Cricket is more than just a sport in India because of the kind of impact it has on the fans who are keeping a tab on the game from every nook and corner of the country.
With a population of more than 1.4 billion, the majority of the youths across the country wish to become cricketers. Although many people dream of becoming cricketers, only a certain number of people achieve their dreams.
Becoming a cricketer is one of the toughest jobs in India. Although some become cricketers to play domestic cricket, it is imperative for them to go to the next level such that they go on to play for Team India.
Case in point, U-19 World Cup is the first and the most important tournament for a professional cricketer. It is a perfect opportunity for the young lads to make a name for themselves.
Some cricketers did not make it to India’s squad for the U-19 World Cup but went on to become captains of the senior Indian cricket team. Now, in this article, we will take a glimpse at the three players.
1. Hardik Pandya
Indian international Hardik Pandya is one of the players who didn’t play in the U-19 WC in his career. Today, he is the captain of India’s T20I team and has never lost a T20I series under his captaincy.
2. MS Dhoni
The likes of Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, KL Rahul, Ravindra Jadeja and others played in the U-19 World Cup. Surprisingly, MS Dhoni is one of the big names who didn’t play in the U-19 WC. However, he went on to become the successful captain of India. Under his captaincy, India won the ICC T20 World Cup 2007, ICC Champions Trophy and ICC ODI World Cup.
3. Jasprit Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah is one of the top-tier fast bowlers in the world and is best known for his pinpoint yorkers and impeccable bowling abilities. He is also one of the players who didn’t play in the U-19 World Cup but made his captaincy debut in during the fifth and final Test against England last year.