T20 World Cup: From Ishan Kishan to Tabraiz Shamsi, 5 key players to watch out in T20 WC

T20 World Cup: 5 key players to watch out for: The seventh ICC Men’s T20 World Cup will commence on October 17…

T20 World Cup: From Ishan Kishan to Tabraiz Shamsi, 5 key players to watch out in T20 WC
T20 World Cup: From Ishan Kishan to Tabraiz Shamsi, 5 key players to watch out in T20 WC

T20 World Cup: 5 key players to watch out for: The seventh ICC Men’s T20 World Cup will commence on October 17 in Oman. The tournament will feature the top 16 teams featuring the world’s best players ready to battle it out for their respective sides. While the likes of Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Babar Azam, and many other stalwarts have already proved their supremacy many times in global events, there are certainly a few young talents who be looking to leave an impact in the showpiece event. For more T20 World Cup news and live updates, follow us at InsideSport.in

T20 World Cup: From Ishan Kishan to Tabraiz Shamsi, 5 key players to watch out in T20 WC

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Here, we will look at 5 such promising players who can turn out to be game-changers for their respective sides in the upcoming T20 World Cup.

Ishan Kishan (India)

India has had its share of Little Masters and in the five foot six inch (1.68m) Kishan they may have uncovered another. On his international T20 debut against England in March, the diminutive left-hander cracked a sparkling 56 from 32 balls, outscoring his skipper Virat Kohli who watched approvingly from the other end. The 23-year-old had a slump in form during the IPL and was temporarily benched by Mumbai but returned to hammer 50 not out against Rajasthan and 84 from 32 balls against Hyderabad, the perfect warm-up for the World Cup.

ishan kishan
Coutesy: Ishan Kishan Twitter

HAIDER ALI (Pakistan)

Three months ago, it looked as if big-hitting Haider would miss out on the World Cup, having been sent home from the UAE after breaching Covid-19 restrictions and withdrawn from Pakistan’s squad to tour England and West Indies. But the 21-year-old middle-order batter’s form in Pakistan’s National T20 Cup, including three unbeaten half-centuries, earned him a reprieve. An unbeaten 91 off 53 balls for Northern against Babar Azam’s Central Punjab last month may have helped — it never hurts to impress the skipper.

HAIDER ALI
HAIDER ALI

GLENN PHILLIPS (New Zealand)

T20 crowds love to see sixes which is perhaps why they have taken a shine to Phillips, the Kiwi batter born in South Africa. The 24-year-old big-hitter, who likes to put in 800 press-ups a day, has been clearing the ropes this year in the Blast, the Hundred, the CPL, and most recently the IPL where he played for Rajasthan. A wicketkeeper by inclination, Phillips has also reinvented himself as an off-spinner and will be one of the fielders to watch around the boundary.

GLENN PHILLIPS

TABRAIZ SHAMSI (South Africa)

South Africa’s quest for a first World Cup title has traditionally rested with their batsmen — this time around it may be Shamsi who is the key. A left-arm wrist-spinner with ample variations and a good googly, Shamsi only came into his own with the retirement of Imran Tahir in 2019. Still not a household name at the age of 31, Shamsi is the highest-ranked T20I bowler in the world, having already taken a world-leading 28 wickets this year and a career economy rate of under seven runs per over.

TABRAIZ SHAMSI

HAZRATULLAH ZAZAI (Afghanistan)

With the world’s eyes focussed on Afghanistan for all the wrong reasons, the pressure is on Zazai to show the ebullient brilliance of their cricketers. The 23-year-old is pure box office. Three years ago, he etched his way into the history books by hitting Abdullah Mazari for six sixes in an over in a domestic T20 match, reaching his 50 in just 12 balls. In 2019, he replicated that brand of hitting as he belted a record 16 sixes in an unbeaten 162 off 62 balls against Ireland in just his fifth T20I.

HAZRATULLAH ZAZAI
HAZRATULLAH ZAZAI

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