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Top 10 batters with most runs in single edition of ICC U19 World Cup

Published at :January 13, 2024 at 11:24 AM
Modified at :January 14, 2024 at 12:05 AM
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Saurabh Anand


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Only two batters have smashed more than 500 runs in a single edition of the ICC U19 World Cup.

The ICC U19 World Cup offers a platform for youngsters to deal with massive fan expectations as well as to showcase their talent on a global stage. The U19 World Cup has produced several big names in cricket. This tournament has produced many legends of the game like Yuvraj Singh, Kane Williamson, Virat Kohli, Mike Atherton, Steve Smith and more. The first edition of the ICC U19 World Cup was played in 1988 in Australia and the hosts won the inaugural tournament comfortably.

India have been a dominant force in the U19 World Cup and since the last decade they have managed to qualify for the final five times. Apart from the title wins, two of India’s left-hand opening batters are among the leading run-scorers in the tournament in a single edition. Let’s have a look at the batters with most runs in a single edition of the ICC U19 World Cup.

10. Craig Simmons (Australia) – 399 Runs, U19 World Cup 2002

Craig Simmons
Craig Simmons. (Image Source: Twitter)

Craig Simmons was the leading run-scorer of the ICC U19 World Cup in 2002 which was played in New Zealand. Simmons was part of Australia’s U19 winning team in 2002 and scored 399 runs in seven innings.

Simmons played a mammoth 155-run knock against Kenya U19 in Australia’s tournament opener at University Oval. Craig Simmons didn’t get the chance at the international level and ended his professional career with seven first-class, 21 List A and 29 T20 games.

9. Yashasvi Jaiswal (India) – 400 Runs, U19 World Cup 2020

Yashasvi Jaiswal
Yashasvi Jaiswal. (Image Source: Twitter)

Current Indian test and T20I opener Yashasvi Jaiswal was part of India’s U19 squad at the ICC U19 World Cup 2020 in South Africa. Jaiswal scored 400 runs in six innings at an outstanding average of 133.33. He hit one century and four half-centuries in the campaign.

Jaiswal made his international debut for India int test cricket against West Indies in 2023. He went on to make his T20I debut in the same series. Jaiswal represents Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League. India lost to Bangladesh in the U19 World Cup final.

8. Shadman Islam (Bangladesh) – 406 Runs, U19 World Cup 2014

Shadman Islam
Shadman Islam. (Image Source: Twitter)

Bangladesh opening batter Shadman Islam was the leading run-scorer at the ICC U19 World Cup 2014. He played an outstanding match-winning knock of 126 not out against Australia in the opening game and led his side to a triumphant victory against the mighty Aussie.

Shadman scored 406 runs in six innings and finished as the tournament’s leading run-scorer. Shadman Islam has played 13 test matches for his national side so far.

7. Alick Athanaze (West Indies) – 418 Runs, U19 World Cup 2018

Alick Athanaze
Alick Athanaze. (Image Source: Twitter)

Alick Athanaze is considered one of the most promising upcoming talents in West Indies cricket. Athanaze played in the ICC U19 World Cup 2018 and finished as the highest run-scorer of the tournament. He scored 418 runs in six innings. He smashed two centuries and two half-centuries at an average of 104.50.

Athanaze got the opportunity to represent West Indies at the international level in 2023. He made his test debut against India and ODI debut against UAE in the same year.

6. Jack Burnham (England) – 420 Runs, U19 World Cup 2016

Jack Burnham
Jack Burnham. (Image Source: Twitter)

Right-hand middle-order batter Jack Burnham ended the U19 World Cup 2016 edition as the leading run-scorer. England’s Jack Burnham had a terrific run in the tournament and scored 420 runs in six innings. Burnham scored three centuries in that edition and helped England finish sixth in the points table.

Jack Burnham is still waiting for his first international call-up. Burnham represents Durham in English county cricket.

5. Donovan Pagon (West Indies) – 421 Runs, U19 World Cup 2002

Donovan Pagon
Donovan Pagon. (Image Source: Twitter)

Right-hand batter Donovan Pagon was also the leading run-scorer of the ICC U19 World Cup 2002 which was played in New Zealand. Donovan Pagon scored 176 runs against Scotland in their opening fixture. Pagon went on to score 421 runs in seven innings with a century and two half-centuries in the campaign.

Donovan Pagon finished his career as a red-ball specialist and played 59 first-class matches in his decade long professional career. He also played two test matches in 2005.

4. Cameron White (Australia) – 423 Runs, U19 World Cup 2002 :

Cameron White
Cameron White. (Image Source: Twitter)

Former Australian all-rounder Cameron White was captain of Australia’s U19 team at the ICC U19 World Cup 2002. Cameron White was the leading run-scorer of the tournament with 423 runs in eight innings. Cameron White scored one century and two half-centuries in the campaign.

White smashed 156 runs in 121 balls with 10 fours and four sixes. Cameron White played four tests, 91 ODIs, and 47 T20I games in his international career.

3. Brett Williams (Australia) – 471 Runs, U19 World Cup 1988 :

Brett Williams was the leading run-scorer of the inaugural edition of the ICC U19 World Cup in 1988. Part of Australia’s winning squad in 1988, Brett Williams scored 471 runs in nine innings. Williams scored two centuries and three half-centuries in his U19 World Cup campaign and led Australia to their first ever title win.

Despite a stellar run in the U19 World Cup, Brett Williams didn’t get many opportunities in Australia’s domestic cricket. He played only four first-class games and three List A matches for South Australia.

2. Shikhar Dhawan (India) – 505 Runs, U19 World Cup 2004 :

Shikhar Dhawan
Shikhar Dhawan. (Image Source: Twitter)

Former Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan was the leading run-scorer of the U19 World Cup 2004 which was played in Bangladesh. Shikhar Dhawan scored 505 runs in seven innings at an average of 84.16. He smashed three magnificent centuries in the tournament.

Shikhar started India’s campaign with a bang and scored an unbeaten 155 runs against Scotland. Left hand opening batter Shikhar Dhawan has represented Indi’s senior team in 34 tests, 167 ODIs, and 68 T20I games so far.

1. Dewald Brevis (South Africa) – 506 Runs, U19 World Cup 2022 :

Dewald Brevis
Dewald Brevis. (Image Source: Twitter)

Dewald Brevis holds the record for smashing most runs in a single edition of the U19 World Cup. South Africa batter Dewald Brevis scored 506 runs in the U19 World Cup 2022 played in the West Indies.

Dewald Brevis has already made his international debut for South Africa in 2023. Brevis represents Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League.

(All stats updated till 13th January, 2024)

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