ICC Twenty20 World Cup: 11 Players to Watch Out for
The IPL extravaganza is past us now, and we all eagerly await a battle of a different kind.
The ICC Twenty20 World Cup is merely a few days away, and the question on everyone's mind is—Can India defend their title this time around?
Or will Australia, South Africa, England, or Sri Lanka be able to dominate this time and conquer the Twenty20 crown?
Either way, we are in for one hell of a tournament.
And here's a list of 11 "must watch" players who will definitely make an impact in this tournament!
Probably the most destructive T20 batsman, this New Zealand wicket-keeper batsman can prove to be a nightmare for the opposition.
He had a horrible IPL until he finally found form and victories in the last couple of matches.
He will be hungry for success and will definitely be given the license to play his natural game right at the top of the order by captain Vettori.
The Nawab of Najabgad!
On his day, this man is, without a shadow of a doubt, the most destructive batsman in the world of cricket today.
Tests, ODIs, Twenty20...nothing matters to this guy, he knows only one way to play.
He is not in good form and struggled in the IPL to get going. Injuries had also troubled him, but the passion of the game, desire to prove himself, and sheer ability to petrify opponents qualifies him for this list.
The next big thing!
This South African is one of the fastest growing names in world cricket.
He is not your ideal T20 power player, but still he has proved to be a force to reckon with. His reliability in the middle order, ability to shift gears at will, and amazing fielding ability means that he is the biggest asset to his team.
If there was ever a game perfectly designed to a person's ability!
The stage is set for the big man to once again dominate, annihilate, and destroy the opposition bowling. He had a great IPL, and he will only look to carry his form from there to England.
And do not forget, this Australian can be a more than useful bowler as well as an excellent fielder.
It's hard to overlook a player of his caliber, especially when he's playing on his home turf.
Only a brave man would bet on the English team to win this time, but here is one guy who might just be able to single-handedly do the impossible.
So, be ready for reverse shots being hit to the crowds if KP is on song, miracles can happen!
I think helmets should be made compulsory for everyone in the crowds...if this guy is playing.
Seriously, this guy can hit a cricket ball harder than most guys out there.
He announced himself to the cricketing world with IPL 1, and even though IPL 2 was far from being a dream tournament for him, playing for his nation, helping India retain the cup, and denting a few bowling records along the way should be enough motivation for him to do well.
West Indies will rely on the trio to get them through: Captain Gayle, fast bowler Fidel Edwards, and the mighty Dwayne Bravo.
There are few in cricket who can connect the bat to the ball as cleanly as he does. When he hits them they stay hit, and on his day he shows no mercy to the bowlers.
He is a genuine all-rounder and his team will rely heavily on him to snap a few key wickets and lend a helping hand to the West Indian pace battery.
If you thought Twenty20 is game of just batsman slogging bowlers to all parts of the ground, and bowlers are mere helpless souls...this is the moment to change that thought.
Bowlers can be match winners too, and this guy is a prime example.
Vettori is captain cool.
A confident individual, a brilliant team player, and without a doubt a wonderful slow bowler.
He may have been left out of key matches by the Delhi Daredevils during the IPL, but he will lead New Zealand from the front and his four over spell in each match will be something all batsmen will fear most.
The Dutch hope
When this Victoria Bushrangers bowler didn't get a place in the Australian squad, he decided to play for his other parent country—The Netherlands.
And weren't they delighted!
This talented left-armer can swing the ball both ways, has a good yorker, and definitely knows how to trouble the batsmen when the ball is new.
Netherlands may not go too far in the competition, but this guy surely will leave his mark in the few matches he plays.
Mr. IPL 2
His first couple of matches in the IPL 2 were awful. But once he took a wicket, he just refused to stop!
This young South African is one of the unknowns and might just turn out a surprise package.
Mr. "I'm a terrific bowler, so don't you dare talk about my hairstyle!"
This fiery Sri Lankan is one of the few genuine fast bowlers around, his controversial bowling action apart.
The humid conditions and English pitches will definitely prove to be a good hunting ground for his likes.
He will spearhead the Lankan bowling attack and will hope to replicate his early IPL 2 success.
I do not expect this list to go unchallenged.
You may ask, what about...
Zaheer Khan (injury worries made me leave him out...)
And sure enough, they are pure awesome.