The retirement or close retirement of many of the worlds top stars in world cricket means that a new generation of players will have to build their way up to these levels. I have listed a few possible players who could become potential stars for their countries.
The players on the list are all under the age of 25 and have not fully established themselves yet. So people like Virat Kholi or Steven Finn will not be on the list even though they are still young.
1. Unmukt Chand: (India)
People in India are getting very excited about this boy. Another opener from Delhi in the mould of his idol Sehwag. Being only 19 years old he has already played IPL and first class cricket. He also has been identified as a leader with his Indian under 19 team winning the world cup. The previous guy to achieve this was non other than fellow Delhi and India star Virat Kholi.
His next challenge is to hold down his place in Delhi Daredevils IPL team, then hopefully get a chance for the national team in T20’s. He may face a problem that Sehwag and Gambhir are slowly being fazed out of the Indian team. This is a bit early for him to be drafted into the side, meaning that he will have to wait for people like Rahane and Vijay to fail. I being Indian am very excited by this payer.
2. Joe Root: (England)
The 22 year old made his test and ODI début in India in 2012. Root had been ear marked from a very young age as being an England player, this pressure did not seem to get to him, he seemed to have taken to international cricket like a duck to water. What must be more satisfying for the English cricket fraternity is that he was always seen more as a test match player, yet he showed the other side of his game in the ODI series playing shots such as the Dil Scoop.
In my opinion it is only a matter of time until Joe Root becomes the opener in all forms of cricket, but for now he has shown he is also a finisher in fifty over cricket and stable number 6 in tests. He also is a handy spinner to have in the squad.
3. Quinton de Kock: (South Africa)
This guy has the potential to be as good as Adam Gilchrist. An aggressive wicketkeeper-batsman, he has been recognised by South Africa already playing a few games at the age of 20. He obviously is behind AB Devilliers but could be the answer if Devilliers wants to concentrate on captaincy and batting.
He will find it tough to break into the South Africa team soon, because the batting line up is so good, but he is the long term answer for them.
He has been selected by Sunrisers Hyderbad in this years IPL, behind Sangakara and Parthiv Patel, so he may only feature as a batsman. Mark Boucher is coaching the young talent as he is ear marked as the next big thing.
4. Johnson Charles: (West Indies)
Technically this player is not good at all, he divides opinion but in the short formats of the game he is and will be highly effective. A powerful opener who swats away every ball, he is a little bit like Richard Levi of South Africa but better. People may not be aware but he is also a good wicket keeper. Already in his short carer he has 1 ODI century and 2 fifty plus scores in T20. His partnership with Chris Gayle is highly effective and will scare any bowling attack in world cricket. He was also part of the West Indies team to lift the T20 world cup in 2012.
With a bit of concentration he could develop his game and maybe become a bit like David Warner by moving to test cricket. All I know that he is hugely entertaining to watch.
5. Shami Ahmed/Bhuvneshwar Kumar: (India)
The signs are early but it seems that India finally have two bowlers after Zaheer who can swing the ball both ways and trouble top batsmen. I would also add in injury prones Umesh Yadav and Varun Aaron into the mix and India now have a good group of bowlers. As long as these players are developed in the right way they should be able to help India play in countries where swing bowling is key, places like England and Australia where India have struggled.
Both made their début at the end of 2012 and showed why the selectors had picked them. Kumar is the only player to have got Tendulkar out for a first class duck, this was also only his 11th game.
6. Moises Henriques: (Australia)
Being 26 he is over the age for being considered young, but I still think he is a star of tomorrow. As I write he has made his test debut for Australia today in a test against India. He looked very composed batting with Clarke making 68. We have seen him in the Big Bash and Champions League where he has shown his talent for the Sidney Sixers.
He is not just limited to batting, also being a good bowler and good fielder. One of those natural cricketers who will do well if given the chances. He has the huge burden of coming into the side in place of Mike Hussey, lets see how it goes. I for one think he will be a success for Australia.
7. James Faulkner: (Australia)
Another Australian allrounder that makes the list. At 22 he still has a long way to go in the game but the signs are looking very promising. He is just one of many young Australian bowlers that have come through the system in the last year. He very much is similar to a young Shane Watson, who also started as a middle order batsmen.
Recently Australia have tried alot of new players, so any player who doesnt perform when given the chance could be discarded, Faulkner has to take his chances. Watson has gone through a tough period recently having many injuries and a loss of form, which saw him dropped as opener down the order. If this form continues I believe that Faulkner or another all-rounder will have a good shout to make the starting team. I hugely doubt any decision over Watson will be made before the Ashes though.
8. Kane Williamson: (New Zealand)
In what has been a disappointing period for New Zealand cricket Kane Williamson has been highlighted as the future. He is nailed on to be the star of the team after Ross Taylor and Brendan McCullum retire. In my opinion he will also one day become the skipper of his country, having previous captaincy experience with New Zealand under 19’s.
A classy batsmen who already has three ODI and three test centuries to his name. It has been said that for a young guy he has a calm head, a similar quality to that of former captain Stephen Fleming. New Zealand need to produce more players of his ability to compete to their former standard. Only time will tell if he can be any where as good as Fleming.
9. Chris Morris (South Africa)
This 25 year old bowler is relatively unknown, having only played only one T20 for South Africa. In that match he gave away 19 runs and took two wickets. He probably would have got another chance since there but has injury problems. Morris is a bowling allrounder similar to Lance Klusner.
His greatest achievments came in the 2012 Champions league, one which earned him his international call up. He is a very promising bowler who attracted a bidding war between IPL giants Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings. It will be interesting to see how well he does in the IPL, the last unkown player to go for big money Sunil Narine was one of the players of the tournament last year. Could Morris be this years Narine?
10. Dinesh Chandimal: (Sri Lanka)
This player has seems to have been around for quite a while now, having played 50 ODI he now needs to permanently establish himself in the test team. He has five test appearances to his name scoring four half centuries in this time. This shows his talent maybe questions his ability to concentrate and reach the three figures. to his name A very stylish and classy player, he has all the ability to become a Sri Lankan great. He has been described as the player of his generation, but this generation does not seem as good as the last. He soon will not have the support of Jayawardene and Sangakara to fall back on.
Chandimal’s versatility is similar to Dilshan as he also wicket keeps and fields anywhere. I think he could fill a void left by some of the greats but he needs to start showing this sooner rather than later.
11. Jos Butler/Johnny Bairstow: (England)
These two represent everything good about English cricket right now. Multi-talented batsmen who are both excellent fielders who can also keep wicket. The similarities between the two are uncanny even both haring the same initials.
Right now they are both competing for the same spot as ODI keeper, but there will be a time in the near future where both will appear in the same England side. Bairstow had his test debut first but recently Butler has taken a step ahead in ODI keeper role. Both good prospects for England.