Bangalore, Jul 4: India have announced their 15-member squad for the Under-19 World Cup in Australia this August. The squad will be led by Delhi right-handed batsman Unmukt Chand.
Here are brief profiles of each of the 15 members.
Unmukt Chand (Captain, Delhi, 19 years)
Right-hand batsman, opener. Also plays for Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League (IPL). He has played 11 first class games for Delhi, scoring one hundred and four fifties.
Recently, hit back-to-back centuries in Under-19 Asia Cup in Kuala Lumpur. Captained India in the tournament where the team were joint winners after final ended in a thrilling tie against Pakistan.
Akshdeep Nath (Vice-captain, Uttar Pradesh, 19 years)
Right-hand batsman and right-arm medium-fast bowler. Yet to make first class debut. Played in Under-19 Asia Cup recently. Has played three One Day games in the domestic Vijay Hazare Trophy last year.
Manan Vohra (Punjab, 18 years)
Right-hand batsman. Made his first class debut for Punjab in 2011 and so far has played two Ranji Trophy matches. As an opener, hit a 35-ball 79 not out (15x4, 2x6) against Australia in Under-19 Youth Quadrangular tournament last year. His hurricane knock took India to victory in a record chase of 164 which was completed in just 12 overs. On that day, in Visakhapatnam, captain Unmukt Chand was the other opener, smashing an unbeaten 72 off 40 balls. India went on to win the title.
Akhil Herwadkar (Mumbai, 17 years)
Herwadkar is a right-hand batsman and offspinner. He has played one Ranji Trophy game for Mumbai, against Orissa in 2011.
Vijay Zol (Maharashtra, 17 years)
This left-hander made headlines in India in 2011 when he slammed an unbeaten 451 for Maharashtra Under-19 against Assam Under-19 in the Cooch Behar Trophy. This was a record first class by an Indian, beating 443 by Bhausaheb Nimbalkar, achieved in 1948. Zol has been continuing to score big runs. He was picked by Royal Challengers Bangalore this year but did not get a game. He hit a 109 not out against Pakistan in U-19 Asia Cup recently but India went down by 1 run in a thriller.
Sandipan Das (Bengal, 19 years)
Das is a right-hand medium-fast bowler and right-hand batsman.
Baba Aparajith (Tamil Nadu, 17 years)
Aparajith is an offspinner. At 17, he made his first class debut for Tamil Nadu against Baroda in November, 2011. However, his debut was hampered by rain as only 12 overs were possible in entire four days. So far, he has played four Ranji Trophy games.
Prashant Chopra (Himachal Pradesh, 19 years)
Chopra bowls legspin and is a right-hand batsman. He has played six domestic one day games.
Sandeep Sharma (Punjab, 19 years)
Sharma bowls right-arm medium-fast and bats right-handed. He has played three first class games taking three wickets.
Kamal Passi (Punjab, 19 years)
Passi is a right-arm medium-fast bowler and right-handed batsman.
Rush Kalaria (Gujarat, 19 years)
Kalaria is a left-arm medium-fast bowler and a right-hand batsman. He had a fine Under-19 Asia Cup recently, by taking 11 wickets including a five-wicket haul in the final against Pakistan.
Mohsin Sayyed (Maharashtra, 16 years)
Sayyed bowls left-arm medium-fast and bats left-handed. He was also part of the U-19 Asia Cup in Kuala Lumpur.
Smit Patel (Wicketkeeper, Gujarat, 19 years)
Right-hand batsman. He has played a lone One Day domestic game for Gujarat earlier this year. He has also represented Gujarat Under-19 team.
Harmeet Singh (Mumbai, 19 years)
Harmeet is a left-arm orthodox spinner and left-hand batsman. He has played three first class games. He made his Ranji Trophy debut at the age of 17 in 2009. It was an impressive first game as he took seven wickets in the game. Mumbai won that match against Himachal Pradesh. He has claimed 17 wickets in three first class games.
Vikas Mishra (Delhi, 19 years)
Mishra, the left-arm orthodox spinner has already shown his talent in Ranji Trophy. He has completed 50 wickets. In 15 games, he has taken 55 scalps. He bats right-handed. He was also a part of Delhi Daredevils squad.