Under-rated XI from current cricketers

Under-rated XI from current cricketers

While a handful of players received their share of appreciation and love from the fans, there remains a sea of players who were overshadowed by some other cricketers.

Mushfiqur Rahim
Mushfiqur Rahim. (Photo by MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Cricket is considered one of the most famous sports as it garners a lot of attention and love from people all across the globe. There are countries like India where cricket is considered no less than a religion. Similarly, cricket players are treated as demigods in some parts of the world. 

Since the inception of the gentlemen’s game almost 150 years ago with a Test match between England and Australia, there have been many players who have inscribed their names in the golden letters in the history of the sport. Generation after generation, the sport has created stalwarts and giant ambassadors from various countries.

While a handful of players received their share of appreciation and love from the fans, there remains a sea of players who were overshadowed by some other cricketers. There are players who have flown under the radar and despite having plenty of talent and haven’t received the deserved media attention and acknowledgment. 

In the article, let’s look at the under-rated XI of cricketers:

1. Tom Latham

Tom Latham. (Photo by Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images)

Whenever someone talks about the New Zealand cricket team players like Kane Willamson, Martin Guptill, Tim Southee, and Trent Boult take the centre stage. There’s no doubt that all the aforementioned players are exceptional cricketers and form the backbone of New Zealand’s team.

However, there‘s one more player namely Tom Latham who often gets sidelined by the media and the cricket experts. Latham is one of the mainstays of Kiwi’s batting line-up and has enjoyed a decent run in the international circuit thus far.

The 29-year-old made his debut for the Kiwi side in 2012 in a One Day International against Zimbabwe. This was followed by Tom making his debut in the shortest and longest format in June 2012 and February 2014 respectively.

While the left-hander has been axed from T20I format, he continues flaunting his class in ODIs and Test matches. Thus far in his cricket career, Latham has featured in as many as 56 Tests and 102 One Day Internationals. In 56 Test matches, the 29-year-old has amassed 3929 runs at an average of 42.2. He also has 2824 ODI runs under his belt at an average of 34.