Over the years, especially, in Indian Cricket, we came across the talented players either being benched or stay away from the Indian team, as their place is already filled with a stalwart player in the side. The premium example for that is the legendary Mahendra Singh Dhoni, whose presence in the Indian team dented many careers. However, there is nothing to do with Dhoni, as the best in the game will take the position to play for India. In between, it seems like the same scenario might repeat with the escalation of Rishabh Pant in International cricket. Meanwhile, we figured out 4 youngsters, whose career might affect with the Pant’s rise.
Here are they:
4. Harvik Desai:
The right-handed batsman Harvik Desai took the limelight during the under 19 ICC World Cup. He smashed it brilliantly for the team during the crunch situations of the game and was equally impressive behind the stumps.
In between, he also made giant strides in the Ranji Trophy while playing for Saurashtra Cricket Team, who was the runner-up of 2018-19 edition. The flamboyant batsman has struck 157 runs in 4 innings, including a half-century.
In the 21 Ranji innings he played across 11 matches, he scored 781 runs, including 6 half-centuries and a brilliant 116 against Uttar Pradesh. He also had 21 catches against his name.
The added benefit with Desai could be his ability to bat at any order for the team. He can open the innings for the team and also play at the middle-order and can be the finisher of the team as well. However, he needs to improve a lot to take the International slot.
3. Srikar Bharat:
The Andhra wicketkeeper Srikar Bharat has been the revelation in the recently-concluded Ranji season. He nailed his opening position for the team in the recently concluded season with colossal tallies in his backpack.
Making his First-class debut at the age of 19 against Kerala, Bharat has been one of the consistent run-getters for Andhra in the last few years. He made rapid strides both as a keeper and as a batsman at the domestic level.
His impressive Ranji season earned him an India-A spot where he did reasonably well. Bharat is under the scheme of things to push a place in the side. However, it would be interesting to see whether the board tries him in the national circuit in the years to come.
In the recently concluded unofficial Test series between India A and England Lions, he had scores of 142 off 139 deliveries in the first Test and a 53-ball 46 in the second.
2. Ishan Kishan:
The stylish southpaw can be a great asset for India. His fearless batting and the athletic wicketkeeping will certainly put his name on the radar. He hails from the same Ranji team Jharkhand in which MS Dhoni had played.
Ishan Kishan has got the great talent to play his strokes against world class bowlers and been impressive in India-A as well. Though there are temperament issues, if nurtured, Ishan Kishan can easily fit in MS Dhoni’s shoes.
The classy southpaw will give the additional advantage of bringing left-hander into the setup and can deal with the new ball as well. Sometimes, his attacking strokeplay will be a massive boost for the team as well.
Recently, in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2019, he became the first Indian wicketkeeper-captain to score a century in the T20 format. He followed it up with another beautiful century in the tournament. He might be in the scheme of things for Indian cap.
1. Sanju Samson:
It is quite unfortunate for Sanju Samson that he is still in the proving players’ list. He has got exceptional talent but things aren’t going the youngsters’ way. Sanju Samson is doing all the required stuff but something or the other is delaying things for him.
The Kerala wicketkeeper was called for India-A after IPL 2018 and one good knock would have paved a way for him in the senior team. But, the failure in the Yo-Yo test completely saw the other side of the things for the youngster.
However, if everything goes well for the Keralite, one can see him donning the Indian jersey sooner than later. His incredible class and ability to deal with the new ball will be a massive boosting factor for his chances.
Samson made his IPL debut in 2013, at the age of just 19. He was at his best in the 2018 season, where he scored 441 runs in 15 matches, including 3 half centuries, at a strike rate of 137.81.