Representing your country at an international level is every cricketer’s dream, however, it’s not that easy. Before a cricketer makes his international debut, he has to perform well at the domestic level by giving consistent performances to impress the selectors. However, there have been a few lucky players, who got the chance to represent the national cricket team from a very young age.
Today, we bring you a list of 5 such cricket stars who have scored the most runs in ODI cricket before they turned 20. Have a look:
5. Shakib Al Hasan – 720 Runs:
Shakib Al Hasan, the star all-rounder of Bangladesh’s cricket team had made a name for himself in the international cricket team at a very young age. Before he turned 20 he had amassed 720 runs in 21 innings of 22 matches he played at an amazing average of 51.42 and with a strike rate of 70.17. He had also scored a century.
4. Imran Nazir – 788 Runs:
Pakistan’s former explosive batsman Imran Nazir is also one of those cricketers who established himself at a very young age. By the time he turned 20, he had already played 35 ODIs, where he scored 788 runs at an average of 23.17 and with a strike rate of 71.96. During this time, he had also scored a century and 4 half-centuries.
3. Tamim Iqbal – 1370 Runs:
Bangladesh’s opening batsman Tamim Iqbal is one of the highest-scoring batsmen of Bangladesh’s cricket team in ODI format. Before he turned 20, Tamim scored 1370 runs in 53 ODIs at an average of 25.84 and with an amazing strike-rate of 68.91. During this period, he had already scored 8 half-centuries and 1 century.
2. Sachin Tendulkar – 1520 Runs:
India’s legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar made his debut at a very young age of 16-years. By the time he turned 20, he had already amassed 1520 runs in 56 matches he played, with an average of 32.34 and a strike rate of 76.07. During this period, Sachin had scored 12 half-centuries.
1. Shahid Afridi – 2194 Runs:
Former Pakistani all-rounder Shahid Afridi is the cricketer to have scored the most runs in ODI format before he turned 20. Afridi had scored 2194 runs in 96 innings of 100 matches he played, at an average of 23.34 and a stormy strike rate of 102.52. During this period, he had already scored 2 centuries and 11 half-centuries.