Throughout the tournament, the India U-19 captain batted with maturity belying his age. He was the fulcrum of the line-up and pulled India out of pressure situations, especially in the semifinal while providing the launch-pad for big totals on other occasions.
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The boy from Beed in Maharashtra turned heads with his finishing skills in South Africa. Named after the great Sachin Tendulkar, Dhas provided India the x-factor with the bat and despite his high-risk play, finished among the top five run-getters in the tournament.
Just like his elder brother Sarfaraz Khan, who recently received his maiden Test call up, Musheer likes to bat and bat long. He amassed 360 runs in the tournament with two hundreds and a fifty.
Son of a school teacher in Bharatpur, Rajasthan, Saumy provided timely strikes for India in the competition with his accurate left-arm spin and ended as the side's leading wicket-taker with 18 scalps. His father introduced him to cricket to make him a fitter individual. For someone who took up the game to beat common cold and cough, Saumy has come a long way.
The all-rounder from Solapur, Maharashtra already had an IPL contract before he made an impact in the U-19 World Cup. A sweet timer of the ball, Kulkarni is also more than handy with his medium pace and is dubbed as a future Hardik Pandya. He opened the batting for India in the ICC event.
The right-arm pacer from the Rann of Kutch, Limbani made an impact with the new ball. He bats left-handed and a six to get off the mark in a tense chase against South Africa helped India secure their ninth overall appearance in the final. Limbani had to leave Dayapur Village in the Rann of Kutch and shift to Baroda to chase his dream.
Like Limbani, Moliya is also based in Baroda and has played seven first-class games with the highest score of 144 not out. The middle-order batter who can bowl off-spin did not have much to do in South Africa with the top-order firing in most of the games.
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The left-arm pacer from Lucknow is inspired by Jasprit Bumrah and learned landing his yorkers from the lead India pacer. He ended up with 12 wickets in the tournament at an average of 19.83. Son of an LIC agent, he felt the pressure of academics growing up before choosing cricket.
The young off-spinner from Hyderabad looks up to R Ashwin. He did not end up taking a bagful of wickets in the competition but was able to contain the flow of runs.
The Wicketkeeper-batter is the product of an academy co-run by Ravi Shastri and R Sridhar. He has already made his List A debut for Hyderabad and Chennai Super Kings picking him up in the recent IPL auction was a testament to his talent. He belongs to Pothugal village in Rajanna Sircilla district, Telangana.
A feisty left-hander, the Kanpur lad has consistently provided the team with strong starts. His impressive knock of 76 against Bangladesh marked a perfect beginning for India in the tournament. Even in the final, he held his ground with a fighting 47 off 77 balls.
He could not get an opportunity to play in the tournament. He captained Gujarat to the Under-16 state championship title. He then led his state in the U-19 Vinoo Mankad Trophy and came to limelight scoring three centuries in a row including a double century against Himachal Pradesh.
He was the reserve wicketkeeper of the squad and didn't get an opportunity with Avanish stealing the show. A fan of MS Dhoni, Innesh bats left-handed and hails from Noida.
The rising pacer from Bengaluru wants to follow the footsteps of Javagal Srinath and R Vinay Kumar. He didn't get many opportunities to showcase his skills but is determined to make it big as his father failed to pursue his cricketing dream, while injuries ruined the career of his elder brother.
Son of a mathematics teacher, the Ludhiana boy took up sports with an aim to "grow taller". He impressed in the CK Nayudu Trophy and Cooch Behar Trophy to be picked for the Indian team.
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