Jan Izak de Villiers in action for Namibia U19 in 2018 U19 CWC in New Zealand - Image by ICC OMZ @ICC (Twitter)

The road to 2020 ICC U19 World Cup in South Africa is getting closer with every passing day and now with all the division 2 regional qualifications are done with, the 5 regional finals in 2019 will see 5 Associate member nations join the top 11 from the 2018 U19 World Cup edition to form the 16-team 2020 edition of the event.

It’s not entirely a surprise that if a player gets spotted in their U14 or U16 age-group competitions, the chances to feature in more than one U19 World Cup is definitely a reality and quite astonishingly, many players from different countries (Full members or Associates) have gone on to feature in more than one edition of the U19 World Cup. In term’s of records, it helps their case as they get the chance to play in more matches and thus have a greater chance of featuring among the highest run-getters or wicket-takers in all editions of the tournament held so far, taken into account.

The 2018 edition saw some new entrants in the Top 25 all-time list for both batsmen and bowlers and given below is the list. The list contains some of the top names in International cricket in the modern times and some promising Associate players names as well. However, when compared to the Full member countries, the scope of Associate member nation players to have significant International career is not too high and hence, many talents are somehow lost in time.

Top 25 Run-getters in U19 World Cups:

Player (Country of representation in U19 World Cup) U19 WC Editions Matches Inns Runs Highest Average 100 50
Eoin Morgan (Ireland) 2004-2006 13 13 606 124 50.5 2 3
Babar Azam (Pakistan) 2010-2012 12 12 585 129 58.5 2 3
Sarfraz Khan (India) 2014-2016 12 12 566 76 70.75 7
Finn Allen (New Zealand) 2016-2018 12 12 548 115* 54.8 1 3
Kraig Brathwaite (West Indies) 2010-2012 12 12 548 92* 60.88 6
Kanishka Chaugai (Nepal) 2002-2006 20 20 537 90* 28.26 3
Anamul Haque (Bangladesh) 2010-2012 12 12 519 128 43.25 2 2
Shikhar Dhawan (India) 2004-2004 7 7 505 155* 84.16 3 1
Brett Williams (Australia) 1988-1988 9 9 471 112 52.33 2 3
Shaun Marsh (Australia) 2000-2002 15 15 471 125 31.4 1 3
Liton Das (Bangladesh) 2012-2014 12 10 462 102 51.33 1 3
Imam-ul-Haq (Pakistan) 2012-2014 12 12 460 133 41.81 1 2
Rick O’Donnell (New Zealand) 2012-2014 12 12 460 107* 46 1 3
Ryan Hinds (West Indies) 1998-2000 12 11 444 77 44.4 4
Lendl Simmons (West Indies) 2002-2004 15 14 441 121* 36.75 2
Stefan Swanepoel (Namibia) 1998-2002 19 19 435 142 24.16 1
Arslan Khan (Canada) 2016-2018 12 12 427 72 47.44 2
Hashmatullah Shahidi (Afghanistan) 2010-2014 18 18 425 57 26.56 4
Craig White (Australia) 2002-2002 8 8 423 156* 70.5 1 2
Donnovan Pagon (West Indies) 2002-2002 7 7 421 176 70.16 1 2
Lohan Louwrens (Namibia) 2016-2018 12 11 421 114 42.1 1 3
Mohammad Kaif (India) 1998-2000 14 14 421 60 46.77 4
Jack Burnham (England) 2016-2016 6 6 420 148 84 3
Alick Athanaze (West Indies) 2018-2018 6 6 418 116* 104.5 2 2
Javed Ahmadi (Afghanistan) 2010-2012 12 12 407 134 37 1 2
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Top 25 Wicket-takers in U19 World Cups:

Player (County of representation in U19 World Cup) U19 WC Editions Matches Overs Runs Wickets BBI Average Economy
Moises Henriques (Australia) 2004-2006 13 106.4 382 27 4/22 14.14 3.58
Greg Thompson (Ireland) 2004-2008 19 128.3 587 27 5/26 21.74 4.56
Abhishek Sharma (India) 2002-2004 14 120.2 463 26 4/28 17.8 3.84
Tim Bresnan (England) 2002-2004 13 119 491 25 4/7 19.64 4.12
Wayne Parnell (South Africa) 2006-2008 9 77.4 262 23 6/8 11.39 3.37
Rahul Vishwakarma (Nepal) 2008-2012 11 79.4 327 23 6/3 14.21 4.1
Paras Khadka (Nepal) 2004-2008 17 135.2 428 23 4/28 18.6 3.16
Raymond Haoda (Papue New Guinea) 2010-2012 12 90.3 449 23 5/34 19.52 4.96
Enamul Haque jnr (Bangladesh) 2004-2004 8 70.4 224 22 5/31 10.18 3.16
Tim Southee (New Zealand) 2006-2008 10 73.4 307 22 5/11 13.95 4.16
Aftab Alam (Afghanistan) 2010-2012 12 96 442 21 6/33 21.04 4.6
Wesley Madhevere (Ziimbabwe) 2016-2018 12 86.3 340 20 5/24 17 3.93
Zia-ul-Haq (Pakistan) 2012-2014 11 91.1 364 20 4/30 18.2 3.99
Binod Das (Nepal) 2000-2002 13 101.3 365 20 3/13 18.25 3.59
Burton van Rooi (Namibia) 2000-2002 13 92.3 396 20 4/27 19.8 4.28
Lakpa Lama (Nepal) 2002-2004 14 123 420 20 4/14 21 3.41
Ruchira Ravindra (New Zealand) 2016-2018 11 90.5 497 20 4/32 24.85 5.47
Reece Topley (England) 2012-2012 6 54.3 173 19 5/32 9.1 3.17
Wayne Holdsworth (Australia) 1988-1988 8 72.2 238 19 4/36 12.52 3.29
Riaz Afridi (Pakistan) 2004-2004 8 65.4 242 19 5/28 12.73 3.68
Josh Hazlewood (Australia) 2008-2010 10 72.5 303 19 4/26 15.94 4.16
Mushtaq Ahmed (Pakistan) 1988-1988 9 83 308 19 3/28 16.21 3.71
Sandeep Sharma (India) 2010-2012 12 101.3 345 19 4/54 18.15 3.39
Manjeet Shrestha (Nepal) 2002-2004 14 86 389 19 4/15 20.47 4.52
Mehidy Hasan Miraz (Bangladesh) 2014-2016 12 105.3 406 19 3/28 21.36 3.84
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