The Under 19 World Cup cricket has been one of the most attractive competitions just before top-level cricket. Over the years, the young player’s enthusiasm and devotion have been genuinely inspiring to observe. There have been fourteen Under 19 World Cup, the first of which was held in 1988. Australians becoming winners.
Ten years later, the next World Cup was organized. Now it has been held every two years since then. India is the most successful team of the tournament, became champion four times and runner-up two times in the history of the Under 19 world cup cricket. They won it under Mohammad Kaif’s captaincy in 2000, Virat Kohli’s captaincy in 2008, Unmukt Chand’s captaincy in 2012, and Prithvi Shaw’s captaincy in 2018. And now the Yash Dhull and co. give the fifth U19 World cup to India.
India’s U-19 squads have produced several successful captains who have represented the country at the highest level over the years. But many among them had been just faded away. Even they haven’t been performing well in the domestic circuit too.
Let’s know all India’s Under-19 world cup cricket captains, how they did at the U-19 World Cup, and what they’re doing now.
Under 19 World Cup cricket captain of India: All Indian Captains
Under 19 World Cup cricket captain of India: Myluahanan Senthilnathan (1988)
Myluahanan Senthilnathan is the first-ever Indian Under 19 world cup cricket captain. Then the competition was known as the Youth World Cup. The first-ever World Cup for U-19 teams was played in 1988 in Australia. India performed poorly in the competition, finishing sixth out of eight teams. Several players from the youth squad went on to represent India in the future, including Nayan Mongia, Pravin Amre, V Raju, Narendra Hirwani, and Subroto Banerjee.
Now let’s know about captain Myluahanan Senthilnathan. He was a right-handed batsman. With 149 runs in six matches, Senthilnathan was India’s leading run-scorer in the event. However, he did not play for India in Tests or ODIs.
From 1988 to1996, Senthilnathan represented Tamil Nadu and Goa in first-class cricket. In a pre-quarter-final of the Ranji Trophy in 1992–93, he scored 189 in Tamil Nadu’s innings triumph over Assam. In the 1995-96 season, Senthilnathan played his final game in first-class cricket. He is presently the chief coach at the MRF pace foundation, which assists young Indian cricketers in improving their skills.
Under 19 World Cup cricket captain of India: Amit Pagnis(1998)
South Africa organized the next Under 19 World Cup cricket after a ten-year gap. And a Mumbaikar Amit Pagnis lead India’s under 19 teams. India played far better than they did in 1988. However, they were knocked out in the second round due to their poor net run rate.
Amit Pagnis was a left-handed batsman. He did not do well in the World Cup, scoring 175 runs in six innings at a strike rate of 29.16. He continued to play first-class cricket for Mumbai after the Under 19 World Cup cricket. At the domestic level, Pagnis has not performed well. He did not have a high batting average, scoring 5851 runs in 95 games. Later in his career, he moved teams and retired after playing for Railways in 2008.
Amit Pagnis, on the other hand, never made it big in cricket and never played for India.
Harbhajan Singh and Virender Sehwag were members of 1998 under 19 squads, and both went on to become legends for the Indian cricket team.
Amit Pagnis remembered for his inning against touring Australia. He was playing for the Mumbai team. Pagnis blasted Shane Warne’s bowling for 50 runs in 30 balls. He executed it by dancing down the pitch on square turning balls. Sachin Tendulkar, who was captaining the Mumbai squad at the time. Pagnis played Shane Warne on his instructions.
Under 19 World Cup cricket captain of India: Mohammad Kaif(2000)
The first skipper to lift the champion trophy for India was Mohammad Kaif. Under his captaincy, India won the first-ever under 19 world cup cricket in Sri Lanka in 2000. Yuvraj Singh became one of India’s greatest limited-overs cricketers. He was a member of the squad for the Men in Blue that have won the 2011 world cup.
Kaif was a right-handed batsman. He was the highest run-scorer in 1998 under 19 world cup cricket. Kaif did not do as well in 2000 as he scored 170 runs in 8 matches at an average of 34.57.
Kaif made his Test debut in Bangalore against South Africa in 2000, just after the Under 19 world cup. But he was dropped just after the series. During the 2001-2002 home season, Kaif was recalled to the one-day squad. He made an immediate impact with his steady and deliberate hitting.
But it was during the NatWest series in England in 2002 that Kaif proved his talent. He scored an unbeaten 87 in the final as India chased down 326 for victory. Then came a magnificent century against Zimbabwe in the ICC Champions Trophy. After that, he struggled to get going at times but had a fairly World Cup.
