10 Breakthrough Players for ICC World T20 Super 10 stage
There is no doubt that this generation of cricketers is one of the most exciting in decades and the ICC World Twenty20 is going to see the breakthrough of several new stars of cricket. We pick one fro each country for you to keep your eyes on
15 March 2016 09:11
1. Rashid Khan (Afghanistan)
Rashid Khan will be the youngest player to play the ICC World Twenty20 2016. Debuting in October last year, Rashid has been impressive, especially in the series against Zimbabwe. His rise in cricket has been inspirational as he has played competitive cricket at a very young age. Relatively new to the format Rashid has 14 wickets from 10 matches at an average of 18.21 and an economy rate of 6.53. The second highest wicket taker in the Asia Cup qualifiers, Rashid made it to the Afghanistan senior squad after his notable performances and variations in bowling against Zimbabwe and in the ICC Under-19 World Cup.
2. Adam Zampa (Australia)
Australia has struggled to find an established spinner who has made a place in the team his own. The latest hopeful to try and get the job done is Adam Zampa and his legspin could have a crucial role in Indian conditions. Pitches are expected to be on the slower side and take turn, meaning that teams will struggle to get by with pace alone.
3. Mustafizur Rahman (Bangladesh)
A left-arm pacer who varies his cutters with great success, Mustafizur shot to fame when he picked up successive five-wicket hauls in his first two ODIs - only the second bowler in history to do so - and helped Bangladesh secure its first bilateral series win over India. In 10 T20Is, nine ODIs and two Tests, Mustafizur averages less than 18 with the ball in all formats. Recently, he became the first Bangladesh international be signed by Sussex for their T20 and 50-overs matches.
4. Sam Billings (England)
Sam Billings is not yet 25, and has had only a moderate time in top-drawer limited-overs cricket since making his ODI and T20I debuts in the series against New Zealand at home in June 2015. He is an all-round sportsman, who plays rugby, football and tennis. He missed a trial with Tottenham Hotspur because he wanted to concentrate on cricket, and what a good decision that was for England, which has found one for the future in Billings – a quick-scoring batsman and a brilliant fielder who can also keeper wickets. Billings hasn’t had to put on the big gloves for England yet, but when on the field, has added to the energy that the new-look team has wanted to inculcate.
5. Jasprit Bumrah (India)
Within a month and a half of his India debut in a One-Day International in Australia, Jasprit Bumrah has established himself as the leader of the pace attack with a succession of impressive performances against all-comers. An unusual action that makes him difficult to pick, allied with his ability to duck the ball into right-handers at pace makes him a captain’s delight both at the top of the innings and at the death. Bumrah caught the eye with his exploits for Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League, but his success at the world stage has been equally impressive. He has 15 T20I wickets in 11 matches and a very impressive economy of 6.15.
6. Colin Munro (New Zealand)
He made his T20I debut back in December 2012, but it was only in January 2016 that Colin Munro entered the public consciousness. Finishing as the top run-getter in New Zealand's 2015-16 domestic T20 tournament, with 366 runs in 11 games at 40.66 and a strike rate of 175.96, Munro had the talent but could he translate it into international runs and reboot his career? Against Sri Lanka, mere moments after Martin Guptill hit the fastest New Zealand T20I fifty off 19 balls, Munro smacked an unbeaten 14-ball fifty to seal a win. The knock, containing seven sixes and one four, was the second-fastest T20I fifty after Yuvraj's 12-ball effort in World T20 2007 and it catapulted him into the limelight.
7. Mohammad Amir (Pakistan)
Mohammad Amir's return to the world stage was hesitant, with him picking up one New Zealand wicket on his comeback after five years. But, since then, the 23-year-old pacer has grown in confidence. He rattled the Indian top order at the Asia Cup and stifled UAE with incredible figures of 4-1-6-2. Little surprise then that he can now count Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni among his admirers.
8. Kagiso Rabada (South Africa)
Kagiso Rabada first came to attention during the ICC Under-19 World Cup in 2014, the searing pace on the flat pitches of Dubai marking him out as one of those most likely to make the transition to international cricket. Rabada has proven observers right, and quite spectacularly too. A natural athlete, the 20-year-old can hustle the best of batsmen with his pace, while his accuracy means runs are never easy to come by. Most important of all, he strikes often, giving his team the breakthrough more often than not.
9. Lahiru Thirimanne (Sri Lanka)
A late draft into the squad, Thirimanne provides invaluable stability to the top order. His forte has been Test cricket but he has also earned his place in a dynamic batting order in the shortest format. He is an opening batsman by nature but also plays the role of a floater according to the team’s needs. His T20 numbers will only get better and Sri Lanka knows the value he adds to the line-up.
10. Carlos Brathwaite (West Indies)
Having made his T20I debut in October 2011, at the age of 23, he had to wait four more years for his next cap. But a spirited showing on the Test tour of Australia at the turn of the year pushed him into contention. He made valuable runs in the lower order, and his bowling ability means that West Indies has yet another all-round option in a format where that can be priceless.