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Top youngsters who made an impact in World Cup 2023

CWC 2023: Top five youngsters who made impact for their teams. Five emerging players from CWC 2023.

CWC 2023, Australia vs New Zealand_ Rachin Ravindra scored hundred against Australia _ Walking Wicket (Photo_ ©Twitter)
Rachin Ravindra is third higest run-getter from league stage (Photo: ©X/Twitter)

The CWC 2023 is heading towards its climax, with the knockout games remaining as the stage is set for the top four teams to vie for the coveted crown in ODI cricket. The semi-finalists, India, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand, are gearing up for intense clashes to determine the best in this format.

In addition to the thrill of the tournament, the World Cup has been a platform for emerging talents, offering a glimpse of players who could potentially shape the future of their respective teams. Let's take a closer look at some of the young stars who have stood out in the ongoing World Cup.

Asia Cup 2022, Super 4, Sri Lanka vs India_ Dilshan Madushanka's 3-24 in Super 4 game against India helps Sri Lanka beat India _ Walking Wicket (Photo_ ©Associated Press)
Madushanka took 5-80 against India in league game (Photo: ©X/Twitter)
Dilshan Madushanka: A Sri Lankan Revelation

One of the few silver linings for Sri Lanka in the somewhat disappointing World Cup 2023 campaign is the emergence of Dilshan Madushanka. Despite limited international experience, the left-arm pacer outshone his more seasoned teammates with stellar performances. Finishing the group stages as the second-highest wicket-taker with 21 scalps, Madushanka showcased his prowess with a five-wicket haul against a formidable Indian batting lineup. Although his economy rate leaned on the higher side at 6.7, it was a testament to his aggressive wicket-taking approach. Madushanka's ability to swing the new ball and his accuracy makes him a formidable threat to opposition openers.

Rachin Ravindra: New Zealand's All-round Surprise

New Zealand's Rachin Ravindra emerged as an unexpected all-round sensation in this World Cup. Initially recognized more for his bowling, Ravindra surprised everyone with his batting prowess after being promoted up the order. His standout moment came with a match-winning century against England, setting the tone for a series of impressive performances. Making the opening slot his own, Ravindra added two more centuries, showcasing a remarkable average of over 70 and a striking strike rate of 108.65. Rachin has amassed 565 runs from 9 league games. His adaptability against quality pacers and spin bowling has solidified his position as a rising star in New Zealand's cricketing landscape.

Gerald Coetzee has 18 wickets from 7 games in CWC 2023 _ Walking Wicket (Photo_ ©X_Twitter)
Coetzee has 18 wickets from 7 games in CWC 2023 (Photo: ©X/Twitter)
Gerald Coetzee: South Africa's Emerging Pace Sensation

Known for his exploits in the T20 format, Gerald Coetzee translated his success to the ODI arena in a remarkable manner. Despite limited international exposure before the World Cup, Coetzee became South Africa's highest wicket-taker in the group stages, surpassing more experienced pacers like Ngidi, Rabada, and Jansen. His ability to consistently breach the 150 km/h mark resulted in 18 wickets at an average of just under 20, showcasing his prowess as a genuine wicket-taker. Coetzee's impactful contributions have underlined his potential to become a key figure in South Africa's fast-bowling arsenal.

CWC 2023, South Africa vs Afghanistan_ Azmatullah Omarzai scored 97 off 107 against South Africa _ Walking Wicket (Images_ ©acbofficials_Twitter)
Omarzai scored 97 off 107 against South Africa (Images: ©acbofficials/Twitter)
Azmatullah Omarzai: Afghanistan's All-round Revelation

A standout performer for Afghanistan, Azmatullah Omarzai has impressed both fans and experts alike with his all-round skills. Known for his swing bowling, Omarzai showcased a surprising batting dimension in the World Cup. Establishing his place in the middle order, he amassed 353 runs in just eight innings with an impressive average of over 70 and a staggering strike-rate close to 100. His contributions provided Afghanistan with a strong middle-order boost, complementing the efforts of the top order. With three half-centuries, including a stellar 97* against a potent South Africa side, Omarzai also contributed with the ball, making him a standout all-rounder in the World Cup.

CWC 2023, South Africa vs New Zealand_ Marco Jansen took 3-31 against New Zealand _ Walking Wicket (Images_ ©ProteasMenCSA_Twitter)
Jansen took 3-31 against New Zealand (Images: ©ProteasMenCSA/Twitter)
Marco Jansen: South Africa's reliable bowling All-rounder

A 2.06 meters tall, Marco Jansen has been the backbone of South Africa's new ball attack. Jansen has taken 17 wickets from just 8 matches at an average of 24.41. A number too good to be true from an all-rounder's perspective who bats at number 7. With the bat, Jansen has scored 157 runs from 7 innings, 75 not out being the highest against England. Jansen adds a lot of value to South African side from batting and bolwing's perspective. His knack of taking wickets under powerplay is second to none in CWC 2023. He has taken 12 of his 17 wickets within first 10 overs of the match.

As the Cricket World Cup 2023 unfolds its climax, these young talents have not only added excitement to the tournament but have also signalled their potential to play pivotal roles in the future of their respective teams. Their performances underscore the depth of emerging talent in international cricket, promising an intriguing evolution of the sport in the years to come.

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