There is a big difference between playing at junior level and senior level in international cricket. But a chosen few do make the transition successfully from one to the other.
India has no dearth of such players. Here’s a look:
1. Virat Kohli
He led the team to victory in the 2008 U-19 World Cup. A few months later he found a place in the senior side. Soon he became a regular in all formats and the batting mainstay. By 2017 he was skipper in all versions and helped India reclaim the No. 1 Test spot.
2. Mohammad Kaif
Led India to the U-19 World Cup title in 2000. Later that year he broke into the senior team. Kaif’s best innings is his 87 not out to win the Natwest Trophy at Lord’s in 2002. He had the reputation of being a good finisher and a brilliant fielder.
3. Yuvraj Singh
Our World Cup hero in 2011 earlier won the junior version in 2000 under Kaif’s captaincy. Later that year he made his debut and in his first ODI innings (2nd match) scored a brilliant 84 vs vs World Champions Australia. He was the Mn of the Tournament in the 2011 World Cup and also won a long battle against lung cancer before returning to international cricket.
4. Rohit Sharma
Was part of the side which lost the U-19 World Cup final in 2006 to Pakistan. His debut came in 2007. Once he got the opener’s slot in llimited overs cricket in 2013, the result was mesemrising. Rohit has the highest individual score of 264 in ODIs and is the ppnly player ot hit 3 double hundreds in the 50-over format. He also holds the joint record of the fastest T20I century.
5. Ravindra Jadeja
Was part of the side under Kohli to win the title in 2008. In 2009 he entered the side and by 2012 was an integral part of the national team. Is an exceptional fielder and plays as an all-rounder.
6. Shikhar Dhawan
Was the main run getter during the 2004 edition of the U-19 World Cup where we made it to the semis. However, he only made it to Team India in 2010. Since 2013, he has been a regular feature as an opener in all formats.
News credit : Indiatimes