UAE U19 T20 World Cup Team Preview:
The UAE U19 team came into the world cup after a clean sweep in the Asia qualifiers earlier this year. They featured in the Asia Cup and won against Malaysia. Also, the team hosted the USA U19 team. The series was a close-fought one but UAE U19 lost it in the end.
The team consists of a few players who have represented the senior side which could act as a big plus in this U19 World Cup.
They are placed in Group B alongside Scotland, India and South Africa.
Theertha Satish (c), Vaishnave Mahesh, Samaira Dharnidharka, Lavanya Keny, Sanchin, Rinitha Rajith, Indhuja Nandakumar, Siya Gokhale, Mahika Gaur, Avanee Patil, Archara Supriya, Rishitha Rajith, Geethika Jyothis, Sanjana Ramesh, Ishitha Zehra.
Theertha Satish will lead the U19 side. She obviously doesn’t need any introduction. The wicket-keeper batter smashed 307 runs in her 5 games against USA U19 recently. No other batter even crossed 100 runs.
Vaishnave Mahesh is yet another player who has international experience. The spinner helped UAE to win against Zimbabwe in the T20 World Cup qualifiers. The team needed a boundary off the final delivery, and Vaishnave got them over the line. The spinner certainly holds the key in this line-up.
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Samaira is one of the pacers to keep an eye on here. The youngster is just 14 but has already made an international debut, having played for UAE senior team since 2019. Samaira even got a hat trick in the warm-up game recently.
She took up cricket when she was around 5 and has a brother and twin sister too. They all were into cricket but eventually moved on, unlike her. She was featured in the recent 6ixty and CPL as well. She was one of the ball girls during the Fairbreak Invitational.
Lavanya Keny is the youngest ever to take a hat-trick in T20Is. She achieved this while playing against Saudi Arabia. The spin-bowling all-rounder was the leading wicket-taker for the UAE U19 team against USA U19 recently. She is likely to open the batting alongside Theertha Satish here.
Sanchin Singh is the second keeper available here. She is a middle-order batter and has been a part of the senior squad for a long time. She even played a T20I against Qatar Women last year.
Rinitha Rajith and Rishitha Rajith:
The sisters are named in the U19 team. Their elder sister Rithika has already played for UAE senior team. Even Rinitha, 17, made her debut recently. Rishitha is the youngest of them all and is just 15.
Rinitha and Rishitha are into badminton as well. They usually play doubles together. Rinitha was even ranked number 1 in the UAE national junior singles rankings.
Rinitha is a batting all-rounder while Rishitha is mainly a bowler.
Indhuja Nandhakumar is one of the most experienced players available here. The 16-year-old pacer has played 22 T20Is. Indhuja’s role model is Smriti Mandhana. In the recent series against USA U19, she picked up 5 wickets but she was the most economical bowler of the series with an economy rate of 3.94.
Siya Gokale could end up as the secret weapon sort of player for UAE this time around. The all-rounder has played in 17 matches but hardly had an opportunity to show off her skills. She used to bowl in the middle overs. In April 2022, she picked up three wickets against Hong Kong senior team.
Mahika Gaur was just 12 when she made her international debut. The tall pacer who idolizes Mitchell Starc was selected by Manchester Originals in the recent edition of The Hundred. Mahika also played for Thunder Academy. She is a UK passport holder as well. The tall pacer targets the stumps very well and is going to be one of the stars in the future.
Avanee Patil was in grade 2 when she joined cricket coaching under the famous coach Prosanta. She is a pacer. Watch out for pace variations and is one of the bowlers who are very economical. Avanee ended with two wickets in the USA U19 series.
Archara Supriya is 18 and is one of the spinners available here. The youngster picked up a fifer in the ICC U19 Women’s T20 World Cup Asia Qualifiers match against Qatar.
The left-arm spinner finished with figures of 4-3-2-5 in that game. She grabbed three wickets in the USA U19 series.
Geethika Jyothis is an all-rounder. She usually bats at 6-7 and swings it all. Jyothis is a right-arm loopy medium pacer who could trouble the batters here. She picked up 2/10 against Sri Lanka in the U19 World Cup Warm-ups recently.
Sanjana Ramesh is also a medium pacer and a bowling all-rounder. The youngster played in three games against USA U19 but got to bowl in only one game. She ended with 0/18, including 10 dots.
Ishita comes from a cricket family. She was inspired by her father to take up the game, who has represented the UAE age group cricket. Ishita’s father runs an academy along with her brother, CTK Usman. The latter was a former Ranji Trophy player. Ishita is just 16 and is a top-order batter.
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