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The ICC World T20 has just started. The super 10 stage is just a few days away.

We shall look into the” impact” players in world T20. These are the specialist players in this shortest format and these players should be watched out for in this edition of world t20 2016.

Let’s start with the defending champions Sri Lanka. The Lankans won the T20 title in 2014. That was the last T20 world tournament for Kumar Sangakara and Mahela Jayawerdene. Sri Lanka won that World Cup for them.

Although Sri Lanka is in the phrase of transition, no teams would take them lightly. They would surprise any team on a given day. Recent news from the Lankan camp is Lasith Malinga has stepped down from captaincy.

Angelo Matthews has been named the new captain from their side.

Specialist players from Sri Lanka would be – Captain Angelo Matthews – He is very dangerous batsman.

He has scored 2152 runs in 138 matches with a healthier strike rate of 121.99. He has 7 fifties to his name. He is also very useful with the ball in hand. He has picked up 75 wickets with a good economy of 7.28. He is the perfect all-rounder for Sri Lanka. He provides much-needed break troughs with the ball and his batting is a class. He builds a good partnership when the team requires the most.

Lasik Malinga – The Ex Sri Lankan T20 Captain. He was instrumental in winning the 2014 t20 world cup. He accuracy with the ball is highly appreciated. His Full Length delivers, slower balls, Yorkers and all other variations are difficult for the batsmen to play. His bowling in depth overs is too good. He doesn’t allow any opportunity to leak runs.

Malinga has 299 wickets from 221 matches, with an impressive economy of 6.69. Malinga is useful with the bat too.

He can strike some lusty blows towards the end. He enjoys the strike rate of 97.95, which means he can strike it big.

He is a useful player. He has contributed his success to his IPL team Mumbai Indians also. His bowling spells are very crucial to every team he plays for. They are the deciding factor.

Tillakratne Dilshan – This opening batsmen form Sri Lanka is very destructive. He is the most senior player in the current Sri Lankan team.

He is the player which Sri Lanka looked upon after the retirements of legendary players like Kumar Sangakara and Mahela Jayawerdene. He is the most destructive batsman after Sanath Jayasuriya. He has scored 5055 in 215 matches with an average of 122.87. He has a brilliant century to his name. That came against Australia.

He took the game away from then he scored 104 not out of just 57 balls. He is also handy with the bowler. He has picked up 62 wickets with an economy of 7.28. He has an ability to break partnerships with his off-breaks.
Rangana Herath – The best spinner after Muthiya Murlidharan. This Slow left-arm orthodox bowler is very clever in foxing the batsmen.

He can do this any format. He always keeps the batsmen guessing, the batsmen don’t know what can come from him. He has played only 49 twenty20 matches and picked up 54 wickets with an economy of 6.09. All teams have to very careful while playing against this bowler. He can turn the game around single-handedly.

The good thing about Sri Lanka is that they have blessed with all-rounders. These players can win their games from anywhere.

India – The winners of inaugural twenty20 cup in 2007, this edition was held in South Africa. From then, they came close to winning in Bangladesh in the last edition but Sri Lanka played well to win it. India would be going in this tournament with their head high because they won in Australia, they won against Sri Lanka at home, they won this year’s Asia Cup in Bangladesh. And they are newly crowned no.1 T20 side.

Virat Kohli – He is the run machine for the Indian team. He scores run in every format. He was instrumental in winning Asia cup and he single-handedly thrashed Australia. He was also instrumental in the last edition. India reached the final because of Kohli. In 183 matches Kohli scored 5199 runs with an impressive strike rate of 129.33. He is only the fourth Indian to complete 1000 runs in T20s. He is the backbone of Indian batting line up.

Suresh Raina – he is the star T20 batsman for India. Off late his form has been too great. But, he just needs only one inning to be back in form and among runs. He is the second best all-rounder in the team. He is the only player to score a century in all the formats.

In all Raina has played 222 matches, he has scored 5886 runs with a strike rate of 139.94. He has scored 3 centuries overall in T20 cricket. He can give his quota of four overs when the captain needs. He has picked up 47 wickets in all. He is electrifying fielder too.

Ravi Chandran Ashwin – One of the best spinning all-rounder in the team. Ashwin has most wickets for India in World T20 matches. His best bowling spell was against Sri Lanka in Vizag recently. His figure 4 for 8 is the best by any Indian. In 174 matches Ashwin has picked up 184 wickets with an economy of 6.68. He is handy batsmen lower down the order. He can strike some handy blows towards the end.

