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Icc Men’s T20 World Cup 2022: Players Entering Their First Major T20 Tournament

The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 promises to be another exciting affair, with the sheer promise of not just riveting team tussles but also the explosion of talent on the pitch.

Since the previous edition, several new players have stepped up the ladder to showcase their prowess in the 20 overs format and will get their first taste of T20 World Cup action this year.

We look at those players primed for a stellar performance in their debut T20WC campaigns.

 

Deepak Hooda (All-rounder, India)

Deepak Hooda has had a memorable 2022 in cricket, from being Team Lucknow’s third-highest run-getter in Indian T20 League 2022 (451 runs) to being the fourth Indian cricketer to notch a century in T20 International cricket (104 vs Ireland).

The 27-year-old is not just your standard batter who will bat at any position. He is like a Suresh Raina or a Hardik Pandya, who could fit into any batting order, while contributing with the ball whenever asked.

While captain Rohit Sharma and head coach Rahul Dravid face a dilemma about where to make Hooda bat given the depth of their batting, the Rohtak-born player seems a player who could deliver at any opportunity that came his way.

 

Harshal Patel (Bowler, India)

Some have termed Harshal Patel a late bloomer, but if anything, the bowler has delivered for India when it matters.

His returns in the Indian T20 League (97 wickets in 78 games) and his T20I record for India (26 wickets in 23 matches) make him an ideal starter for the Men in Blue at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022.

Harshal will be one of India’s frontline pacers in the tournament alongside Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Hardik Pandya, Mohammed Shami, and Arshdeep Singh. At the same time, he may battle for a place in the starting XI with the latter.

 

Tim David (Batting all-rounder, Australia)

Tim David is one exciting prospect that cricket fans will be eager to see on the field for Australia at the T20 World Cup.

Born in Singapore but raised in Australia, David represented his country of birth between 2019 and 2020 as he was denied a rookie contract with Western Australia. In 14 matches for Singapore, the 26-year-old hit 558 runs at a strike rate of 158.52.

With 279 runs in 14 games in Big Bash League 2020-21, followed by 278 runs in Pakistan Super League 2021-22, 186 runs in eight matches in Indian T20 League 2022 and 405 runs in Vitality Blast 2022, Australia added Tim David to their T20 World Cup squad in an announcement made in September 2022.

A full-circle moment for him, David has asserted that he intends to focus more on polishing his skills which could yield strong results as Australia look to defend their title at home.

In eight innings for Australia so far, the all-rounder has 156 runs from seven innings at a strike rate of 165.95.

 

Philip Salt (Batter, England)

With England set to play the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 without the explosive Jonny Bairstow, Philip Salt will be responsible for providing quickfire runs for the Three Lions at the top of the order.

With 3,807 T20 runs under his belt, Salt is well-known for his aggressive approach with the bat in global T20 leagues, and he will be aiming to replicate the same form in international cricket, where he has yet to unleash himself.

Phil Salt will likely battle for a place in the starting XI with Alex Hales, the most likely candidate to open for England alongside captain Jos Buttler at the T20 World Cup.

 

Naseem Shah (Bowler, Pakistan)

One of the most significant finds at the Asia Cup 2022, Naseem Shah is one of the promising bowlers to watch out for at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022.

The young pacer has taken 11 wickets in nine T20I matches and is someone Pakistan will rely on in the tournament, given Shaheen Shah Afridi has just recovered from the knee injury that kept him on the sidelines since mid-July. With the Australian pitches a boon for pacers in general, 19-year-old Naseem will look to make the most of his opportunities as he boasts a skill of pace and swing that can potentially win matches for Pakistan.

   

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