ICC Emerging Men’s Cricketer is an important award given by the ICC. Each year, we see plenty of youngsters make their debut. Some of them go on to become legends for their country. On that note, here, we take a look at the balanced playing XI of cricketers who won the ICC Emerging Men’s Cricketer of the Year Award.
Openers: Janneman Malan and Ian Bell
Janneman Malan and Ian Bell will open the batting for this balanced playing XI of cricketers who won the ICC Emerging Men’s Cricketer of the Year Award. Malan had a fine start to his career. However, his career has now hit a roadblock. That said, he has the age on his side to make a comeback. Ian Bell might prefer to bat at No.3 but he is here is an opener.
Middle-Order: Cheteshwar Pujara, Kevin Pietersen (C), Marnus Labuschagne and Rishabh Pant (WK)
It is a superb middle-order for this XI. Pujara won the award when he started out while Kevin was one of the first winners of the award. They will form the core of this middle-order.
Both Marnus and Pant won it recently. They will form the other half of this middle-order. Pant, as expected, will also keep wickets here.
All-Rounders: Irfan Pathan
Irfan Pathan was the first winner of this award. For the start that he had, there was no competition for him. He did well in all three formats of the game in his career. He would be the only all-rounder for this squad.
Bowlers: Sunil Narine, Josh Hazlewood, Peter Siddle and Ajantha Mendis
Ajantha Mendis and Sunil Narine will feature in the spin attack for this balanced playing XI of cricketers who won the ICC Emerging Men’s Cricketer of the Year Award. Both these mystery spinners have done well in their careers. For the pace attack, we have the Australian duo of Hazlewood and Siddle, both of whom have done well for their nation in multiple formats.