5 youngsters who are in danger of fading away after promising starts
Many youngsters get dwindled with the passage of time due to the pressure of performing at the international level.
Updated - Dec 3, 2019 1:28 pm
There is often talk about the youngsters that are coming up. Be it Test cricket, ODIs or even T20 cricket, there are different youngsters coming along and rising to the challenge and also hogging the limelight. They have been successful to attain a fair bit of stardom at a pretty early age.
However, consistency is the key. It is difficult to maintain that level of performance day in and day out, but it needs to be more or less around the required level. With the competition level rising every day, there is a need for every player to step up his game for living up to his potential. Many youngsters get dwindled with the passage of time due to lack of consistency or the pressure of performing at the international level.
There are quite a few players who started their career well but faded away eventually after showcasing their early promise. Thus, here we look at five current youngsters who are in danger of fading away after the early promise that they have shown:
It was only a couple of years back that Shimron Hetmyer made his international debut. And the dashing left-handed batsman made a big mark late last year and earlier this year. Hetmyer became a regular member across all formats and started performing consistently as well.
During West Indies’ away tours to India and Bangladesh, he blew hot and cold a touch but showed what he is capable of. Earlier this year, Hetmyer scored runs across formats against England. Even in the World Cup, he got consistent starts and averaged 36.71. But consistency has been a big problem.
He didn’t have a great series in any of the formats against India after the World Cup. The 22-year-old’s slump continued in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) where he averaged just 20.36. And in the latest series against Afghanistan, Hetmyer has failed to score substantial runs in any of the formats again. In 35 matches this year, Hetmyer has just four fifty-plus scores with the last one coming back in June. He has a combined average of 25.12 this year.
It doesn’t seem like the left-handed middle-order batsman is in the best frame of mind. He seems to be lost and has been getting out playing some loose shots as well. Thus, after a bright start, Hetmyer is in danger of fading away.