The ICC World T-20 returns in October 2021 after 5 whole years. The seventh edition of the World T-20 will feature 16 teams who will try to secure their spot as the greatest T-20 playing nation on the planet.
This is an opportunity for several young stars who are going to try to make a name for themselves as they represent their respective countries for the first time in a world championship tournament.
Here are some of the young stars to look out for during this edition of the T-20 World Cup.
The 23-year-old Rishabh Pant is among the most well-known active players in India. Best known for currently being the captain of the Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League, Pant previously held the record for the highest score by an Indian in the IPL with a score of 128*.
The young wicket-keeper/batsman has played several game-winning innings in the IPL and for his country, one of his most famous being an 18-ball half-century in the 2016 U-19 World Cup. He was the youngest player for the Indian team during the 2019 Cricket World Cup and has shown that he’s fully capable of being the next star for India.
This is the first major international tournament for the 24-year-old batsman Glenn Philips, having made his international debut in 2017. He represented Team New Zealand in the 2016 U-19 World Cup, and in the 2018 Caribbean Premier League was named in the Top-5 Must Watch Players.
Philips will also take part in the second half of the IPL, playing for Rajasthan Royals. This will give him a boost in the World T-20 that takes place just days later. With centuries across all 3 formats in domestic cricket, Philips is one of the must-see players at the World T-20.
This is the perfect time for a young Josh Inglis to shine as he represents Team Australia for the first time at the World T-20.
With multiple first-class centuries and an impressive 118* in domestic T-20 cricket, the 26-year-old wicket-keeper/batsman has been “on our radar for some time” according to former Australian captain and chairman of selectors George Bailey. Bailey added that Inglis provides flexibility in the team’s batting due to his adaptability and power.
“He is a player we are excited about for the future,” said Bailey.
The 29-year-old Adam Zampa is no stranger to competing on the world stage. The dangerous leg-spin Australian bowler is best known for playing for the Rising Pune Supergiant in the IPL, where, in one of the matches he achieved the second-best bowling figures in IPL history at the time, taking 6 wickets, also holding an infamous record for the best bowling figures ever in T-20 cricket in a losing cause.
He was part of Team Australia during the 2017 Champions Trophy and the 2019 Cricket World Cup and hence will have more experience as compared to the other young players. There are of course many players representing all 16 nations, and it will be interesting to see which young star rises out of the World T-20 this year. With several other notable players along their side, there is no doubt that these young men are going to try their best as they represent their nation to capture the ICC T-20 World Cup.