Two kings of the spin, an unorthodox fast bowler and a graceful batsman … plus one for England to watch out for – all five players are ready to shine in the T20 World Cup.
- England’s Adil Rashid and Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan are among the stars of the spin
- India’s bowler Jasprit Bumrah and Pakistan’s batsman Babar Azam could also impress
- England should be careful with Kieron Pollard of the West Indies in their first tournament
The Super 12 stage of the Twenty20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates and Oman is scheduled to begin on Saturday, with anticipation at a fever pitch.
England will face the West Indies in the afternoon of the first day of the second stage of the tournament, while Australia will face South Africa in the morning.
And multiple players are set to star on the bigger stage, at the pinnacle of the shorter format, with two kings of the spin, an unorthodox fast pitcher, a graceful hitter, and one for England to watch out for all ready to shine.
There are several players ready to shine in the T20 World Cup, including England’s Adil Rashid.
West Indies captain Kieron Pollard may be a damaging opponent in England’s opening match
Kieron Pollard – West Indies
You’ll never stop people talking about Chris Gayle, the self-styled Chief of the Universe, but West Indies Captain Pollard has become the six largest machine in the T20.
In 2020 alone, he hit 59 in more than 20 games, one for every 5.5 balls. If your team needs 50 in three overs and Pollard is in, don’t bet against him.
They will face Australia, Bangladesh, England, South Africa and Sri Lanka in Group 1 after Sri Lanka and Bangladesh qualified in the preliminary stages.
Group 2 will be played by Afghanistan, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, Scotland and Namibia.
Rashid Khan – Afghanistan
There are few more alluring sights in white ball cricket than Khan, who turns his legs, circling through his repertoire.
No other bowler in this tournament has a better economy rate than his 6.21, and his googly is a blast. He recently resigned as captain, but is desperate to lift a country hit by the Taliban takeover.
Jasprit Bumrah – India
Not that anyone needed to remind him, but the yorker who downed Jonny Bairstow during the India-England preparation match in Dubai earlier this week was proof of Bumrah’s unmatched skill in death.
He barely concedes a ball run in T20, and once knocked down two maidens in three overs against Pakistan.
India’s unorthodox fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah (above) has unmatched skill at the end of games
Babar Azam – Pakistan
England’s Dawid Malan may be at the top of the T20 standings, but not far behind him is Pakistan’s starter Babar, whose average of almost 47 is second only to India’s Virat Kohli and teammate Mohammad Rizwan. .
He scored 85 of 49 balls against England at Trent Bridge in July, and hardly seemed to play a shot in anger.
Adil Rashid – England
Rashid’s broken legs and googlies have long been at the heart of England’s intermediate strategy, so much so that he has risen to number 4 in the world rankings, eight places higher than his closest teammate Chris. Jordan.
And only Jordan has more than 65 Rashid lands in the format.