8. West Indies – Nicholas Pooran – 6
Nicholas Pooran is a devastating player when it comes to batting. He can win matches single-handedly for West Indies on his day. But on current form, the left-hander gets the lowest rating. He struggled in the Indian Premier League (IPL) while featuring for the Punjab Kings (PBKS)
7. Australia – Matthew Wade – 6.5
Australia has generally struggled in the T20 format. Very seldom they have fielded the full strength line-up in the shortest format and that has left them wanting for a quality wicketkeeper-batsman who can bat in the middle-order or be a finisher.
In terms of wicketkeeping, the 19-year-old will only learn as he plays more and faces the top teams in the format. Afghanistan will need his heroics at the top in the T20 World Cup
5. New Zealand – Tim Seifert – 7.5
Tim Seifert has kind of carried forward the legacy of Brendon McCullum opening the innings. Though he has not matched the latter’s class, Seifert has done well to score quick runs in the powerplay overs.
4. Pakistan – Mohammad Rizwan–8
Ever since Sarfaraz Ahmed has been sidelined, Mohammad Rizwan has risen as the top batsman and wicketkeeper for Pakistan. He has opened the innings and done exceptionally well. Rizwan’s wicketkeeping is top notch and there is no question about that.
3. India – Rishabh Pant – 8.5
Pant has played 33 T20Is and though his strike-rate of 123.07 doesn’t look overwhelming, it doesn’t tell the whole story. The southpaw hasn’t played much T20Is since establishing himself in the Indian team and one will have to watch out for him in the World Cup.
2. South Africa – Quinton de Kock – 9
South Africa is blessed to have a batsman and a wicketkeeper like Quinton de Kock. The left-hander has played a lot of memorable knocks across formats for the Proteas and is one of the most experienced batsmen for South Africa in a team filled with youngsters.
1. England – Jos Buttler – 9.5
Jos Buttler strikes at close to 140 in 74 innings with 14 fifties to his name. He adapts well according to the conditions on offer and showed his class during the home series against Pakistan. The only concerning thing for him and England would be Buttler might miss the second leg of the IPL due to personal reasons.