6 Key Players Who Can Lift The Player Of The Tournament Award In The T20 2022 World Cup
T20 World Cup 2022 is underway, but the Super 12 round will kick off on Saturday (October 23) with Pakistan vs India clash at the MCG.
Considering the form of the teams and their key player, we have compiled a short list of players who are most likely to outshine everyone, help their teams lift the trophy, and clinch the Player of the Tournament awards for themselves too.
T20 World Cup 2022 Key Players 1: Sri Lankan - Wanindu Hasaranga
Sri Lanka is also a strong team in the T20 World Cup 2022.
After giving the batters and bowlers a run for their money in the Asia Cup, the Galle native is ready to spark in the World Cup in Australia.
There are not many players in the world who are mystery spinners and can be the power hitter for their teams in death overs.
Sri Lanka has both advantages in Wanindu Hasaranga.
The 25-year-old has taken a whopping 67 wickets in 41 T20I innings ever since making his debut in 2019.
He has been playing franchise cricket all over the world which has turned him into a T20 royalty for the island nation.
Though the pitches in Australia are more supportive of fast bowlers, Hasaranga's unorthodox action and variations will remain lethal for the batters in the tournament.
T20 World Cup 2022 Key Players 2: Australia - Mitchell Marsh
The Australia team that plays in Asia is completely different from the side that turns up in their own backyard. Like any other team, they are a lethal team to mess with and their key players will make the most of the home advantage for the mega tournament.
Mitchell Marsh has been in the form of his life with the bat.
Playing in the team as an all-rounder, Marsh has emerged as Australia’s go-to anchor in the middle overs who has the ability to smack boundaries as well as keep the scoreboard rolling with rotation of the strike.
Marsh, who will turn 31 on Thursday, has a strike rate of 126. He has amassed 980 runs in 40 innings and claimed 15 wickets in 22 innings with the ball.
T20 World Cup 2022 Key Players 3: India - Suryakumar Yadav
Suryakumar Yadav’s inclusion in the national team has been a tad too late. No expert has been able to understand why a batsman of his stature was given a direct entry into the team at the age of 30.
Despite putting up big numbers for Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League over the years, he was not given the cap until 2021, when he opened his international account of runs with a six over fine leg to England’s Jofra Archer.
And he hasn’t looked back ever since. Despite playing T20Is for India for just over a year, he has overshadowed the likes of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and KL Rahul to achieve the most runs at the highest strike rate.
He has already achieved the second rank in the ICC ranking for T20I batters, followed by Pakistan captain Babar Azam at number 2.
If he continues to impress the cricketing circles the way he has been so far, Muhammad Rizwan will not be the top-ranked T20 royalty for long.
T20 World Cup 2022 Key Players 4: New Zealand - Devon Conway
With an average of 54.5, it is not too hard for Conway to be a potent threat to every elite side. The left-handed opener has a knack for going big in the powerplay which has inflated his strike rate to 133.
Conway, who represents the Kiwis across every format, has the best score of 99* in the shortest format of the game.
He likes to play on both sides of the ground so dismissing him with a one-sided field setting is not on the course either.
In the last Tri-series at home against Pakistan and Bangladesh, Conway was unable to live up to his hype, but his ability to pounce on pace bowlers on bouncy tracks will make him New Zealand’s go-to man in the tournament.
T20 World Cup 2022 Key Players 5: Pakistan - Babar Azam
The Pakistan captain has been in a subliminal run of form across every format in the last few years. He has dominated the ICC rankings and has been regarded as one of the best all-format players in the world.
At 28, he is being compared to the greats of the game and his partnerships with wicketkeeper Muhammad Rizwan have become a routine for Pakistan fans.
Babar scored over 300 runs in the last year’s World Cup held in the UAE, where Pakistan lost to Australia in the semi-final. He was the top scorer in the tournament.
Critics have often scrutinized him for not putting up high strike rates, but he rubbished their claims in the last New Zealand tour where he showed aggressive intent and took the attack to the NZ pace cartel.
Despite not being known as a power hitter nor having a high backlift, Babar can destroy the best bowling lineups in the world on his day.
T20 World Cup 2022 Key Players 6: South Africa - KG Rabada
Kagiso Rabada is coming off the T20I series in India where he did not have as many wickets as he would have liked, but the World Cup is a different ball game altogether.
A tall, strong pace bowler running in on Australia's seaming wickets will always ask every batsman lots of questions.
Rabada can move the ball both ways and his partnership with Lungi Ngidi and Anrich Nortje can help South Africa break through any batting line-up.
With 54 wickets under his belt in 49 games, he will be confident of walking into an environment that supports his skillset.
One aspect he may have to be wary of is not leaking many runs in crucial stages of the game. The 27-year-old has an 8.4 economy which is not ideal for a reliable quick.
His primary job in the opening spells will be to bamboozle the top-order batters and let the spinners feast on the middle order later on.
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