8. Bangladesh- 6/10
Mohammad Naim Shaikh has shown a lot of promise in the last one and half years. Liton Das and Soumya Sarkar need to display a bit more consistency for the Tigers. Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah Riyad form the core of their middle-order.
7. South Africa- 6.5/10
South Africa’s batting has relied heavily on Quinton de Kock. In 2021, the left-hander has scored 302 runs from seven T20Is at an average of 43.14 with three half-centuries. The southpaw was also the leading run-scorer in the five-match series against the West Indies earlier this year.
6. Pakistan- 7/10
Pakistan have the strongest opening pair among all the teams on the list. Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan are in the form of their lives and opponents have found it tough to dislodge them. In his last 18 T20Is, Rizwan has averaged in excess of 90 with eight fifties and one century.
5. New Zealand- 7.5/10
New Zealand’s batting isn’t overly experienced but isn’t short of firepower. Martin Guptill is one of the leading run-scorers in T20Is and his role as an opener is expected to be crucial. Tim Seifert is still finding his feet and playing the T20 WC in the sub-continent is expected to challenge him.
4. West Indies- 8/10
West Indies have a formidable opening pair in Lendl Simmons and Evin Lewis going into the T20 WC. The left-right combo can give terrors to the opposition and put their team in command in the powerplay itself.
3. Australia- 8.5/10
Australia are likely to have a power-packed batting unit going into the T20 WC. David Warner should open the batting along with Aaron Finch if the latter recovers from his knee injury. If Finch doesn’t get fit, Matthew Wade is the most probable candidate as Warner’s opening partner.
2. India- 9/10
Virat Kohli’s batting prowess needs no introduction as he averages 52.65. In the middle-order, Shreyas Iyer has been an asset for Team India over the last two years. Rishabh Pant is a fearless character and the opponents don’t drop their guard when the southpaw is in the middle.
1. England- 9.5/10
England’s strength in T20 cricket lies in their batting without a doubt. Jason Roy and Joss Buttler are tried-and-tested customers at the top of the order in the shortest format. The middle-order, featuring Jonny Bairstow, Moeen Ali and skipper Eoin Morgan, makes their batting even stronger.