T20 World Cup 2021: Ranking finishers of top 8 teams
Ahead of the T20 World Cup, let’s have a look at the finishers of the top eight teams in the tournament.
Updated - Sep 1, 2021 3:59 pm
The seventh edition of the ICC T20 World Cup is all set to kick start on October 18. Owing to the ongoing pandemic, the tournament had to be postponed. But with the World Cup on cards, the excitement and anticipation of the fans have already reached a crescendo. There has been constant chatter about the team combinations as well and that is further adding to the entire setting.
The shorter format of the game tests the abilities of the players all the time. In the T20 format, the fortune of the game changes within no time, and thus every player has a big role to play. When it comes to finishing off the game, the players have to back themselves with extreme self-belief. Finishing the game for the team is one of the most herculean tasks. The asking rate, wickets in hand, and the overs remaining all need to be calculated well to take the side past victory.
The games that go to the final overs seem to grab the attention of the on-lookers. And in T20 cricket, it is not a rare sight. But in a mega event like that of the World Cup, the players are tested big time and that is when their flair comes to the fore. Despite all the challenges the finishing roles bring in, the format is not short on finishers. Ahead of the T20 World Cup, let’s have a look at the finishers of the top eight teams in the tournament.
Here are the finishers of the top 8 teams in the T20 World Cup
The primary goal for the Pakistan side is to seal their holes in the middle-order batting of the side. Their batting down the order misses big hitters and that is a huge concern for Pakistan. The top order of the side is held strong with the likes of Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan but they seem to struggle with finishers.
With big hits mandatory in T20 cricket, their performances are comparatively below the par. Shadab Khan has played 53 T20I matches and has scored 226 runs and scalped 58 wickets. He is one of the most important bowlers on the team, and his batting has also improved lately. His attacking batting will be crucial for the team in crunch moments to finish off things. Playing in the PSL, he has scored those quick runs and the team will pin their hopes on him for delivering down the order.
However, Azam Khan can solve the middle-order woes of the side. He was called up to the Pakistan T20I side for the England series, after his impressive performances in PSL and the National T20 Cup in 2020. Azam is a good striker of the ball who takes on spin and pace with equal ease. Thus, it would be interesting to watch what he has under his sleeves to portray.