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Cricket in 2018: Team-wise find of the year

Most teams found some youngsters who delivered impressive performances which stood out from the ordinary.

Shaheen Shah Afridi
Shaheen Shah Afridi. (Photo Source: ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images)

The year 2018 was another wonderful 12 months for the gentleman’s game. All the three formats of the game played internationally enjoyed a huge amount of success and fan following – the levels of competitiveness both with the bat and the ball soared, there were also moments of unbelievable fielding efforts. Cricket as a whole is doing wonderfully well in terms of talent, recognition, popularity and growth.

With World Cup around the corner, the year 2018 was an important year for all the teams, as they were busy trying new faces so as to build a balanced team to field in the grand tournament to be held in the UK in 2019. To cash on the opportunity to play the prestigious tournament, players were seen giving their best performance to impress the selectors and win their trust.

Amidst all that, they found some youngsters who delivered impressive performances which stood out from the ordinary. These players were little known to the world before but after making the best of the international opportunity given to them, they made name for themselves and turned into overnight sensations. Let’s see the players team-wise who played unusually well for their team and were crowed ‘Find of the Year’ for their respective teams for the year 2018.

1. Prithvi Shaw (India)

Prithvi Shaw
Prithvi Shaw. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Following the rich vein of form in the domestic circuit and Under-19 World Cup, Prithvi Shaw earned a Test call for the series against Windies at home in October. The youngster didn’t disappoint at all as he went on to score a brilliant 134 and thus becoming the youngest Indian to score a century on Test debut at the age of 18 years and 329 days. At such a young age, Shaw is already compared to the cricket great Sachin Tendulkar for his batting style and ability.

His stellar stroke-play, formidable footwork, and immaculate consistency earned him the “Player of the Series” award in his maiden international series. The 19-year-old has played two matches scoring 237 runs at an average of 118.5. Although it is too soon to judge, the Mumbaikar has definitely solved India’s opening slot worries in Tests for the time being with his brilliant performance. Thus he qualifies to earn the title “Find of the Year” for his team.

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