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10 Youngest Players to Make an Impact in the Cricket World Cup

ICC World Cup  •  18 Sept, 2023  •  3,237 Views  •  ⭐ 5.0

Written by Shivani Chourasia

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The Cricket World Cup is a grand stage where cricketing legends are born and iconic moments are etched into the annals of history. Over the years, we've witnessed young talents making their mark on this prestigious tournament, often against the odds. In this blog, we'll celebrate 10 of the youngest players to have made a significant impact in the Cricket World Cup.


Virat Kohli (Debuted in WC 2011)

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Virat Kohli, the modern-day maestro, made his World Cup debut in 2011 for the Indian cricket team. He was just 22 years old at the time. Kohli's impactful performances with the bat have since made him one of the leading contemporary cricketers.

Shakib Al Hasan (Debuted in WC 2007)

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Shakib Al Hasan from Bangladesh made his World Cup debut in 2007 at the age of 20. His all-round skills and consistency have been instrumental in Bangladesh's progress in international cricket.



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Babar Azam (Debuted in WC 2019)

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Pakistan's batting sensation, Babar Azam, made his World Cup debut in 2019 as a 24-year-old. He has quickly risen through the ranks and is often compared to the greats of the game.

Jaspreet Bumrah (Debuted in WC 2019)

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Known for his exceptional bowling skills, Jaspreet Bumrah represented India in his first World Cup in 2019. At the age of 25, he has become India's go-to bowler in critical situations.

Mohammad Shami (Debuted in WC 2015)

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Mohammad Shami made his World Cup debut for India in 2015 when he was 24. His ability to swing the ball and pick crucial wickets has been pivotal for India's bowling attack.



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Viv Richards (Debuted in WC 1975)

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Sir Vivian Richards, one of cricket's greatest-ever batsmen, announced his arrival on the World Cup stage in the inaugural 1975 tournament at the age of 23. His aggressive style revolutionized limited-overs cricket.

Sachin Tendulkar (Debuted in WC 1992)

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The "Little Master" Sachin Tendulkar made his World Cup debut for India in 1992 when he was just 19. Although the tournament was a challenging one for India, Tendulkar's talent shone brightly.

Ricky Ponting (Debuted in WC 1996)

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Ricky Ponting, an Australian legend, entered the World Cup arena in 1996 at the age of 21. He went on to captain Australia to multiple World Cup victories and is considered one of the best captains in cricket history.


Adam Gilchrist (Debuted in WC 1999)

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Adam Gilchrist, the dynamic Australian wicketkeeper-batsman, made his World Cup debut in 1999 as a 27-year-old. His aggressive batting at the top of the order changed the way wicketkeepers were perceived in ODI cricket.

Wasim Akram (Debuted in WC 1992)

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The legendary Pakistani pacer Wasim Akram introduced himself to the World Cup in 1987 at the age of 20. His extraordinary skill with the ball played was announced to the world. Although he had an underwhelming performance with the bowl, averaging nearly 40. He would go on to win the World Cup in 1992 playing a very important role for this team.


The Cricket World Cup has provided a platform for young talents to announce their arrival on the global stage. These ten players, including the likes of Virat Kohli, Shakib Al Hasan, and Viv Richards, have left an indelible mark on the tournament, showcasing their exceptional skills and cricketing prowess. Their contributions have not only made them cricketing icons but have also inspired generations of aspiring cricketers to dream big and reach for the stars on the World Cup stage.

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