Top emerging cricket talent was on display across the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2022 but five players stood out for impressing with bat, ball or - in many cases - playing important roles with both.
The Sri Lankan all-rounder was one of the best performers in the tournament. He finished as his team's leading run-getter in the tournament and was their highest wicket-taker as well.
Wellalage scored 264 runs at an average of 44, including a century and a fifty. With the ball, he picked up 17 wickets - the most in the competition - at an average of 13.58, which included two five-wicket hauls.
The South African finished as the highest run-scorer in the U19 World Cup and was named Player of the Tournament.
Brevis scored 506 runs at an outstanding average of 84.33 during the course of the tournament. He showed good temperament and an excellent range of shots, which reminded many of AB de Villiers. Brevis also had an impact with the ball, picking up seven wickets at an average of 28.57.
Raj Angad Bawa
The 19-year-old Indian lit up the tournament with his all-round performances. Bawa broke records with an unbeaten 162 — the highest individual score by an Indian in the history of the competition — against Uganda in the group stage. He also claimed a crucial five-wicket haul in the final against England.
Overall, Bawa accumulated 252 runs at an average of 63 and picked up nine wickets at an average of 16.66.
The Pakistan opener was seen in sublime batting form in this tournament. The left-handed batter impressed with his elegant stroke play and ability to play a long innings.
Haseebullah amassed a total of 380 runs in six matches, including two centuries — the joint-most in the tournament — and one fifty. He ended with an outstanding average of 76 and an useful strike-rate of 80.85.
The England skipper was another who impressed with his all-round skills in this tournament.
Prest finished as the highest run-scorer for his side with 292 runs at an average of 58.40. That included an unbeaten 154 against UAE in the group stage. Prest also picked up five wickets with his off-breaks, maintaining a mean economy rate of 3.77.
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