A spectacular show by the youngsters of India as they once again managed to lift the prestigious title to extend their record to five. The Indian side have always been a great force in the U19 tournaments and this only shows the exceptional structure of the Indian domestic circuit.  

However, it was not only the Indian side that made an impact in the tournament but there were also various sides that made heads turn and one such team was the Afghanistan side, who defied all the odds to reach the semi-finals of the tournament. The side came mighty close to defeating the English side but the lack of depth in their batting line-up meant that they finished on the losing side by 15 runs.

Yes, the Indian side did manage to break several records in the tournament. Cricwizz, today brings you the list of records and stats that were broken in the ICC U19 World Cup 2022. Let’s dive in without further adieu.

1) India strikes the silver for the 5th time

India u19
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Team India went on to extend their tally to a record fifth title and now stand two clear of second-best Australia, who have won the title on three occasions. However, the Aussies last won the cup back in 2010, on the other hand, the Men in Blue have managed to win the title three times in the last six World Cups and to understand the magnitude of their domination, this was also their 4th consecutive final’s appearance. 

List of India’s U-19 World cup titles

2000Sri LankaIndia won by 6 wicketsSri Lanka
2008South AfricaIndia won by 12 runsMalaysia
2012AustraliaIndia won by 6 wicketsAustralia
2018AustraliaIndia won by 8 wicketsNew Zealand
2022EnglandIndia won by 4 wicketsWest Indies

2) Akram’s exceptional feat in the tournament 

Qasim Akram Pakistan
(Image Credits: ESPNofficlal)

Although Pakistan could only finish 5th in the tournament, they can keep their heads up as they showcased some spirited performances on the field and the youngsters promised that Pakistan cricket was moving on the right track. 

If their performances were not enough for the world to notice, their skipper Qasim Akram ensured that he did make all the headlines by becoming the first-ever player in the tournament’s history to score a century and pick up 5 wickets in the same match. The 19-year old blitzed his way to 135 runs off just 80 balls and ensured Pakistan registered a humongous total of 365 runs for Sri Lanka to record an unlikely win.

He later went on to run through the batting order of Sri Lanka by picking up 5 wickets for 37 runs in his quota of 10 overs and ensured the Lankans for bundled out cheaply for 127 runs.

# Pakistan’s victory margin of 238 runs was also the second-highest in terms of runs in this edition. The largest margin was recorded by India, who went on defeat Uganda by a mammoth margin of 326 runs.

3) Sixes Galore!!!

Yes, as the sport has advanced and so has the gameplay as we all know. The sport has completely tilted in favor of the batsmen. Let us keep that debate for later. The tournament once again served to be a perfect example, as this edition of the tournament recorded the highest number of sixes ever, recording a jaw-dropping number of 336 sixes in just 48 matches at an average of 7 sixes per match.

Most number of sixes in the tournament

D BrevisSouth Africa1845
Raj BawaIndia1019
Haseebullah KhanPakistan1027
Van HeerdenSouth Africa107
Ijaz Ahmad AhmadzaiAfghanistan916

4) India’s unbeaten run to glory

This is the fourth out of five occasions that team India finished unbeaten in the tournament. Their impressive run of six matches comprised of wins against South Africa, Ireland, Uganda, Bangladesh Australia, and England. India is also only one of four teams in the history of this tournament to stay unbeaten. 

Any guesses on the other three teams? Well, one of them is definitely as you must have guessed, team Australia (2002). The remaining two are South Africa in 2014 and Bangladesh in 2020.

5) Baby AB creates havoc

Dewald Brevis South Africa
Dewald Brevis (Image Credits: CricketSA)

Dewald Brevis, who is otherwise famously now known as baby ABD, is considered to be the next big thing in the South African cricket circuit. The youngster has already impressed many and is a hot favorite to fetch his maiden IPL deal this year. Brevis went on to break a long-standing record of the Indian opener- Shikhar Dhawan, he went on to score one run more than the tally of 505 runs and now stands to be the highest run-getter in a single edition. 

# With 18 sixes under his belt, he now also holds the record for most sixes hit in a single edition of the ICC U19 World cup.

6) Bawa casts a web around

Raj Bawa India
Raj Bawa (Image Credits: BCCI)

The all-rounder Raj Bawa is surely a player to watch out for in the near future as he could be the all-rounder that India is looking for. The fearless youngster smashed a quick-fire 162 and proved his immense hitting skills. In addition to his batting, he was the face of the final as he picked up a crucial fifer to help India dismiss the English side for a below-par total of 189 runs. His spell of 31 for 5 wickets is the best ever in the final of the tournament.

# He is the 8th highest run-getter in this edition with 252 runs from 6 matches at an exceptional average of 63. 

7) The Lankan skipper leads from the front

Unfortunately, for the Lankans, it was all about the one-man show. It was their skipper Dunith Wellalage who lead from the front with both the bat and ball. He became just the second player in the tournament’s history to score 250 plus runs and pick 15 plus wickets in a single edition. The first player ever to achieve the feat was Thomas Odoyo of Kenya, way back in 1998.

# Wellalage also finished as the leading wicket-taker of the tournament (17 wickets)

The tournament did prove to be a great showcase of young and budding talent and the cricket followers have been promised a great future for the sport. Some of the players are likely to great a bidding war in the IPL 2022 mega auction set to take place on the 12th and 13th of this month. 

Stay tuned with Cricwizz as we will bring you all the action exclusive. Also, do let us know in the comments which player you are looking to forward in the coming years.

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