Cricket is one of the most popular sports throughout the world drawing in record viewership from almost every corner of the world excluding a few countries like China. Every cricketing enthusiast is on the lookout for an exciting pack of youngsters who can make a difference on the field with a fresh brand of infectious enthusiasm and entertainment on the field. The valiant effort of a determined youngster can even convert a disturbing loss into a memorable clash for the viewers out there as evident from the excitement surrounding Hardik Pandya’s memorable knock against Pakistan in the Champions Trophy final against Pakistan.
Every country is on the lookout for a couple of exciting youngsters who can be handed over the baton in the coming years by senior cricketers looking to hand over their responsibilities to a fresh set of determined youngsters. Let’s take a look at 10 of the most exciting youngsters currently in International Cricket:
- Matt Renshaw (Australia)
The 21-year-old left-handed batsman, who made his International Debut in Test cricket for Australia in 2016 against South Africa is hailed for his technique and maturity over the years. His jaw-dropping consistency over the years has made him one to watch out for with several opposition bowlers recognizing him as one to watch out for.
Several Australian fans have hailed him as Australian Cricket’s most exciting prospect in recent times and labelled him as the perfect replacement for Michael Hussey with his composed gameplay akin to that of the legendary batsman. He has been very prominent in domestic first-class cricket and can be a great prospect for the Aussie team in upcoming years with the side going through a transformation in recent times.
- Alzaari Joseph (West Indies)
Alzaari Joseph is one of the most exciting youngsters to have emerged from the West Indian domestic setup enjoying the ability to bowl at a lethal pace of 140+ kms/ph. His ability to intimidate the batsmen with his bounce and swing makes him one to watch out for.
His international debut in test cricket against India back in 2016 was one of the most memorable debuts in the history of International cricket going on to dismiss top cricketing prospect Virat Kohli on his debut. With several legendary West Indian pace bowling legends hailing him as one of the greatest talents in the game, there is no doubt over his cricketing acumen.
- Billy Stanlake (Australia)
The right-arm pace bowler from Australia made his international debut in T20-Internationals against Sri Lanka in 2017. His ability to generate pace and bounce along with shrewd variations also earned him a lot of fans during his recent injury curtailed stint in the Indian Premier League for the Sun Risers Hyderabad in the 2018 edition of the IPL. Stanlake recently bowled 7 off the 10 fastest deliveries bowled in the recently concluded edition of the IPL as well.
- Mustafizur Rahman (Bangladesh)
Mustafizur Rahman who has been nicknamed Fizz by fans and experts all around the world has been labelled as one of the most exciting youngsters to have emerged from domestic cricket in Bangladesh. His ability to generate variations with his tricky bowling action and immense maturity in any format makes him a match winner in any format. Fizz swooped a five-wicket haul on debut against world champions India in 2015, going on to swoop 6 wickets in the next clash. This earned him the man of the series award in his debut series. Despite ups and downs, Fizz is all set to make an impact in the coming years.
- Shadab Khan (Pakistan)
The 19-year-old Pakistan based all-rounder has been hailed as one of the most exciting youngsters currently in International cricket with his all-round performances resulting in victories for Pakistan. Khan can smash the ball to all parts of the ground, swoop wickets during the crucial stages at an economical rate and win matches singlehandedly with his acrobatic fielding skills. Shadab has been hailed as a future legend by former Pakistan based cricketers like Wasim Akram who have praised his cricketing acumen.
- Aiden Markram (South Africa)
Markram is one of the most exciting and talented cricketers to have been emerged from the South African cricketing system in recent times. His ability to eke out match-winning performances under pressure makes him one to watch out for considering the steady decline of youngsters with such a strong attitude with the growth of T20 cricket in recent times. With the retirement of South African legend AB De Villiers, the onus is on him to step up.
- Rishabh Pant (India)
The 20-year-old Delhi based batsman enjoys remarkable composure and the desire to stand out from the rest through a sheer desire to excel at any cost. His excellent performances and destructive batting for team India in the limited format of the game drew comparisons to Indian legendary all-rounder Yuvraj Singh who was a big-hitter himself. Pant is a decent keeper and can be relied upon after the retirement of Indian legend MS Dhoni to lead the charge with both the gloves and willow.
- Babar Azam (Pakistan).
Babar Azam has been a very strong finisher for Pakistan especially in ODIs. He made his debut in 2015 against Sri Lanka and has been a regular member of the Pakistan ODI squad on the back of excellent performances scoring almost 2000 runs at an average of more than 50. Azam went on to show his talent in the T20I format emerging as the no. 1 batsman in T20I currently. There are no doubts that he will serve his country effectively in the future.
- Kagiso Rabada (South Africa).
The 23-year-old, Kagiso Rabada is known for his lethal pace bowling in test cricket. Rabada made his International Debut in T20 Internationals against West Indies in 2015 but has shown his talent especially in Test Cricket by emerging as the fastest South Africa to swoop 100 wickets. The fast bowler enjoys the ability to swoop 500 wickets in the coming years for South Africa if he stays fit.
- Rashid Khan (Afghanistan).
Rashid Khan is just 19 but has been a sublime bowler for the newly formed Afghanistan team in all forms of cricket. He made his international debut in 2016 at the age of 17 and enjoys the record of being the fastest bowler to swoop 100 wickets in ODIs. Khan is expected to emerge as an Afghanistan cricketing legend and lead the bowling attack in test cricket in the coming years.