6 India-born players who represented other countries in U-19 World Cup
ICC U-19 World Cup is the first international tournament for the rising stars of the cricket world to showcase their talents. Many great players of the modern era like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Kane Williamson, Trent Boult, Ben Stokes, Steve Smith, Babar Azam and several others have played in the ICC U-19 World Cup.
The 2022 U-19 World Cup will get underway soon, and fans will see the Indian team playing in the tournament. India U-19s finished runners-up in the previous U-19 World Cup. There is an abundance of talent in India, and some of the India-born players have even played for other countries in the U-19 World Cup. Here's a list of six such players.
1. Nivethan Radhakrishnan
Born in Tamil Nadu, Nivethan Radhakrishnan is an ambidextrous spinner who can bowl right-arm off-spin and left-arm spin. He was a net bowler with Delhi Capitals in IPL 2021, and now he is in the Australia U-19 squad for the U-19 World Cup 2022.
2. Arshdeep Singh Dhaliwal
Born in Batinda, Punjab, Arshdeep Singh Dhaliwal is a right-handed batter and a right-arm medium pacer. He played for Canada U-19s in the U-19 World Cup 2020.
3. Udaybir Walia
Another Punjab-born cricketer who played for the Canada U-19s in the U-19 World Cup in 2020 was Udaybir Walia. Like Arshdeep, the Patiala-born Udaybir is also a right-handed batter and a right-arm medium pace bowler.
4. Neel Date
Born in Pune, Neel Date was the vice-captain of the Japan U-19s team in the ICC U-19 World Cup in 2020. Date is a right-handed batter and a right-arm medium pacer. He scored a historic fifty against Canada U-19s in the tournament.
5. Yugandhar Retharekar
Another India-born player who represented Japan in the U-19 World Cup 2020 was Yugandhar Retharekar. He is a right-handed batter and a right-arm off-break bowler.
6. Adithya Ashok
Born in Tamil Nadu, Adithya Ashok is a leg-spinner who played for New Zealand in the ICC U-19 World Cup 2020. Ashok expressed his desire to play for CSK in the IPL during an interview with ESPNCricinfo.