As per the cricket calendar, 2023 was eventful. That year, cricket lovers across the globe experienced two major ICC tournaments. The World Test cricket championship and ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup entertained fans. Throughout the year, all the players showcased their talents on the global stage. Some youngsters caught the limelight. After ending the year 2023, ICC revealed their nominees for the ICC Men’s Emerging Cricketers of the Year 2023. Two left-handed young batters and two fast bowlers are named in the list.
Nominees for the ICC Men’s Emerging Cricketer of the Year 2023:
After an exciting year, the world cricket met a lot of youngsters. Along with the seniors, youngsters rose through the ranks quickly. In the World Cup, some players caught the attention of their exceptional performance. After the end of 2023, ICC revealed nominees for ICC Men’s Emerging Cricketers of the Year 2023. Yashasvi Jaiswal, Rachin Ravindra, Gerald Coetzee, and Dilshan Madushanka are named in the list.
- Rachin Ravindra:
In 2023, New Zealand’s “next player up” spirit faced a challenge, but the Black Caps once again showed their strength. Meet Rachin Ravindra, a rising star in ODIs since his debut in March. He started strong with a solid 49 against Sri Lanka and impressive three-wicket performances against Pakistan and England.
Despite increased attention from opponents, Rachin Ravindra showcased his cricket prowess with a solid 51 against the Dutch and another half-century in Dharamsala against India. Not stopping there, he scored an impressive 116 in a spirited chase against Australia and added another century against Pakistan in Bengaluru. Ravindra’s 578 runs topped all Kiwi players, surpassed only by Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and Quinton de Kock.
- Gerald Coetzee:
Gerald Coetzee emerged as South Africa‘s bowling sensation, shouldering the responsibility at the Cricket World Cup. His stellar year showcased consistency across all formats—two wickets per Test innings, a superior rate in ODIs, and a wicket every 13 balls in T20s, clocking speeds beyond 145kph. Coetzee’s Test debut against the West Indies saw a three-wicket haul, followed by six wickets in the Johannesburg Test. Despite initial pace concerns, he claimed 31 wickets at 23.22 in 2023
In India, Gerald Coetzee showcased his bowling brilliance, consistently delivering multiple-wicket performances except for a 1/57 against the Netherlands. Transitioning to T20Is, he claimed six wickets in four matches, with a standout 3/32 against India in Gqeberha. Coetzee’s bowling prowess added flair to the Proteas’ campaigns.
- Yashasvi Jaiswal:
In 2023, Yashasvi Jaiswal, at the age of 22, seized every opportunity that came his way for India. His Test debut in the Caribbean saw him making a splendid century in Dominica, earning him the Player of the Match award. Adding 57 and 38 in the second Test, he showcased a noteworthy half-century partnership with Rohit Sharma. Jaiswal’s T20I debut on the same tour featured a remarkable 84* (51).
The left-hander didn’t just debut; he etched his name with a spectacular 171 at Windsor Park against the West Indies, lasting over eight hours. Jaiswal’s innings included 16 fours and a six, making him the 17th Indian to score a Test century on debut and the seventh to do so away from home. His partnership with Rohit Sharma set the stage, reaching 229 runs, the second-highest in Tests for India in the West Indies.
- Dilshan Madushanka:
In a unique year for Sri Lankan cricket, the 23-year-old left-arm bowler emerged as a standout during the Cricket World Cup Qualifier. Dushmantha Chameera’s injury opened the door for Dilshan Madushanka, who seized the opportunity. His impactful journey began with 1/38 (8) against The Netherlands. The pinnacle came in the tournament final against the Dutch, where Madushanka’s outstanding 3/18 (7) earned him the well-deserved Player of the Match title.
Madushanka ended the main tournament with an impressive tally of 21 wickets, averaging 25. He showcased his skills with a five-wicket haul against India and a solid 3/69 (10) performance against Bangladesh. The 23-year-old left-arm bowler played a crucial role, leaving a mark with his consistent and impactful contributions on the cricket field.