Who will win U19 Cricket World Cup 2020?
The ICC Under-19 World Cup is only a few days away, and young players from 16 different nations are preparing for the big stage. For the second time in history, the cup will be hosted by South Africa that is also among the tournament’s favourites. But will anybody be able to stop mighty India from winning their record-setting fifth title?
We decided to look into the teams and their rosters and compile a list of the nations that are most likely to lift the champions’ trophy on February 9.
The most decorated nation at the U19 World Cup is yet again considered to be the top favourite of the tournament. India has already proven to have top-shelf junior talents, as Virat Kohli and Prithvi Shaw have already led their young teams to the gold before.
This time around, India will be pinning a lot of hope on Jashasvi Jaiswal. He is likely to be the top run-scorer of the championship. Priyam Garg was selected to be the captain of the team.
India was drawn in a relatively easy group with New Zealand, Sri Lanka, and Japan, so they shouldn’t have a lot of challenges before the knockout stage.
If anybody can give India a run for their money, it will most likely be the Aussies. Australia has won the U19 World Cup three times in the past, but they will seek revenge for finals lost to India in 2012 and 2018.
Australia is placed in a tough Group B alongside England, West Indies, and Nigeria, but going through to the quarterfinals shouldn’t be a problem.
England is part of the Big 3 with India and Australia but is also the least likely of the three to win the championship. English juniors won their only U19 tournament in 1998, but maybe the South African cricket fields would prove lucky for them once again.
England is in a group with Australia, so the road to the quarterfinals is not going to be an easy one. Their very first game of the tournament against West Indies will probably be a crucial one.
Pakistan is the favourite to win Group C with Bangladesh, Scotland, and Zimbabwe. They have selected a solid squad that’s going to be led by the team’s captain Rohail Nazir, while the Pakistani fans also anticipate the appearance of a young fast bowler Naseem Shah.
Pakistan won back-to-back U19 World Cup titles in 2004 and 2006, but they’ll have to make some significant upsets if they want to win the trophy again.
The host nation is in a rather easy group with Afghanistan, Canada, and UAE. They have a relatively open road to the semifinals where they would likely face one of the top four teams.
South Africa has only won this tournament once (in 2016), but their young squad of players is looking pretty impressive again. On top of having a great team led by captain Bryce Parsons, South Africa will also get extra energy from their home crowd.
If you love cricket and you have a team that represents your nation at the U19 World Cup, we are certain you can’t wait for the tournament to start. However, you can make things even more exciting by putting down a bet or two.
There are plenty of online bookmakers that have free bets offers and great odds, allowing you to combine minimum risks with maximum rewards. So let’s see what these bookies predict when it comes to the U19 World Cup.
India is by far the biggest favourite with the odds of around 11/8. Australia is next with 4/1 odds, while England has a decent chance too with the odds of 11/2. Next on the list are Pakistan (8/1), South Africa (12/1), and Bangladesh (14/1).
Of course, there will be plenty of other betting opportunities. You can wager on individual match winners, the top run-scorer, top wicket-taker, most sixes, and more.