Picking the best cricketers in the world at every age
Blend of youth and experience.
Published - Aug 4, 2020 6:06 pm | Updated - Aug 17, 2020 9:55 pm
The game of cricket has evolved since the first international match was played between Canada and the USA back in 1844. A number of cricketers have plied their trade and enthralled the crowds. To start with Test cricket used to be the norm where the likes of Don Bradman, Hanif Mohammad and many others weaved magic.
Then came in the ODI format and the first ever World Cup back in 1975. In the early 2000s, the T20 format came to the fore and it added to the entertainment quotient. At the present point in time, even 10-overs and five-overs matches are being played.
The Hundred is also on the cards in 2021. In the meantime, a number of players from different ages have taken the cricket world by storm. Be it at the dawn of their careers, or on the verge of retirement, they hardly have flattered to deceive.
Here’s the list of age-wise best cricketers: –
Naseem Shah, Pakistan
17 years old
Naseem Shah made his debut for Pakistan in the 2019 series against Australia at The Gabba in Brisbane. The pacer was picked after the national team brought about quite a few changes following a disastrous home campaign against Sri Lanka.
Shah couldn’t do much on the tour, but flourished in the Test series against the Lankans and Bangladesh earlier this year, ruffling a few feathers. Against the Tigers, he also went on to become the youngest to pick up a Test hat-trick, accomplishing the feat in Rawalpindi.
On the back of the stupendous performances, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) included him in Category C of the centrally contracted players. The speedster has also played under the leadership of former national skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed while playing in the PSL.