U19 World Cup-winning captains from 2008 - Where are they now?

U19 World Cup-winning captains from 2008 – Where are they now?

This article sheds light upon the cricketing journey of all the winning captains from 2008 who helped their team to cross the line of triumph with sheer passion and endeavour.

Prithvi Shaw
Indian U19 skipper Prithvi Shaw. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

It is rightly said that the U19 World Cup sets the foundation stone for the players who will set the standards in the coming years. Lending in favour of this argument is the conspicuous fact that the world cricket today is entirely dominated by the players who led their troops in U19 World Cup.

Be it the likes of cricket heavyweights Faf Du Plessis, Kane Williamson, Steve Smith or Joe Root, the international career of all of these cricketing stalwarts took off from Under-19 World Cup. Albeit none of these current superstars of the game tasted the sweet victory in their respective World Cups but went on to become the torchbearers of the discipline.

On that note, this article sheds light upon the cricketing journey of all the winning captains from 2008 who helped their team to cross the line of triumph with sheer passion and endeavour. So without any further ado, let’s get started.

Here’s the list:

1. 2008- Virat Kohli (India)

Virat Kohli’s ton against West Indies in the 2008 U19 World Cup
Virat Kohli in 2008 U19 World Cup. (Photo by Stanley Chou/Getty Images)

Ever since he has donned the national jersey, his desire to showcase that he is the best in the business has never faced hindrances. Such was the promising intention when he led his troops in the 2008 Under-19 World Cup in Malaysia. The then youngster proved his mettle in the final game of the tournament. Hence, India won against South Africa by 12 runs (D/L) and went on to clinch the coveted trophy.

Due to his outstanding performances, he broke into the Indian cricket team very soon. Little did the Delhi-boy know then, that future has a lot in store for him, the 19-year old started breaking records after records. From bagging 37 Man of the Match records to scoring 70 centuries in only 245 matches, Virat Kohli is synonymous to grit and perseverance in the true sense of the term.

Virat Kohli will be seen in action for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the delayed edition of the 13th IPL. Given the zeal and belligerence which the king renders to the team, cricketing pundits believe that his side can finish the IPL cup drought this season.