U-19 WC: Meet Anukul Roy, the small-town boy who might earn millions in IPL 2018 auction

Anukul Roy grabbed the spotlight after he picked-up his five-for in the Youth ODI of the U-19 WC

Slow left-arm orthodox spinner from Jharkhand, Anukul Roy is the latest bowling sensation in Indian U-19 squad. Roy is the bowling all-rounder and currently playing under Prithvi Shaw in the ongoing U-19 World Cup in New Zealand.

Roy grabbed the spotlight after he picked-up his five-for in the Youth ODI of the U-19 WC. Roy achieved this feat during India’s match against Papua New Guinea (PNG) at Mount Maunganui ground on January 16, 2018. Roy took 5 for 14 in 6.5 overs.

Team India, however, won the match by 10 wickets. Earlier, PNG recorded the tournament’s lowest score so far after they slumped to 64 all out in 21.5 overs.

And then India’s openers Prithvi Shaw and Manjot Kalra raced home in just eight overs.

Besides against PNG, Roy also picked four-for against Zimbabwe at Bay Oval, Tauranga, New Zealand on January 19. Roy returned with figures of 4/20 in 7.1 overs.

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Earlier, Zimbabwe won the toss and they elected to bat first. Zimbabwe bowled out for 154 after 48.1 overs, In reply, India chased down the target in 21.4 overs without losing any wicket.

Following Roy’s match-winning performance, Twitter erupted in joy and started praising the new talent.

Roy has so far picked up 30 wickets in 11 matches. Here are his records:

Indian U-19 player Anukul Roy (STATS ESPNCRICINFO)

Indian U-19 player Anukul Roy (STATS ESPNCRICINFO)

With Indian Premier League 2018 auctions around the corner, one could predict that Roy (courtesy his previous stats) might be on the must-buy list of the franchises.

Eight franchises, including Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals who are back from serving a two-year ban, would meet for the players’ auction on January 27, 28 in Bengaluru.