Ashish Nehra – He is the most senior player in this current Indian team. Nehra has made a good come back in this team. Now he is the leading bowler. He compliments the youngsters well. He is regularly providing the opening burst for his team. He has taken at least one wicket in the power play that’s very good in the team’s point of view. He also bowls well at end overs. He has taken 132 wickets in 107 matches he has played. His economy is 7.15. No Shami means Nehra will open the bowling with young Bumrah.

Pakistan – After a flop show in the Asia cup, Pakistan would be hoping to improve their performance in this World T20. They won the 2009 edition. Now the India Vs Pakistan match shifted to Kolkata Eden garden, due to security reasons stated by the Pakistani team.

Shahid Afridi has been the impact player for Pakistan; He is the captain of this team. He is the impact player. He has good skills with ball and bat. He and his team members are not among the runs. They failed in New Zealand and they also failed in Asia cup 2016. Pakistan wants Shahid Afridi to fire with both bat and ball.

He has played 207 t20 matches and scored 2966 runs with an impressive strike rate of 154.39. He is also good with the ball. He has picked up 226 wickets with an economy of 6.64. Pakistan wants his all-round skills to use to win games.he has played

Umar Akmal – The leader of Pakistani batting line up. The openers have not been giving greats starts for Pakistan.

It’s the players like Umar Akmal and experience of Shoaib Malik, who is guiding them to some respectable score.

Umar Akmal is great when it comes to batting under pressure. He takes an odd risk and steadies the batting ship by building a much-needed partnership.

Akmal has played 173 matches and scored 3877 runs with a strike rate of 129.83.

Pakistan won their second game against Sri Lanka because of Umar Akmal.

Shoaib Mallik – The most experienced player in Pakistan team, he is the former ODI and Test captain. He has stabilised the Pakistan innings when they require the most. He is a perfect all-rounder in the team. His contribution with bat and ball is always vital.

Mallik has played 229 matches and scored 5899 runs with a strike rate of 123.12.

With the ball in hand he has picked up 110 wickets with an economy rate of 6.97.he is an important member in that Pakistani team.

West Indies –The winners of 2012 t20 world cup. But this time some of star players won’t be around them.

Sunil Narnie would be missed certainly.

Christopher Henry Gayle – This Giant man is a brutal batsman in any format. He played an important role in winning the cup in 2014. He is an important member of RCB too.

He is the most experienced T20 player. He is the most experienced player in the T20 format.

He has played most matches, 239 overall and scored most runs 8726 with a strike rate of 149.67. He has scored 16 centuries and 55 half-centuries. It is most by any player.

His contribution with the ball also is very handy. He is a so-called part-time bowler But, He picks up important wickets. He has picked up 72 in all.

Dwayne Smith – A key player in that squad. He contributes well with bat and ball. He can be dangerous when he opens the batting with Gayle.

Smith has played 243 matches and scored 5643 runs with a strike rate of 127.04. He scored 3 brilliant centuries too.
He is no mug when he has the ball in hand. He has 90 wickets with a strike rate of 7.83.

Dwayne Bravo – An all-rounder every team would like to have.

He is the best when you compare all-rounder with the other teams. He has played under Dhoni for almost 8 years so he knows MS Dhoni well.

In 285 matches Bravo has scored 4603 runs with a strike rate of 125.62. He is good when the ball is in hand. He has 289 wickets to his name. He is an impressive athlete in the Windies team.

Kieron Pollard – he is a right-hand all-rounder. He bats in the middle order and bowls medium-pace. Again he is an excellent all-rounder after Samy and Bravo. He hits huge sixes and fours. He is luxury to have in a team.

In 299 matches he has scored 4923 runs with a strike rate of 153.10. he is the one guy who can take the game away in no time. His bowling figures are also impressive. He has taken 214 wickets with an economy rate of 7.94.

Darren Julius Garvey Sammy – Like Sri Lanka, West Indies are also blessed with all-rounders their team.

Sammy is another outstanding all-rounder. He can turn the game around in no time.

In 192 matches Sammy has scored 2241 runs with the strike rate of 136.64.

He is also good with ball in hand. He has 131 wickets to his name. He has played some mind-blowing T20 knocks for his team and KKR.

England is the contenders of this edition of world T20. They have attacking batsmen like Alex Hales, Jos Buttler, Eoin Morgan and Joe Root. They have good all rounders like Ravi Bopara, Adul Rashid, Ben strokes. This team won the 2010 edition in West Indies. It was their 1st world cup win in any format.

