T20 World Cup 2021: Pakistan's strongest predicted playing XI for the tournament

T20 World Cup 2021: Pakistan’s strongest predicted playing XI for the tournament

Pakistan has some strong players to do well in the tournament.

Pakistan Cricket Team
Pakistan Cricket Team. (Photo by Philip Brown/Popperfoto/Popperfoto via Getty Images)

The T20 World Cup has been one of the major tournaments organised by the ICC. Apart from the ODI World Cup, the shorter format has been the eye-catcher for many non-regular cricket fans. Hence, somehow it becomes important for the teams to perform well in these tournaments. 

Since 2007, the T20 World Cup has been the tournament where the Pakistan cricket team has performed better as compared to the ODI World Cup. In 2007, they were the finalists while in 2009, they were crowned as the champions, and in 2010, they were the semifinalists. The format suited their way of playing. 

Adding on, after the departure of many iconic players, they have failed in the last two editions of the T20 World Cup. But, this time, they have few players who can turn the game around within a few overs. This time, they have those players, who can play match-winning innings or bowl match-winning spells.

Here is Pakistan’s predicted playing XI for T20 World Cup 2021

1. Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper)

Mohammad Rizwan
Mohammad Rizwan. (Photo by Aamir QURESHI / AFP) (Photo by AAMIR QURESHI/AFP via Getty Images)

Mohammad Rizwan is one of the finest wicketkeepers in the current generation. He has a safe pair of hands and compliments the bowlers to perfection. Adding on, he is one of the senior members of the side. 

Rizwan is a solid batsman who can accelerate when required. In 40 T20I matches, he has scored 1019 runs with an excellent average of 48.52. He has been a regular member of the Pakistan team for quite some time. 

A strike rate of 129.15 seems a bit low for an opener but he can play according to the situation. He has scored a century against South Africa which shows his ability to accelerate when required. Adding on, he has been consistent in the recently concluded series against England.