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Ranking the Top Five Bowling Units from ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021

The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 is in full flow currently and all twelve nations left in the competition are trying to find the best ways of being successful in the tournament. Bowling has always been the key to any successful side in T20 cricket and this World Cup is no different.

Hence, here in this piece, we are looking at the top five bowling attacks of this competition and understanding what makes these units stand out from the pack.

PAKISTAN

Pakistan by far is looking like the best team in the competition given the conditions that are on offer in the UAE. Their bowling attack is what makes them extra lethal and is easily the most complete unit in the tournament.

They have all that is required to call a bowling attack world-class. A tall left-arm pacer who swings the new ball in Shaheen Afridi. A hit-the-deck bowler who can nail his yorkers at the death in Hasan Ali. An express pace bowler in Haris Rauf who can touch 150 kmph plus. A spin bowler who can bowl economically in the power play in Imad Wasim. A leg spinner with plenty of variation in Shadab Khan and a more than part-time option in Mohammad Hafeez who is an off-spinner.

No other attack in the tournament comes close to Pakistan’s, given the variety there is on offer for the captain. Hence, they are by far the leading bowling unit in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021.

NEW ZEALAND

New Zealand have always punched above their weight in ICC tournaments and expect nothing different from the Kiwis this time around as well. The biggest reason for their success in the past has been their bowling attack that has always stepped up in any given condition. The two mainstays in the bowling unit remain the same in Trent Boult and Tim Southee. They’d be without Lockie Ferguson who was in red-hot form coming into the tournament, but his replacement Adam Milne is equally good if not better.

Their spin department may not have the big names that will make you get off your seat but in Ish Sodhi and Mitchell Santner, they have two quality bowlers who bowl into the wicket and can extract any spin there is from the surface.

ENGLAND

In the previous few ICC tournaments, England have been bullish about their batting lineup but their bowling has always been below par. This time around it seems to be on par with the batting department. Even though they are without two of their best bowlers in Jofra Archer and Ben Stokes, this current England bowling lineup is getting the job done.

Moeen Ali has been taking the new ball for England this World Cup and so far he has been successful in picking up wickets in the power play. They have Chris Woakes to compliment Ali in the power play and he can make the new ball talk early in the innings. Tymal Mills was a left-field selection ahead of the tournament and he is one who has genuine pace and can mix it up really well with his slower deliveries.

Adil Rashid is their only specialist spinner but has Liam Livingstone to bowl with him in tandem in the middle overs. Mark Wood is yet to feature for them in the tournament and he sure can be an x-factor bowler going forward. Chris Jordan is their designated death bowler and he does that job exceptionally well.

AUSTRALIA

Australia has always been a team that has backed its bowling attack to come good in these major tournaments and so far they have proved that they can depend on them yet again. The three-man pace attack in Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood is as good as any team in the competition.

Adam Zampa is their leg spinner and he is an underrated bowler as he is a fighter. Glenn Maxwell is a more than handy off-spinning option and Marcus Stoinis and he can chip in with crucial overs in the middle phase.

INDIA

Going into the World Cup, people were looking at this Indian attack and thinking that this might be the best but in the match against Pakistan, we saw its shortcomings. The attack misses a genuine wicket-taker apart from Jasprit Bumrah and that’s something to ponder on for the management. Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar are their two other fast bowlers with the latter being horrendously out of form.

Varun Chakravarthy is their mystery spinner and Ravindra Jadeja fills in as the all-rounder. They need a slower bowler who is a wicket-taker and need to find a way of adding either Rahul Chahar or Ravichandran Ashwin to the XI.