Ground Report | New Delhi: Raj Angad Bawa made a brilliant all-around performance against England. He was awarded the man of the match for his gallantry. India continued their dominance in the Under-19 World Cup by winning a record fifth title in Antigua on Saturday night.
There have been several star performers in the immaculate race for the U19 World Cup crown for India throughout the tournament, but one man stood out in the final and laid his hands on the biggest stage for a budding cricketer. His name is Raj Angad Bawa. The all-rounder made significant contributions with both bat and ball in the U19 World Cup final against England and won the man of the match award.
Performing when it matters most runs in the family. Raj Bawa is the grandson of Tarlochan Singh Bawa, a member of the Indian hockey team, who won a gold medal at the 1948 Olympic Games.
In fact, Tarlochan also made a big impact for India at the 1948 London Olympics, scoring two goals, one of which came in the final against hosts Great Britain. Although it was the Indian team’s fourth consecutive Olympic gold medal, it was the first under the Indian tricolour, opposite the Union flag.
Fast forward 74 years, and Tarlochan’s grandson Raj Bawa is building on his legacy and making the country proud – the only difference is that he is doing it on Prickett field rather than in hockey.
It was not as if Raj Bawa performed in the final itself. Throughout the tournament, Bawa displayed his superb abilities with both bat and ball. He was in fine form in the match against Uganda, scoring an unbeaten 162 for just 108balls
Bawa had a tremendous impact in the final. He became the first Indian cricketer to score a fifty in the final of an ICC tournament and then followed it up with a crucial 35 in 54balls as India chased down a target of 190 with four wickets remaining and 14 balls saved.
Bawa became India’s second-highest run-scorer in the tournament and the third-highest wicket-taker for the team. He scored 252 runs in the Under-19 World Cup at an average of 63 and a strike rate of 100.80. The 19-year-old was only behind Vicky Ostwal (12) and Ravi Kumar (10) in the list of India’s top wicket-takers.
You can connect with Ground Report on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Whatsapp and Subscribe to our YouTube channel. For suggestions and writeups mail us at GReport2018@gmail.com
Also Read: What is Wordle? How to play and win the internet’s latest game obsession
Also Read: Coke Studios Kana Yaari song with Lyrics