Batsmen to watch out for during World T20 - II

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Updated: Tuesday, September 11, 2012, 17:28 [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 in T20 WC - II

Batsmen to watch out for in ICC World T20 Here are a few more batsmen who can create a difference with their presence.

Tillakaratne Dilshan (Sri Lanka)

Known for his Dilscoop shot, Tillakaratne has been an attacking opener for Sri Lanka since 2009. Dilshan, who has been an effective all-rounder, as he has the ability to take wickets when the team needs him and also get some crucial runs at the top to set things right for the middle-order.

Dilshan who has scored 453 runs in 18 T20Is so far, has an average of 32.35 with a strike rate of 132.45 in the World Cup. He is currently placed third in the list, as team mate Mahela Jayawardene (SL) tops the list with 615 runs in the World Cup so far.

Since the World Cup is played in Sri Lanka this year, Dilshan would bank on home advantage and that would also help him surpass Jayawardene's record or Kevin Pietersen's (580) record quite soon as the latter is not a part of the England T20 team right now.

Brendon McCullum (New Zealand)

The wicket-keeper batsman from New Zealand has been one of the match-winners for his nation, as he can single-handedly win matches for his team.

With 340 runs off 16 matches and a highest score of 57, at an average of 24.28, strike rate of 112.31 could be one of the players to watch out for in the World Cup as McCullum has not fired well in the recent past, and could be just one innings away from finding form.

If he finds form, he can definitely be one of the dangerous players, as bowlers might find it difficult to stop him.

With Kruger van Wyk also picked for the World Cup, McCullum would be seen as a specialist batsman and can tear apart any bowling attack on his day.

Eoin Morgan (England)

Having topped the list of T20 rankings for batsmen, Irish born England cricketer, Eoin Morgan has been one of the match-winners for England.

In the absence of Kevin Pietersen, Eoin Morgan would
come in handy as he can also win matches single-handedly for England when they defend their title in Sri Lanka.

With 189 runs off 8 matches, Morgan has recorded a highest score of 55 in T20Is in the World Cup. Morgan has an average of 31.50 and a strike rate of 126.00 in the shortest version of the game, especially in the World Cup.

Since the cricketer is slightly looking off colour, it would be interesting to see how he fares in ICC World T20, as England will definitely miss Kevin Pietersen, a T20 specialist, who guided England to their first ICC trophy in Carribean two years ago.

AB de Villiers (South Africa)

South Africa's T20 captain, AB de Villiers has been fantastic in T20s, the shortest version of the game, as he has so far played 16 matches in the World Cup.

With 389 runs off 16 outings, at an average of 29.92, the right-handed batsman has a strike rate of 133.21 with a highest score of 79 (not out) in World Cup.

A player who has mastered a few other sports like Golf, Rugby and Tennis, De Villiers, has been fabulous behind the wickets, as he is very agile.

Moreover, the right-hander has the ability to take quick singles, and can be dangerous at times, as he scores runs at a breath-taking pace, which might irk any fielding captain. Playing the shortest version is a cake-walk for the talented cricketer, who has been given the senior player status very early in his career.

The 28 year old, can change things in his favour and can tear apart any bowling attack on his day as he has done it in a couple of T20s.

With such players around, ICC World T20 is surely going to entertain cricket buffs all around the world as the cricket fever is all set to begin on September 18, at Colombo.


Story first published:  Tuesday, September 11, 2012, 16:30 [IST]
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