The Pakistan cricket team that toured Australia in 1983 dreamed the dream of all Pakistan Test teams: to be the first to win a Test series on Australian shores.
Like in every other sport, the rise of new talents is quite common in cricket.
The finest talents try their luck at the biggest stage in the hope of making it big over there. But only the best of the lot transform into the so-called superstars or champions of the game, while the rest of them fade away with time.
Only a fraction of these talents embark on a successful international career. Despite having what it takes to be dominating at the international circuit, many fine talents end up having a disastrous or a mediocre career.
Even the finest of the lot sometimes have to meet the same fate as the others. There are several factors that are responsible for this fate of players.
Discussing these factors is beyond the scope of this article, as we will be focusing on those players who are expected to make the cut at the big stage. This article solely focusses on those players who might eventually become legends. Below is a list of three players who might eventually become the superstars of the game.
All these players are backed with enormous potential. In making this list not only the raw stats but also other crucial factors such as overseas performances and international exposure were considered.
1. Marnus Labuschagne
Marnus Labushagne is an interesting talent, just like his name. He has already shown his calibre in Tests and has added valuable contributions under pressure. Having played only 21 international matches, he still has a long way to go in his career.
He has shown his temperament and skill right from the very moment he acted as a concussion substitute to Steve Smith. His batting technique resembles that of Smith’s and his Test numbers highlight his abilities as a batsman.
He’s got a Test average of 63.3 along with four hundreds. However, he is yet to make an impact in the limited-overs format.
But looking at his decent faring against India in India in ODIs, it is fair to assume that he isn’t just Test material. With all his might and calibre, He looks like a perfect replacement for Smith. It will be interesting to see where his career leads him to in the coming few years.
2. KL Rahul
Kl Rahul has had significant growth in his career. His career took a major turn with his performances in the 2017 IPL and has had a significant run in the international arena since then. The Indian team underutilised him as he was kept as a spare opener, but his valuable knocks down the order made him a versatile player.
He has shown his talent in the limited-overs format by scoring four ODI and two T20 matches with an average of 47 and 45 in ODIs and T20s respectively. He has shown glimpses of his Test match batting but is yet to make any significant impact.
But with age in hand, we might soon see him dominating the Test format as well. KL Rahul is an exceptional talent who has all the potential in the world to become the next superstar.
3. Sam Curran
This might come as a surprise to many. But with his all-round abilities, I wouldn’t be surprised if Curran ends up becoming one of the greatest all-rounders the game has ever produced. At just 21 years of age, Curran has shown he has what it takes.
He still has a long way to go, but it will be interesting to see how his Test career progresses with time.