He played 13 test matches and scored 624 runs with an average of 32.84. Kaif has one test century, that 148 not out inning came against West Indies at Gros Islet, Jun 10 – 14 2006. He was more successful in One day cricket. Kaif will be remembered for his inning against England at Lords. In the 2002 NatWest Series Final, he scored 87 not out off 75 balls to help India chase down 326 runs. He won his first Man of the Match award for his performance.
Kaif played a total of 125 ODI’s and scored 2753 runs with an average of 32.01. He had two ODI centuries and 17 half-centuries.
Under 19 World Cup cricket captain of India: Parthiv Patel(2002)
After Nayan Mongia retired, India’s wait for a wicketkeeper-batsman came to an end in 2002 with Parthiv Patel. He made his debut as the country’s youngest wicketkeeper. That year, he captained the U-19 team at the Under 19 World Cup cricket. Unfortunately, India was lost in the semifinal by South Africa. Parthiv did not perform well in that world cup.
He managed 184 runs in seven matches. But overall, Parthiv Patel was very impressive. So, then captain Sourav Ganguly included him for the England tour. Parthiv Patel, a 17-year-old with a baby-faced appearance, was placed in the first eleven as the wicketkeeper in the Indian Test team.
In the early days, he got success. But, due to his increasingly poor work behind the stumps, he was dropped in 2004, and, as Dinesh Karthik and later MS Dhoni rose through the ranks, Parthiv fell further down the pecking order. Later, he made several comebacks across the format. But did not sustain long.
Parthiv Patel played 25 test matches for India and scored 934 runs with an average of 31.13. He had six half-centuries in test cricket. On the other hand, Parthiv played 38 ODI’s and scored 736 runs with an average of 23.74 only. He also played two T20I for India.
Under 19 World Cup cricket captain of India: Ambati Rayadu(2004)
There were two captains for India in the 2004 Under 19 world cup cricket. Ambati Rayadu has captained the team for the entire world cup, and officially he was the captain for the Indian team. But Dinesh Karthik went for a toss in the semi-final against Pakistan. Rayadu was not playing that match.
Rayadu took India to 2004 Under 19 World Cup cricket semi-finals when they were defeated by archrival Pakistan. He had an average tournament, allowing 149 runs in 6 innings, averaging 24.83 runs per inning. There was an ideal opportunity for him to progress his game, but it was not to be. Despite his considerable potential, he struggled to maintain consistency at the domestic level, and his attitude issues made matters worse.
Rayudu was skipped over for the national squad due to disagreements with players and the state association. He decided to join the “rebel” Indian Cricket League. In 2009, he accepted the BCCI’s amnesty offer and ended his ICL contract, returning to domestic cricket. After excellent performances for Baroda and Mumbai Indians in domestic cricket and the IPL, he was picked for the Indian squad for the first time in 2012. In July 2013, Rayudu made his international debut against Zimbabwe in an ODI.
Rayudu played 55 ODI’s for India and scored 1694 runs with an average of 47.06. He had three centuries and ten half-centuries. Rayudu also played T20I for India.
Shikhar Dhawan, Suresh Raina, Robin Uthappa, RP Singh also played in 2004 Under 19 World Cup.
Under 19 World Cup cricket captain of India: Ravikant Shukla(2006)
Shukla has the worst record of all the cricketers on this list. In the 2006 edition of the Under 19 World Cup cricket, Shukla leads India to the final. But they were defeated by Pakistan once again.
Shukla was a left-handed batsman from Uttar Pradesh. His performance was terrible in the world cup, as he only managed 53 runs in 5 innings, averaging 10.60 runs per inning. But before the world cup, he had previously scored 414 runs in 15 U-19 ODIs at an average of 31.84.
After the under 19 world cup cricket, Shukla continued to play first-class cricket for Uttar Pradesh. But he had little success there as well. He scored 1962 runs in 40 first-class matches, had only two centuries in his whole career. After retiring from first-class cricket in 2014, he was sighted in 2015, working for Indian Oil.
The U-19 team produces players like India’s present ODI vice-captain Rohit Sharma Ravindra Jadeja, Piyush Chawla, Manish Pandey, and Cheteshwar Pujara. Pujara was the Man of the Series for the 2006 under 19 world cup.
Under 19 World Cup cricket captain of India: Virat Kohli(2008)
Virat Kohli is the best product from the Under 19 world cup cricket from India. Kohli is without any doubt, the most successful cricketer on this list. Under him, India had one more chance to win the World Cup, and Kohli did not waste it. In 2008, he led India to their second U19 World Cup success in Malaysia. In the final, very tight match against South Africa, India won by 12 runs in D/L.
