T20 World Cup: Top 5 most impactful batsmen in India and Pakistan teams this year | Cricket News


NEW DELHI: India vs Pakistan cricket matches are considered the mother of all clashes, even bigger than The Ashes. Both teams do not face each other in bilateral matches due to political tensions between the two neighboring countries, but whenever they meet in ICC tournaments, the euphoria and excitement among fans across borders is unparalleled.
The last time these two rivals faced each other was in the Asia Cup 2022 in the UAE. Both teams faced each other twice where the first match was won by India and the second was won by Pakistan. Both the matches were so intense that no one could predict which way the match could go.
Ahead of another mammoth clash between India and Pakistan on October 23 this time in the 8th edition of the T20 World CupTimesofIndia.com takes a look at the top-5 impact batsmen from both sides.
1. Suryakumar Yadav: Since his debut last year, Suryakumar Yadav has been piling up runs for fun. The impact Surya had in the middle-order batting made the Indian batting line-up a mighty strong unit. In 2022, Surya scored 801 runs in 23 matches at an average of 40.05 and strike rate of 184.56 which includes six half-centuries and a hundred. The upcoming T20 World Cup will be Surya’s second foray into the game of cricket and he is expected to power the highly anticipated India-Pakistan clash at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground this coming Sunday.
2. Mohammad Rizwan: The one who idolizes Adam Gilchrist knows how to attack the bowling team. The current No.1 batsman Mohammad Rizwan is experiencing a golden period with his batting and is winning almost every match single-handedly. Rizwan at the top of the order with his captain Babar Azam ensured the perfect start for his team. In 2022, Rizwan scored 821 runs in 18 matches at an average of 54.73 and strike rate of 126.30 which includes nine half-centuries.
3. Virat Kohli: ‘Run Machine’ has always been an integral part of the Indian batting line-up. The former Indian captain roared back to form after having a torrid few years. In September during the Asia Cup, Virat finally got his maiden T20I century when he equaled Ricky Ponting’s tally of 71 international centuries across formats. Virat with his confidence and elegant batting will play a big role in this World Cup held in Australia, a place where he has scored a good amount of runs throughout his career. Virat has scored 485 runs in 14 matches this year at an average of 44.09 and strike rate of 139.36 which includes four half-centuries and a hundred.
4. Babar Azam: The next-generation batsman, Babar Azam, is now competing with the modern greats of the game. As Babar broke records, he is on course to become one of the greatest batsmen of all time. With his captaincy, Babar showed a new direction to the Pakistan team. This World Cup will see Babar lead Pakistan for the second time. The hope of Pakistan doing well rests heavily on the batting prodigy. In 2022, Babar scored 611 runs in 19 matches at an average of 38.18 at a strike rate of 131.96 which included four half-centuries and a hundred.
5. Rohit Sharma: The name itself speaks of his legacy in the shortest format. With four centuries to his name, Rohit Sharma holds the record for most centuries in T20Is. This will be the first time that Rohit will lead India in any ICC tournament. The country of 1.3 billion people has high hopes this time that Rohit will bring back the title after 14 years. Whenever Rohit gets hold of his game, he can destroy any bowling team. In 2022, Rohit has scored around 540 runs in 23 matches at an average of 25.71 at a strike rate of 142.48 which includes two half-centuries.


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