India’s U19 Team Secures Fifth Consecutive Spot in the World Cup Final


Naman Tiwari, an 18-year-old left-arm seamer, has been a key player for India in the 2024 U-19 World Cup in South Africa. With noteworthy efforts against Ireland and the USA, he has claimed ten wickets.. Tiwari, with an average of 17.50 and an economy rate of 4.72, played a crucial role in the semi-final against South Africa by dismissing Richard Seletswane. Motivated by Jasprit Bumrah, Tiwari acknowledges that the veteran bowler has given him insightful advice that has improved his bowling.

We get inspiration from Bumrah.”. I watch his bowling videos a lot. I have met him several times at NCA and talked to him a lot about the mentality and skills of a bowler. He has explained a lot (of things to me), which is useful. He told me how to bowl accurate yorkers, and I have worked a lot (on that aspect) following his advice. I have to work hard to bring more aggression in this (my bowling),” Naman Tiwari told PTI Bhasha ahead of the 2024 U19 World Cup final against Australia.

Bumrah started his cricket journey by rising through the ranks and made his international debut in 2016 at the age of 22. Unlike some players, he didn’t participate in any U-19 World Cup during his youth. Rather, Bumrah’s achievements in Indian Premier League (IPL) and domestic cricket brought him recognition.

Tiwari, on the other hand, looks up to other famous fast bowlers like Mitchell Starc, Dale Steyn, and Shoaib Akhtar as his inspirations. In order to get better at bowling, he wants to absorb their knowledge and try to adopt their characteristics.

I try to learn something from every bowler I like. I try to understand and learn by watching his (Bumrah’s )videos. I like Shoaib Akhtar’s speed, Dale Steyn’s swing and Mitchell Starc’s aggression very much,” Tiwari added.

The U-19 Indian team, captained by Uday Saharan, will play the final against Australia at Willowmoore Park in Benoni on Sunday, February 11.

My Dream: Bowling the Fastest Ball in the World” – Naman Tiwari

Naman Tiwari has a great bowling style, and being a left-arm seamer is valuable in Indian cricket. His prospects for the future appear bright. He talked about his future aspirations, highlighting his concentration on helping India win the U19 World Cup in 2024.

One day I want to bowl the fastest ball in the world. I also want to play the World Cup with the senior team. For now though, I have to concentrate on my performance. I want to continuously improve my game because the challenges will be even bigger in the future and I will have to prepare my base to face them,” Tiwari said

The young player has participated in 11 youth ODIs so far, taking 22 wickets with an average of 16.54 and an economy rate of 4.21.

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