The next ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 is just three months away and fans are already debating and defending their favorite player over who is the best T20 player in the world. Many fans will be expecting their star players to gain momentum, before the mega ICC event, and will be enjoying their performances in upcoming international games.
Arguably the most celebrated T20 tournament, the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 concluded with many unexpected surprises. Many big-name players with impressive statistical backup failed while few added more numbers to their names. It was expected to perform well from the top-ranking players like Aiden Markram, KL Rahul, Josh Hazlewood, and Wanindu Hasaranga. Some stars struggled to play up to their reputation, but no one can kick them off for the upcoming World Cup in Australia.
Best Predicted Playing World XI in ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022
Here’s a look at the best T20 Playing 11:
1. Jos Buttler (WK)
The star English batsman is in the form of his life, having played many mind-blowing knocks in this year’s Indian Premier League. He finished this season of IPL as the Orange Cap winner and was crucial in guiding Rajasthan Royals to the final game.
Buttler equaled Virat Kohli’s record for most hundreds in a single IPL season with four excellent hundreds. He also came nearby to break Kohli’s highest-runs-in-a-season record but failed to achieve it due to a short dry spell during the mid-season. He smashed 863 runs in 17 clashes, with an average of 57.53 and a strike rate of 149.05.
The 31-year-old star player was brilliant in T20 World Cup 2021, where he was the only player to score a hundred.
2. Babar Azam (C)
Azam also dominated the previous year’s T20 World Cup in the UAE, where he finished the contest as the highest run-scorer. He was the only batsman to cross the 300-run mark and scored four half-centuries in the six clashes. Fans and Team Pakistan will be expecting similar performances from Azam in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022
3. KL Rahul
The 30-year-old star opener was Team India’s highest run-scorer in the previous year’s World Cup with 194 runs in five matches, with three fifties. He manages a 40+ average in both domestic and international T20Is with an excellent strike rate of around 140.
The star batsman is presently the second-highest ranked Indian player to feature in ICC T20I batting rankings.
4. Aiden Markram
Markram also showed his responsible batting in the previous year’s World Cup with two fifties in five games. He maintained a 50-plus average in the series and stabilized the SA middle-order with Rassie van der Dussen.
So far, he has played 20 international games in the shortest format but still ranks 3rd in ICC T20I batting rankings.
5. Glenn Maxwell
The young all-rounder played a small but crucial knock of unbeaten 28 runs off 18 balls in last year’s T20 World Cup final and guided Australia to glory as the winner. He is likely to come at number five for Australia in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 following Steven Smith and Mitchell Marsh.
Maxwell ranks fourth in the ICC T20I best all-rounders list.
6. Liam Livingstone
The star English batsman is finally doing justice to his abilities and reputation. He will be a master key player for England in Australia because of his ability to hit big shots on any ground. He cost a big amount of money to Punjab Kings in IPL mega auction, but after the contest fans labeled him as a ‘steal-buy’.
Livingstone smashed 437 runs in 14 IPL matches despite playing the finisher’s role, with an average of 36.42 and a strike rate of 182.08. He also maintained to bag six wickets and impressive fielding as well.
7. Rashid Khan
Khan was the highest wicket-taker for the Afghanistan squad in last year’s World Cup, with eight wickets in just five games, with an average of 14.00 and a superb economy rate of 6.10. He has haunted 109 T20 International wickets so far in just 61 matches and has managed to maintain an economy rate of just over six.
8. Wanindu Hasaranga
The 24-year-old Sri Lankan all-rounder cricketer has made a name for himself in the recent two years and is living up to his dreams, with consistently nice performances. It cost more than 10 crores in IPL 2022 auction for RCB to purchase Hasaranga, but the player performed better than this price later. He managed to haunt 26 wickets in 16 matches and his tally was only 2nd to Purple Cap winner Yuzvendra Chahal, who took 27 in 17 games.
Also, he maintained a good better average and economy rate than the Indian players. He holds the key to Sri Lanka’s performance in ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022.
9. Josh Hazlewood
Josh Hazlewood is not far behind big-named pacers Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc when we talk about consistency. He was the highest wicket-taker for Australia facing Sri Lanka in the five-match T20I series at home ground, with eight wickets earlier this year 2022.
Hazelwood currently ranks in ICC’s top-10 bowlers’ list in all three formats.
10. Jasprit Bumrah
The star player right-arm pacer is the only Indian bowler on this list, ahead of the upcoming T20 World Cup in October. Bumrah remains one of the finest bowlers in the world, despite a slight dip in form earlier this year. He struggled for wickets earlier this year and also went expensive at the beginning of Indian Premier League 2022 for Mumbai Indians. However, he made a solid comeback with 15 wickets, to the end of this season with a nice economy rate of 7.18, the best in all capped Indian pacers.
Bumrah has taken 69 wickets in 58 T20 international matches. He manages an impressive economy rate of 6.50 in T20I matches and will be a master key bowler for Team India on pace-friendly Australian surface in the World Cup.
11. Shaheen Afridi
The left-arm pacer Afridi has established himself as the best bowler for Pakistan, at just 22 years of age. He finished Pakistan Super League 2022 season as the highest wicket-hunter and also guided Lahore Qalandars to the trophy. He took 20 wickets in just 13 games at an average of 19.70 and an economy rate of 7.57.
The Pakistani pacer is in great form with wickets in each of his recent ten outings. He took seven wickets in six clashes in last year’s T20 World Cup and once again will be a magic bowler for Pakistan in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia.