‘Test Cricket’ is known as the foremost form of the sport with every generation gifting the fans world beaters who have dominated the format like none other. In this article, we take a look at the upcoming stars of Test cricket who are all under the age of 25 and have played less than 10 Tests for their countries, such as India’s Washington Sundar or Australia’s Cameron Green.
Here is our list of players who would be at the peak of their careers in the upcoming decade.
WASHINGTON SUNDAR (INDIA)
Washington Sundar came into the Indian setup as a T20 specialist but within six months has shown his mettle in the longest format of the sport. He is a class batsman in the making for Test cricket and his bowling will also improve as his career progresses. Within just four Tests he has shown that he is equally good against fast hostile bowling or against spin in the subcontinent and is a future superstar in the making.
PATHUM NISSANKA (SRI LANKA)
The current crop of Sri Lankan batters do not score hundreds overseas on Test debuts but Pathum Nissanka proved that there is still hope in Sri Lankan cricket with his remarkable innings of 103 against a full-strength West Indian attack. If his first-class average of 64.45 is something to go by then the team has found a gem of a player in Pathum Nissanka.
NASEEM SHAH (PAKISTAN)
Naseem Shah is a tremendously exciting bowler hailing from Pakistan. For someone who is just 18, Naseem has already had a good impact on Test cricket. His raw pace can trouble any quality top-order batter in the current era. If he keeps injury-free and his energy is channelised on the correct things, then Naseem Shah has the talent to be the leading fast bowler in Test cricket.
WILL PUCOVSKI (AUSTRALIA)
Will Pucovski has the potential to dominate international cricket in the coming few years. He has only played a single Test match for Australia so far, but there are players who just seem ready for the big stage and Will Pucovski seems to be from that breed. His first-class average is impressive. If he manages to put behind his unfortunate incidents with concussions then he can show the world what he is made of.
SHUBMAN GILL (INDIA)
As much as Shubman Gill has impressed at the top of the order, he looks like the perfect replacement for Virat Kohli at number four when he decides to put his boots up. Gill is elegant, a natural stroke player and has had a wonderful start to his Test career. His quality isn’t for debate but whether he is best suited to open the innings or in the middle order is something to look forward to in the future.
BLESSING MUZARABANI (ZIMBABWE)
Zimbabwe’s fast bowling history is so barren that world cricket wants a world-beater to come out of that part of the globe to make the sport competitive. After Heath Streak, Blessing Muzarabani has the ability to take Zimbabwean cricket forward. His recent exploits against Pakistan has also put him in good stead and his ability to extract bounce due to his height makes him a threatening option.
CAMERON GREEN (AUSTRALIA)
If you are looking at batting all-rounders for the future then Cameron Green finds him at pole position for that role. His bowling still has places to go but he already looked like a top batter in the series against India. He has the ingredients of being a top-class all-rounder and can be a force to be reckoned with in the future.
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