India A vs New Zealand A: Top 5 young cricketers in focus

The transition period of Indian cricket seems to be right around the corner. This is perhaps the best time, then, to take a look at the best emerging youngsters in the country. The recently started New Zealand A tour of India will be of great importance to these boys. Even for the Kiwis, a couple of youngsters would be fancying their chances of making it to the national squad. So here’s a look at the list of players to watch out for on this tour:

Vijay Zol

Vijay Zol

Vijay Zol

Zol is one of the most promising young batsmen in the country today. He was chosen as the skipper of the Under-19 side sent to the tour of Sri Lanka. On that tour, he showed his brilliance and oodles of class when he finished as the highest run-getter in both the one-day and the Test matches.
In List A matches, he scored 166 runs in 3 innings, at an average of 55.33, which included 2 fifty-plus scores. In addition to this, he made 301 runs in 2 first class innings, at a whopping average of 150.50. Each of his innings was a century.
Zol has finally got the reward for his sensational performance by getting a chance to play against the Kiwis. He is one of the most impressive players to look out for in this series.

Sanju Samson

Sanju Samson during the IPL

Sanju Samson
This young talent from Kerala has impressed one and all with his unbelievable performances at just 18 years of age. He has been praised by all the experts and critics for the maturity and skill he has portrayed in his game.
Samson was tremendously successful with the Rajasthan Royals in IPL season 6, where he was chosen as the Best Young Player of the Tournament. In addition, he has got a healthy domestic record to his name – he has scored 381 runs in 13 first class innings, with a highest score of 127*. He also has 291 List A runs to his name in 10 innings.
Samson was the second highest scorer after Zol on the tour of Sri Lanka, where he scored 274 runs from just 6 innings, at 68.50 runs per innings. The Indian selectors would surely be eyeing this young sensation keenly; his performances in the one day matches against the Kiwis on this tour will likely be instrumental in determining his cricketing future.

Tom Latham

Tom Latham

Tom Latham
The man who will be leading the Black Caps on their tour to India is Tom Latham. This 21-year-old is an aggressive left-handed opening batsman. He was also included in the New Zealand squad for the Under-19 World Cup which was held in the year 2010.
Playing for Canterbury on the New Zealand domestic circuit and for Durham in the English county channels, the batsman has accumulated 1477 runs in 46 first class innings. His List A record reveals 783 runs from 28 innings. He has already featured in 8 ODI matches for the Kiwis.
Latham is a strong contender to retain a place in the lineup of the currently out-of-form batsmen in New Zealand’s national side. He promises to be a useful player in the comparatively shorter formats of the game. He will be carefully scanned by the Kiwi selectors to determine whether or not he is good enough to retain his place in the national side.

Jiwanjot Singh (Image courtesy Facebook)

Jiwanjot Singh (Image courtesy Facebook)

Jiwanjot Singh
The Ranji Trophy season of 2012 came as a boon for this 22-year-old batsman from Patiala, Punjab. Jiwanjot boasts of a debut Ranji season record of 995 runs in just 17 innings at an average of 66.33. These numbers include the sensational double ton (213 runs) which he scored on his Ranji debut.
In 17 innings, Jiwanjot has got five hundred-plus scores and got two fifties as well. He has been included in the Test side which will play the New Zealand A side in two unofficial Test matches.
Jiwanjot would be expected to carry on with the sensational form from the 2012 Ranji Trophy season. He is also an exceptional future prospect for the Indian national team due to his tender age and immense talent.

Unmukt Chand

Unmukt Chand

Unmukt Chand
Unmukt Chand was the second youngster after Virat Kohli to lead the Indian U-19 cricket team to victory in the junior World Cup, in the 2012 edition. Chand is among the top youngsters who are being considered by the selectors for the national team.
This top-order batsman from Delhi was instrumental to his team’s success in various tournaments. He has 1296 first class runs under his belt from 36 innings, including two centuries and eight half-centuries. In List A matches, he has 980 runs to his name from 29 innings at an average of 35.00.
Although Chand was not in the best of form in the 2012 Indian Premier League, in which he played for Delhi Daredevils, he is undoubtedly a player with remarkable temperament and class. He is also often compared with Virat Kohli as far as their batting styles are concerned.

