Talented left arm seamer, Arshdeep Singh is rapidly ascending the cricketing ladder.
The latest feather in his cap is, he has been nominated for the Emerging Cricketer of the Year, which is a big honour.
The other candidates are South African Marco Jansen, Kiwi Finn Allen and Afghanistan’s Ibrahim Zadran.
Voting for the award will begin in January, said the ICC in a release.
In the women’s category, pace bowler Renuka Singh and batter Yastika Bhatia were nominated for the award alongside Australia’s Darcie Brown and England’s Alice Capsey.
The impressive fact is that Arshdeep has made the short-list less than six months after making his international debut.
And it’s all due to his performances that have been exemplary.
In 21 T20 Internationals, the lanky pacer took 33 wickets at an average of 18.12.
He has provided breakthroughs both with the new and old ball.
Though he came into prominence in the IPL, he has been quick to exploit the opportunities with the Indian team which he got.
After seeing his T20 bowling exploits, Arshdeep was also handed an ODI cap on India’s recent tour of New Zealand.
Arshdeep also caught the eye with memorable performances, including in the high-pressure T20 World Cup game against Pakistan at the MCG.
Using swing and pace, Arshdeep removed both the Pakistani openers.
He claimed Babar Azam with his first ball, before taking the wicket of Mohammad Rizwan at the end of his next over.
Arshdeep returned at the death to curtail Asif Ali’s plans of a late onslaught, finishing with 3/32 from his four-over allotment.
Even the Indian women are shining on the world stage.
Renuka Singh has been nominated for the prestigious award after claiming 40 wickets this year in just 29 matches across the two white-ball formats.
The 26-year-old Renuka was especially potent in ODIs, claiming 18 wickets at an average of 14.88.
She troubled the strong Australian line-up in the seven T20I meetings this year, taking eight wickets.
She also sparkled in the Commonwealth Games and the Asia Cup in Dhaka, with 17 wickets in 11 games.
Yastika Bhatia also performed remarkably in India’s middle order throughout the year.
She scored 41 and 31 in the lead-up to the 50-over World Cup in New Zealand before going on to score half-centuries against Australia and Bangladesh.
The 22-year-old scored 376 ODI runs at an average of 25.06 and had a strike rate of 73.29.