T20 World Cup 2022: Batsmen who can go ballistic this T20 World Cup | Cricket News


NEW DELHI: One will need tall levers to clear the long boundaries in Australia but trust these five men to make a telling impact with the bat at the T20 World Cup.
All five are at different stages of their careers and with their performance over the past 12 months they have already shown what they are capable of over the next few weeks.
Suryakumar Yadav (In the)
After making his late debut in India in March 2021, the 32-year-old Suryakumar has established himself as the team’s number one batsman in the shortest format.
The batsman has all the hits in the book (except inventing his own) and already has an enviable record, having scored nine fifties and a hundred in 34 T20 Internationals at a staggering strike rate of 176.81.
India will be hoping that his sensational run in the ICC showpiece continues and he provides the team with the extra 15-20 run cushion it might need to cover for a not-so-inspiring bowling series.
The intrepid batsman himself would be fired to perform on the big stage after failing to do justice to his rare skills in the previous edition 12 months ago.
His confidence should be sky high going into the tournament, having smashed three fifties in his last four T20 Internationals.
David Miller (South Africa)
The 33-year-old has taken a while to realize the full potential of his power play, but he has been South Africa’s standout over the past 12 months.
The southpaw seems to have taken his game to the next level and it was first evident in the IPL earlier this year when he enjoyed his best ever season with 481 runs at an average of 68.71 for eventual winners Gujarat Titans.
He carried that form over to international cricket and in the recent series in India he produced a memorable 106 off 47 balls, albeit in a losing cause.
If he continues to finish games like he has of late, it will go a long way in South Africa’s bid for their first title.
Mohammad Nawaz (Pakistan)
This Pakistani all-rounder has not only kept things tight with his left-arm spin since the Asia Cup last month, he has also made some match-winning contributions with the bat.
Skipper Babar Azam used him as a surprise package in the middle order and Nawaz did not disappoint.
His 25-ball 42 took the match away from India in the Asia Cup before he lifted the team out of a sticky situation to come up with a 22-ball 38 at number four to clinch the tri-series final against New Zealand last week to win.
His contributions with the ball cannot be ignored either. In 48 T20s, he took 44 wickets with an impressive economy rate of 7.38.
Tim David (Australia)
Singapore-born David is the quintessential T20 nomad who broke into the Australian team after displaying his six-hit prowess in leagues around the world.
The 6ft 5in batsman who has never played first-class cricket has bagged an attractive Rs 8.25 crore contract with Mumbai Indians ahead of IPL 2022, indicating how much his stock has risen in the past year.
If Australia are to defend their World Cup title at home, David will be expected to finish matches alongside Matthew Wade.
In his debut series for Australia last month, David smashed a 27-ball 54 against India in Hyderabad.
He followed that up with a pair of 40s against the West Indies and England at home, setting him up well for the World Cup. When in full flow, no boundary is long enough for the 26-year-old.
Alex Hales (England)
Hales, who made his T20 debut for England in 2011, has a shot at redemption after a roller-coaster ride that saw him miss the 2019 ODI World Cup due to a failed drug test.
Back in the national set-up after three years, Hales would be keen to make the most of his big break, having made the squad as a replacement for the injured Jonny Bairstow.
Hales’ talent was never in question and, unsurprisingly, he has made his presence felt since hitting a 53 on his international comeback last month. Along with Jos Buttler, he forms one of the most dangerous opening pairs in the tournament.


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