Every young cricketer dreams of becoming the next Sachin Tendulkar, or the next Jimmy Anderson, but which young cricketers have already caught the eye? GMS Academy member Ashvin Sharma looks at the best of talents across the world who could be the very best players in the years to come.
1. Jason Holder
This 6ft 7in West Indian bowler has burst onto the ODI scene lately after making his debut earlier this year. Comparisons have already been made to the West Indian superheroes of the 80s, the likes of Malcolm Marshall, and Michael Holding.
Holder has not failed to impress as well by taking 12 wickets in eight matches with a very promising average of 24.58. His talent was spotted by Chennai Super Kings in the IPL who then bought him for a bargain $20,000 (£12,215.98). With this fantastic start to his international career, Holder is only going to get better.
2. Ben Foakes
Next on the list is Essex wicketkeeper Ben Foakes. The 20-year-old has been tipped by many to be England's long-term successor to Matt Prior. Foakes is currently with Essex, and has arguably the best county wicketkeeper to learn from, James Foster.
Foakes was also recently selected for the England Performance Programme, and shone with 52 not out against the Queensland IIs. If Foakes continues to impress, he will no doubt be an established international in the future.
The nephew of the Pakistan legend Inzamam-ul-Haq, young Imam-ul-Haq has a lot to live up to. The 17-year-old has shows signs of brilliance, and has caught the eye with fifties against the England U19s earlier this year. The left hander could join his uncle as becoming a legend of the game if he develops his talent.
4. Matthew Fisher
The young paceman burst onto the scene this year when he became the youngest cricketer to play in a competitive county game aged 15 years and 212 days.
Since then, Fisher has been playing for England U19s taking wickets regularly against both Bangladesh and Pakistan. He is definitely the most exciting bowling prospect in England, and hopefully can be seen in an England shirt in the foreseeable future.
5. Unmukt Chand
After the retirement of arguably the best batsman of all time, Sachin Tendulkar, everyone is waiting in anticipation to see who could replace him to be one of the greats of Indian cricket.
Unmukt Chand is a name that is said very often, and why not? The Indian has impressed a lot of fans around the globe, and even the great Australian Ian Chappell has praised him as well. Chand has hit four centuries at an average of 38.75 in his first-class career so far on top of also captaining India U-19s as well.
Let's hope he can deal with the pressure, and become one of the legends of Indian cricket.
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