T20 is the most exciting, thrilling & followed format of cricket. The ICC T20 World Cup is just 20 days away & fans are already debating over who’s the best t20 player in the world.
The Indian team is ranked no. 1 in the ICC t20 rankings and Australia is the current world t20 champion but this XI has only 3 Indians and 1 Aussie player.
In 2022, A total of 107 T20 International games have been played involving the 12
test-playing nations. Here’s a look at Best 11 combining all the players from
Mohammad Rizwan (wk)
The T20 International cricketer of the year 2021 has continued his brilliant form
this year as well. Despite facing critics for strike rate issues, Rizwan has been able to score consistently for Pakistan like the previous year. He has scored 50+ in 6 out of 11 T20Is this year.
Runs : 619 || Avg : 61.9 || S/R : 128.4
The unavailability of De Kock against India in June & unavailability of Bavuma in
England, later on, made Reeza a regular starter for Proteas this year & he grabbed the opportunity with both hands by winning man of the series against England & Ireland in consecutive series.
It will be interesting to see if Proteas continue with him as an opener in the upcoming Wt20 or go back with the old combination of Bavuma & QDK.
Runs : 323 || Avg : 46.1 || S/R : 139.8
Surya Kumar Yadav is in form of his life. The middle-order batsman has scored over 700 T20I runs this year with 3 months and a whole World event left.
Surya is equally good against spin & pace which makes him a level better than other current t20 batters. He is currently ranked 2nd in ICC t20 batters only behind Rizwan.
Runs : 732 || Avg : 40.6 || S/R : 180.3
2022 has been the year of Sikandar Raza. After 3-4 years of regular failures and
downfall & after losing to Namibia at home earlier this year, Zimbabwean cricket is
finally seeming to get back on track because of him.
Zimbabwe will be playing qualifiers before the upcoming wt20. They’re placed in the group of West Indies, Ireland & Scotland. They will need Raza to continue his purple patch in order to qualify for Super 10
Runs : 516 || Avg :39.7 || S/R : 152.2
Just like Raza, one more player is enjoying his prime form this year. 6 years into international cricket, Pandya is by now a household name in his country.
The hard-hitting batting all-rounder is finally back to full fitness and is contributing to Indian team in all 3 departments in white ball cricket. In fact, he also led the team against Ireland in 2 of the T20Is.
With the major world Event coming up, India will need Pandya to remain fit and in his full form in order to make it possible for them to win an Icc trophy after 9 long years.
Runs : 411 || Avg : 34.2 || S/R : 151.1 || Wkts : 12 || E/R : 8.7
Moeen Ali’s t20i career can be divided into 2 phases. From 2014-2018 averaged 14
with a strike rate of 118 and scoring only 235 runs in 22 games & the 2nd phase from 2020-2022 averaging 28 with an outstanding strike rate of 160 for 698 runs in 32 Innings.
This turnaround can be seen in his bowling as well. 15 wickets in 25 games
from 2014-2018 with an average of 35 & economy of 8.6 & then 25 wickets in 35 games with an average of 21 & economy of 8.2 from 2020-2022.
Seeing this brilliant form he’s been appointed the vice-captain of the current English t20 side and will be a major player for them in the upcoming Wt20.
Runs : 404 || Avg : 33.7 || S/R : 164.9 || Wkts : 12 || E/R : 9.8
Dasun Shanaka (c)
Dasun Shanaka played a major role in Sri Lanka’s triumph in the recently ended Asia cup. Not only he was the captain but also their key batsman playing the role of finisher.
This year he has played quite many good knocks against India & one against Australia justifying his role as a finisher for his team. Although he hasn’t bowled much this year, in the upcoming wt20, he can be a handy 6th bowling option for his team.
Runs : 419 || Avg : 34.9 || S/R : 143.5
The 25-year-old Sri Lankan all-rounder has made a name for himself in the last 2
years and is living up to the expectations. Hasaranga is currently ranked 4th in the ICC t20 all-rounder rankings & 5th in ICC t20 bowlers rankings.
Hasaranga had an impressive 2021 Wt20, he finished the tournament as the highest wicket-taker and also took a hat trick against South Africa. Hasaranga will be leading a very young and improved Sri Lankan attack in the upcoming wt20.
Wickets : 19 || Avg : 17.5 || E/R : 8.1
Haris Rauf is currently the only Pakistani in the top 15 t20 bowlers as per ICC rankings. He’s been a consistent performer for them in the last 2 and a half years, especially in death overs.
He’s also the only death overs specialist Pakistan has in their current t20
pace attack. The other bowlers like Shaheen & Naseem are primarily powerplay
specialists. Thus there will be a great responsibility on his shoulders in the
upcoming mega event.
Recently he pulled off a miracle against England when just 9 runs were needed in 2 overs and he gave just 5 & picked up two wickets in the penultimate over. This was just an example of what he’s capable of doing when he’s in great touch. He will be one of the players to watch out for in Wt20.
Wickets : 17 || Avg : 20.7 || E/R : 8.1
2022 has been Hot & Cold for Bhuvneshwar Kumar, he gave decent performances against Sri Lanka & Windies then did brilliantly against SA at home & Man of the series against England in England.
Even in the Asia cup, he was the best bowler for India in 2 games but his failure in the 19th over against Pakistan & Sri Lanka hide his brilliant bowling this year. India will be hoping that he picks up his rhythm well before the Wt20 again and continue his outstanding year.
Wickets : 32 || Avg : 17.6 || E/R : 7.2
Josh Hazlewood is currently the best t20 fast bowler and the most improved one as well. This turnaround started when Australia toured Bangladesh in 2021 where most of major Australian players opted out of the series but Hazlewood emerged as their leading wicket-taker.
Then he won IPL for CSK and Wt20 for Australia playing a major role in
both victories. Wt20 2022 is being hosted in Australia & it will be interesting to
see how Hazlewood performs in front of his home crowd.
Wickets : 17 || Avg : 13 || E/R : 6.7