Forward of the Cricket World Cup in India, which begins on Thursday, we take a look at a number of the below 25s who may thrive over the subsequent couple of months…
Shubman Gill (India, 24)
The India opener is the main run-scorer in ODI cricket in 2023 by a distance, together with his haul of 1,230 in 20 innings almost 300 greater than anyone else. Gill has handed fifty in half of his innings this 12 months, with 5 fifties, 5 centuries and a top-score of 208 in opposition to New Zealand in Hyderabad as he turned the eighth man to report a double century in one-day worldwide cricket. Gill was the youngest to attain the feat, doing so at 23 years and 132 days.
The suitable-hander’s glittering 2023 included plundering 890 runs, and three lots of, for Gujarat Titans within the IPL, whereas he comes into the World Cup with scores of 74 and 104 in opposition to Australia. Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli would be the headline names within the India batting line-up however Gill may show the star performer because the crew look to triumph on dwelling soil, simply as they did in 2011.
Shaheen Shah Afridi (Pakistan, 23)
The left-arm fast looks like he has been round without end, having made his worldwide debut in April 2018 shortly earlier than his 18th birthday. Since then, Shaheen has taken over 250 wickets throughout the codecs with 86 of these coming in 44 ODIs, together with 4 in a conflict with India within the current Asia Cup.
The paceman’s significance for Pakistan has elevated additional with fellow bowler Naseem Shah dominated out of the match following a shoulder damage. Shaheen offers velocity and motion with the brand new ball and can be a succesful performer on the loss of life. Pakistan have been denied that second attribute in final 12 months’s T20 World Cup ultimate in opposition to England with Afridi leaving the sphere injured. Had he not, they might very nicely have ended up profitable the trophy.
Harry Brook (England, 24)
Brook seems more likely to begin the World Cup as batting back-up with England’s prime six set to comprise Jonny Bairstow, Dawid Malan, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler and Liam Livingstone but when he will get his probability he may very nicely nail it, simply as he has executed in Check cricket.
Brook’s worldwide red-ball report reads 1,181 runs in 12 Assessments at a mean of 62.15 and strike fee over 90, with Sky Sports activities’ Mark Butcher saying the batter possesses a “contact of genius”.
These numbers, plus his swashbuckling batting model, have been why followers and pundits have been left so perplexed when Brook was disregarded of England’s preliminary World Cup squad however he changed Jason Roy within the ultimate 15 after his team-mate suffered some premature again spasms.
The 24-year-old is but to really ignite in a ODI cricket with only one half-century in six innings and he struggled opening the batting within the current sequence in opposition to New Zealand, however plonk him someplace within the center order, the spot wherein he shone within the T20s in opposition to the Black Caps, and he may fly.
Bas de Leede (Netherlands, 23)
If underdogs Netherlands are to trigger an upset within the match – they start their first 50-over World Cup since 2011 in opposition to Pakistan on Friday – then they might want all-rounder De Leede to impress. The suitable-arm seamer and hard-hitting batter is without doubt one of the chief causes they’re right here within the first place, after an all-round masterclass throughout the qualifying occasion in Zimbabwe this summer time.
De Leede bagged 5 wickets within the must-win match in opposition to Scotland earlier than smashing 123 from 92 balls because the Dutch reached their goal of 278 to e book their place in India. The 23-year-old will enter the World Cup in respectable nick, too, having scored a maiden first-class hundred final month to assist Durham earn promotion to County Championship Division One.
Marco Jansen (South Africa, 23)
The South Africa all-rounder is a tough man to overlook, standing nearly 6ft 8in tall, and he has been an enormous hit for the Proteas since making his debut a few years in the past – the left-armer brings notable bounce with the ball in addition to the flexibility to muscle boundaries with the bat.
Jansen lately shredded Australia’s prime order throughout an ODI victory in Johannesburg, together with his five-wicket haul together with the scalps of Mitchell Marsh, Marnus Labuschagne and David Warner. Earlier within the sport, he cracked 47 from 23 balls, together with three sixes.
Dunith Wellallage (Sri Lanka, 20)
Sri Lanka head into the World Cup filled with optimism after profitable 14 of their final 16 one-day internationals, solely shedding twice to India in that point. If they’ll cobble collectively sufficient runs – one thing they didn’t do in opposition to India within the Asia Cup ultimate as they have been blown away for 50 – then they’ve the spin assault to do some actual harm on this competitors.
That might be led by off-spinner Maheesh Theekshana, who has claimed 31 wickets in 15 ODIs this calendar 12 months and may bowl throughout the innings, however Sri Lanka additionally appear to have unearthed a possible gem in slow-left armer Dunith Wellallage. The teenager claimed a five-for in opposition to India within the Asia Cup group stage and in addition chipped in with an unbeaten 42 from 46 deliveries.
Watch the 2023 ICC Males’s Cricket World Cup stay on Sky Sports activities between Thursday October 5 and Sunday November 19.