The shortest format of cricket returns to UAE this year, with the World T20 being held in October and November. The tournament will feature 16 teams, with classy players who can be the game-changer at any moment. As the players will don their national jerseys and put up the fight on the field, the stakes will be high in fantasy cricket in India, and other fantasy sites, as the entire world will play fantasy cricket.
The cricket enthusiasts in a cricket-worshipped nation like India will keep cheering for the ‘Men in Blues’ as Virat and his boys battle the best cricketing nations, to bring home the coveted trophy after a gap of 14 years.
There will be many cricketers and teams to look out for, as we discuss 5 batsmen who can take UAE by storm.
The right-handed Pakistani opener and T20 expert Azam is currently number one in the ICC T20 batsman ranking. The hopes of Pakistan winning the cup highly depends on his shoulders, as he needs to perform consistently throughout the tournament, and give Pakistan blistering starts before and during the power play. Whether Pakistan goes all the way and wins the laurel after 2009 is to be seen. Although the team that won their only T20 World Cup was more balanced, being led by Younis Khan and boasting the likes of Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Malik, and Misbah-ul-Haq amongst others. This time Babar will have to play his ‘A’ game and also have to handle the pressure of captaincy.
Do we need to say anything more about India’s captain and chase master Virat? Probably nothing related to his batting! Kohli can be a bowler’s nightmare on his day, though India’s team selection must be correct all along. In competitions like these, there aren’t any easy games and the wounds are still fresh from the defeat to the Kiwis in England, a couple of summers back. It is to be seen how India’s poster boy handles his batting, captaincy, and the pressure and hype from the media.
The ‘Hitman’, as called by his fans, will apparently be playing his last T20 World Cup. The Indian opener who has three double hundreds to his name in limited-overs cricket will look to give India a flying start in every game, with Shikhar Dhawan or Subham Gill at the other end. To post high scores while batting first, or while chasing a high total, the Indian top-order needs to be at their impeccable best, where Rohit has a major role to play.
The fearless left-handed opener will be a reason for the “Baggy Green’ supporters to cheer when it comes to batting. With UAE wickets a lot like those Indian spinning pitches, and Warner, courtesy of playing in IPL for so long, will hold an advantageous position. The Aussie opener will be pairing upfront with another T20 specialist in Aaron Finch, and the middle order will be fulcrum by Glenn Maxwell.
Another left-handed hard-hitting batsman, Malan might pick a few MOM awards and the English soldiers will look to him to keep the scoreboard moving, along with players like Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, and Johnny Bairstow. It will be harsh not to mention the name of Benjamin Stokes, the hero from the 2019 final when England lifted the World Cup on home soil. The T20 World Cup, 2021, will be a good platform for English sports, after losing the Euro final to Italy at Wembley.
It is said that the T20 format is one for the batsmen. With those over-boundaries and classy fours, along with quick running between wickets, it is to be seen which batsman flares the best and carry their respective nations towards the pinnacle of success.