10. Ebadot Hossain – Bangladesh
He picked a single wicket during the first innings as New Zealand raced towards a total of 328 runs. But in the second innings, Hossain picked six wickets and bundled up New Zealand for just 169 runs. He dismissed both Will Young and Ross Taylor, who were the only batters to score over 20 runs in the innings.
9. Nicholas Pooran – West Indies
Nicholas Pooran made his ODI debut for West Indies in 2019 and his T20I debut in 2016. He has been rated as one of the most exciting prospects in modern cricket. Through his consistent performance, Pooran is seen as the next captain of the West Indies side.
8. Maheesh Theekshana – Sri Lanka
Theekshana’s international career contains one ODI and ten T20I games. He played seven of these ten games during the T20 World Cup 2021 where he picked eight wickets at an average of 17.12, an economy of 5.48, and a strike rate of 18.7.
7. Haris Rauf – Pakistan
Rauf will join Yorkshire in the upcoming season and might feature in the county as well as T20 Blast games. This experience might help the fast bowler who has been in the international circuit for the last two years. Last year, Pakistani fast bowlers dominated the bowling charts in every tournament.
6. Finn Allen – New Zealand
Finn Allen is an opener who can keep wickets and made his T20I debut in March last year against Bangladesh. He has played six T20Is and has made 156 runs at an average of 26 and a strike rate of 190.24. Allen’s record in T20 cricket speaks volumes of his abilities. He has amassed 1434 runs in 46 matches at a strike rate of 174.45.
5. Marco Jansen – South Africa
At 6 ft 8 in, he is bound to make it difficult for batters to score runs against him which was clearly visible during the first two Test matches against India. The left-arm pacer has all the skills that and if nurtured properly, he can become a lethal weapon and this is what South Africa should do.
4. Mitchell Swepson – Australia
Swepson’s name first appeared when he received his maiden call during the Australia tour of India in 2017. Since then, he has been picked by the selectors several times in both away and home series. But, he has failed to make his debut probably due to the dominant run of Nathan Lyon.
3. Saqib Mahmood – England
Mahmood opened the bowling attack for England in the first ODI and finished with four for 42. He went on to win the player of the series as the second-string English team whitewashed Pakistan in a three-match ODI series. This series followed by the T20I series was the last for Mahmood in the English team’s jersey.
2. KL Rahul – India
Rahul was appointed the vice-captain of the Test side against South Africa in the absence of Rohit. In his last match of the year, Rahul made a century and became only the second opener to score a century in South Africa. He made his captaincy debut in the second Test against South Africa after Virat Kohli was ruled out of the match.
1. Rohit Sharma – India
He made his debut as the full-time captain of the Indian team in T20Is against New Zealand in the three-match series in November just after the T20 World Cup. India whitewashed the Blackcaps and Rohit finished as the leading run-scorer. He made 159 runs in three matches at an average of 53 and won the player of the series award.