Vicky Ostwal Finishes as India’s Most Successful Bowler in U19 WC 2022

Most Successful Bowler in U19 WC 2022
Vicky Ostwal picked 12 wickets in ICC U19 WC 2022

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Most Successful Bowler in U19 WC 2022: On February 5, 2022, the Under 19 Indian cricket team scripts history by lifting the ICC U19 World Cup for the fifth time. Yash Dhull led Indian cricket team beats England U19 by 4 wickets in Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Antigua, and lifts the ICC U19 WC 2022 trophy.

India’s Most Successful Bowler in U19 WC 2022

Almost every individual player of the India U19 squad takes charge and proves themself in every twist and turn situations of the tournament. Whenever the team struggles, these youngsters took the pressure over their shoulders and expressed them in their respective roles.

Among those youngsters, Left-arm spinner Vicky Ostwal showed his unique skill by picking 12 wickets in the tournament who was also one among the three India players selected in ICC’s ‘Most Valuable Team’ of the U-19 World Cup, along with captain Yash Dhull and all-rounder Raj Bawa.

Ostwal’s coach Mohan Jadhav

A product of Pune’s Dilip Vengsarkar Academy, Ostwal’s coach Mohan Jadhav said he got the rewards for his unerring accuracy.

“If you look at his bowling, accuracy is his main point. We built his skills around that as he gained height and strength. He started at our academy at the age of 10, and from childhood, he had the knack of where to bowl. I have never seen him bowling wayward,” said Jadhav.

“When he bowls economically, the batsman has to try something extra to score runs against him. It’s his best method. That’s what happened in the semi-final, by not conceding easy runs one of their batters (‘keeper-bat Tobias Snell) tried to move back on his leg stump and cut and got bowled.”

On the growth of the tall spinner, a significant development his coach noticed in this tournament was the variations he bowled.

“I liked his variations. He is a tall bowler (six feet plus); because of his height and flight the batsman isn’t able to judge the bounce of the ball. They end up taking the ball high on the bat as seen in the dismissal of South Africa opener Campbell Kellaway (lobbed a catch to short midwicket).

“He has been consistent with the stock ball. In the West Indies, he was bowling his flighted balls slower than earlier, and bowled the quicker arm balls better.”

Though Vicky went wicketless in the finals of the tournament Raj Bawa and Ravi Kumar came as the saviors of the match where the duo bagged 5 wickets and 4 wickets each and suppressed England’s score to just 189 runs.

With Nishant Sindhu and Shaik Rasheed‘s half-century, India clinched the victory in the 48th over with 4 wickets in hand.

Watch ICC U19 WC 2022 Final Highlights