Which of these young talents will become the next batting legend?

But all hope is not lost

A few noteworthy youngsters have repeatedly proven themselves and may end up becoming some of the best batsmen of the world

The names that deserve to be on this list are Steven Smith, Joe Root, Kane Williamson and Virat Kohli

They have made their way into the top 10 ICC Test rankings; though it remains to be seen which one of these will become the leading contemporary batsmen


 Joe Root [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="620"]Photo: AFP[/caption] This 25-year-old is tipped as one of the brightest stars for the English side

Slim and lean, Root depends more on precision than the strength of his stroke

His patience and stubbornness at the crease makes him a dependable batsman

Root can perform well at home and away, such as his series against South Africa and West Indies

He can also adapt to subcontinent conditions like India, Sri Lanka and UAE

Despite Root’s unfortunate performance at the Ashes in Australia, he made a strong comeback, accumulating an unbeaten 200 runs at Lord’s against Sri Lanka

His consistency as the fifth batsman in the English batting line-up has helped him cement his place as one of the best batsman of his team

It is safe to say, the coming years will mould Root into one of the finest English batsman the country has produced


Virat Kohli [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="600"]Photo: AFP[/caption] Kohli is known for his variety of shots, his capacity to chase and his ability to bat successfully under pressure

He is considered as one of the best ODI players, averaging at 51

Kohli is not far behind in Tests either, as he averages close to 45 runs

The year 2014 was a difficult time for him as his 10 innings in England totalled to only 134 runs at an average of 13

His technique was brutally attacked by James Anderson

Fortunately, he dug himself out of the mess by performing exceptionally well in late 2014 in Australia

 In 24 innings in Australia, South Africa and New Zealand, his average was an exceptional 64

26 runs with seven centuries in 12 Tests

At only 27, Kohli has plenty of time to flaunt his tremendous talent and become a true heir to Sachin Tendulkar


Steve Smith [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="600"]Photo: AFP[/caption] It is unbelievable to think how Smith started out as a regular leg spinner and reinvented himself to become one of the best batsmen of the world

He was recently awarded the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for being named the ICC Cricketer of the Year as well as the Test Cricketer of the Year for 2014-15

At 26, he is already averaging 60 runs, higher than anyone else currently playing the game

Smith, the right-hander, employs classical textbook strokes and is at ease with spin bowling

He doesn’t fail to amuse and admire fans since he performs brilliantly in every setting, be it home or away

As Captain of the Aussie-side, Smith appears to be inching towards greatness and establishing himself as one of the best Australian cricketers


Kane Williamson [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="600"]Photo: AFP[/caption] Williamson has one of the soundest techniques when it comes to retaining batting on the pitch

 Ian Chappell praised him in the following words,  “Absolutely, he’s one of the best players in the world at the moment

” Williamson, at 25, is already averaging almost 50 runs

He seems destined to become Kiwi’s all-time best, even surpassing Martin Crowe

 He is an all-rounder, equally at ease when it comes to batting or spin bowling

I feel Williamson’s form, development and superior technique make him the strongest contender of his generation

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Date:22-Apr-2016 Reference:View Original Link