Most young players have aspirations to play at the highest level, be it in the World Cup or in the Indian Premier League. Thankfully, for Indian cricket fans, there are a number of talented stars who have the potential to shine doing exactly that given their undoubted potential.
Of course, nobody can predict the future of a rising talent, particularly as a number of unpredictable factors can hinder the progression of any career, perhaps around an injury or even a lack of hunger, but there is enough promise out there to suggest that Indian cricket has an incredibly bright future.
Many of India’s finest young cricketers are playing at a good level too, something that can only improve their chances of stardom in the future.
It’s probably worth noting that Indian cricket is far from in crisis, but there is always a need for the next talented crop to emerge. Right now, though, India are currently ranked second in the men’s Test team rankings, the national team is a reliable pick for many when it comes to betting on cricket, and, as always, the Indian fans are firmly behind their beloved cricket team.
There is certainly room for more players to get behind, though, especially a superstar or two. Thankfully, a number of bright sparks are catching the eye and have the ability to become a big name in Indian cricket. Let’s take a look at just some of them below.
Prithvi Shaw is a consistent performer
When he isn’t being attacked by fans with a baseball bat, Prithvi Shaw is showing his immense ability to audiences of adoring fans. The first ever Indian player to score a century on his debut in the Ranji Trophy, Shaw is a right-handed batsman who enjoys racking up some seriously big scores.
The former captain of the Indian Under-19 team, Shaw is vital to the Delhi Capitals and could soon be an important ingredient behind the success of the India team. If Prithvi Shaw can keep his head down and maintain his focus, then Indian cricket has another superstar on its hands.
More is expected to come from Ishan Kishan
Although Ishan Kishan’s rise to becoming an important figure in the Indian team has been impressive, the wicketkeeper and left-handed opening batsman from Jharkhand has plenty more growth to achieve. At the age of 24, there is room for further improvement and there is evidently plenty of ability to work with.
A former Under 19 captain, Kishan appears to have the right mindset too, with many fans and experts tipping him for an extremely bright future. Should Ishan Kishan continue on an upward trajectory, he could easily be one of India’s next superstars.
Devdutt Padikkal is a star in the making
An obvious inclusion on the list, Devdutt Padikkal is a star in the making. The new kid on the block is immaculate with the bat, with the left-handed player oozing class and confidence on numerous occasions during what are the relatively early stages of his career. Playing for Karnataka in domestic cricket and Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League, Devdutt Padikkal’s skillset is wowing audiences already. At the age of just 22, we could be witnessing the emergence of one of cricket’s most gifted young professionals.
Rahul Chahar is a great spinner
Turning out for both Rajasthan in domestic cricket and Punjab Kings in the Indian Premier League, Rahul Chahar is from a talented cricketing family, which should stand him in good stead on his journey to becoming a household name in India.
Both his cricket-playing brother and his uncle have helped to nurture his talent in recent times, with Chahar sacrificing his studies at an early age to focus on his dreams of becoming a cricketer. Injuries have hampered his progression, though, but his bowling ability will surely enable him to keep on causing damage. At the age of just 23, Rahul Chahar has a bright future.
Other young cricketers who are capable of being India’s next superstars include Arshdeep Singh, Ravi Bishnoi, Chetan Sakariya, Avesh Khan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, and Shubman Gill.
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