Top 5 upcoming stars of Indian cricket

Rishabh Pant

Every year new talents are discovered, the fans witness their sudden rise to fame and downfall within a year or two. Talent with discipline is the recipe for success in the international arena.

In modern times, IPL is the talent factory producing some real gem for the Indian team, who could take the team to the Everest of success. Many players got the golden opportunities, but only few capitalized.

Upcoming Stars of Indian cricket

Here is a list of top 5 upcoming stars of Indian cricket:-

#1 Prithvi Shaw

Prithvi ShawWhen Sachin Tendulkar retired, Virat Kohli was the ideal sell, a player scored 546 runs in the Harris Shield tournament declaring his extravagant arrival. It was the fourth highest score by any batsmen in organized first class cricket. Only A.E.J. Collins (628 runs), Charles Eady (556 runs) and Pranav Dhanwade (1009 runs) have scored more runs in an innings.

Soon the news circulated in the cricket arena about his prolific batting display and soon people started calling him the next master blaster. The other similarity between him and Sachin Tendulkar is both the players hold the record of scoring a century in the debut match of the Ranji Trophy, Dileep Trophy and Deodhar Trophy.

Just before the under 19 World Cup, he was bought by the Delhi Daredevils for a whopping price of 1.2 crores. He didn’t disappoint and became the youngest player to score a century in the IPL history.

After witnessing the overall spectacular performance in all the departments, he was picked as the captain for under 19 cricket team squad. Under his captaincy, India won the under 19 World Cup defeating Australia.

In August 2018, finally he was picked in India test squad for the last two tests. Hope, he makes a scintillating debut.

#2 Sundar Washington

Sundar Washington

Sundar Washington is a left handed batsman and right arm off spinner. The southpaw made the first class debut for Tamil Nadu in 2016. His deceiving off spin and outstanding batting performances made him an overnight star. He was picked by the Rising Pune Supergiant in 2017. Much was expected from the rising star, but he failed to score a single fifty in the two seasons he played for the team.

Although, he took 3 wickets in the crucial qualifier played between Pune Supergiants and Mumbai Indian, but eventually the team lost in a close shave.

In 2018, he was picked by the Royal Challengers Bangalore for the upcoming season. In the bowling department, he managed to take 12 wickets in the 18 matches.

The elegant batsman scored his maiden first class century against Tripura in the 2017-18 Ranji season.  Due to exceptional past performances, he was picked for the T20 squad against Sri Lanka. He became his T20 debut at the age of 18 years and 80 days, making him the youngest T20 debutante.

The left hander made his ODI debut in the same series and took 1 wicket dismissing Lahiru Thirimanne.

#3 Rishabh Pant

Rishabh Pant

Rishabh Pant is seen as future star by many greats like Farookh Engineer and Syed Kirmani after watching his high class wicket keeping skills. He has a sound technique, adaptability and excellent presence of mind.

The Delhi dynamo made his first class debut on October 22, 2015 in the Ranji Trophy. The batsman is known for his hard hitting ability.

On November 2016, he scored the fastest hundred in the Ranji Trophy history. He took just 48 deliveries to reach the triple figures. He is fourth youngest player to score triple hundred in the first class cricket.

Due to his prolific first class performances, he was picked by Delhi Daredevils in 2016 at eye popping price of 1.9 crores. He celebrated the selection by scoring a dashing century in the 2016 under 19 semifinals.

The player has much to offer, but failed to deliver for his IPL franchise, although, he played some blistering innings during both the seasons of IPL. He scored his first IPL fifty in just 25 balls.  In 2018, he scored his maiden IPL century off just 54 balls. It was recorded as the highest individual score by an Indian in the IPL history.

In January 2017, he was picked for the T20 series against England, but couldn’t do much with the bat. In July 2018, he was picked for the England tour, but hadn’t reached the double figure till today.

#4 Shreyas Iyer

Shreyas Iyer

Shreyas Iyer is considered the discovery of Mumbai coach and ex Indian cricketer Praveen Amre . He spotted Shreyas Iyer in the nets clobbering the pacers double his size. He knew the boy was special, blessed with hawk eye and temperament of steel.

In 2015-26 Ranji Trophy, he scored 1321 runs, making him the second batsman to score 1300+ runs in the Ranji Trophy history.  During the year 2014, Shreyas Iyer hit the purple patch. He was picked for the Under 19 cricket tournament.

A slump in form on slowish wickets didn’t do any good to his confidence. It was not the technique, but strike rate, which drew comparison to Delhi dasher Virender Sehwag.

After his double century against the touring nation Australia in a practice match in Mumbai, the selectors couldn’t resist and selected him for the fourth test against Australia as a replacement for Virat Kohli.

He made his T20 debut on October 2017 against New Zealand, but didn’t get the opportunity to bat. He made his ODI debut against Sri Lanka on 10 December 2017. In the 6 ODI’s he played, the player was successful in scoring 2 fifties. Shreyas Iyer plays for Delhi Daredevils in the IPL tournament.

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#5 Axar Patel

Axar Patel

Axar Patel is an all-rounder left handed Indian cricketer. He is a left handed batsman and slow left arm orthodox bowler. When people become eligible to vote, Axar Patel made his first class debut for Gujarat at the age of 18.

His nickname is Akku. For his consistent performance in 2013 Ranji Trophy season, he was named BCCI under 19 cricketer of the year in 2014. He scored 369 runs at an impressive average of 46.12, he also took 29 wickets at an average of 23.58.

Axar Patel was picked by Mumbai Indians during the IPL auction, but it was Kings XI, which brought him 2014 and gave him the deserved opportunity. He has the habit of picking wickets in bunches.

After his exceptional performance in the IPL, he was picked for the Indian squad against Bangladesh. His consistent performance with both bat and ball, he was chosen for the 2015 World Cup squad.

Till now he has played 38 ODI’s and 11 T20 matches and took 54 wickets in both the format at an average of 30.

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