U19 Asia Cup: Three Indian players who stood out

The India U-19 team won its seventh Asia Cup title in Colombo and we bring you the three best Indian performers from the tournament.

India U-19 edged past Bangladesh U-19 by five runs to win a seventh ACC U-19 Asia Cup trophy.   -  TWITTER| BCCI

India U-19 edged past Bangladesh U-19 by five runs to win a seventh ACC U-19 Asia Cup trophy. The Indian team was unbeaten throughout the tournament and there were some crucial contributors who led the side to glory.

Sportstar brings you the three best Indian junior players of the Asia Cup.

Arjun Azad (Matches - 4, Runs - 202, Best score - 121) 

Opener Arjun Azad was adjudged the player of the 2019 ACC U-19 Asia Cup for scoring over 200 runs in four games. He began the tournament with an unbeaten 60 against Kuwait and followed it up with a brilliant century versus arch-rival Pakistan.

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The right-handed batsman maintained a 100+ strike rate as well throughout the series. Though he scored a duck in the final against Bangladesh, Azad was the only constant threat for the opposition as the other top order batsmen had a forgettable tournament.

The Chandigarh-born player might have just sealed the opening slot ahead of next year's U-19 World Cup in South Africa.

Atharva Ankolekar (Matches - 4, Wickets - 12, Best figures - 5/28)

Another player to watch out for is left-arm orthodox bowler Atharva Ankolekar. It was Ankolekar's gritty spell in the final that led India to the U-19 Asia Cup title.

The spinner's first outing versus Kuwait fetched him zero wickets in a five-over spell. However, he bounced back by picking up three or more wickets in three consecutive games against Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh (in the final).

His five-wicket haul in the summit clash earned him the man of the match award. He finished the competition with 12 wickets at an economy of 2.96, a strike rate of 13.5 and an average of 6.66. He will most probably be coach Hrishikesh Kanitkar's trump card at the U-19 World Cup in 2020.

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Sushant Mishra (Matches - 3, Wickets - 8, Best figures - 5/20)

Left-arm medium pacer Sushant Mishra was India's best bowler in the tri-nation series in England, also involving the Bangladesh U-19 side. He had 11 wickets in five matches that tournament and he carried that form through the 2019 ACC U-19 Asia Cup. 

Sushant missed the opening game of the tournament with a niggle. He made a comeback against Pakistan and immediately created an impact by claiming two crucial wickets. He won India a low-scoring game versus Afghanistan with figures of five for 20 in 9.1 overs.

And in the final, the 18-year-old bowler picked up a solitary wicket in an economic spell. Sushant had taken the new ball in the England tri-series, while he bowled in the middle overs during the Asia Cup. Hence, the India U-19 side has a good multi-utility bowler in its ranks.