Stars Of Tomorrow: Watch Out For These 5 Young India Cricketers In IPL 2023
Ahead of a long IPL season that kickstarts on Friday with Gujarat Titans vs Chennai Super Kings contest, we look at five young cricketers from India who can push selectors for a national call-up with solid performances this season. Take a look.
Abdul Samad, 21, was one of the two retentions made by SRH ahead of IPL 2022 mega auction, raising many eyebrows. SRH management has massive faith in his six-hitting abilities but the dividends are far, far low so far. In 3 seasons with SRH, Samad has scored just 226 runs. It is about time the Jammu and Kashmir player comes good in IPL for Orange Army. (Image source: Twitter)
Rajasthan Royals have immense faith in abilities of Riyan Parag but the Assam all-rounder has not yet lived up to the expectations yet. RR will be hoping the 21-year-old comes good in his fifth season at the franchise. He is coming to IPL on back of a solid performance for Assam in Vijay Hazare Trophy (552 runs at average of 69 in 9 games with 3 tons and one half-century) and Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy (252 runs at strike rate of 163.35). (Image source: Twitter)
Abhishek Sharma, 22, was expected to do big things in IPL after his superb show in U19 World Cup. But he continued to have a flop show in first four seasons. SRH stuck to him for the fifth and gave him the opener's role in 2022 which he took with both hands and smashed 424 runs and struck these runs at 133.13 strike rate. But Abhishek needs to show consistentcy which is a must in every great player. He picked up 10 wickets in the last Syed Mushtaq Ali tournament, which shows that he is working hard on his bowling as well. (Image source: Twitter)
Prabhsimran Singh has spent four seasons with Punjab Kings. However, across seasons, he has played just 6 matches. Hopefully, he will play all the 14 group matches this year as PBKS' overseas keeper Jonny Bairstow will not be available for the whole season. The 22-year-old is an attacking batter, someone India needs desperately at the top order. (Image source: Twitter)
Mumbai Indians' Tilak Varma finished as their leading run scorer in a season which saw their biggest stars fall flat on their face. MI had a poor season, failing to make the playoffs but Tilak was a big revelation for them. Tilak scored 397 runs at strike rate of 131.02. Rohit Sharma spoke highly of the 20-year-old cricketer at the end of the 2022 season, predicting him to play all formats for India in future. If Tilak has another good season, the India cap might not be too far from him. (Image source: Twitter)