Bangladesh hosted their first U19 World Cup in February and in the end it was Pakistan who defeated West Indies in a tightly contested final to record their maiden tournament triumph.
But it was an Indian who dominated the headlines. Current superstar Shikhar Dhawan burst onto the scene with 505 runs, which remains the most by any player at one single tournament. He was unsurprisingly named Player of the Tournament, but India lost to bitter rivals Pakistan in the semi-final. Local boy Enamul Haque took 22 wickets to finish the leading bowler, and in his career for Bangladesh he has managed to double that tally over the course of 15 Tests.
Two more Indian players also went on to have successful international careers – Suresh Raina and Dinesh Karthik. Raina shone with the bat – scoring 247 runs – but also took five wickets, while Karthik scored 163 runs at 32.6.
England fielded Tim Bresnan, Ravi Bopara, Samit Patel and a certain Alastair Cook, who went on to become England’s longest-serving Test captain, scored 383 runs in the tournament, averaging 76.6. Equally impressive was Ireland’s Eoin Morgan – now England’s white-ball captain – scoring 268 runs. Morgan remains the leading run-scorer in the tournament’s history, with 606 runs.
A pantheon of other players featured in 2004’s showcase, including Pakistani Wahab Riaz, who only managed one appearance, while South African Vernon Philander didn’t set the world alight either, picking up two wickets in four games. Australia, who had a tournament to forget, losing in the Plate final to Bangladesh, featured Tim Paine, Steve O’Keefe and Moises Henriques.
Sri Lanka’s future captain Angelo Mathews also had few chances, taking two wickets in as many matches, but West Indies’ Denesh Ramdin scored a solid 200 runs. His knock of 35 in the final wasn’t enough, however, as Pakistan won by 25 runs.