10) Abdullah Shafique
During his debut against Bangladesh at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury stadium, he went on to score fifties in both innings of the Test. As a matter of fact, his composed knock of 73 while his side were chasing 202 ensured that his team got over the line.
9) Rachin Ravindra
His technique was visibly impressive. Moreover, he had to face spin wizards like Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja and yet, he survived till the very end. While he couldn’t do much with the bat in the second Test, it was his performance with the ball which impressed the cricket pundits this time around.
8) Sajid Khan
In the two-match Test series, the 28-year-old picked the most number of wickets However, it was the second Test where he completely blew the opposition away. He went on to pick eight wickets in the first innings, and then backed it up with four wickets in the second innings.
7) Washington Sundar
As of now, the all-rounder has scored three fifties in six innings in the longer format of the game. While he’s primarily a bowler, he has also picked six wickets in the four Tests in which he has played so far. Thus, the 22-year-old is expected to do wonders in red-ball cricket.
6) Kyle Mayers
In the process, the Windies scored the highest fourth-innings total in Asia. With arguably the most impactful knock of 2021, the left-handed batter ensured that everyone remembers him forever. Besides, he is handy with the ball too, and has picked 13 wickets in 16 innings at an average of 25.15.
5) Scott Boland
In just seven overs, the 32-year-old went on to pick six wickets, and ensured that his side don’t have to bat again. This enabled him to win the Player of the Match award on his debut, and that too in front of his home crowd.
4) Devon Conway
The elegant batter then backed it up with an 80 on the second Test of his debut series against England. However, it was his performances in the WTC final which truly showed a glimpse of his vast potential. In tricky conditions, during the first innings, he scored a gritty 54.
3) Axar Patel
Axar Patel went on picking Test wickets for fun in 2021. Despite making his debut only this year, the off-spinner went on to win several Tests on his own. He wreaked havoc during the home series against England, where he picked 27 wickets in just three Tests.
2) Ollie Robinson
Ollie Robinson is arguably one of the most impressive Test debutants of 2021. In a matter of a few Tests, he has fixed his spot in England’s XI. So much so that he went on to pick the second-most number of wickets for the Brits in the longest format of the game in 2021.
1) Shreyas Iyer
Shreyas Iyer has been lauded as the next big thing in Indian cricket by several cricket pundits. As a matter of fact, he has already gone on to become a regular feature in India’s white-ball sides. However, it was only in 2021 when he finally won his maiden Test cap.