The 2016 T20 World Cup is just about to kick off and the media is all buzzing up with opinions on who to watch out for. With young talents making an entry, the T20 claims to offer something more than what one would expect.
Although we might be cheering up for India on top of our voices, we probably won’t mind appreciating the game put forth by few youngsters from around the world.
Here are 8 players you may want to watch out at this year’s T20 World Cup:
1. Colin Munro
The New-Zealander is best known for his recent half century off just 14 balls in a match against Sri Lanka. His inning includes 6 sixes and a four. Now, that’s one big reason why he is presently tagged as a ‘man to watch out for’. India’s pitches are known to greatly favour the batsmen. So, it won’t be surprising if Munro flings a few balls right into the stands.
This 22-year old youngster is all packed with some serious talent. His finest Yorkers are being talked about by some of the top cricketers from around the world. He is being viewed as an attacking bowler and holds the capability to turn the game around.
What the Indian team needs is someone who can bowl the right length and take wickets in the death overs, and Bumrah rightly meets the requirement.
3. Jos Buttler
They call him the RUN MACHINE!
Back in November 2015, Jos Buttler went on to become the first English cricketer to score the fastest ODI century against Sri Lanka in just 46 balls. He recently revealed his excitement ahead of the T20 world cup with these worlds. “I’m looking forward to it. It is my 3rd T20 World Cup now and I think it is our most exciting squad of players.”
Surely, we too are looking forward to watching you, Jos.
4. Kane Williamson
Another Kiwi who makes up to the list is Kane Williamson, a stylish middle-order batsman who can bowl as well as dive across the field to save those extra runs. He has almost all the necessary qualities that make up a true all-rounder. In the last T20 matches, Williamson has scored 844 runs with a batting average that crosses 36. As Brendon McCullum will not be a part of the squad, the onus lies on Williamson to lead the team.
5. Mohammad Amir
The Pakistani packer recently returned to the field after a 5-year ban and has since been busy keeping the batsmen on their toes. The 23-year old is considered one of the main bowlers for the squad and is best known to perform well under pressure. However, playing on the Indian soil in front of thousands screaming ‘India India’ is not easy. But, we can surely expect some good Yorkers from Amir this season.
6. Mustafizur Rahman
This left-arm medium pacer turns out to be a perfect boon to the Bangladeshi cricket team. Mustafizur has picked up 13 wickets in 10 T20 matches at an average of 17.00. He was pulled out of the Asia Cup T20 squad due to an injury. However, the young lad is expected to join the party at the T20 World Cup. No, doubt this guy is worth betting your money on.
7. Kagiso Rabada
The young South African made the headlines when he picked up 6 wickets, destroying Australia at the under-19 world cup in February 2014. He finished as the highest wicket-taker of the tournament.
The pacer constantly hits the 147kph mark and is capable of upsetting the best of batsmen. He made his T20 debut against Australia in November 2014 and has claimed 16 wickets in 12 matches.
8. Mitchell Marsh
With Steve Waugh and Jacques Kallis as the idols, Mitchell Marsh holds the credit for captaining the Australia Under-19 cricket team which lifted the 2010 World Cup held in New Zealand. Being new to the T20 scene, Mitch has scored 99 in 6 matches with an average of 24.75. He is best known for his knocks of 47 and 87 in his second test against Pakistan in 2014.
However, T20 seems to be a different ball game altogether. Will Mitch Marsh be able to add another big feather to his cap? We need to wait and watch.