|Manav Parakh Quick Info
|5 ft 8 in
|Date of Birth
|July 31, 2003
Manav Parakh is an Indian professional cricketer who came to prominence in February 2022 as a member of the Indian squad (although he did not make it into the playing XI in any of India’s matches) that had won the 2022 ICC (International Cricket Council) Under-19 Cricket World Cup. This was India’s 4th successive appearance in the final of the tournament after losing efforts in 2016 and 2020 and a winning campaign in 2018. This was also the 5th time that India had lifted the trophy after victorious campaigns in 2000, 2008, 2012, and 2018. A couple of months before this, in December 2021, Manav was a part of the Indian squad (although he did not make it into the playing XI in any of India’s matches) that had triumphed at the 2021 ACC (Asian Cricket Council) Under-19 Asia Cup. This was the 8th time that India had won this competition out of the 9 editions that had been played.
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Manav, after his high school graduation, had joined Loyola College, a private Catholic institution in his hometown of Chennai, to pursue a B.Com (Bachelor of Commerce) degree.
- Father – His father is a businessman.
- Siblings – Rohit Parakh (Older Brother) (Cricketer)
5 ft 8 in or 173 cm
72 kg or 158.5 lbs
Race / Ethnicity
- Toned physique
- Side-cropped, spiked hair
- Affable smile
- Sports a thin mustache
Manav Parakh Facts
- He had first come into the spotlight on the Indian domestic scene through his stupendous all-round performances in the 2018 edition of the Vijay Merchant Trophy (national under-16 cricket championship) where he had scored 408 runs in just 7 innings and had also bagged 23 wickets.
- However, a knee injury the following year had severely hampered his progress as it had ruled him out of action for nearly 12 months. The COVID-19 pandemic had gripped the world soon after, delaying his return to cricket by another year.
- He could not break into the playing XI in any of India’s 5 matches at the 2021 ACC Under-19 Asia Cup and the trend continued in India’s first match of the 2022 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup, against South Africa. Soon after that match, India’s captain Yash Dhull and 5 other members of the Indian squad, including Manav, had been tested positive for COVID-19. This meant that all of those players had to miss out on the next (and last) 2 matches of the group stage, against Ireland and Uganda.
- Despite missing so many first-choice players, India had managed to win those games easily, top their group, and qualify for the quarter-final. Manav and all other members of India’s squad who were affected by COVID-19 had recovered in time for that match, against Bangladesh, and the regular members of the team’s playing XI had regained their spots.
- When he was selected in India’s squad for the 2022 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup, he had become the first player from the state of Tamil Nadu to have become a part of India’s squad for the biennial tournament, after Washington Sundar in 2016.
Featured Image by Manav Parakh / Instagram