U19 World Cup: Rajvardhan Hangargekar smashes a hat-trick of sixes.
Rajvardhan Hangargekar hit five towering sixes after walking in to bat at No. 5, primarily to give India’s innings a big finish. And he did not let us down.
Hangargekar’s performance with both bat and ball has lit up the ICC U19 World Cup 2022. The Maharashtra cricketer is a right-arm fast bowler – fast is the key word here – and a lower middle-order batter with long-hitting abilities.
The talent with the ball was on full display during India U19’s opening match against South Africa. When he had the Proteas top-order huffing and puffing with sheer pace. Hangargekar’s prowess with the willow stood out in India’s second match against Ireland on Wednesday. After coming in to bat at No. 5, the lanky cricketer hit five towering sixes, primarily to give the Indian innings a big finish. And he did not disappoint.
Hangargekar hit left-arm spinner Nathan McGuire for two sixes in the 49th over and then followed that up with a hat-trick of sixes off right-arm medium pacer Muzamil Sherzad in the final over to help India post a challenging total of 307 for five batting first.
Hangargekar finished unbeaten on 39 off 17 balls, with a strike rate of 229.41.
Rajvardhan Hangargekar scores a hat-trick of sixes in the U19 World Cup.
The right-armer then bowled a good new-ball spell, finishing with 1 for 17 in 7 overs.
India advanced to the Super League quarterfinals of the U-19 World Cup after thrashing Ireland by 174 runs. The team won by such a large margin on Wednesday because they only had 11 players available after six members of the team were forced to be isolated after testing positive for Covid.
Put into bat at the picturesque Brian Lara stadium, India first rode Harnoor Singh’s brisk 88, which was well complimented by Angkrish Raghuvanshi’s run-a-ball 79, to post a challenging 307 for five.
The Hrishikesh Kanitkar-coached team then bundled out the opposition for a paltry 133 in 39 overs to secure a comfortable victory.
Sangwan, Gautam, and Tambe each took two wickets for India, while Ravi Kumar (1/11) and spinner Vicky Ostwal (1/22) also did their jobs admirably.