Batsmen to watch out for during World T20 - I

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Updated: Tuesday, September 11, 2012, 16:48 [IST]
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With the teams gearing up for ICC World T20, that is about to start in a few days in Sri Lanka, here are a few players to watch out for in the tournament.

Batsmen to watch out for during T20 WC

Batsmen to watch out for during World T20 - II

Since it is the shortest format of the game, the focus here is on piling more runs as every team needs atleast a few explosive batsmen.

Though its the bowlers who restrict the opponents to a decent score, its the batsmen who win matches most of the times in T20s.

Here are a few batsmen (match-winners) who can create a difference to the team, they are playing for in ICC World Twenty20

Chris Gayle (West Indies)

Bowler's nightmare, Most explosive batsman in the world, a run-machine would compliment the tall Jamaican Chris Gayle, who is currently the best T20 specialist.

It is a known fact that the Jamaican loves creating records, as he did in the first match against South Africa in the inaugural edition of the World Cup in 2007, as he socred a brilliant 117, to become the first cricketer to record a hundred in the shortest version of the game.

After a hiatus West Indies opener, Gayle is back to his devastating best, as he has been showing the world that he is capable of ruling the world.

Having played 23 T20 Internationals so far, with a strike rate of 143, average of 36, Gayle is surely one of the batsmen to watch out for in ICC World T20.

David Warner (Australia)

Another batsman who is feared the most, is none other than the Australian opener David Warner, who has been Australia's T20 specialist will look to get back to his good old days as he was looking off colour in the ODI series against Pakistan.

Having scored 213 runs off 9 matches in T20Is in the World Cup, Warner has recorded an average of 23.66 and a strike rate of 135.66.

With a very good record in T20s, an explosive batsman by nature, who is also quite comfortable playing switch-hits and get him more runs, when needed would definitely be a cricketer to watch out for in the World Cup as his team depends on him and Watson to give Australia a good start in the tournament.

Yuvraj Singh (India)

The World Cup winning hero, who fought back to the team after battling a rare germ cell cancer, is also another important player to watch out for as he has been threatening in the shortest version of the game so far.

With 375 runs to his credit off 16 matches, Yuvraj is known as the King of Sixes, as he has scored maximum 6's in the T20 WC for India.

Yuvraj has recorded three fifties in the World Cup so far, and has hit 24 sixes in the tournament since 2007. Since the stylish cricketer has returned to the national side after battling cancer, all eyes would be on the left-hander as he was the man of the tournament in the 2011 World Cup, which India won after 28 years.

Now, with the stylish batsman in the team, India would look to regain the T20 WC title which they won in 2007.


Story first published:  Tuesday, September 11, 2012, 14:52 [IST]
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