Virat had a solid performance in 2008 under 19world cup cricket. He scored 235 runs in six matches at an average of 47 and had one century also. Kohli gained fame almost overnight. In the same year, he signed an IPL contract.
Kohli is the only under 19 captain of India who leads the senior test team also. He is the present captain of the Indian cricket team in all forms and was a member of the 2011 World Cup-winning side. Since then, Kohli has broken numerous senior cricket batting records and is already one of the country’s most successful captains.
His vice-captain was Ravindra Jadeja, and the team also included Manish Pandey, Abhinav Mukund, and Siddarth Kaul, both of whom had played for India.
Under 19 World Cup cricket captain of India: Ashok Menaria(2010)
Ashok Menaria was the captain of the Indian 2010 Under 19 world cup cricket. He is a left-handed batsman and slow left-arm orthodox bowler. But he did not perform at all in the world cup. He scored only 31 runs in five innings and took six wickets.
Menaria began his cricketing career for the Rajasthan Under-15s. He had a brilliant junior-level record. In the Under 17 Vijay Merchant Trophy, he played a 227 runs innings against Karnakata. Ashok Menaria made a record undefeated partnership of 397 runs alongside Ankit Lamba.
In November 2008, Menaria made his first-class debut against Mumbai. He played 79 first-class matches and scored a total of 4677 runs for Rajasthan. His highest score is 230 runs. Menaria took 20 wickets also.
Ashok Menaria played IPL for the Rajasthan Royals from 2011 to 2013.
KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Jaydev Unadkat was part of the Indias 2010 Under 19 world cup cricket.
Under 19 World Cup cricket captain of India: Unmukt Chand(2012)
Unmukt Chand is an unlucky cricketer of Indian cricket. In 2012, four years after Virat Kohli led India to victory in the Under 19 World Cup cricket against South Africa, another Delhi youngster achieved the same. After India’s outstanding performance in the competition, Unmukt Chand was compared to Virat Kohli and considered him to be Indian cricket’s next great thing.
Chand also had a strong showing in the competition. He scored 246 runs in 6 innings for a 49.20 average. Chand scored a captain’s knock of 111 not out in 130 balls, which included six sixes and seven fours, to lead India to victory in the final against Australia. His sharp mind shone throughout the competition as he led India over unfamiliar terrain – it was his third consecutive century in an under-19 world cup cricket final.
Chand, as a schoolboy, made his Ranji debut for Delhi. In his fourth game, he hit his first century, a 151. At the age of 18 years and 15 days, he made his IPL debut. In 2013, Chand became a consistent member of the India A team, leading them to victory over New Zealand A and Bangladesh A in 2015. In the interim, he led the team to victory in the Triangular series in Chennai. He became only the third Indian batsman to score three T20 century.
But slowly, the batsman Unmukt Chand was far from complete. He has failed to crack the consistency and likes to go hard at the ball early. Chand’s IPL career hasn’t taken off either, with his first and only fifty runs coming against Royal Challengers Bangalore for Mumbai Indians in 2015. Despite the low results, Mumbai decided to keep Chand ahead of the 2016 auction.
At the age of 28, Unmukt Chand, the captain of India’s Under-19 World Cup-winning team in 2012, has retired from Indian cricket. He has joined to national T20 league in the United States for 2021. Chand sighed the Silicon Valley Strikers of the Minor League Cricket.
Under 19 World Cup cricket captain of India: Vijay Zol(2014)
In 2014, Vijay Zol was the captain of the defending champions. Zol is a left-handed batsman from Maharashtra. He was a member of the 2012 under 19 world cup cricket champion team. Two years after Unmukt Chand’s squad won the cup in Australia, India finished fifth in that world cup under Zol captaincy.
Despite winning all of their group stage games, India was knocked out in the quarter-finals by England. After defeating West Indies, they ended up in the fifth-place play-off match.
In a Maharashtra Under-19 first-class match in December 2011, Zol scored an undefeated 451 off 467 deliveries, batting for nearly eleven hours and hitting 53 boundaries and two sixes. It was a record-breaking inning. But, Vijay Zol had an unimpressive tournament. He scored only 120 runs at an average of 24 in five matches.
In February 2012, he made his List “A” debut against Baroda. He scored 27 off 44 balls with five fours in that match.
Zol was selected for India’s “A” squad for the long-format matches against the visiting New Zealand “A” team in 2013. In his first unofficial Test in Visakhapatnam, Zol made his first-class debut with a century. In 2012, he signed a youth contract with IPL franchise, Royal Challengers Bangalore. Currently, he is playing his state team.
But many of his team met has already played for India. Like, Kuldeep Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Sanju Samson, and Deepak Hooda.
