Hyderabad: Indian cricket has never fallen short of talent. Even as generations passed by, there was always someone who rose to the occasion and took charge to keep the Indian cricket in a functional space. Now that Virat Kohli has taken the team to the next level, let us have a look at five possible stars of the future.
1. Prithvi Shaw – This youngster from Mumbai has already made a statement for himself by scoring a hundred in his test debut. He was the highest run-scorer for India in his first Test series against the Windies. Shaw was named in the Indian squad for the Border-Gavaskar series in Australia but was ruled out due to an injury. The U-19 World Cup-winning captain is undoubtedly a star to look out for in the coming future.
2. Shubman Gill – The man of the tournament in the 2019 U-19 World Cup Shubman Gill is a serious contender for a spot in the national side. He made his ODI debut against Newzealand in 2019 as India were playing the Kiwis in their backyard. Although he could make big scores, his stroke play has widely been appreciated. His recent heroic against the Windies has brought him back in contention for the national side.
3. Navdeep Saini – This young fast bowler has risen to fame with his terrific pace. He ticks the 150 km mark quite easily and can be a nightmare for the batsmen. He has quite a lot of variations, which makes him an exciting talent. He recently made his international debut in the T20 series against the Windies and was named the man of the match for his bowling figures of 3-17 in 4 overs, which includes a maiden in the final over of the innings.
4. Riyan Parag – This 17-year-old batsman from Assam made it into the headlines after he became the youngest cricketer in the history of IPL to score a 50, surpassing the likes of Prithvi Shaw and Sanju Samson. He was also named in the Indian squad for the U-19 World Cup earlier this year. He has been an excellent find for the Indian cricket team and is definitely a star to look out for in the future.
5. Kamlesh Nagarkoti – This 19-year-old fast bowler from Rajasthan can run in and deliver 150 km rockets that a batsman definitely wouldn’t like to face. He was one of the crucial bowlers for India in the U-19 World Cup as he picked up nine wickets in the six games. He was then roped in by the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the 2018 IPL but couldn’t play a single game due to an injury.
With talents like these, the future for Indian cricket surely looks bright.