The ICC U19 World Cup 2020 came to an end with Bangladesh beating defending champions India in the finals and becoming first-time title holders in a brilliant display of cricket. They got better of the undefeated Indian team on the big day, thanks to a very good bowling performance.
Meanwhile, the tournament saw the young stars of all the teams performing on this global stage with the chance of a lifetime to impress everyone and also showing how good the groundwork of their countries was when it came to preparing the next generation of the cricketers.
Therefore, Team COC presents to you the best XI of the ICC U19 World Cup 2020.
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Yashasvi Jaiswal (Ind)
Mats: 6| Runs: 400 |HS: 105 |100s: 1| 50s: 4| Avg: 133.33 | SR: 82.47
The 18-year-old Mumbaikar has a tremendous story behind his success. From selling panipuris to playing top-level cricket in India, Yashasvi Jaiswal has come a long way forward and ended up with the Man of the tournament in the World Cup. He scored 400 runs in six matches with one century and four half-centuries at an average of 133.33.
Ibrahim Zadran (Afg)
Mats – 5|Runs: 240 |HS: 87 | 50s: 3 | Avg: 60 |SR: 66.11
Ibrahim Zadran, the right-handed opener from Afghanistan, has already made his international debut and played six matches. His knocks of 52 and 87 against South Africa and the UAE were among the reasons Afghanistan made it to the quarterfinal where they went down to Pakistan. His 73 against South Africa, in the seventh-place play-off game, helped his team win by 5 wickets.
Ravindu Rasantha (SL)
Mats: 6 | Runs: 286 | HS: 102*|100s: 1| 50s: 1| Avg: 71.50|SR: 77.50
Ravindu Rasantha made 286- the second-most runs in the tournament and proved to be the silver lining for the Lankan U19s, as they failed to make it into the knockout stages. He impressed in the matches against India and Nigeria with scores of 49 and 102*. He also played a valiant 66 in a losing cause to England in the Plate final.
Bryce Parsons (SA)
Mats: 6| Runs: 265|HS: 121| 100s: 1| 50s: 1|Avg: 44.16 |SR: 106.42
South Africa’s Bryce Parsons made 265 runs with one century and one fifty with an astonishing strike-rate of 106.42. Though South Africa made it into the quarter-finals, they were overpowered by Bangladesh and then also lost to Afghanistan in the 7th place playoffs. Parson also picked five wickets with his left-arm spin.
Emannuel Bawa (Zim)
Mats: 6 | Runs: 239 | HS: 105* |100s: 1| 50s: 1 | Avg: 59.75| SR - 89.84
Zimbabwe may have ended up at the 11th position in the tournament, but the performance of Emannuel Bawa was one of the positives for the African nation. He also hit the only century for his nation, which came against Canada.
Beckham Wheeler-Greenall (NZ)
Mats: 5 | Runs: 186 | HS: 80| 50s: 2| Avg: 62| SR - 77.50
17-year-old Beckham Wheeler-Greenall proved to be the backbone of the New Zealand middle order. His knock of 80 led New Zealand's recovery in a chase of 243 against Sri Lanka, helping them secure a three-wicket win. His 75 helped New Zealand to 211 after being reduced to 142/6 in the semi-final against Bangladesh. He proved to be a bright spot for the Black Caps.
Akbar Ali (Ban- C/WK)
Mats 6 | Runs: 69 | HS: 43*| Catches: 5 | Stmps: 1
Bangladesh’s title-winning captain Akbar Ali proved his worth as a leader in all the crunch matches. His knock of 43* proved to be the match-winning one against India in the finals, as they had lost their middle order to Ravi Bishnoi and he anchored the chase brilliantly.
Akhil Kumar (Can)
Mats: 5 | Runs: 121 | HS: 37 | Wkts: 16 | BB: 6/46
Akhil Kumar picked 16 wickets in the tournament and was one of the best performers in the tournament from Canada, who finished at the 13th place in the World Cup. He picked a six-wicket haul against Japan; Kumar was also impressive against South Africa as he finished with four. He also picked three wickets each against the UAE and Zimbabwe.
Ravi Bishnoi (Ind)
Mats: 6 | Wkts: 17| BB: 4/5
Ravi Bishnoi picked 4/30 and almost brought India their second consecutive world title in the final against Bangladesh. The 19-year-old Rajasthan leg spinner bamboozled batsmen with his googlies and his best performance came against Japan, where he picked 4/5. He also played a vital knock with the bat against Pakistan in the semis.
Rakibul Hasan (Ban)
Mats: 6 |Wkts: 12 |BB: 5/19
17-year-old Rakibul was one of the chief reasons for his team to enter the summit clash, as he picked a fifer against South Africa, taking his team into the semis. He only got one wicket in the final, but his economic performance - conceding only 29 runs from his 10 overs, tied down the Indian openers and created much-needed pressure.
Kartik Tyagi (Ind)
Mats: 6 | Wkts: 11 |BB: 4/24
19-year-old pacer Kartik Tyagi from Uttar Pradesh has already made his FC and List-A debut. His economy of 3.49 is also the best for a pacer, and his strike rate of 18.7 is the second-best in the list of top 10 wicket-taking quicks in the 2020 U-19 World Cup. His best performance came in the quarterfinal against Australia as he picked up 4 for 24.