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Photo Gallery: 5 emerging talents to watch out for in India-New Zealand series

Jan 17, 2019, 18:25 PM IST
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Shubman Gill, alongside Prithvi Shaw can be termed as the wonder kid of Indian Cricket. Their rise dates back to the Under-19 World Cup held earlier last year. He was not a part of the original squad. The Hardik Pandya-KL Rahul controversy, proved to be a blessing in disguise for this 19-year-old Punjab youngster. Everyone is well aware of his capabilities with the bat. His consistent performances in the domestic circuit and IPL have grabbed headlines. However, he is best remembered for his man of the series performance for the World Cup winning Indian U-19 team. He has a chance of repeating those performances in the same country, but this time for the senior side. Let's hope he rises up to the expectations of the country. (Photo Courtesy: Twitter/@RealShubmanGill)

 

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Vijay Shankar has the ability to emerge as the the ideal successor for Hardik Pandya, who has been ruled out of action due to suspension. But, that's not the only reason for his selection in the side. He has been rewarded because of his magnificent performances for India A on their New Zealand tour. In the three match series, he ended up scoring the most number of runs. His 188 runs came at an average of  94 and a strike-rate of above 100 which also included two half-centuries. It was combined with an economy rate of a little over 5, in a series winning performance for India. He will provide a much needed balance with both bat and ball to the Indian team. Moreover, his recent experience of conditions will be crucial to India's chances. (Photo Courtesy: Twitter/@vijayshankar260)

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Tim Seifert, a talented young wicketkeeper batsman was roped into the side as a replacement for the rested Tom Latham in the limited overs series against Sri Lanka. However, he made his presence felt in this short stint for the side, contributing excellent performances behind the stumps. He contributed with 12 dismissals in the ODI & T20I series, which speaks volumes of his ability. Although, he didn't get enough opportunities with the bat, his domestic record indicates that the youngster enjoys an ability to make his presence felt, when provided regular opportunities. (Photo Courtesy: Twitter/@BLACKCAPS) 

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Mohammed Siraj has shown that when it comes to talent and skill, he has no shortage of either of them. This Hyderabad youngster has not only made an impact in domestic cricket, but impressed in the IPL as well. He has represented franchises like Sunrisers Hyderabad and Royal Challengers Bangalore so far in the tournament. In a very short span of time, he has emerged as one of the key striking alternatives for the franchises. However, the selctors are backing him due to his impactful performances during India A's tour of New Zealand. Moreover, the conditions in New Zealand will certainly suit his bowling style. (Photo Courtesy: PTI)

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Henry Nicholls' recent performances speak a lot about his batting abilities. In a batting line-up which features players like Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Colin Munro, Martin Guptill and Tom Latham, it's tough to cement your spot. But, Nicholls hasn't shown any signs of complacency, making his presence felt with excellent performances. In the recent series against Sri Lanka, he scored 171 runs at an average of 85.50 which were the second highest for a Kiwi batsman in the series. His quickfire 80 ball knock of 124 runs helped New Zealand post a mammoth total of 364 in the 3rd ODI against Sri Lanka in Nelson. New Zealand will be keen to utilise his finishing abilities against a strong Indian death bowling line-up.(Photo Courtesy: Twitter/@BLACKCAPS)

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