2022 was certainly an exhilarating year for women’s cricket. While some seasoned veterans stole the show, quite a few youngsters impressed fans with their skills.
Shortlisted players for the ICC Women’s Emerging Cricketer of the Year 2022 have been revealed by the International Cricket Council (ICC) and it features two batters and two pacers.
Let’s take a look at the four players who made the cut:
Renuka Singh (India)
The Indian youngster has caught the eye of fans and critics with her ability to swing the ball in both directions. The fact that she upped the ante in the same year in which the legendary Jhulan Goswami hung up her boots has really been a huge relief for Indian cricket fans. While she has huge boots to fill, Singh has shown enough ability to become the spearhead of the Indian pace attack in the next few years.
Darcie Brown (Australia)
The Aussie quick has mesmerized fans by sending the speed gun northwards. She has ruffled the opposition batters with her sheer pace and bounce. The fact that she plays most of her cricket on the fast and bouncy tracks of Australia makes her bowling spells a treat to watch. She is just 19 years old and has a lot of cricket to play. Her speeds will only increase over time and so will her accuracy levels. Cricket enthusiasts should keep an eye on this one-of-a-kind talent.
Alice Capsey (England)
The 18-year-old took to International cricket like fish to water. She amassed 119 runs in her first three T20I matches. At the Commonwealth Games this year, Capsey was England’s highest run-scorer. She is surely one of the brightest prospects in English cricket at the moment. Capsey is also a handy off-spinner and she scalped her first International wicket in her debut T20I encounter against South Africa.
Yastika Bhatia (India)
The elegant left-hander has also kept wickets for India in the absence of regular keeper Richa Ghosh. She is one of the players who give a calm vibe when she is at the crease. The youngster from Baroda was named in the Indian squad in both the 2022 Women’s Cricket World Cup and the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England. The 22-year-old will no doubt be a vital cog in the Indian team in the years to come.