India Under-19 Cricketers – Non-XI Players of those who failed to make the India squad


the indian express he tried to talk to India’s Under-19 World Cup seniors who had played fewer than 20 senior domestic games. Here’s an eleven of them who couldn’t make it to the next level.

Nikhil Rathod (2004)

19 games for Saurashtra from 2003-04 to 2009-10

Officer, Central Railway, Mumbai

“Share a room with Shikhar Dhawan or Robbie (Uthappa)… U19 is a sweet memory, it’s like school or college. Real life starts later.”

Sufiyan Shaikh (2010)

9 games for Mumbai since 2014-15

Sports Officer, Tata Sports Club, Mumbai

“When you come to domestic cricket, be prepared to learn because the Ranji Trophy will continue to challenge you, session by session. Prepare to wait your turn.”

Praful Waghela (2004)

14 games for Mumbai from 2004-05 to 2016-17

Finance Officer, Tata Power, Mumbai

“Life, like cricket, will have ups and downs. It will also give you a chance to recover. It is important to accept the situation instead of thinking about the future and the past.”

Ravikant Singh (2012)

2 games for Bengal from 2012-13

Plays for Bhawanipore Club, CAB First Division League, Kolkata

“Once you’ve played a U-19 World Cup, you should have a chance to be at the first-class level next season. I suffered from that lack of continuity.”

Sandypan Das (2012)

15 games for Bengal since 2012-13

I recently moved to Bhawanipore Club from Town Club in Kolkata

“U-19 is age group cricket. The senior level is a big jump and it’s not easy. Some players adapt quickly, the vast majority require a little more time.

Rajashekar Shanbal (1998)

7 games for Karnataka and Tripura from 2001-02 to 2004-05

He is currently the coach of Karnataka U-16

“I was playing a college game when I got a call that I got picked for the U-19 World Cup. A friend’s father used his influence to get me a passport in a few hours. That same night I boarded the flight.

Zahid Ali (2010)

Four games for Uttar Pradesh in 2010-11 and 2011-12

Works as Office Superintendent, North Central Railways, Prayagraj

“I still play for my railway zone. I’m a mid-level hitter, but I was created to open the innings (in his only Ranji game). Then they abandoned me.”

Arvind Solanki (1998)

Two games for Uttar Pradesh from 1999-2000 to 2001-02

Children coaches in Kanpur

“For five or six years after the U-19, I was in the UP team but I didn’t have games because of some politics. I gave up cricket and in 2004 I did my A level as BCCI coach.”

Ajitesh Argal (2008)

19 games for Baroda since 2008-09

Income Tax Officer, Ahmedabad

“Even in the Under-19s, we knew that Virat was destined for the big stage. But not everyone is meant to be like this. I’m still looking after my fitness and I’m trying to get back to Baroda.”

Khanin Saikia (2002)

Two caps for Assam in 2002-03

Financial advisor, Invercargill

“Assam had a professional from Delhi as a left arm spinner back then and I wasn’t getting any games. I got a scholarship and moved to New Zealand in 2012. I still play club cricket.”

Sukhvinder Tinku (1988)

A game for Punjab in 1988-89

He runs a cricket academy in Mohali

“If he had played for India, he would have been just an international cricketer. But this coaching role has allowed me to bring a lot of international and national level players to the game.”


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