Touted as the next big thing in English cricket, Tom Banton was one of the best finds of 2019. His flamboyance and stroke-making abilities have constantly drawn him comparisons to Jos Buttler and Kevin Pietersen.
Tom was a hockey player before he turned to cricket, and hence, has a penchant to develop quirky cricket shots, influenced by hockey. His reverse slaps and scoops have already become world famous.
The 21-year-old led England's Under-19 side in the 2018 World Cup. Even though the campaign didn’t go well for him, his consistent performances for Somerset in the 2019 season got him a call to the England ODI and T20 squads. Under the tutelage of Marcus Trescothick, Tom worked on his technique and soon emerged as a classy-yet-destructive player.
Playing for Somerset, he scored 454 runs in the One-Day Cup and followed it up with a whopping 549 runs in the Vitality Blast. His reverse scoop that went for a six over third man off a Sam Curran delivery left the cricketing world in awe. His knock of a 52-ball 100 against Kent in the same season showed all of us what a powerhouse in the making he was.
This will be the first season for Tom in the IPL and we can’t wait to see him in action!