ICC T20 World Cup: Best all rounders to keep an eye on
In a T20 match, an all-rounder can bowl four quick overs and also score handy runs to give that crucial edge to his team, which is necessary for winning.
No wonder then that when an all-rounder does well, his team tends to win. The same is the case with the ongoing ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 as well, where all participating teams are looking forward to their all-rounders doing well.
In this blog, Fun88 brings for you the best all rounders in the T20 World Cup to watch out for.
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Best all-rounders to watch out for in the ICC T20 World Cup:
Moeen Ali (England)
Moeen Ali is in good form in the T20 format, as he’s contributing both with the bat and the ball. He was part of the IPL 2021 winning Chennai Super Kings (CSK) side. Batting at the crucial Number 3 position for CSK, Moeen hammered 357 runs and took 6 wickets in 15 matches. In T20 matches, he often plays the role of an explosive left-handed batsman and an aggressive off-break bowler. Besides, he has retired from test cricket recently, which means he can focus on white-ball cricket. He’s been a revelation for England in the ongoing T20 WC. He’s able to extract turns from the pitch and trouble batsmen. As a result, Moeen took 2 wickets each against West Indies and Bangladesh. He has brought a great balance to the England side due to his ability with bat and ball, and he’s certainly a top all-rounder at the moment.
Andre Russell (West Indies)
Andre Russell might not have exploded so far in the T20 World Cup, but there’s no denying that he’s the most talented all-rounder in the game’s shortest format. Not only does he score quick runs and take essential wickets, but he’s also one of the sharpest fielders in cricket today. His stunning throw to run out Proteas skipper, Temba Bavuma, in a recent match was a reminder of what Russell is capable of. In 384 T20 matches that he’s played so far, he has scored 6,410 runs and taken 340 wickets. Russell was an important part of that golden generation of West Indies, which has won the ICC T20 World Cup twice. With his kind of talent, he can roar back in form any day. So, watch out for him.
Ravindra Jadeja (India)
One of those players in international cricket, who can contribute with bat and ball and also with their athleticism on the field, Jadeja can walk into any T20 side of the world. His strength is his determination, fitness, and consistency. Once Jadeja figures that a pitch has something for him, he’ll keep on bowling that line until the batsman gives up. Even with the bat, he tries to make the most of his talent by being a capable lower-order batsman. His flamboyance on the field can be uplifting for his teammates, especially in white-ball cricket. Jadeja has scored 2,826 runs in 269 T20 matches and taken 177 wickets. He’s been a vital player for CSK for years. If Hardik Pandya doesn’t bowl, India will be expecting Jadeja to play the crucial role of an all-rounder. Given his prodigious talent, he’s more than capable of doing so.
Shakib Al Hasan (Bangladesh)
Shakib Al Hasan is the World Number 1 all rounder as per the ICC ranking in the T20 format. He’s that rare player who can win you a match both with a bat and a ball. He’s not one of those all-rounders who are predominantly a batsman and can bowl a bit. Shakib can play as a full-fledged batsman and also as a proper bowler in any team. More than anything else, he’s a big match (stage) player, which is apparent by his performance in the ongoing ICC T20 World Cup. Against Oman and Papua New Guinea, he scored 42 and 46 runs, respectively. He’s been in a good nick, as he was also a part of the Kolkatta Knight Riders (KKR), which recently reached the final of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021. So, if you want to bet on leading all-rounders, Shakib can be your best bet.
Wanindu Hasaranga (Sri Lanka)
Hasaranga is one of the most talented Sri Lankan players of this generation. As an aggressive lower-order batsman and a leg-break bowler, Hasaranga is a capable all-rounder. In the ongoing T20 World Cup, he has taken wickets at regular intervals. His performance was particularly impressive against England when he took 3 wickets and also scored 34 runs. Although Sri Lanka ended up losing that match, everyone noticed Hasaranga’s performance. Of late, he’s having a good run with the ball. In 2021, he emerged as the highest wicket taker in the T20I matches. So far, Hasaranga has taken 34 wickets in T20I games in 2021, which is more than any bowler. Hasaranga is a part of a Sri Lankan team, which is going through a transition and is not winning matches on a regular basis. Otherwise, more people would have heard of him. He’s definitely an all-rounder to watch out for.
Mohammad Nabi (Afghanistan)
Currently Number 2 in the T20 rankings of all rounders, Mohammad Nabi is a capable middle-order batsman and off-spinner, who has been playing a vital role for Afghanistan for many years now. Even in the ongoing T20 World Cup, Nabi has done well with the bat, having scored 35 runs against Pakistan and 32 runs against Namibia. Given his talent with the ball, it’s likely that he’ll soon take wickets as well. Nabi’s performance as an all-rounder will hold the key for how well Afghanistan does in the T20 World Cup.
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