Their captain Eoin Joseph Gerard Morgan is there a key player in the limited-overs format. He is an attacking batsman and most bankable limited-overs performers for England over the years.

Morgan has played 1 77 matches for this team and scored 3799 runs with a strike rate of 130.10. He is the most experienced player on the team. With no Kevin Peterson and Matt Prior in the squad, that means Morgan has to take additional responsibility for batting with his captaincy.

Joseph Edward Root – The most dependable batsman for England. The backbone English batting. His batting potential is very exciting for a viewer to watch. He is a real luxury to have in a team. He contributes both with bat and ball.

Root has played only 43 t20 matches he has scored 823 runs with a strike rate of 123.01. He is the one guy in the England team who fill in the shoes of Kevin Peterson.

Alexander Daniel Hales – He is attacking opening batsman. T20 format suits him the most. He is the only player to be dismissed on the score of 99 in T20s and ODIs. Hales is a tall batsman with a destructive range of offside drives and cuts, he is a player who could potentially change the game.

Hales has played 139 matches and scored 3804 with a strike rate of 138.73. He has one fantastic hundred to his name. That score came against Sri Lanka in the last edition of world t20. He scored 116 not out in just 64 balls. He is only English batsman to score a T20I century.

Ravinder Singh Bopara – A talented and wristy stroke player. He is capable of opening the innings or batting in the middle order. He can also give you his 4 overs, and those could be very crucial. He can turn the game around.
Bopara has played 218 matches and scored 4527 runs with a strike rate of 119.85..

His bowling is also good. He has taken 155 wickets in overall t20 matches he has played. He can be a handy all-rounder after Peterson.

Joseph Charles Buttler – A wicket-keeper and a handy batsman in the middle order. His impact on the one-day and T20 sides has been extraordinary. He has 3 fastest centuries to his name. He is the best wicket-keeper batsman behind Dhoni, Decock, Candimal, Kamran Akmal and Peter Nevil.

Buttler has played 132 games and scored 2365 runs with a strike rate of 144.73. He has good wicket-keeping skills too he has 70 catches and 16 stumpings to his name. In one day internationals, he has a record of fastest hundreds to his name. He scored 46-ball onslaught against Pakistan in Dubai.

Benjamin Andrew Stokes – A good bowler and attacking low order batsman. England will surely look to for his performance in this world t20. Even though he has played only 60 matches his talent with bat and ball got him selected in this world tournament.

In those 60 matches, Stokes has scored 1075 runs with an attacking strike rate of 132.71. he has also picked 26 wickets with an expensive economy rate of 8.45. He is a definite promise of a good all-rounder for England.

Christopher Roger Woakes – One of the best all-rounders in the game. Al tough test cricket suits him the best, but he has shown that he can play T20 cricket as well. In 83 t20 matches, he has 82 wickets with economy expensive over 8.

His contribution with the bat would also come in handy for England. He bats lower down the order. He has scored 625 runs and has one fifty to his name. He can strike some lusty blows towards the end.

New Zealand – The Kiwis are also the favourites to win this tournament. It would be slightly difficult for them because their key and star player Brendon McCullum has retired recently. They have experienced player in their line up. They also have gained experience by playing IPL. The kiwis would be facing India in their first match at Nagpur on 15th March.

Kane Stuart Williamson- He is the backbone of the New Zealand batting. He will also lead the side for the first time in a world tournament. With his batting, His captaincy will also be tested.

In 85 matches Kane has scored 1521 runs with a strike rate of 120.97. His left arms off breaks are also useful for his team. He has picked up 83 wickets with a good economy rate of 3.36. He is a useful contributor with bat and ball.

Ross Poutoa Lote Taylor – The most experienced batsman in Kiwis line up. He is also the most senior player in that team. The Black Caps will look upon after the retirement of Brendon McCullum.

He is rock solid middle-order batsman. He has played 207 matches and scored 4443 with a strike rate of 133.90. His experience playing in India will prove handy.

Corey James Anderson – He is been well known for his powerful striking. After the retirement of Brendon McCullum, the kiwis will look at Corey for big-hitting. He can become the best finisher for New Zealand because of the order.

Corey has played 67 matches and scored 1011 runs with a strike rate of 137.55. He has contributed with the ball too. He has picked up 22 wickets with an economy rate of over 8. He can be the all-rounder that the black caps are looking for.

Timothy Grant Southee – The best bowler for NZ after Shane Bond. He has become the best swing bowler in the world. His ability to generate late outswing at a brisk pace makes him a good attacking bowler.

