Some legendary players bade farewell from international cricket in the year 2018. The vacuum created by those stars will be hard to fill. However, there were some youngsters who shined brightly in the year in the first few games of their career.
So, who are these future stars who can fill the void? The ones who will have a fan following and will rule the world of international cricket in the near future.
Here are few names who are expected to impress cricket fans as well as pundits in 2019.
Shaheen Shah Afridi
Pakistan’s young tall left-arm pacer, Shaheen Shah Afridi has been impressive in his brief international career so far. The 18-year old pacer can easily clock up to 140 km/h and has great control over his line, length and swing. The bowler is intelligent and knows when to use his varieties. He has played 2 Tests, 6 ODIs and 7 T20Is so far, where he has hunted 8, 13 and 11 batsmen respectively.
India’s head coach, Ravi Shastri, while trying to describe the young right-handed opening batsman said, “There’s a bit of Sachin there, a bit of Viru [Virender Sehwag] in him and when he walks — there’s a bit of Lara as well.” The 18-year old lived up to the hype in his debut game against the West Indies, where he announced his arrival with a convincing ton, followed by 70 and 33 in the next match. He suffered a nasty ankle injury in a tour game against Australia, which forced him out of the action. However, the young batsman is a special talent.
England’s Sam Curran has been phenomenal in Test matches since he made his debut with both the bat and the ball. He made his debut against Pakistan in June and since then, he has been a key performer for England. He has played 7 Tests, where he has taken 14 wickets, including a five-for. Moreover, he has been handy with the bat, managing a healthy average of 36.72 with the courtesy of 3 half-centuries. Cricket fraternity must have been excited to see him how he does in 2019.
Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Afghanistan’s mystery leg-spinner has already impressed everyone with his skills. The 17-year-old has taken 44 wickets so far in just 23 ODIs, while nine wickets in 7 T20Is. He is a priced commodity in T20 leagues all around the globe. He along with his leg-spinning partner, Rashid Khan will be a threat to even the best batsmen of the world in the coming days.