Former Australia opener Mark Waugh, who won the World Cup in 1998, was asked to choose the first five players in a World T20I XI in the lead-up to the T20 World Cup, and he chose an Indian and a Pakistani bowler for the team.
There is no doubt that the team is preparing to take part in the T20 World Cup at its final stage of preparation. There will be an equal amount of focus on the batters as there will be on the bowlers at the marquee event. The selection of a top-five group of players in a World T20I XI can be a challenging task. When former Australia opener Mark Waugh was asked to choose the first five players in a World T20I XI ahead of the T20 World Cup, his list included an Indian bowler and a Pakistani player.
Among his top five picks for the T20 World Cup showpiece Down Under, Waugh chose Indian pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah to be one of his top performers. Following a back injury that he sustained during the three-match T20 series against Australia, which India won by 2-1, Bumrah recently returned to action.
Despite the fact that he appears fully fit, the 28-year-old is still yet to get back into the same rhythm that he was using before he went through rehab at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore. He’s a terrific bowler in all formats, actually. I think his ability to get wickets in T20 cricket is the key to his success. He can bowl both at the death and upfront,” Waugh told the ICC website.
In his top five which also included Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan, Australia’s allrounder Glenn Maxwell, England’s Jos Buttler, and Australian allrounder Glenn Maxwell, Waugh decided to pair Bumrah with Pakistan’s Shaheen Afridi as he considered them to be his only two pacers.
” We are going to go with another great opening bowler, Shaheen Afridi from Pakistan, who is a tremendous left-arm fast bowler, to open the bowling at the other end,” Waugh said.
Shaheen has been referred to as a wicket-taker by Waugh, who said: “He brings a lot of energy to the team. He is someone other players look up to.”.
The fact that he is a left-arm is another advantage that sets him apart from the rest. Rashid is a bowler who has the ability to swing the ball back into a right-hander and is quick enough to be a number two. Upon choosing Rashid, Waugh said, “You just know that he’s going to bowl four overs in all competitions that he plays in.”
His bowling will probably be two or three wickets, and he can bat well. On his rationale for picking Buttler, the Australian said: “I believe that he is probably one of the best batsmen in the T20 format in world cricket. He can also whack the ball over the fence.” It is expected that the T20 World Cup will kick off on October 16, and he is just an excellent striker of the ball.
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