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Top 10 bowlers with most wickets in a single edition of ICC U19 World Cup

Published at :January 13, 2024 at 1:33 PM
Modified at :January 14, 2024 at 12:05 AM
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List of bowlers who have picked most wickets in a single edition of ICC U19 World Cup.

International Cricket Council (ICC) started hosting the U19 Cricket World Cup every second year since 1998. The tournament started back in 1988 and was called the Youth ODI World Cup, hosted in Australia. After a gap of 10 years, in 1998 the tournament name changed to U19 World Cup.

A lot of players have used this platform to get recognition and be picked for their national side int the international level. A lot of international bowlers utilised the platform for their benefit and made their way directly to international cricket from U19 World Cup. Let’s have a look at the bowlers with most wickets in a single edition of ICC U19 World Cup.

10. Moises Henriques (Australia) – 16 Wickets, U19 World Cup 2006 :

Moises Henriques
Moises Henriques. (Image Source: ICC)

Australian all-rounder Moises Henriques had a terrific U19 World Cup campaign for his side in the U19 World Cup 2006 played in Sri Lanka. Moises Henriques picked up 16 wickets in the 2006 edition and ended up as the leading wicket-taker in the tournament. Moises Henriques made his international debut for Australia three years later in 2009 and has played four tests, 16 ODIs and 24 T20I games for his national side so far.

9. Xavier Doherty (Australia) – 16 Wickets, U19 World Cup 2002 :

Xavier Doherty
Xavier Doherty. (Image Source: ICC)

Australian left-arm spinner Xavier Doherty was the leading wicket-taker for Australia in U19 World Cup 2002. Doherty played a big part in Australia’s second title win in the U19 World Cup. Xavier Doherty picked up 16 wickets in the tournament in seven matches. Xavier Doherty was once Australia’s leading spinner in limited overs cricket. He has played four tests, 60 ODIs, and 11 T20I matches for Australia so far.

8. Mluleki Nkala (Zimbabwe) – 16 Wickets, U19 World Cup 1998 :

Mluleki Nkala
Mluleki Nkala. (Image Source: ICC)

Zimbabwean pacer Mluleli Nkala is also among the leading wicket-takers in U19 World Cup. Mluleli Nkala was the joint highest wicket-taker of the tournament in U19 World Cup 1998. Nkala picked up 16 wickets in one edition. He went on to represent Zimbabwe in international level and played 10 tests, 50 ODIs and one T20I game for his national side.

7. Ramnaresh Sarwan (West Indies) – 16 Wickets, U19 World Cup 1998 :

Ramnaresh Sarwan
Ramnaresh Sarwan. (Image Source: ICC)

Former West Indian middle-order batter was part of West Indies squad for U19 World Cup 1998 played in South Africa. Ramnaresh Sarwan was the joint-highest wicket-taker of the tournament along with Mluleki Nkala. He took 16 wickets in that edition. Sarwan finished his international cricket as one of the finest middle-order batters for West Indies. He scored 11,944 international runs in his career.

6. Ravi Bishnoi (India) – 17 Wickets, U19 World Cup 2020 :

Ravi Bishnoi
Ravi Bishnoi. (Image Source: ICC)

India’s leg spinner Ravi Bishnoi had a terrific U19 World Cup 2020. India lost the finals narrowly against Bangladesh but Bishnoi was one of the key players to have got recognition from that edition. Ravi Bishnoi picked up 17 wickets in six matches. He took three four-wicket-hauls in that edition. Bishnoi has become an integral part of India’s T20I side.

5. Dunith Wellalage (Sri Lanka) – 17 Wickets, U19 World Cup 2022 :

Dunith Wellalage
Dunith Wellalage. (Image Source: ICC)

Sri Lanka’s spin all-rounder Dunith Wellalage has become key figure in Sri Lankan side with his recent success at international level. Wellalage was part of Sri Lankan side for the U19 World Cup in 2022. He ended up as the leading wicket taker of the tournament. He took 17 wickets in six games for his side. He made his international debut for Sri Lanka in June 2022.

4. Wayne Parnell (South Africa) – 18 Wickets, U19 World Cup 2008 :

Wayne Parnell
Wayne Parnell. (Image Source: ICC)

All-rounder Wayne Parnell was the captain of South African U19 side in U19 World Cup 2008. Parnell had a terrific tournament and led his side to the finals. Wayne Parnell picked up 18 wickets. Parnell was immediately drafted into South African senior team and has played six Tests, 73 ODIs, and 56 T20I games so far.

3. Mushtaq Ahmed (Pakistan) – 19 Wickets, U19 World Cup 1988 :

Mushtaq Ahmed
Mushtaq Ahmed. (Image Source: ICC)

Legendary spinner from Pakistan Mushtaq Ahmed is also a product of U19 cricket. Mushtaq Ahmed was the joint highest wicket-taker along with Wayne Holdsworth in the first ever edition of the U19 World Cup in 1988 played in Australia. Mushtaq Ahmed picked up 19 wickets. He went on to play 52 tests, 144 ODIs for Pakistan. Mushtaq Ahmed has picked up 185 test and 141 ODI wickets for his national side.

2. Wayne Holdsworth (Australia) – 19 Wickets, U19 World Cup 1988 :

Wayne Holdsworth
Wayne Holdsworth. (Image Source: ICC)

Wayne Holdsworth was the joint leading wicket-taker along with Mushtaq Ahmed in the inaugural edition of the U19 World Cup in 1988. Wayne Holdsworth picked up 19 wickets in U19 World Cup 1988 in eight matches. Wayne Holdsworth didn’t get any opportunity to play at International level. He played 68 first class and 35 List A games for South Australia in domestic cricket.

1. Enamul Haque Jr. (Bangladesh) – 22 Wickets, U19 World Cup 2004 :

Enamul Haque Jr.
Enamul Haque Jr. (Image Source: ICC)

Former Bangladesh left-arm spinner Enamul Haque Jr. holds the record of taking most number of wickets in one edition of the U19 World Cup. Enamul Haque Jr. picked up a record 22 wickets for Bangladesh in the U19 World Cup 2004 played in Bangladesh. Enamul Haque Jr. has played 15 tests and 10 ODI games for his national side so far.

(All stats updated till 13th January, 2024)

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