Best Young and Upcoming Stars of Indian Cricket

Harsh Tiwari| July 29th, 2021| Sporstway

India has produced a serious amount of cricketing talent in the last few decades. India has always been the factory of good classic solid batsmen but in recent years so many bowlers have come from the domestic circuit to claim their name in the Indian team.

Indian domestic circuit is so vast, whether it’s Ranji Trophy, Syed Mushtaq, Vijay Hazare, or Deodhar trophy. The introduction of new and small states by BCCI in the circuit like Uttarakhand, Mizoram, Bihar, and many more have helped to find the new and raw talent for the Indian cricket team.

After the introduction of the IPL, many breakout stars have come so far with fewer first-class or List-A matches experience and still got to the team. 

Now let’s take a look at a list of the players who’ve been knocking on the gate of the senior team or have the potential.

Ishan Kishan

 A left-handed opener, Kishan’s first claim to fame came in 2016 when he was picked to lead the India under-19s for the u-19 World Cup held in Dhaka. Despite a lean run with the bat (73 runs in six innings), in the same tournament where Rishabh Pant lit up the scoring charts, he took India to the finals. He was however quick to turn his fortunes around in the domestic Ranji season that was to follow – ending up as Jharkhand’s leading run-scorer with 799 runs. That included a career-best 273 against Delhi, the highest till date by a Jharkhand batsman. 

He impressed everyone with his lower-order hitting for the Gujarat Lions in 2017, and was picked up by the Mumbai Indians by won a bidding war and bagged his services for INR 6.2 crores.

Kishan has shown everyone that how much capable a batsman he is in a white ball format of cricket when he got his maiden call up for the Indian cricket team, by scoring fifties on both ODI and T20I debut.

Devdutt Paddikal

A new kid on the block from Karnataka, Devdutt Paddikal is a stylish and confident left-hand batsman. The youngster racks up 829 runs in the Cooch Behar Trophy 2018, finishing as the fourth-highest run-getter.

Devdutt also bagged the best batsman award from Karnataka State Cricket Association for his superb contributions and was also drafted into the senior team for the Vijay Hazare Trophy. India U-19 call-up next followed for the Sri Lanka tour and Devdutt displayed some eye-catching performance to seal his place in the team.

At the age of 1, Devdutt was picked up by the Royal Challengers Bangalore for the IPL and he didn’t disappoint. He has played 21 IPL matches for the RCB and scored 668 runs with a strike rate of 131.8. 

He got his maiden T20I call up for the Indian cricket team against Sri Lanka in the ongoing series.

Abdul Samad

Hailing from a place known as ‘The Paradise on Earth’, Abdul Samad is a young right-handed batsman who can hit the ball hard. He has been one of the shining lights who has come from the state of Jammu & Kashmir.

 Abdul Samad caught the eyes of former Indian pace bowler Irfan Pathan when he was playing at a camp organized for the state Ranji Trophy team. Pathan saw how this youngster was playing way better than other experienced players. Samad made his Twenty20 debut for Jammu & Kashmir in the 2018–19 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy in February 2019 and that was followed by his List A and First-Class debut in the same year.

Abdul Samad was bought by the Sunrisers Hyderabad franchise for Rs. 20 lakh in the 2020 IPL auction. He became the only 4th player from the state to pick up by the IPL franchise. He hasn’t been on his best in the IPL but shown some glimpse of his hard-hitting batting by some of his fiery knocks of the ’30s and his temperament against the world’s best bowler like Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult, or Pat Cummins by hitting them out of the boundary on several occasions. He has played 32 domestic T20 matches and scored 527 runs with an amazing strike rate of 146.

Ravi Bishnoi

Leg spinners are a huge attraction in the T20 format and the young Ravi Bishnoi has it in him to be the next star spinner. The 19-year-old was picked up for a whopping INR 2 crore at the auction by the Punjab franchise. Bishnoi is under the guidance of the spin maestro himself, the head coach of Punjab Anil Kumble.

In the U19 World Cup, Bishnoi picked up 17 wickets from just six games and finished as the top wicket-taker in the tournament. All eyes were on him when he made his IPL debut and the right-arm spinner lived up to the expectations, bowling tight overs for PBKS throughout the 2020 season as he managed to pick 12 wickets.

Avesh Khan

Avesh is a tall seam bowler who can move the new ball consistently, he can also generate extra bounce off the length. When in fine rhythm, he can clock 140 Kmph on the speedometer. He is a typical modern-day fast bowler who has a lot of variations up his sleeves. He can bowl off-cutters, leg-cutters and can bowl a variety of slower balls.

He was named in India’s squad for the under 19 Cricket World Cup. He made his IPL debut in 2017 for RCB. In January 2018, he was bought by the Delhi Capitals for ₹75 lakh (US$110,000) in the 2018 IPL auction. He made his List A debut for Madhya Pradesh in 2017-18 Vijay Hazare Trophy on 5 February 2018. He was the leading wicket-taker for Madhya Pradesh in the 2018-19 Ranji Trophy, with 35 dismissals in seven matches.

In January 2021, he was named as one of five net bowlers in India’s Test squad for their series against England. In May 2021, he was also named as one of four standby players in India’s Test squad for the final of the 2019-21 ICC World Test Championship and their away series against England. 

He has 100 wickets under his name in the 26 matches economy played with an economy of 3.07 and an average of 23. This 5’11 lad is the next big thing in the Indian Cricket.

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