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Prithvi Shaw, Manjot Kalra among five Indians in ICC Under-19 World Cup team

The world team consists the likes of captain Prithvi Shaw, Manjot Kalra and Gill.

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The Indian Under-19 cricket team led by Prithvi Shaw created history by winning the International Cricket Council (ICC) U-19 World Cup, beating Australia by eight wickets in the final. Manjot Kalra hit a scintillating century in India’s chase against the Aussies, giving India their fourth World Cup title.

Now after their achievements, Rahul Dravid’s boys seem to have been rewarded aptly as five Indians have found a place in the Under-19 World Cup team announced by the ICC on Sunday.

The world team consists the likes of captain Prithvi Shaw (who scored 261 runs in ICC World Cup), player of the final Manjot Kalra (252 runs) and player of the tournament Shubman Gill (372 runs).

Other Indians who managed to get a place in the playing eleven include left-arm spinner Anukul Roy (who took 14 wickets in the tournament) and fast bowler Kamlesh Nagarkoti (9 wickets).

The team of the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup was picked by a five-person selection panel that comprised former West Indies fast bowler Ian Bishop, former India women’s captain Anjum Chopra, former New Zealand captain Jeff Crowe, journalist Shashank Kishore and former Australia all-rounder Tom Moody.

South Africa captain Raynard van Tonder was named to lead the side, which has representation from six countries. “Van Tonder, who aggregated 348 runs in six matches, including the highest score of 143 against Kenya, was selected to lead ahead of other captains for his better cricket acumen,” the ICC said in a statement.

South Africa went out of the reckoning for the title with a three-wicket loss to Pakistan in the quarter-finals but finished fifth beating Bangladesh by eight wickets in a play- off, which saw Tonder knocking an unbeaten 82.

Apart from van Tonder, the other South Africa players making the team are wicket-keeper Wandile Makwetu and fast bowler Gerald Coetzee. Makwetu had 11 wwickets during the tournament, besides some useful runs, while fast bowler Gerald Coetzee finished with eight wickets.

New Zealand batsman Finn Allen was rewarded for a consistent performance, which saw him score 338 runs, while Pakistan’s left-arm fast bowler Shaheen Afridi (12 wickets) and Afghanistan leg-spinner Qais Ahmad (14 wickets) have also found place in the playing eleven.

West Indies batsman Alick Athanaze was named the 12th man after finishing as the highest run-getter in the tournament with 418 runs, which included centuries against Sri Lanka and Kenya.

ICC’s U-19 World Cup team: Prithvi Shaw (India), Manjot Kalra (India), Shubman Gill (India), Finn Allen (New Zealand), Raynard van Tonder (South Africa, captain), Wandile Makwetu (wicket-keeper) (South Africa), Anukul Roy (India), Kamlesh Nagarkoti (India), Gerald Coetzee (South Africa), Qais Ahmad (Afghanistan), Shaheen Afridi (Pakistan).

12th man: Alick Athanaze (West Indies).

-With PTI inputs