2020 has been done and dusted. Although most of the top-class batsmen had a forgettable time at the pitch last year, they will be looking forward to a fresh year ahead.
Who would have thought that Virat Kohli wouldn’t score an international century in 2020? Ever since making a debut in 2008, he has been scoring centuries across formats.
However, he couldn’t bring the best out of himself in 2020 as he didn’t score even a single international century. Whatever happened has happened and Kohli will come up with a fresh blueprint in 2021.
Not just Virat Kohli even the cricketers who struggled to meet the expectations in 2020 would have a different resolution. In this article, we will look at the list of 10-star cricketers and their New Year resolutions.
10. Quinton de Kock
Despite being an incredible force at the international level, South Africa has come under for its failure to win major honors in history. The team has been producing the greatest players in all departments but still, they have never won an ICC Trophy.
Quinton de Kock is the current captain of South Africa. He will be looking forward to turning things around as a captain and his main motive is to win a coveted silverware for his team. In fact, he won two IPL titles with Mumbai Indians and must have learnt a lot from Rohit Sharma.
There are possibilities that Proteas could bring their star batsman AB de Villiers back for the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup in India. If all goes well, Quinton de Kock will go on to script history by becoming the first South African captain to win the ICC T20 World Cup.
9. Ben Stokes
The ICC T20 World Cup 2016 final between England and West Indies saw some iconic moments. England all-rounder Ben Stokes was given the task to keep the Caribbeans in check when West Indies needed 19 off the last over.
But Carlos Brathwaite had other ideas in mind as he hit 4 consecutive sixes in the first four balls to help his team lift a major honor. Ben Stokes was literally heartbroken after his bowling spell and England missed a great chance to win the silverware that year.
Ben Stokes is not the same as before. He has truly matured into a world-class all-rounder. With T20 World Cup coming up, Ben Stokes will look to use his all-round abilities to good effect in a bid to guide England to a second T20 World Cup trophy.
8. Rashid Khan
Rashid Khan is the most sought-after cricketers in the present era. He shot into prominence when he helped Afghanistan cricket team secure their first Test win at home and first Test victory away from home in the year 2019.
Afghanistan got the better of Ireland at their adopted home. Later on, they beat Bangladesh by 224 runs in a Test match at Chittagong. They will play Test cricket in 2021 as they will lock horns with Australia in a lone Test match.
Rashid Khan played a substantial role in the team’s first overseas Test match victory. There will be lots of expectations from the 22-year-old this time around. He will give absolutely everything so much so that his team improves its overall record outside the subcontinent.
7. Shakib Al Hasan
Shakib Al Hasan has been carrying Bangladesh on his shoulders for a long time now. He will make a comeback to the field this year. The Bangladesh all-rounder was slapped with a one-year suspension for failing to report the infamous corruption approach to the ICC.
The all-rounder must have picked up the lessons and will focus on delivering the goods for his team. Bangladesh will visit Sri Lanka to compete in the Asia Cup. Then they travel to India to spice it up in the ICC T20 World Cup.
Without second thoughts, Shakib will look to raise the bar in the upcoming two multi-national tournaments. Although winning a game is the top priority for Shakib, he will also look to regain the numero uno position in the ICC all-rounders’ rankings.