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3 Youngest Cricketers to Play for India in ICC Finals

Youngster Shubman Gill is receiving accolades for being the youngest Indian player to take the field for the World Test Championship final against New Zealand on Friday, after confirmation of Rohit and Shubman’s opening stand for the WTC Final came out. After an outstanding performance in Australia and the following home series against England, the 21-year-old had made waves with his Test cricket heroics.

Shubham was chosen vice-captain of India’s contingent for the 2018 U-19 Cricket World Cup after helping the Indian Under-19 team win a series in England. He was named the player of the tournament as well as the highest run-scorer for India in the competition.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) selected Shubman as the team’s emerging star after his outstanding performance in the competition. He made his Test debut for India against Australia in December 2020, leading India to a comeback win in the second match of the series, and scoring a magnificent 91 in the fourth Test to help India win the series.

Team India has made history by becoming the first cricketing nation to participate in the finals of two distinct ICC competitions. Many ICC tournaments have been watched by fans over the years. In high-pressure contests like international tournament finals, teams generally choose experience over youth. Team India, on the other hand, has played on the greatest platform with a mix of youth and experience.

#Yuvraj Singh – 18 Years 308 Days

Yuvraj Singh is the youngest Indian male cricketer to have played in an ICC Tournament Final as a member of the Indian playing XI. The all-rounder represented India in the ICC Knockout Trophy Final against New Zealand in 2000. Yuvraj was only 18 years old at the time. He batted at number four for Team India and got 18 runs off 19 deliveries before being sent back to the dressing room by Scott Styris. In the second innings, Singh bowled an economical spell of 10-0-32-0, but New Zealand chased down the 265-run mark in the last over to win the match and the trophy.

#Rohit Sharma – 20 Years 147 Days

Rohit Sharma is an Indian cricketer who represents Mumbai in domestic cricket and captains the Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League. He is a right-handed batsman and a right-arm off-break bowler. In limited-overs forms, he is the vice-captain of the Indian national team. He is the youngest Indian male cricketer to play in an ICC T20 World Cup Final. Rohit Sharma was barely 20 years old when he debuted for India against Pakistan in the 2007 T20 World Cup final. The Maharashtra-born batsman scored 30 runs in the last overs to assist Team India to achieve 157/5 in their 20 overs. In his 16-ball innings, Sharma hit two fours and a six. His cameo was crucial for the squad as the Men in Blue beat their arch-rivals by five runs to win the ICC T20 World Cup for the first time.

#Shubman Gill – 21 Years 283 Days

Shubman Gill made his Test debut last year against Australia and has since produced some fantastic performances. In Test cricket, he has 298 runs in 2021. In 11 innings, the 21-year-old has a 29.80 batting average. During the ICC World Test Championship, Gill was an opener for India in the Test series against Australia and England. In 2021, he blasted three half-centuries, two against Australia and one against England. In the WTC final versus New Zealand, Gill is the youngest player on the roster. The 21-year-old will be eager to return the trust shown in him by the coaching staff and captain Virat Kohli.

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