(Clockwise from bottom left) Varun Aaron, Virat Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja, Ajinkya Rahane, R Ashwin and Umesh Yadav © Getty Images
(Clockwise from bottom left) Varun Aaron, Virat Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja, Ajinkya Rahane, R Ashwin and Umesh Yadav © Getty Images


By Christopher Poshin David


There is no heartening sight greater in Indian cricket than watching a young player making a mark in the highest level and plotting his steady rise. Having suffered one of its most humiliating defeats in decades, India took on England at home in a rubber dubbed as the ‘Revenge Series’.  With four matches done, the scoreline reads 4-0 in India’s favour – this against the same team that whitewashed Indiajust months ago in England. There cannot be a more emphatic commentary of the humungous advantage of playing at home – especially in the subcontinent.


The ongoing series, from India’s point of view, has been not so much about avenging their loss against England this summer as it’s about the Indian youngster making their marks at the international level. Youthful players like Virat Kohli, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ajinkya Rahane, Umesh Yadav, Varun Aaron, Ravindra Jadeja and Vinay Kumar have given enough reasons for Indian cricket to tbe optimistic about its future.


Rahane is a stylish batsman of much promise. He is technically strong and has a wide repertoire of shots. He has a very calm head and comes across as a very smart player who has the yearning to learn more about the game. He is very busy player and mixes the old fashioned grace with modern day aggression. Certainly, the day is not far when he will play for India in whites.


Aaron is another player who has been in the limelight for sometime and he finally got his chance to make his ODI debut on Sunday. The youngster has rare speed for an Indian. As someone who can clock consistently above 140 kmph, Aaron has got Indian cricket fans excited – especially after hitting the timber of three English batsmen on his debut. Whether he goes the Irfan Pathan way or follows in Zaheer Khan’s footsteps remains to be seen.


Ravindra Jadeja has slowly established himself as an all-rounder. India in dire need of one such player might as well start to bank on this fine young talent in the near future for a permanent solution. In the recent series, he has shown his abilities with the bat and a very calm head as he finished a game for India along with Mahendra Singh Dhoni. With his young career full of ups and downs, Jadeja sure is making most of this opportunity. If he improves his bowling, he’d manage to find a more permanent place and also perhaps a Test cap as well.


Like Jadeja, Ashwin has the talent and potential, but there are some question marks. Ashwin has so far gone about doing his job with no big fuss, but still hasn’t quite caught the eye.


One of the young stars of Indian cricket is Virat Kohli and his rise to fame has been a quick. Kohli is the face of India’s ‘Youngistan’ – a point underlined by the marketing world. He is a confident young man who has been one of the resounding successes of the ongoing series.


The likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman are in the late evening of their careers, having served the nation with distinction. It was time India found quality replacements and going by the series, Generation Next has given enough room for optimism about India’s future.


(Christopher Poshin David, aka ‘Poshin’, is a die-hard cricket fan from India. A student from Chennai, he is an aspiring journalist and the all-rounder India never wanted. He also writes for the Royal Challengers Bangalore website. His articles have been featured on the IPL website, ATYTY and Cricjoy)