19-year-old Ashton Agar came close to hitting a devastating ton against England in the first Ashes Test at Trent Bridge to stun the world of cricket.
His range of hitting coupled with his fast bowling made him an obvious choice for Australia's man of the match.
But what other wonder boys in world cricket managed to burst on to the scene in such dramatic fashion? We look back at five youngsters who burst onto the international scene at a tender age.
5 – Ashton Agar
Cricket runs in the family for man of the moment Ashton Agar; his two younger brothers also try their hand at the game. Nicknamed ‘Agar the Horrible’ by tormented England fans, Agar was immediately moved up the order after his heroic, record-breaking knock of 98 in the first Ashes Test. It is worth remembering Agar is primarily a bowler and will no doubt play an integral part in Australia’s attack for the rest of the series.
4 – Parthiv Patel
Astonishingly, Patel made his debut for India against England when he was just 17, becoming the youngest wicket-keeper in Test history. At that time, Patel was yet to play any first-class cricket, even at a domestic level. To date, he has played fifteen One Day Internationals and currently plies his trade in the IPL, representing Sunrisers Hyderabad.
3 – Joe Root
Like Agar, Root is one of the young stars of the Ashes, and earned his place in the side with a series of solid performances throughout the season. His first Test century came in May, when he amassed a total of 104 against New Zealand at Headingley. He marked his debut against India in 2012 by hitting 73, and this year helped England all the way to a place in the Champions Trophy final.
2 – David Gower
Now one of cricket’s most famous commentators, David Gower came to prominence at an early age, and ended his career with a first class average of just over 40. Debuting for Leicestershire at the age of 18, within three years Gower was playing for England. In 1978 he was awarded the prestigious Wisden Cricketer of the Year award and went on to captain the Test side, leading the team to victory in the 1985 Ashes series.
1 – Sachin Tendulkar
Widely hailed as one of the game’s all-time greats, the 'Little Master' started playing for India at just 16. In March 2012, Tendulkar finally reached his much-awaited 100th international century, though his side actually lost to Bangladesh five wickets.
Even in his youth, comparisons with Aussie great Don Bradman were forthcoming, and his batting won him accolades across the globe. By the time he was 23, he had become India captain, and led the national side until 2000 when Sourav Ganguly took over.
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