Continuing with our series of young players who have a bright future ahead and will shine in this ICC World T20 (part one here – Your text to link here…
Pakistan’s biggest and the most potent weapon for the ICC World Twenty20 2016, Mohammad Amir is the crucial opening link with the ball in Pakistan’s title run. He was the lone bright spot in Pakistan’s otherwise dismal Asia Cup campaign. He picked up 7 wickets in the 4 matches of Asia cup 2016, that included his memorable spell of 3 for 18 against arch-rivals India. He is currently the hottest pace bowling prospect for Pakistan and bowls with lot more courage, speed and accuracy. Picked up by the great Wasim Akram in a Lahore camp in 2007, Mohd. Amir will be Pakistan’s go to man in the World T20.
Shehan Jayasuriya, a Colombo born all-rounder is a utility player for Sri Lankan team. He is an impressive top-order batsman and a canny off-spinner who can contribute to the team’s cause with both bat and bowl. His batting average of 40 in first-class cricket has earned him a place in the Lankan national side. He has also grabbed 86 wickets in 40 first-class games. If Sri Lanka needs to defend their title of World Champions, youngsters like Shehan needs to come good for the team in this big tournament.
South Africa looks like a formidable unit on papers and is among the favourites to win the title of ICC World Twenty20 2016. Kagiso Rabada is another young performer who has been rated very high for his astonishing speed and great bowling skills in the international circuit. Rabada was an under-19 star for South Africa in the 2014 World Cup U-19. He finished as the highest wicket-taker in the tournament and has been included in ODI and test squads for SA. His made a dream ODI debut versus Bangladesh where he got a hat-trick in just the second over and ended with match figures of 6/16 – best bowling figures by a debutant. Till now, he has 17 scalps at an exciting strike rate of 17.1 in 13 T20 internationals.
Another promising all-rounder from Barbados, Jason Holder won the prestigious Lord Gavron Award in 2009 for his outstanding field of play. Holder is a known T20 specialist and has played for Chennai Superkings and Sunrisers Hyderabad during the IPL. His good hitting skills at the lower down the order with a notable strike rate of 127 makes Holder an exciting cricketer in this format of the game. Also, Jason’s USP is to hit the deck hard and extract extra bounce from any surface makes him a valuable asset for the Windies T20 side.