Top 5 Young Batters to watch out for in white-ball cricket
For the health of any sport, the most vital point is having a powerful supply chain of young players. The mantle has to be passed on in good hands who are capable and receptive to being guided, encouraged and monitored with full responsibility. Such a transition hinges on the availability of a credible talent pool who are eager to do well from a young age.
A look at the top five players to watch out for in the future in white ball formats.
Harry Tector (Ireland) - From grassroots in Dublin to the highest level
A rising star of the Tector family from the grassroots in Dublin, Harry Tector has touched the highest standards of playing for Ireland in white ball formats.
Tector didn’t have a great debut in both the formats; during his T20I debut against Netherlands, the game was abandoned due to persistent rain while during his One Day International (ODI) debut against England in 2020, Tector couldn’t even open his account, being dismissed for a nine-ball duck.
When India toured Ireland for a short two-match T20I series this year, Tector, coming in with Ireland in a spot of bother at 22/3 during the first game, blasted a 33-ball 64 that was arranged with six boundaries and three sixes and that too against a top-class Indian bowling attack consisting of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal and others. Tector again performed well with a 28-ball 39 in the second T20I with the help of five boundaries.
Harry Tector's career summary
His purple patch continued in the three-match ODI series against the Blackcaps where he celebrated his maiden ODI century in the opening game when he notched up 113 in 117 balls with 14 boundaries and three massive sixes. He ended the series with another century as he grabbed 225 runs in the whole series at an average of 75.
Harry Tector, aged just 22, most certainly has the ingredients to do wonders in world cricket in the upcoming days.
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Tristan Stubbs (South Africa) - Father’s son, coach’s dream and a smart kid with gigantic power
A young Tristan Stubbs, back in the days, in the courtyard of his house used to knock down a few stringed balls attached at different levels with various sizes of bats, before asking his father to cut them thinner and modify them. He would challenge himself to hit them 50 in a row, 100 in a row, 150 or 200 without messing up.
“I don’t have to ask him to train. A player like that is a coach’s dream,” admits former Protea all-rounder Robin Petersen, who discovered Stubbs.
Even after earning his T20I debut cap against India, Stubbs didn’t get a chance to bat in both of his first two games. In the first T20I against England in Bristol, he stunned the world with his power and splendid ability.
In response to England’s 234, South Africa were 86/4 when Stubbs walked in to bat. His majestic innings of 72 runs off 28 balls was coloured with two boundaries and eight maximums and most of them went really long and almost out of the park. During the innings, he also celebrated the second-fastest T20I half-century in just 19 balls.
Tristan Stubbs's T20I career summary