So here are few Cricketers you can fix your eye on for the coming year. These cricketers were great performers last year and are working damn hard to be best in business. Fitness required in todays cricket is all together on a different level. Boys today are training quite hard. Also there are changes coming in this Royal Game. Introduction of pink ball cricket, T20 leagues on the rise and batsmen inventing a whole new brand of shots. Bowlers coming out with slower balls as lethal weapon is just spicing it up more.
8 of them, not to be ranked yet who we can expect to prosper are
1. Steve Smith.:
Age 27, this lad is just unique in all formats. Selected in the Australian side as right-arm Leg spin but now most trusted batsman. He captains Test Squad too and is quite good at it. The form he is in right now is not best he can be in. His ability of scoring runs is phenomenal and his way of leading is aggresive. The way he plays spin is better then rest of Australian batsmen which gives him the edge. Never to give up attitude and hunger for success is what drives him. He is surely the one to look forward to in 2k17
2. Ab de Villiers.:
At age of 32, this guy was injured lion in previous year. Being out of cricketing world for almost whole year, his hunger for runs is at the peak. Being known for his 360 degree batting and lightning fast fielding, he was missed by his nation. He scored the fastest 50 by a South African, just 21 balls this year. His innings of 79 in 29 balls led South Africa to amazing clean sweep in T20 series. Everyone knows how lethal he is as a player and how committed he is towards cricket. Let’s see what 2k17 has in for him!
3. Joe Root.:
At the age of 26, this guy has just started making his way into the cricketing world. His way is orthodox and the technique so pure. Only batsmen to thrive in almost all continents, he just is a player who has a lot riding on his shoulders. He also keep wickets for his nation and being in the best of form, he is gonna be run machine in coming year.
4. R Ashwin.:
OMG!! 5 man of the series award in recent past, No. 1 bowler and all rounder, this guy is spine of Indian Cricket team. He is smart, to the point and a brat. He is also an engineer btw xD. He is at peak of his career, the one to invent carrom ball and the king of variations, he’s a juggernaut. His batting technique is similar to an opener and his spin most lethal in recent times. He is a true game changer and 2k17 is just gonna be another year for him to smash his way through.
5. Kane Williamson.:
In March 2016, Williamson assumed the position of captain of New Zealand across all forms of cricket after the retirement of Brendon McCullum, beginning with the World T20I cup in India. He was also picked up NZ player of the year, Test player of the year and the Redpath Cup for top batsman in first class cricket for the second year in a row. In August 2016, during the Test series against Zimbabwe, Williamson became the thirteenth batsman to score a century against all the other Test playing nations. He completed this in the fewest innings, the quickest time from his Test debut and became the youngest player to achieve this feat. All this with minimum no. of centuries. Way to go Williamson, 2k17 is waiting!
6. Glenn Maxwell.:
Popularly known as the big show! He is just too fast. He scores at an unimaginable strike rate. He wasn’t successful in the beginning as we know cricket requires patience too. But now, in recent past he has shown patience and its damn dangerous when a batmen like him acquires patience. On 6 September 2016 at Pallekele against SriLanka, Maxwell scored 145 off 65 deliveries remaining not out till the end, the second-highest individual score in Twenty20 International history for which he was awarded the man of the match. Credits to Glenn Maxwell, Australia in that very match also recorded the highest T20I team total of 263/3! Punching his way through. this big show has just gone calm and wild at the same time.
7. Virat Kohli.:
Indian international cricketer who currently captains the Indian team in Test cricket and is its vice-captain in limited-overs formats. A right-handed batsman often regarded as one of the best batsmen in the world, Kohli was ranked eighth in ESPN’s list of world’s most famous athletes in 2016. He is just 28 and his name is already up among the Legends of this Royal Game. Kohli is often compared to Tendulkar, due to their similar styles of batting and sometimes referred to as Tendulkar’s “successor”. Many former cricketers expect Kohli to break Tendulkar’s batting records. You know who Tendulkar is, Right? And hey, Indian Test team is going berserk under his captaincy! The captain of ICC world cricket team 2k16 and also the captain of Cricket Australia 2k16. There are no words to describe his abilities. Hats off to him and coming year is just gonna add more studs to his already studded career. Do you know why I kept him on 7? He’s too similar to Cristiano Ronaldo in his approach towards sports and life 🙂
8. MS Dhoni.:
Approaching the end of his cricketing career, this lion is not gonna leave without making the last permanent mark. We know his abilities as well as his approach towards the game. The only man to win all ICC trophies. The best finisher ever and the coolest mind of them all. Known for his helicopter shot and lightning fast wicket keeping. His decisions can change the game in seconds and the trust his players have on him is tremendous. An unorthodox batting approach and will to dare is what just makes him superstar of cricket. 2k17 can be the end of this phenomenal career or the beginning of something awesome!
Cricket is a game of uncertainities and so is life. If you trust your instincts and time your shots, the game is all yours!