India has been named the first-ever champions of the keynote ICC Under-19 Women’s T20 World Cup after defeating England in the championship match on Sunday in Potchefstroom. The 16 competing teams have put up spectacular performances throughout the competition, driven by outstanding individual performances.
Grace Scrivens of England, whose all-around abilities and leadership capabilities have been a trademark of England’s march to the final, will serve as the team’s captain. Her major batting highlights included a devastating 93 against Ireland and 56 against the West Indies. She looked fearless with the ball in her hands, and her cool demeanour in finishing off Australia in the semi-final was the best illustration of this.
Shafali Verma, the winning captain of India, is a more than capable addition to the team, thanks to her cool-headed demeanour and steadiness at the wicket. She was able to keep the ball under control and get things done, when necessary, as evidenced by her legendary 45-run standoff against South Africa in just 16 balls. The captain contributed with useful overs as well, taking four wickets in seven games at a mere 5.04 economy.
Shweta Sehrawat, the star batswoman for India, is also honoured in the top rank for a fortnight of an incessant and excellent play. Her scores of 92 against South Africa in their opening match and 61 not out against New Zealand in the semi-finals demonstrated her outstanding skill, but she also provided steadiness along with the runs consistently. Sehrawat is already pounding in the cabinet of the senior side thanks to an outstanding performance at the competition.
Georgia Plimmer of New Zealand is also acknowledged in the top-order following a string of brilliant hits that helped her team advance to the semi-finals. She made a significant contribution with her 53 off 38 balls against Pakistan and her crucial 41 against the West Indies. At the U19 Women’s T20 World Cup, she demonstrated why, at an age less than 19, she already has 13 senior caps for the White Ferns.
Dewmi Vihanga of Sri Lanka has been given an important spot in the middle order of the team due to her dependability with the ball. She was always probing with the ball, and her finest performance was 3-11 versus the USA. She also had several good middle-order runs whenever necessary for her team to abide by the conditions. Throughout much of the U19 Women’s T20 World Cup, Dewmi Vihanga demonstrated her exceptional all-around talent by contributing significant runs and wickets.
Shorna Akter‘s powerful hitting made sure she was one of the four U19 players who would stay in South Africa for the upcoming T20 World Cup in February. Akter, an emerging star for Bangladesh, was a tower of strength for her team with the combination of aggressive ball play, perseverance on the field, and composure under pressure. With South African wicketkeeper Karabo Meso behind the stumps, she completes the middle order.
With eight dismissals, Karabo Meso had the most of any player in the T20 World Cup, showcasing her incredible wicket-keeping. Meso frequently came up to speak before she was noticed and had exceptional glovework, particularly up to the stumps. In the Super Six stage, she scored 32 runs off 30 balls against Bangladesh, demonstrating her talent for scoring significant runs in ugly conditions all around.
Hannah Baker (England) and Parshavi Chopra (India) are the spin twins for the Team of the Tournament. Both have a wide variety of skills and excellent control at this point in their careers. Every time they had the ball in their hands, they took wickets and questioned.
Baker had the most wickets for England in the U19 Women’s T20 World Cup with 10. The leg-spinner was England’s go-to bowler throughout the competition because the surfaces favoured the spinners proximately. Her 3/10 Player of the Match-winning stint against Australia gave England the chance to make an unheard-of comeback in the semi-final.
Coming to Chopra, only two wickets were taken by her in India’s first three games of the tournament. She made up for it, though, by finishing as the second-highest wicket-taker at the T20 World Cup with 11 wickets in six games.
Ellie Anderson of England produced the best statistics of the competition with her stance of 5–12 against the West Indies. In the first U19 Women’s T20 World Cup, she was one of just two bowlers to record a five-wicket haul, with her numbers of 5/12 against West Indies in the decisive Super Six game being the best of any bowler in the competition.
She is paired nicely with Australia’s Maggie Clark to take the new ball; she is direct but has good variations. To set the tone, Clark frequently struck with the new ball as the spearhead of the Australian team. While she had a better game against the United Arab Emirates (UAE) than she had all tournament, she still contributed to every game, underscoring her importance to the team.
Anosha Nasir, a Pakistani spinner, is the twelveth participant and a capable replacement if necessary. She joins the party with a lovely left-arm spin variation and precise control of flight and tempo.