The young fast bowler from Ireland, Joshua Little has been turning heads with spectacular performances in the ongoing series against the Netherlands. He has picked seven wickets from the first two ODIs including the best figures of four for 39 in Utrecht guiding his side to a much-needed victory. He was also awarded the player of the match award.
The 21-year-old made his List A debut for Leinster Lightning in the 2018 Inter-Provincial Cup in June 2018 and his first-class debut for Leinster Lightning as well, later in the same month. Meanwhile, much before that, in 2016, Joshua Little has made his T20I debut against Hong Kong.
In January 2019, Joshua Little was named in Ireland’s T20I and ODI squads against Afghanistan in Dehradun, India. With age on his side, and ICC providing Test-playing nation status to Ireland, the future seems very bright for Little if he is able to maintain his fitness with sustained performances over the years.
So far, he has played 19 ODIs and 34 T20Is scalping 30 and 31 wickets respectively. Joshua Little was recently called by MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings as a net bowler ahead of IPL 2022.
Let us dive deep into some unknown facts about Ireland’s pace bowling prodigy Joshua Little:
1) The tall pacer made his T20I debut against Hong Kong on the 5th of September 2016. Little was a little older than 16 at the time of his debut, making him the second-youngest to have played at the international level, after Waqas Khan of Hong Kong.
2) The left-arm pacer had withdrawn from a Twenty20 International (T20I) series against Afghanistan in India in 2017, owing to his education. Later, he again came back to cricketer and has been a regular member of the national side since 2019.
3) In 2020, Joshua Little was a key performer in Ireland’s T20I victory against West Indies in the Caribbean, taking 3 for 29 while defending 208, and took five wickets in two ODIs against England later that year.