He has played 109 matches and picked up 127 wickets with an economy of 8.24. He can contribute with the bat also. He has scored 411 runs with one fifty.

Trent Alexander Boult – He is one of the best new-ball bowlers in New Zealand history. He can present a significant threat to batsmen around the world with an ability to move the ball both ways even in unresponsive conditions.

He has taken at least one wicket in the match. Boult has played 51 matches and he has taken 51 wickets with an economy of 7.90. His association with Sunrisers Hyderabad will surely help in this tournament.

Australia has not won a single world t30 till now. They would etching for a victory this time around. They came close in 2010 against England but their losses in semi-finals of world cups have defined the new chokers in this format.

Like Sri Lanka, they also are in the phrase of transition. Retirement of Michel Clarke and Mitchel Johnson has given them a reason to worry. No Starc in their squad means they need to sort out the bowling issues.

Steven Peter Devereux Smith – Great all-rounder and an excellent batsman. He is a legend of this modern era. Helps his team with the bat, ball and infield. He is Australia’s trump card. He would be leading this side after 3-0 loss to India under Shane Watson. Recently he won a t20 series against South Africa.

He has played 128 matches and scored 2299 runs with a strike rate of 123.60. He is also good with the ball. He has 51 wickets to his name with an economy of 7.

His IPL experience will come into play.

David Andrew Warner – He is a dashing opener. He is the best after Adam Gilchrist and Matthew Hayden. He pairs well with Aaron Finch. He was recently awarded man of the series against South Africa. He is the most destructive openers in world cricket right now. Bowlers need his wicket early.

Warner has played 100 matches overall. He has 5982 runs with a strike rate of 142.97. He was associated with Delhi Daredevils and now he is currently associated with Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Shane Robert Watson – What an all-rounder to have in your team. He is the perfect player for this job. He can give you wickets in his 4 overs and he and bat well too. He is best middle-order batsman that the Aussies have. He and

Glen Maxwell can turn the innings around in no time.

He is the most experienced and senior player in that Aussie team. Watson has played 176 matches and scored 4738 runs with a strike rate of 130.06. With the ball in hand he has 135 wickets at an economy rate of 7.59. He was closely associated with recently banned Rajasthan Royals.

Glenn James Maxwell – A key member in Australia’s middle order in the shorter formats. It is not just his power that worries opposing bowlers and captains. His ability to make unconventional shots appear routine – reverse sweeps and pulls, makes it hard to set fields to cover all of his scoring areas.

His audacity comes with risk, and he can exasperate as well as exhilarate, but at his best, he can change a game in moments. Also a handy off-spinner and outstanding fieldsman, he offers an impressive package in one-day and Twenty20 cricket.

In 146 matches Maxwell has scored 17-2 runs with a strike rate of 154.80. With his off-spin he has taken 51 wickets at an economy rate of 7.82.

The Proteas never won any form of the World Cup. This time they would look to break that jinx. They have enough experience of T20 cricket. And their players have played a lot India. There is absolutely no reason why they can’t win this year’s World T20.

All the South African are an important member in IPL. They are part of it from the last 8 years. In October 2015 South Africa won the T20 and the ODI series against in India. This should give them a lot of confidence.

Francois du Plessis – he is the captain and all-important member in that team. They want their captain to score big and lead them from the front.

Faf has played 146 matches and scored 3266 runs with a strike rate of 125.85. He is also a spinner; he can bowl part-time spin. In bowling, he has 50 wickets to his name. He can give you his four overs and much-needed breakthrough.

Abraham Benjamin de Villiers – A batsman of breathtaking chutzpah and enterprise, as well as the skills and the temperament required to back up his creative intent. A fielder is able to leap tall buildings and still come up with the catch. A wicketkeeper who is perfectly at ease donning pads and gloves.

ABD has played 175 matches where he has scored 4359 runs with a strike rate of 140.

Dale Willem Steyn – a perfect fast bowler to have in the team. He is situated for any conditions. He is the world number one ranked bowler for a reason. He has 177 wickets from 163 matches with 6.63 as economy rate. He is the best business.

Jean-Paul Duminy – Number one all-rounder for South Africa. He is best with the ball and with the bat.T20 cricket suits him the most.

JP played 198 matches and scored 4863 runs with a strike rate of 121.66. his is an option with the ball, he takes wickets and gets you back in the game. He has 64 wickets with an economy rate of 7.50. his T20 skills will surely help the Proteas.


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