T20 World Cup 2020: Team wise bowlers who can bowl the Super Over
The admission of T20 cricket has demanded the need for death overs specialists. Teams are planning and assigning specific roles to their bowlers according to different situations in the game.
by Jatin Author
Published - Feb 18, 2020 12:57 pm | Updated - Feb 18, 2020 3:01 pm
Australia will take on Pakistan at the SCG on October 24th to kick start the T20 World Cup later in the year. Eight teams have already qualified for the Super 12 round, with the rest four teams to be decided by the qualifiers starting 18th October. The final will be hosted on November 15th at the MCG to crown the champion.
The admission of T20 cricket has demanded the need for death overs specialists. Teams are planning and assigning specific roles to their bowlers according to different situations in the game. Bowlers such as Deepak Chahar, David Willey, Mujeeb Ur Rahman bowl primarily in the powerplay with the new nut, while the likes of Jasprit Bumrah and Chris Jordan are experts at the end of the innings.
Since the World Cup final, New Zealand has been involved in further three more Super Overs, losing them all. The recently concluded series between England and South Africa saw all three games finish in the last over. Hence, which bowler to bowl in the super over and what field to set will also be among the agendas for the teams going into the World Cup.
Here we look at a bowler from each team (top 8 qualified teams) who could bowl the super over in the case of a tied encounter:
1. Australia- Mitchell Starc
When on song, Mitchell Starc is arguably the most lethal limited overs bowler in the world. Standing 6 feet 6 inches tall on top of his mark, Starc can decimate any batting order with both new and old ball. The Sydney born pacer is a two-time leading wicket-taker in ODI World Cups.
Starc has pulled out of the IPL this year in a bid to avoid injury and be fresh for the T20 World Cup. He did the same last year as well and ended up as the leading wicket-taker in the World Cup. With Australia’s focus more on the World Cup and The Ashes last year, Starc played only 5 T20 internationals in 2019 and scalped 8 wickets at an average of 15.
In home conditions, the pacer has taken 14 wickets in 8 matches- averaging 13 and giving runs at an economy of 6.16. The last time Starc played in the IPL was in 2015, where he took 20 wickets in 13 games at a strike rate of 12.9- and was bought by Kolkata the next season for a pricy 9.4 crore, but pulled out before the tournament.
On the fast and bouncy wickets in Australia, Mitchell Starc will be raring to go and win the maiden T20 World Cup for the Aussies. If it goes to Super over, Aaron Finch will look at just one man- the destruction force- Mitchell Starc.