History makers at the ICC U19 Men’s Cricket World Cups

Eoin Morgan is best known for leading England to the glory of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019, but after scoring a hateful run as he represented Ireland, he is the leading running scorer in the ICC U19 Men’s Cricket World Cups.

  • Focus on Zimbabwe’s Wesley Madhevere with the ball and England’s Eoin Morgan with the bat

Eoin Morgan is best known for leading England to the glory of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019, but after scoring a hateful run as he represented Ireland, he is the leading running scorer in the ICC U19 Men’s Cricket World Cups.

Morgan would become Ireland’s youngest senior international ever, but before that he starred in both the 2004 and 2006 ICC U19 Men’s Cricket World Cups.

Morgan’s first World Cup match came against the West Indies, and batting at No. 3, he managed just five runs from 16 balls as Ireland came painfully close to a rebellion.

The men in green were missing six races from chasing the West Indies’ 265 for eight with Kevin O’Brien’s 95 not enough to get them over the line.

Morgan did a little better next time, scoring 12 in a heavy eight-wicket defeat to Pakistan before failing against Papua New Guinea when he caught lbw for 11 of 18, albeit in a winning case.

He cashed in against Uganda, scoring a century and finishing with 117 of 129 balls as Ireland’s 329 for nine proved to be too many for their African opponents.

Morgan showed his all-round abilities against Canada, first making 44 of 57 balls when Ireland posted 265 for nine.

He was then named the match player after taking three catchers and two for 26 from ten overs with his right arm medium bowling – something he would leave behind as he entered the senior ranks.

Morgan was run out for 14 against Bangladesh as his team went out of 141 and continued to lose by eight wickets.

But he rounded off his first tournament with 65 from 69 balls against Australia in the plate’s semi-final, top scoring for Ireland as they went down by 49 runs to a team led by Tim Paine.

Morgan finished with 268 runs from seven innings with an average of 38.28, but would kick on to greater heights when he returned to the international stage two years later as Ireland’s captain.

It was an unfortunate 13 for Morgan to start with at the 2006 edition in Sri Lanka, as Ireland collapsed to 97 all out in response to Zimbabwe’s 215 for seven in their opener.

Three days later, Morgan came in with 28, but was unable to prevent his team from losing a nail-biter with four runs against an English team led by Moeen Ali.

Morgan hit his straps with 86 of 107 against Nepal the following day, but his team was still beaten by 60 runs after conceding 234.

A century followed against New Zealand on Valentine’s Day when his Irish team crossed the 300 barrier, but despite Morgan’s 124 of 126 balls, his team lost by three wickets.

After bowling Namibia for 115, Ireland won by six wickets with Morgan contributing 27 before making 60 not out to steer his side to yet another win by the same margin as they chased 166 to beat Uganda to round out the campaign of.

Morgan’s 338 runs from six matches made him the second highest running scorer in the tournament, just 11 behind India’s Cheteshwar Pujara, and his total pull of 606 runs across the two tournaments makes him the most productive youngster with the bat.

Morgan may have shown his skill with the ball as a teenager, but it is Zimbabwe’s Wesley Madhevere who is the leading wicket-taker at the ICC U19 Men’s Cricket World Cups.

The off spinner is not sloppy with the bat, and often opens the inning for his country, making him a productive all-rounder.

Madhevere was a wonderful talent with for the 2016 ICC U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup only 15 years old.

And in keeping with the phrase, ‘if you’re good enough, you’re old enough,’ Madhevere started his tournament by taking five for 24 to help reject Fiji for 81.

Madhevere took another wicket in the 129-run defeat to England next time, recording impressive numbers of one for 53 from his ten overs as his opponents got 288 for four from their innings.

He was back in the wickets with two for 48 in the narrow two-run defeat against the West Indies before chipping in with one for 40 in the six-wickets victory over Canada.

Another wicket came in the heavy victory over South Africa before ending a fine tournament at such a young age with a miserable incantation of none for 24 of ten overs in the five-wicket defeat to Afghanistan.

With ten wickets from his first tournament at 9.20pm, Madhevere returned in 2018 and started again with a bang.

He won the award for player of the match after taking three for 19 to help throw Papua New Guinea out for 90 before smashing 53 not out of 44 balls to deliver a triumph with ten wicket.

Madhevere chipped in with another wicket in the defeat to Australia before the ten-wickets reverse to India was followed by figures of two for 11 from six overs with the ball and 47 with the bat in the win over Namibia.

He missed both bat and ball against Sri Lanka before coming back in phenomenal style, taking four for 24 and smashing 93 in the victory of 138 races over Canada to round off the tournament.

Madhevere was named the ICC’s rising star in the tournament after taking ten wickets at 12.80 and returning for his third U19 men’s Cricket World Cup in 2020.

However, it took him until the third game against Scotland to pick up his first wicket, where one more came in a win over Canada before coming to the fore in the defeat to England with four for 42 from ten overs.

Madhevere finished with two for 18 against Scotland in 11th place play-off to bring his number to 28 and leave him as the man to beat when it comes to the world’s best young bowlers.


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