Best T20 Players
In the blink of an eye, almost 7 years have passed after the inaugural World Twenty20 was launched in South Africa and T20 Cricket made its grand entry at the International level. Since its inception, T20 was expected to favor raw talent the most. The World Twenty20 winners so far have also approved the pattern.
Except England in 2010, the other three editions have been won by the unpredictable talents of India, Pakistan and West Indies which plainly goes on to prove that Twenty20 Cricket requires something different than the patient and refined methodologies required in other formats. With the World Twenty20 2014 just round the corner, let’s have a look at the “Top 10 T20 International Players” till date and what they might offer in the upcoming T20Is buffet, if they play in it:
Top 10 Best T20 Players in Current Cricket Arena
Surprisingly Malinga hasn’t been at his lethal best in International T20 Cricket. He has 60 wickets in 50 matches with an economy of 7.37 as compared to his 236 wickets in 175 with an economy of 6.63 in overall T20 Cricket. Even more baffling is that he has only 1 MOM award in all the T20Is he has played. Yet, Malinga is right up there when it comes to bowling at the death in any format. In the last World T20, he won against England single handedly when he picked up 5 wickets on a flat track at Pallekele and we can expect similar performances from him in Bangladesh considering the similarity of conditions.
9. Muhammad Hafeez
10th highest Wickets Taker, With 8 MOM awards, the Pakistani T20I captain is the joint second highest MOM award holder in T20Is. He bats elegantly yet quickly at the top and also usually opens the bowling for Pakistan with his clever off spin bowling. And with a left hander usually opening for most teams, it is almost a compulsion for Hafeez to open the bowling. He has been observed to have a completely differently body language when it comes to T20 format as compared to his attitude in longer formats. Last time he led his team to reach the semi-final in World Twenty20 2012. He is expected to take them one step further with the form he is currently in.
8. Brendon McCullum
Next on Best T20 Players, McCullum has an average of 36 and strike rate of over 135 in T20Is which is unbelievable considering he is the highest run scorer in T20Is history, touching 2000 runs, with a lead of 600 runs over the next man behind him. His magnificent innings against Bangladesh in World Twenty20 2012 was one of the highlights of that edition. However, McCullum would be a little disappointed with not winning a single World Twenty20 despite New Zealand having suited players for the format and him being a world class T20 batsman.
7. Umar Gul
Next on Best T20 Players, Gul is not only the second highest wicket taker in his favorite format, but also the best death bowler in T20I Cricket. He has the ability to pick up brutal figures like 5/6, 4/8, 4/13 and 4/25 with regularity. Gul doesn’t usually take the new ball T20Is, yet played one of the most important roles when Pakistan lifted the World Twenty20 in 2009. However, in the last World Twenty20, it was Gul’s heroics with the bat against South Africa which gained him more popularity. He just recovered from injury and will be difficult for him to come back to his own quickly.