Youngsters are the fuel that power a sport in any nation, the players responsible for shouldering the burden of the growth of the sport in the forthcoming years.
In a country like India, where a sport like cricket is treated as no less than a religion by the masses, it is indeed common to see the tradition of gully cricket that remains a fond memory in many of our childhoods.
It is that foundation that yields us the players we see on the field today, and here are 5 female teen players that have taken the cricketing circuit by storm with their display-
1. Jemimah Rodriguez ( 19 years 213 days )
A vivacious yet focussed player known for keeping the dressing room upbeat, Jemimah is undoubtedly a teen prodigy, scoring her Indian debut at the age of 18, a time when she she was also awarded with the Jagmohan Dalmiya Award For Best Domestic Junior Women’s Cricketer by the BCCI. Named as the ICC standout player in the WT20 in 2018, this player is indeed one of India’s foremost players for the future.
2. Shafali Verma ( 16 years 69 days )
This young girl from Rohtak is amongst many girls who sport short hair owing to their initial disallowance to play as a female, however this specific player has grabbed the limelight since her very debut at the age of 15, when she managed to break a 30 year old record set by Sachin Tendulkar to become the youngest Indian to score an international fifty. In the recently concluded WT20, Shafali was the one of the leading run scorers, and currently sits at the top of the ICC World rankings in T20s.
3. Richa Ghosh ( 16 years 191 days )
Another 16 year old amongst the ranks, Richa Ghosh was on a flight to Australia for the WT20 in 2020 while her classmates stressed over board examinations. A bashful young teenager who was selected at the state level Senior team at the mere age of 13, this bowler cum keeper cum batsman is one of India’s brightest prospects for future tournaments.
4. Radha Yadav ( 19 years 350 days )
With an inspiring journey from playing in the narrow lanes of Mumbai to the vast expanse of the MCG, Radha’s supportive family allowed her to take the leap to international cricket, where she has since then stumped the audiences with her performance. India’s joint highest wickettaker in the WT20 in 2018 and a successful left-arm spinner, this young player is surely on the pathway to many more successes ahead.
Kashvee Gautam ( 16 years )
This young medium pacer for Chandigarh made history by claiming 10 wickets in an ODI match in the Women’s Under 19 One Day trophy against Andhra Pradesh. Not only that, but she also took a hat trick and scored 49 runs for her team. With a player such as her, the Indian team will indeed have a great asset added to the line-up.