With the transition phase taking place in every team, we have a new generation of players coming up the ladder who are ruthless and far more aggressive than those of the past. Players like Sachin , Dravid, Kallis, Ponting, Lara, Laxman, Hayden might have retired but that just means it’s time for the young players of the new generation to step up and show that they have the potential to be the next big thing in cricket.
So here’s is a list of 5 players to watch out for who might just be the next big thing in cricket :
1) Virat Kohli:
Captain of the India U-19 team which won the 2008 World cup in Malaysia, and future captain of the Indian team, made his debut against Sri-Lanka in 2008 as an opener in the absence of Sachin and Sehwag. Virat has already taken giant steps in the ODI form having played 140 matches at an average of 50.9 and is starting to prove his potential in the Indian Test team. Virat has already scored 25 centuries, with 19 in ODI’s and 6 in Tests. Many believe he has the potential in him to fill the boots of the legend, Sachin Tendulkar. He will play a crucial role for the team in the 2015 World Cup
2) Steve Smith:
This 25-year-old player had started his career as a leg spinner in 2010 and was compared to the legendary Shane Warne, and one who can smack a bit at the lower order. Smith made his One Day International debut against West Indies, and his test debut was against Pakistan A brilliant fielder, who can just field at any place first came to notice in the inaugural Champions League in 2009. Smith now who plays as a proper batsman is seen by many as one of the brightest young talents to come out of Australia, and a future captain of the team. He will be a crucial player for Australia during the World Cup and is expected to anchor the innings around the likes of Warner’s, Maxwell‘s and Watson’s.
3) Joe Root:
Coming from a family of cricketers, Root made his county debut in 2007 representing Yorkshire and scored a 50 for his team. Many former England cricketers believe that is technique is alike former England opener Geoffrey Boycott. He was selected by the England team that toured India in 2012. In his first Test innings, he batted for nearly 300 minutes and score a fighting 73 for his team. With Graeme Swann retiring, England also sees him as a spinner who can bowl 7-8 overs if needed during the World Cup. Root has 5 Test hundred’s with an average of 51 and 2 centuries in ODI’s at an average of 37. With cook struggling, many see him as the next England Captain, and he surely will play an important role for England in the next few years.
4) Kane Williamson:
He first came to notice after some impressive performances at the 2008 U-19 World Cup. Williamson has impressed a lot of the commentators and critics by his competence against quality spin, and the ability to bat for long hours. Williamson made his Test and ODI debut against India in 2010, and since has played 34 Tests and 54 ODIs with an average of 40 in both formats of the game. With Kane expected to open for New Zealand in the coming World Cup, he will be a key for the team who are looking to win their first World Cup. He has a pretty good technique against the swinging ball and will be looking to bat most part of the 50 overs for his team.
5) Quinton De-Kock:
With 5 Hundred’s in 27 games at an average of 45, De Kock first grabbed the limelight when he scores 3 centuries in 3 games against India, in India;s tour to South Africa in 2013-14.He was made the captain of South africa U-19 team, but wasn’t able to handle the captaincy and was asked to play just as a wicket keeper batsman. The move paid rich dividents as he was the highest scorer for his team. He made his ODI debut in early 2013 against New- Zealand, and made his Test Debut against Australia this year.. He opens the batting for South Africa and with a strike rate of nearly 91 is expected to give a flying start to the African nation who are also looking to win their First World Cup.
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