With less than two weeks to go before the T20 World Cup 2022, which is to be held from October 16 to 27, Australian batting legend Adam Gilchrist listed his top five T20 International players in the world yesterday.
In white-ball cricket, Gilchrist had an enormous influence on the game with both his work with the bat and his work with wicketkeeping gloves. Gilchrist had an amazing career for Australia over a long period of time. Three World Cup titles were won by the Kangaroos under his leadership. In 287 ODIs, he scored 9619 runs at a strike rate of 96.94 while he scored 2622 runs at a strike rate of about 141 in 2622 T20 matches.
Adam Gilchrist names his top five T20 World Cup 2022 players
Gilchrist has now been able to pick five of the greatest players in T20I cricket at the moment in the review by the ICC. As one of the greatest players in the history of T20 cricket, the Australian legend has overseen a wealth of matches, and his quintet of five players hails from five different countries, including Australia’s opener, David Warner.
David Warner (Australia)
In an interview with ICC.com, Gilchrist was quoted as saying, “David Warner is at the top of the order. In my opinion, it was just his aggressive attitude, the way he starts the innings at the top, as well as his confidence after winning the last T20 World Cup that set him apart.
Babar Azam (Pakistan)
Choosing Pakistan captain Babar Azam as his next pick, he picked a player who has scored 3039 runs in 87 T20Is at a strike rate of 130.03 and has two centuries and 27 fifties to his name.
“Gilchrist said that Babar Azam has a lot of versatility as far as all formats of cricket are concerned, but also when it comes to T20 cricket, he can play all conditions really well,” Gilchrist said of Babar Azam.
Hardik Pandya (India)
He chose as his third choice Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya, who made a stellar return to the Indian team in 2022, making him Gilchrist’s third choice as well. Across 73 T20Is, he has made 989 runs at a strike rate of 148.89, taking 54 wickets and scoring 989 runs at a strike rate of 148.89. “Pandya is a player who just stands out in so many different ways,” said Gilchrist. He’s definitely in there with his ability to bat, bowl, field, and entertain, so he’s definitely one to watch.”
Rashid Khan (Afghanistan)
Gilchrist picked Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan as his fourth choice, despite his 118 wickets in 71 T20Is at an economy rate of 6.24. Gilchrist stated that Khan should be in any team that plays T20 cricket, doesn’t he? In this format, he is regarded as the best cricketer in the world. It is not surprising that Rashid Khan has been in there over the last decade,” said the former Australian goalkeeper.
Jos Buttler (England)
It’s a bit batting heavy I know, but Jos Buttler for me is the man to beat, having made 2227 runs in 94 T20Is, scoring a century and 15 fifties at a strike rate of 142.57. Gilchrist then signed off by saying that ‘it’s a bit batting heavy I know, but Jos Buttler for me is the man to beat. Having the power and the courage to take on the challenges that we face in this day and age, he is just dynamic. There is nothing more that it takes from him than a stroke of brilliance to end the game.”
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