‘Musheer Khan Might Go Ahead Of Sarfaraz’: Ex-India Star’s Strong Claim For U-19 World Cup Hero

Feb 12, 2024

Former Indian opener Aakash Chopra said that India U19 sensation Musheer Khan can surpass his elder brother and domestic cricket star Sarfaraz Khan. In India's run to the U19 World Cup final, Musheer's performance was one of the high points for the young Indian team. Musheer scored 360 runs in seven innings at an average of 60.00 with the help of two centuries and one half-century. His best score was 131. Apart from Shikhar Dhawan, he is the only Indian to score two or more centuries in the same U19 World Cup tournament.

Speaking on his YouTube channel, Chopra predicted a bright future for Musheer, saying that he has been given the “gift of time”.

Akash said, “I like Musheer very much. When his career finally ends, the younger brother can overtake the elder brother. The good thing about him (Musheer) is that he has the gift of timing.”

Akash said that Musheer can play spin very well and can also play some unconventional shots.

“He plays very well on his feet and also plays well straight. Whenever the ball is in that range, he plays very well. The kid plays spin very well and has some good unconventional shots,” the former India opener said. Also plays.”

In 14 Youth ODIs for India, Musheer has scored 554 runs at an average of 61.55 and a strike rate of over 91. He has scored two centuries and two half-centuries in 13 innings. His best score is 131. A useful left-arm spinner, he has also taken 13 wickets with best figures of 5/38.

However, Akash cautioned that the young batsman needs to work on his backfoot game.

“He has to work on one thing. The backfoot game is a bit weak. He got a lease of life in the final and was out at slip in the semi-final as well. If you have to play long, you have to work on your game against the short ball. But take a tough stance,” the former opening batsman said.

Akash also praised spinner Soumya Pandey, who was India's leading wicket-taker and second-highest wicket-taker overall with 18 wickets in seven matches.

“So let's move on to Soumya Pandey. He was the highest wicket-taker for us. He bowls left-arm spin and was also the vice-captain of this team. He bowls with a lot of control and his pace. The variation is very good. He is a very good player. I liked his nature very much,” concluded Akash.

Recapping the match, while chasing the target of 254, Australia's two maiden overs foreshadowed the series of events that were to unfold over the next 43.5 overs. Arshin Kulkarni and Musheer Khan were the two casualties in the first powerplay, giving Australia early control of the final.

While chasing the target of 254 runs, Mahali Beardman dismissed India captain Uday Saharan in single figures for the first time in the tournament, indicating that it will not be easy for the Indian team to chase the target.

Adarsh ​​Singh (47) and Murugan Abhishek (42) struggled during their time at the crease; However, this was not enough to take India across the finish line. India collapsed for 174 runs.

Apart from Beardman, Rafe McMillan also took three wickets for 43 runs while Callium Vidler took two wickets for 35 runs. Tom Straker and Charlie Anderson got one wicket each. Mahali was the star for Australia, taking 3 for 15 in his seven overs and getting the crucial wickets of Adarsh, Indian captain Uday and Musheer.

Earlier in the innings, after winning the toss in the final match, Australia captain Hugh Wiebgen decided to bat first and set a target of 254 runs. Harjas Singh (55), captain Hugh Wiebgen (48) and Oliver Peak (46) made notable contributions for the Australian team.

Raj Limbani (3/38) and Naman Tiwari (2/63) were the best bowlers for India.

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