5 Youngsters Who Impressed The Most In T20 World Cup 2021

Published - 15 Nov 2021, 02:00 PM

Charith Asalanka
Charith Asalanka (Image Credit: Twitter)

After 29 days of non-stop riveting games of cricket, the World saw a new T20 World Cup champion. Australia registered a comprehensive 8-wicket win over New Zealand in the final of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 to lift their maiden title in the history of T20 cricket. Both the teams never won a T20 World Cup title before.

Kane Williamson’s sensational 85-run knock off 48 balls gave New Zealand the best chance of winning the game. However, despite scoring a par score of 172 runs in the first innings, the Blackcaps failed to defend that as most of their bowlers had a bad day at the office. David Warner (53 off 38) and Mitchell Marsh (77 off 50) played exceptional knocks under pressure to help Australia chase down the score in 18.5 overs.

The T20 World Cup 2021 witnessed some mouth-watering performances from several young cricketers. Apart from experienced campaigners, a lot of youngsters also made headlines for exhibiting notable performances. The young guns from different teams grabbed attention with stirring performances on the biggest stage. Here’s a look at five youngsters who impressed the most in T20 World Cup 2021.

5 Youngsters Who Impressed The Most In T20 World Cup 2021

  1. Charith Asalanka

Charith Asalanka
Charith Asalanka (Image Credit: Twitter)

Charith Asalanka is one of the finds for Sri Lanka in the ICC T20 World Cup 2021. The stylish left-handed batsman has impressed one and all with his fearless approach and outstanding strokeplay.

He brought a sense of calm while batting at number three. Despite early wickets at the top, Asalanka held firm at one end and carried Sri Lanka single-handedly in the tournament.

He was pretty consistent both during Super 12 and the first round of the tournament. The southpaw finished the season as the fifth-highest run-scorer. In 6 matches, he scored 231 runs at an average of 46.20.

  1. Pathum Nissanka

Pathum Nissanka
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A batting line-up that lacked experience, Pathum Nissanka’s conventional style of batting mixed with today’s demand of power-hitting helped Sri Lanka win a few games in ICC T20 World Cup 2021. The southpaw impressed one and all with his hunger to play big knocks. He played valuable knocks against South Africa, West Indies, and Ireland.

His best came against South Africa in what was the 25th match of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021. Despite wickets kept falling at one end, Nissanka held firm at one end and took the team to a respectable total. He scored 72 runs off just 58 deliveries, including 6 fours and 3 sixes. Overall, he managed to score 221 runs in 8 matches at an average of 27.62.

  1. Wanindu Hasaranga

Wanindu Hasaranga
Wanindu Hasaranga. (Photo: Twitter)

World’s number one T20 bowler, Wanindu Hasaranga continues to impress at the big stage with his guile and turn. Sri Lanka leg-spinner wasn’t afraid to give the flight and thus reaped rewards in return.

He was Sri Lanka’s wrecker-in-chief in the ICC T20 World Cup 2021. Every time the team was in trouble, the crafty leg-spinner would help them come back into the game with crucial breakthroughs. Playing his first ICC T20 World Cup, Hasaranga also picked a hat-trick to write his name in the history books. He finished the tournament as the leading wicket-taker. He took 16 wickets in 8 matches at an average of 9.75.

  1. Rahmanullah Gurbaz

Rahmanullah Gurbaz
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The 23-year old doesn’t have a lot of experience playing international cricket. However, with the kind of shots he played during the tournament, the fans would love to see him more on the big stage. He began the tournament with an outstanding 46-run knock of 37 deliveries against Scotland. He scored a 19-run cameo off 11 deliveries against India.

Besides that, there wasn’t any significant contribution with the bat but the youngster has really impressed with his ball-striking and power-hitting ability. In 5 matches, he managed to score 85 runs at an average of 17.

  1. Karim Jannat

Karim Jannat
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The Afghanistan all-rounder didn’t get a lot of opportunities to showcase his talent with bat and ball in ICC T20 World Cup 2021. He didn’t get to bat against Scotland and Namibia. However, the 23-year old impressed one and all with his gutsy knock of 42 runs off 22 balls against India.

His knock was laced with 3 fours and 2 sixes. It helped the team score 144 runs but it didn’t prove enough to win the game. Besides, he also chipped in with a few overs with the ball, which makes him a great asset to have in T20 cricket.

Karim Jannat’s presence adds more balance to this Afghanistan team. The fans would hope that they get to see him more playing for Afghanistan in the future.


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