South Africa’s fast bowler Kwena Maphaka was named the Player of the Tournament at the ICC U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup 2024.
The 17-year-old bowler was a joy to watch in the recently concluded U19 Cricket World Cup which was held in South Africa.
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Maphaka was crowned the Player of the Tournament, seeing off Ubaid Shah, Saumy Pandey, Musheer Khan, Jewel Andrew, Hugh Weibgen, Uday Saharan and teammate Steve Stolk.
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The record-breaking South Africa pacer has been one of the standout quicks at the tournament, with his 21 scalps just one short of the tournament record set by Bangladesh’s Enamul Haque Jr in 2014.
Maphaka did claim a record of his own with the 17-year-old becoming the first player to collect a trio of five-wicket hauls at a single edition of the tournament.
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Maphaka joins an elite list of players who have been Player of the Tournament at the men’s event in the past.
At the last edition too, the award was won by Proteas batsman Dewald Brevis, for a record-breaking tally of runs in the tournament.
The U19 SA team were eliminated by India in the semi-finals.
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