012, 5:13 GMT

    Why is it only two Indian players on list? This is just not good....Why is Tendulya not on the list? I demand an explanation...Could we atleast include R.Ashwin? India's newest mystery spinner who has 50 wickets in India and two outside India?

  • gaurav1981p on August 28, 2012, 3:59 GMT

    Baba Aprajith's exclusion is something which is indigestible, he was quite good and economical with his bowling, playing some crucial rock solid knocks in the later half which matters the most and he was thunderous with his slip catching as well... !!

  • masodur2000 on August 28, 2012, 3:50 GMT

    @ sachinkhairnar5983; I think Venkatesh Prasad, Srisanth, parthiv patel should be included in the list!!!!!!!

  • on August 28, 2012, 3:45 GMT

    @Bruisers : These boys are the future of Cricket, so saying that "Here goes cricinfo once again. A pointless set of articles on a tournament that's done and dusted" is quite inappropriate and wrong. I really appreciate the efforts of Cricinfo for providing space to these fine young cricketers.

  • jithoosin on August 28, 2012, 3:32 GMT

    George Dockrell's age is 20yrs and 37days as per cricinfo players page. Why is he in Under 19 side ?

  • mathewjohn2176 on August 28, 2012, 3:16 GMT

    Chand deserved to be there.He played an important knock in final as a captain.Sandeep sharma is also very good with the new all and his average is good.Anmul Haque s a very good player and expecting to see in Future Bangladesh team.Future of Bangladesh team is looking very good.Lahiru don't deserved to be mention here.Srilanka looks ordinary in this U19 world cup,may be they didn't select Good squad.congratulations to India .Well deserved victory.

  • Robster1 on August 28, 2012, 0:17 GMT

    South Africa's Chad Bowes unlucky not to make this XI

  • Forgettable on August 28, 2012, 0:00 GMT

    Anamul and Topley along with Chand and Bosisto have great future! Good luck!

  • on August 27, 2012, 21:52 GMT

    Congrats Anamul and everyone who made this list.

  • on August 27, 2012, 20:32 GMT

    Where is RK Vishwakarma from Nepal??? He set the world record in U-19 with a figure of 6.2-4-3-6-0.47. He is also third in the highest wicket taking list with 13 wickets and a strike rate of 17.2 balls. CRICINFO sucks..!!!

  • woodhaven on August 27, 2012, 20:10 GMT

    Chand played only one good game. I think chad bowes from south africa was most consistent, then lahiru madhushanka should be in the team. Sandeep sharma ont deserve to be there. Corna dry and jerome jones were superb

  • on August 27, 2012, 19:35 GMT

    @ sachinkhairnar5983, why dont u put sehwag, tendulkar & for that matter ganguly and Kapil dev into this list as well..try accepting the fact that there can also be players other than from india who plays this game well...

  • on August 27, 2012, 19:30 GMT

    New Zealand made the Semi Yet don't have a single player in this... Must have played better as a team than a group of indiviuals...

  • on August 27, 2012, 18:05 GMT

    Baba Aparjith Should have been included, India mostly played on bowler friendly conditions, And Aparjith played crucial knocks in semis and quarters, also was man of the math in semis and quarters.

  • Bruisers on August 27, 2012, 17:39 GMT

    Here goes cricinfo once again. A pointless set of articles on a tournament that's done and dusted. Off we go. LOL

  • on August 27, 2012, 17:32 GMT

    baba aprjijat also have to include ,the way he performed with the help of him we rin final and he performed good in final also

  • sitalcoolk on August 27, 2012, 16:45 GMT

    didnt rahul from nepal did everything to be included in XI?

  • rohithreddy on August 27, 2012, 16:28 GMT

    I think Sandeep Sharma was very lucky that India got to play all the matches in Townsville where hugely in favor of bowlers. Of course you still have to use those conditions to your strength and not get carried away, but I very much doubt if he would have had same success on more batting friendly conditions. Anyway, he did take loads of wickets at excellent econ rate, so cheers to him. As an Indian supporter, hope he improves his pace a couple of notches and continues to bowl the tight line and length he has been bowling.

  • on August 27, 2012, 16:28 GMT

    Baba Aparajith should have Included.

  • Nadeem1976 on August 27, 2012, 16:08 GMT

    Chand did a great job in the final. he deserve a national team call now.

  • on August 27, 2012, 15:59 GMT

    Where is Harmeet Singh, the player that everyone is raving about?

  • QingdaoXI on August 27, 2012, 15:52 GMT

    In case of Turner i will bring in Harmeet Singh and Anamuel haque will be Baba aparjith as he is classy batsmen and complete allrounder and played mostly all matches on Tony Ireland Staduim and won man of the match in Quarter final ans semi dinal and took important wickec and useful runs in Final.

  • on August 27, 2012, 15:47 GMT

    Ashton Turner against India A in the final was as poor as Shane Warne used to be against India!

  • SudiptaS on August 27, 2012, 15:38 GMT

    where is Harmeet Singh? He was hailed as the best spinner after Graeme Swann,isn't it?

  • on August 27, 2012, 15:20 GMT

    many many congratulations to the champion India under 19 team........SALUTE TO ANAMUL, the young tiger....

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  • on August 27, 2012, 15:20 GMT

    many many congratulations to the champion India under 19 team........SALUTE TO ANAMUL, the young tiger....

  • SudiptaS on August 27, 2012, 15:38 GMT

    where is Harmeet Singh? He was hailed as the best spinner after Graeme Swann,isn't it?

  • on August 27, 2012, 15:47 GMT

    Ashton Turner against India A in the final was as poor as Shane Warne used to be against India!

  • QingdaoXI on August 27, 2012, 15:52 GMT

    In case of Turner i will bring in Harmeet Singh and Anamuel haque will be Baba aparjith as he is classy batsmen and complete allrounder and played mostly all matches on Tony Ireland Staduim and won man of the match in Quarter final ans semi dinal and took important wickec and useful runs in Final.

  • on August 27, 2012, 15:59 GMT

    Where is Harmeet Singh, the player that everyone is raving about?

  • Nadeem1976 on August 27, 2012, 16:08 GMT

    Chand did a great job in the final. he deserve a national team call now.

  • on August 27, 2012, 16:28 GMT

    Baba Aparajith should have Included.

  • rohithreddy on August 27, 2012, 16:28 GMT

    I think Sandeep Sharma was very lucky that India got to play all the matches in Townsville where hugely in favor of bowlers. Of course you still have to use those conditions to your strength and not get carried away, but I very much doubt if he would have had same success on more batting friendly conditions. Anyway, he did take loads of wickets at excellent econ rate, so cheers to him. As an Indian supporter, hope he improves his pace a couple of notches and continues to bowl the tight line and length he has been bowling.

  • sitalcoolk on August 27, 2012, 16:45 GMT

    didnt rahul from nepal did everything to be included in XI?

  • on August 27, 2012, 17:32 GMT

    baba aprjijat also have to include ,the way he performed with the help of him we rin final and he performed good in final also