As we approach the summer months in the northern hemisphere excitement is growing among cricket fans eager to see their favourite players in domestic action. Unfortunately, that means there are still a few months to wait until the T20 World Cup, but anticipation is also high for the tournament with a number of teams fancying their chances of winning. According to the cricket experts at BetBull, whose no deposit free bets can be used for the T20 World Cup, England, Australia, India, West Indies, New Zealand, South Africa and Pakistan will be the teams to beat. Here are the players to watch from each of these nations.
England’s Stuart Broad is one of the best fast bowlers in world cricket today, with his fast-medium balls causing big problems for any batsman he faces. He is one of only seven players to have taken over 500 wickets in Test matches, a feat he achieved in under 150 matches. He has taken over 60 wickets in T20 competition and will be eager to add to that total in Australia later this year. At 35, this may be his last chance at T20 World Cup glory, although he was part of England’s only win in 2010.
Australia’s 2021 T20 World Cup-winning captain Aaron Finch is one of the main reason’s the reigning champions and this year’s hosts are confident of retaining their title. He is one of the most feared batsmen in the world, particularly in T20 cricket, where he holds the record for number of runs after achieving a score of 172 in 2018. In 2020 he was nominated for ICC T20 Cricketer of the Decade, although he lost out to Rashid Khan of Afghanistan.
India Captain Rohit Sharma is arguably the most feared opening batsman who’ll feature at the 2022 T20 World Cup. He is the current world record holder for most one-day international runs and is the only player to have surpassed 200 runs at least three times in that format. The 34-year-old will be one of the most experienced players at the tournament, with over 120 T20 matches under his belt, and was part of India’s last T20 World Cup win in 2007.
Pakistan’s Babar Azam is another player whose opponents will be wary of when he steps to the crease. He is a supremely talented batsman who excels in all formats of the sport, with many experts predicting that he will go down in history as one of the greatest of all time. He scored the most runs at last year’s tournament with 303 and very few would bet against him beating that total this year. At just 27 years old, many feel he has some way to go before he reaches his peak, which could be ominous for the rest of the cricket world.
South Africa batsman Temba Bavuma will captain his side at the 2022 T20 World Cup and will be expected to lead the talented team to glory. He is only the second player from his country to score a century in his first one-day international, and he hasn’t disappointed since then with over 700 runs scored in under 20 matches in that format. He also has over 500 runs in T20 internationals, which is a total he’ll be confident of adding to significantly in Australia.
Trinidadian all-rounder Kieron Pollard is one of the West Indies players who have had to deal with the unenviable task of stepping up for the team after Brian Lara’s retirement. He has done so impressively, with his runs, tricky bowling and heroic catches. He is a specialist in T20 cricket, having played over 100 T20 internationals, achieving over 1500 runs and more than 40 wickets. Although he is now 34, he only plays limited-overs cricket, so many feel he has a number of years left at the top level.
New Zealand will be captained by top-order batsman Kane Williamson, who has held the position since 2016. He is widely recognised as one of the world’s best batsmen, known for his reflexes and skill in dealing with fast bowling. He led New Zealand to last year’s T20 World Cup Final, but they lost by eight wickets to Australia. He’ll be hoping they can go one better this year and with his record of over 2000 runs in T20 internationals, not many fans would doubt that he’s capable of leading his team to glory.