The T20 world cup has already begun and there have been quite a few surprising results that shook the cricketing world. On day 1 of the group stages, Sri-Lanka were beaten by Namibia while the second day saw Scotland beat West Indies. These two upsets have set the tone that big names and records of the past will not matter the results of any particular game.
Moreover, there are going to be a bunch of youngsters from every nation who will be looking to make a name for themselves at the grandest stage of T20 cricket. In this article, Sportzcraazy will discuss about the top 5 youngsters who are most likely to take the world cup by a storm.
1. Arshdeep Singh – The 23-year-old Left arm quick will be making his debut in the ICC T20 world cup most probably in India’s first match against Arch-rivals Pakistan. Ever since joining the first team set up, Arshdeep has proved to be a massive addition for the Blues. Whenever he has been given the chance to play, he did not disappoint the selectors and head coach Rahul Dravid. Arshdeep also got the taste of playing in a high voltage match during the Asia cup last month where he took 5 wickets but India suffered a pre-mature exit from the tournament. However, his performance against South Africa during the bilateral T20I series in India earlier this month saw him notch 5 wickets in 2 matches. The Indian pacer will be a one to watch out for.
2. Tim David – Tim David will play for the Australian side in his upcoming second debut. Tim David made his Australian debut in the T20 series against Team India when players like David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, and Marcus Stoinis were side-lined. He has played for teams all over the world and has established himself as a superb T20 batter. IPL outfit Mumbai Indians even selected him for the IPL 2022 season in exchange for a sizable sum of money. For the Aussies, Tim David can be a key middle-order batter.
3. Harry Brooks – The Right-handed English Batter will be making his debut in the ICC T20 world cup in Australia. He has previously captained the English U-19 side during the 2017 U-19 world cup. In England’s second fixture against Bangladesh, Brooks scored an unbeaten 102 and became only the second English batsman after Sir Alaistar Cook to score a century in U-19 world cups. He finished the tournament as England’s highest run getter with 239 runs to his name and was named as the rising star of the Squad by the ICC. Brooks made his senior T20I debut in January 2022 against West Indies and since then he went on to play 14 times, scoring 316 runs with a fearsome strike rate of 149.05. Harry Brooks could become a huge revelation in world cricket this over the course of the tournament.
4. Naseem Shah – When he was only 16 years old, he played in his first test match against a team like Australia. Most recently in Asia Cup a month ago, he played his first T20 International match, and he excelled despite all odds. He was filling the void left by Shaheen Afridi’s and went on to become one of the most important players for Pakistan, taking 7 wickets in his 5 games. The 19-year-old is also the second youngest bowler to take a five-wicket haul in a test match at the age of 16 years and 307 days. Just like Arshdeep Singh and Harry Brooks, Naseem will be participating in his first World Cup and would be eager to provide his best effort.
5. Finn Allen – Another T20 world cup debutant, Finn Allen is the joint second Batsman in U-19 ODI cricket to score the fastest fifty as he smashed a half century off just 19 balls against Kenya during the 2018 U-19 cricket world cup. Allen also swash buckled West Indies bowlers on the opening day of the tournament with his 115, ending the tournament as the highest run getter for Blackcaps with 338 runs. In his T20I debut, he amassed 71 runs off just 29 balls against Bangladesh in March 2021. He already has a century to his name in T20 cricket thanks to his 101 against Scotland earlier this year. In 18 innings, the 23-year-old has scored 469 runs and his daunting strike rate of 161.75 is why he will be a player to look out for in the T20 world cup.