Matches

MORE TOP STORIES TODAY

On Now: Hyderabad vs Rajasthan

On Now: Hyderabad vs Rajasthan

Abu Dhabi: Rajasthan captain Shane Watson wins the toss and elects to field. More »

BCCI lacks leaders to take on Srinivasan, says Manohar

BCCI lacks leaders to take on Srinivasan, says Manohar

Two former BCCI presidents, Shashank Manohar and Jagmohan Dalmiya, have reacted strongly to the news of the BCCI calling an emergent meeting on Sunday… More »

Maxwell blitz takes Punjab home

Maxwell blitz takes Punjab home

The Kings XI batsman blasted a 43-ball 95 to help his team pull off a massive chase against Chennai Super Kings. More »

Pietersen ridicules idea of day-night Tests

Pietersen ridicules idea of day-night Tests

Kevin Pietersen has ridiculed the idea of day-night Test cricket, saying the game would be so different to proper Test cricket that we will need a whole… More »

Beleaguered Yuvraj tees off to Sharjah's delight

Beleaguered Yuvraj tees off to Sharjah's delight

Yuvraj Singh was hardly convincing to begin with against Delhi, but a big dose of crowd support and a helping of poor bowling meant he had the opportunity… More »

Trott to take 'immediate break' from cricket

Trott to take 'immediate break' from cricket

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Friday confirmed that batsman Jonathan Trott is to take another break from all cricket with immediate eff… More »

PCB starts another coach hunt

PCB starts another coach hunt

The PCB has decided to not extend the contracts of head coach Moin Khan, fielding coach Shoaib Mohammad and batting consultant Zaheer Abbas, and has invited… More »

Pakistan cricketers face probe

Pakistan cricketers face probe

Pakistani cricket authorities have launched an investigation after a number of current international stars played in exhibition matches in the United States… More »

Fiery star Stokes bids to curb his temper

Fiery star Stokes bids to curb his temper

England all-rounder Ben Stokes admits he must keep his anger under control if he is to end his international exile. More »

Bangalore's arsenal blazes to victory

Bangalore's arsenal blazes to victory

Yuvraj Singh was back to his best in his first match for Royal Challengers Bangalore. More »

BCCI to meet before next court hearing

BCCI to meet before next court hearing

The BCCI will hold an emergent working committee meeting on April 20 to discuss the future course of action with regard to the Supreme Court hearing concerning… More »

Gavaskar wants a clean IPL

Gavaskar wants a clean IPL

"Integrity is non-negotiable..." says the BCCI's interim chief ahead of Season 7 of the tainted league. More »

Time for Chennai to enter familiar cocoon

Time for Chennai to enter familiar cocoon

Chennai have an emphatic 8-3 lead in the head-to-head with Punjab, with one game tied More »

Kallis, Narine star in KKR win

Kallis, Narine star in KKR win

An all-round display saw Knight Riders thump Mumbai Indians by 41 runs in the IPL-7 opener. More »

'Yak' Kallis still on top of his game

'Yak' Kallis still on top of his game

The 38-year-old South African veteran turned it on for Kolkata Knight RIders in the opening match of IPL-7. More »

Rajasthan and Hyderabad face-off

Rajasthan and Hyderabad face-off

A quality that defines Rajasthan and Hyderabad is consistency. Rajasthan was one among two teams to enjoy complete dominance at home last season. Hyderabad… More »

Srinivasan named in fixing report: SC

Srinivasan named in fixing report: SC

The court emphasised that the tainted administrator can no longer work for the BCCI. More »

Yuvraj happy to play for RCB: Kohli

Yuvraj happy to play for RCB: Kohli

New-look RCB will play their first game of IPL-7 on Thursday. More »

IPL: News Line

IPL: News Line

A round-up of all the news from this season of the IPL. More »

Shane Watson issues moral warning

Shane Watson issues moral warning

'Everyone knows what is right and what is wrong and if you do the wrong thing it will be found out' More »

Why I'm not looking forward to the IPL

Why I'm not looking forward to the IPL

Welcome to another season of a league that many watch but few trust. More »

Johnson may quit T20s for Tests

Johnson may quit T20s for Tests

Australia's Mitchell Johnson may quit limited-overs cricket to prolong his test career with an eye on the 2015 Ashes series in England, the fast bowler… More »

Nepal players call off boycott

Nepal players call off boycott

Thaw in relations after formation of an advisory committee that would work in tandem with the Cricket Association of Nepal. More »

There's a lot going on: Fleming

There's a lot going on: Fleming

He experienced anxious moments in the lead-up to the tournament as the courts decided on whether to suspend the franchise, he said, but stressed that the… More »