Here are five players worth watching at the World Cup:
DAVID WARNING: Big success Batsman Warner will be key to Australia’s attempt to secure consecutive titles after they claim their first T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates last year.
David Warner (Photo AFP)
The explosive opener made 289 runs including three centuries at the 2021 World Cup, helping to challenge the pros who have eliminated all but the team.
The 35-year-old Warner has come a long way since then, but his recent 75 and 73 hits against the West Indies and England are proof of his enduring qualities – and plenty of proof that you’re he’s out of your danger.
VIRAT KOHLI: Indian social media erupted in praise of “King” Kohli’s return after the former captain beat his first international match of the century in 1,020 days at the Asian Cup near this.
Kohli went 122 undefeated against Afghanistan to score his 71st record for India across all competitions and started his long dry streak with the stick.
Virat Kohli (AFP Photo)
Suryakumar Yadav, captain Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul will share the burden in the match against Kohli in Australia.
But Indian pundits and fans are licking their lips at the prospect of star hitter Kohli, 33, playing a leading role in their country’s efforts to end a drag global title drought. 9 years long.
BABAR AZAM: Classy Pakistan captain Babar Azam remains a talisman for his side despite his inconsistent T20 form since the Asian Cup.
Opener teammate Mohammad Rizwan last month overtook him to become the world’s number one T20 player, but Babar, 27, could also top the mark in the T20 show event.
Babar Azam (Photo AFP)
Last month, Babar won 110 games without a win against England at home and earned praise from some of the game’s greats.
“Babar is a complete player with slick dribbles and comprehensive shots,” former Australia captain Ian Chappell wrote on ESPNcricinfo.
JOS BUTTLER: Buttler has faced the challenge of balancing batting, captaincy and attacking duties after being named England’s white ball captain in June.
The opener hit four points six of his 32 68 shots in England’s win over Australia in Sunday’s warm-up, a welcome opportunity for England against the World Cup leaders and hosts in appropriate tournament.
Jos Buttler (AFP Photo)
Along with Australia and India, England are among the favorites to win the title for the second time after the feat in 2010 and with 32-year-old Buttler they have a player of the highest quality.
Looks like he’s recovered from the calf injury that sidelined him in the recent 4-3 win over Pakistan.
TRENT BOULT: Veteran left-hander fast pitcher Boult has kept his form since last year’s T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates, where he played a key role in his team’s run to the finish. Final match.
Able to swing the ball both ways at high speed, the 33-year-old Boult can destroy any top order with his new ball.
Trent Boult (AFP Photo)
A year ago, he had won 13 pitches, more than any other fast pitcher at the World Cup, and he was an experienced player in Australian terms.
Boult led a strong New Zealand opening attack alongside Tim Southee as the Black Caps attempted to claim their first global title in Australia, having also been runner-up in the last two World Cups.