In 2014, the late Martin Crowe made a prediction that has turned out to be a highly accurate one. The New Zealand great coined the term ‘Fab Four’ to describe Joe Root, Steve Smith, Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson.
Aged between 23-25 at the time, the four batsmen were still young in cricket terms and were yet to really hit their peaks. Crowe predicted the ‘Fab Four’ to dominate Test cricket for years to come, believing that they would each go on to captain their respective countries.
While Smith has since gone on to lose his Australia captaincy, Crowe has been right on the money for the most part when it comes to the incredible rise of the Fab Four. They have been a dominant force for the best part of a decade, and should continue to break plenty of records in the years to come.
At their current respective ages, these stars might not be around when the second half of this current decade comes rolling around.
Below, we have picked four upcoming stars aged 25 or below, who are well poised to dominate cricket for the best part of the 2020s. These players are just starting to hit their respective peaks, and have time on their side when it comes to establishing themselves as cricket’s biggest superstars of the new decade.
Kagiso Rabada (South Africa)
Role: Right-arm Pace
International Appearances: 122
Having made his international debut for South Africa in 2014, Kagiso Rabada is now established as the country’s frontline bowler in all three formats.
Blessed with searing pace and an explosive temperament, the Johannesburg-born bowler has already touched those lofty heights that fast bowlers can only dream of. The fact that he was only 22 when he rose to the top of the