Under 19 World Cup cricket captain of India: Ishan Kishan(2016)
Another wicket-keeper batsman from Jharkhand Ishan Kishan led the Indian Under 19 world cup cricket in 2016. India started as the favourite to win the cup. The tournament was organized in Bangladesh.
India looked brilliant but was beaten in the final by a strong West Indies team. Ishan Kishan had a terrible competition, scoring only 73 runs at an average of 12.16 in six matches. Sarfaraz Khan, who also played in the 2014 edition, was the tournament’s leading run-scorer.
He made his first-class debut for Jharkhand in December 2014, and in his first ten first-class matches, he scored a century and five fifties. But in a match against Saurashtra in October 2015, he made an impression with a 69-ball 87 studded with eight sixes on a rank Rajkot turner. Two months later, he led India Under-19s to a one-day tri-series victory in Sri Lanka. England was the other team that participated in that tournament.
At 17, Gujarat Lions selected him in the 2016 IPL auction for INR 35 lakh ($US 52,000 approx.) because of his attacking batting style.
Kishan improved his batting after a disappointing World Cup performance and has proven his worth for Jharkhand on the domestic circuit. In the domestic Ranji season that followed, he quickly turned his fortunes around, finishing as Jharkhand’s top run-scorer with 799 runs. Among them was a career-best 273 against Delhi, the highest score by a Jharkhand batsman to date. With 484 runs in six matches, he was Jharkhand’s best run-scorer in the 2017–18 Ranji Trophy. In the 2018 IPL auction, Mumbai Indians bought him.
Kishan became part of India’s Twenty20 International (T20I) team for the series against England in February 2021. Then he was selected in the Indian One Day International (ODI) and Twenty20 International (T20I) squads for the series against Sri Lanka in June 2021. On July 18, 2021, he made his ODI debut for India against Sri Lanka, scoring 59 from 42 balls.
Under 19 World Cup cricket captain of India: Prithvi Shaw(2018)
In 2018, India became the champion again. This time the caption of the Indian under 19 world cup cricket team was Mumbai wonder kid Prithvi Shaw.
Prithvi was in the limelight from a very early age. Prithvi Shaw came to attention as a 14-year-old in the Harris Shield, an age-group cricket event in Mumbai in 2013. He smashed 546 off 330 balls for his school Rizvi Springfield in a match, a performance that included 85 fours and five sixes. Shaw’s innings were the highest in school cricket at the time. The Indian cricketing circuit has been keeping an eye on him since then. He hasn’t disappointed, hitting truckloads of runs in school cricket and making his way up the junior to senior.
Shaw was a member of the India Under-19 team that won the young Asia Cup in Sri Lanka in November 2016. He made his Ranji Trophy debut for Mumbai in the semi-final against Tamil Nadu two months later, with a second-innings century that helped his team win. Shaw broke Sachin Tendulkar’s record of scoring a century on his Duleep Trophy debut in September 2017, when he was just 17 years old.
For the 2018 Junior World Cup in New Zealand, he was named captain of the Indian Under 19 world cup cricket team. India cruised to victory with a good captain in Shaw, a strong bowling line-up, and under the supervision of Rahul Dravid. Shaw’s contribution with the bat was quite good. He scored 261 runs at an average of 65 with two fifties.
Shaw was called up to India’s Test squad in August 2018 for the England series. However, he did not feature in the final two Tests. He was selected for India’s Test team for the series against the West Indies in September 2018.
On October 4, 2018, Shaw made his Test debut against the West Indies. In that match, he made his first Test century. He became India’s youngest batsman to record a century in his debut (18 years and 319 days). On February 5, 2020, Prithvi Shaw made his ODI debut for India against New Zealand. On July 25, 2021, he made his T20I debut for India against Sri Lanka.
Under 19 World Cup cricket captain of India: Priyam Garg(2020)
As a champion, India started the 2020 Under 19 world cup cricket under the captainship of Priyam Garg. The team dominated throughout the tournament and reached the final. But in the high voltage match, India loses to Bangladesh. Garg scored 68 runs in three innings.
Priyam Garg, an aspiring star from Uttar Pradesh, is a natural talent and elegant right-handed batsman. His run-scoring exploits at the U-14 and U-16 levels moved him into consideration for the Indian U-19 team in 2018.
In Novembar 2018, Garg made his first-class debut for his state team Uttar Pradesh against Goa in Kanpur. He scored a century in that debut match. He hasn’t looked back since then. Garg also played as the captain of the India U-19 and U-23 teams. Priyam Garg has scored 814 runs at an average of 67.83 in 11 FC games. He has also scored two double tonnes in U-16s, U-19s, and Ranji Trophy matches so far.