Predicting the best performer from each team in T20 World Cup 2020
West Indies are the defending champions while the hosts Australia would hope to grab the only ICC trophy which they haven’t conquered till date.
Updated - Feb 16, 2020 7:41 pm
The first game of the T20 World Cup is set to take place between the hosts Australia and Pakistan at the SCG on October 24th, with the final to be staged at the iconic MCG on November 15. Eight teams have already qualified for the Super 12 round, with the rest four teams to be decided by the qualifiers starting 18 October, which will precede the main tournament. West Indies are the defending champions while the hosts Australia would hope to grab the only ICC trophy which they haven’t conquered till date.
Cricket is a team sport, but invariably it is the individuals who are at duels with each other and individual performances which make the difference in big tournaments. In the World Cup last year, whether it was Mitchell Starc’s yorker to Ben Stokes, or Rohit Sharma’s excellent form, or Matt Henry’s opening spell against India or Ben Stokes’ stupendous World Cup final innings- it is the individual acts which lit the fire in the team.
The T20 format, the shortest one, is the most vibrant of the three and on the biggest platform of all, players would want to leave the biggest footprint.
Here we look at a player from each team (top 8 qualified teams) who could be the key performer for their side:
1. Australia- David Warner
David Warner has recently been awarded the Allan Border Medal for his outstanding performances last year. Apart from The Ashes, Warner was amongst runs in every other series. After making a comeback from the ban inflicted because of the ball-tampering charges, the left-hander ended up as the leading run-scorer in the IPL and the second-highest scorer in the World Cup.
Warner had a terrific 2019 for the Aussies in the shortest format. He scored 287 runs in 6 matches with a hundred against Sri Lanka and a couple of half-centuries. To put Warner’s dominance in T20 internationals last year in perspective- the opener was dismissed only once in those six matches. In the IPL Warner amassed 692 runs in 12 innings, including a hundred and 8 half-centuries.
In home conditions in T20Is, Warner has accumulated 767 runs in 23 innings at an average of 45 and a strike rate of 148. After returning from the ban, the pocket dynamo batsman has changed his style of play. Instead of taking the attack straight away, he is happy to don the anchor’s role to the likes of Finch and Maxwell.
As the T20 World Cup is to be hosted in Australia, not only the home team start as title contenders, David Warner will also be one of the favourites to be the top run-getter of the tournament.