Fast bowlers from India and Pakistan making waves at the ICC Under-19 World Cup 2018

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The ongoing ICC Under-19 World Cup 2018 is throwing up some sensational performances with the bat and ball.

While competition is intense with teams aiming for victory, the overall aim of the youth tournament is to provide a platform for youngsters to grab the attention of their national selectors for opportunities at senior level.

Keeping that in mind, here are three fast bowlers who have set the stage on fire with their pace and swing in New Zealand.

SHAHEEN AFRIDI

The Pakistan left-arm pacer is quickly developing into a complete fast bowler. Having picked up nine wickets on his first-class debut last year, the 17-year-old gave a glimpse of his class to the world against Ireland, finishing with figures of 6-15 which is the best by a Pakistan bowler at under-19 level.

One look at his bowling and you know he is the real deal, forcing batsmen to duck and leave. If you want to see more examples of what the 6’5” pacer is capable of, click here.

KAMLESH NAGARKOTI

Standing at 5’8”, the 18-year-old India pacer doesn’t look like a typical fast bowler. But with the ball in hand, the wiry cricketer turns into a beast capable of bowling entire spells well over the 140kph mark.

While there is some debate surrounding the speed gun used at the World Cup, the pace generated by Nagarkoti forced former India captain Sourav Ganguly and ex-West Indies pacer Ian Bishop to take notice.

He’s claimed four wickets in total so far and what’s more surprising is that Nagarkoti has just recovered from a shoulder tear. Click here to see his best against the Aussies.

SHIVAM MAVI

Another Indian fast bowler surprising one and all with his pace and swing, the 19-year-old Mavi rattled Australia and Papua New Guinea to finish with five wickets from two games.

The right-armer has gained a lot of knowledge bowling to Afghanistan’s batsmen during their training sessions in the northern Indian city of Greater Noida. Indeed, his fastest ball at the tournament clocked at 146kph. He will without doubt be on the radar of every franchise during the upcoming IPL player auctions.

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Kamlesh Nagarkoti and Shivam Mavi shine in India's Under-19 World Cup opener

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Kamlesh Nagarkoti touched 149 kph in India's win over Australia.

India opened their ICC Under-19 World Cup campaign in style with a 100-run win over Australia at Tauranga on Sunday.

Skipper Prithvi Shaw‘s 94-run knock set the foundation of India’s total of 328-7.

The 18-year-old has continued to live up to the hype of his supreme talents after hitting a record-breaking 546 four years ago.

However, the most pleasing aspects of the Indian colts’ win over Australia were the displays of pacers Shivam Mavi and Kamlesh Nagarkoti.

Both youngsters picked up three-wickets each but it was the numbers they clocked on the speed gun that raised eyebrows.

The duo regularly bowled around the 145 kph mark and had the Aussie batmen beaten for pace multiple times.

More than the raw speed, it was the smoothness in the actions of both the right-armed quicks that paints the picture of a bright future ahead of them.

Nagarkoti fastest delivery of the match was clocked at 149 kph while Mavi touched 146 kph.

Nagarkoti, an 18-year-old, hails from Rajasthan and has already created history when he became the first-ever bowler from the state to take a List-A hat-trick last year.

Mavi, a 19-year-old from Uttar Pradesh, is more than capable with the bat to complement his bowling.

Shivam Mavi is more than handy with the bat too.

Shivam Mavi is more than handy with the bat too.

The pair’s effortlessness in generating such pace is a positive sign for the future of Indian cricket which has always been thirsting for genuine speedsters.

While the likes of Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah all bowl above the 140 kph mark, India have not had a splendid history with premium fast-bowlers.

Many young guns have been touted to be the next big thing in fast-bowling only to later disappear or fizzle out into medium-pacers over the course of their careers.

The likes of Munaf Patel and Varun Aaaron spring to mind when talking about such cases.

Hence, the emergence of the Mavi and Nagarkoti and their effortless ease bodes well for the future and one hopes that the BCCI will do their best to nurture this natural gift and not let it go to waste.

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West Indies stun India to lift maiden U-19 World Cup title

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Shimron Hetmyer receives trophy from ICC President Zaheer Abbas.

Keacy Carty struck an unbeaten 52 as the West Indies defeated three-time champions India by five wickets on Sunday to clinch their first ICC Under-19 World Cup.

Carty smashed his first fifty of the tournament to guide the West Indies to victory in Dhaka with three balls to spare, after India were bowled out for just 145 in 45.1 overs.

West Indian pacemen Alzarri Joseph and Ryan John grabbed three wickets each to restrict the highly-fancied Indian batsman, after the West Indies won the toss and elected to bowl.
WI player celebrate with trophy.
WI player celebrate with trophy.
Keemo Paul provided crucial support for Carty with an unbeaten 40 as the pair shared an unbroken sixth-wicket stand of 69. The pair steered the West Indies home after they were  struggling on 77-5 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.
Left-arm spinner Mayank Dagar had given favourites India hope after taking 3-25 from his 10 overs to leave the West Indians reeling, but Carty and Paul kept their cool to deny him any more breakthroughs.
All-rounder Paul, who had claimed 2-17 during his bowling spell, hit just one four and one six in his 68-ball knock.
West Indies captain Shimron Hetmyer praised his bowlers in particular for toppling the favourites.
“We weren’t supposed to be champions but we came out on top. The pacers used the pitch to their advantage, they stood out for us. Carty and Paul are aggressive players, they made the adjustment. They kept a calm head.”
Fired-up paceman Joseph grabbed three wickets in his opening spell and finished with 3-39.
India’s hard-hitting batsman Rishabh Pant was stumped in the first over by wicketkeeper Tevin Imlach, leaving the Indians, who were playing in their fifth final, unsettled early on.
Joseph, arguably the fastest bowler in the competition with deliveries of more than 145 kph (90 mph), then forced an edge from Anmolpreet Singh with a vicious short ball, before trapping skipper Ishan Kishan in front, to leave India struggling on 27-3.
Medium pacer John was the other standout for the West Indies, taking 3-38.
Kishan blamed his side’s poor catching for their defeat.
“The bowlers bowled in the right areas. In the fielding, we were good in the beginning but we dropped crucial catches,” he said after the match.
“It was difficult to bat, but we were used to these conditions.”
Sarfaraz Khan made a lone stand for India with 51 off 89 balls but wickets continued to tumble at the other end and India succumbed with almost five overs to spare.

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