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Six surprise picks for the T20 world cup

The first round of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 is in the history books. Sri Lanka, Netherlands, Ireland, and Zimbabwe are the four teams that have qualified for the Super 12 stage of the tournament.

Two-time T20 World Cup winners, the West Indies, surprisingly failed to make it to the next round after losing two of their three games. Meanwhile, Namibia also faced an early exit from the tournament.

All 12 teams have been finalized, and there will be players from each team who will be looking to make a mark on the global stage. With the Super 12 round set to begin, there are certain usual suspects who arrive with a big reputation for delivering on the big stage. But at the same time, there are also some players who go under the radar or are forgotten because of having had a rather quiet few months. In this list, we will look at the six such players who will make it big in the ongoing T20 World Cup 2022.

Bas de Leede

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In any form of the game, if a player can bat in the top order and can chip in with the ball to pick key wickets for the opposition team, then that player becomes a generational talent like the South African legend  Jacques Kallis. One such player is Netherlands’ Bas de Leede. This year has been a breakthrough year for de Leede. His highest international score (91*) and the best bowling figures came this year. The Dutch all-rounder has been scoring runs at a staggering average of 57.83. In the Super 12 qualifiers, de Leede failed with the bat, but he was at his best with the ball. He finished the qualifying stage with 7 wickets in three games to help his team qualify. De Leede’s form will decide the fate of the Netherlands in the Super 12 stage.

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Ireland’s all-rounder Curtis Campher is a well-known figure after he scalped four wickets in 4 balls in the last edition of the T20 World Cup. Campher has emerged as a hot topic recently due to his heroics in the ongoing T20 World Cup. The prolific all-rounder seems to be a key player with the bat and the ball, giving Ireland a boost in both units. His versatility in both departments makes him a perfect T20 player. In the match against Scotland, Campher played one of the most memorable knocks by scoring 72 off 32 balls to seal a victory for his team. Looking at his class and current form, he certainly will be a player to watch out for.

Fazalhaq Farooqi

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Afghanistan’s upcoming fast bowling sensation, Fazalhaq Farooqi, has been one of the most exciting prospects coming from the Asian subcontinent. The left-arm seamer has the ability to move the new ball in the powerplay overs, and at the back end, he uses the variations to great effect to outfox the batters. He has been a regular feature in the playing eleven and has made the most of the given opportunities. In the 13 T20Is this year, Fazalhaq has taken 17 wickets at a brilliant economy rate of 6.93, with a best of 3/11. He’s relatively new to the international arena, and the ongoing World Cup will provide an ideal platform for the Afghan star to showcase his skills.

Harry Brook

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At only 23 years of age, Brook has already had more ‘breakthrough’ moments than most people can count in a career.

England’s white-ball batting line-up has previously been an unimpeachable force, and Brook has been a pioneer of that approach. He has had a fantastic start to his T20I career, scoring 316 runs in 14 matches with a strike rate of 149.06 and an average of 35.11. Batting at No.5 for England, Brook has excelled against both seam and spin. Brook’s maturity and the manner in which he has scored his runs have made him near undroppable at No.5.

This tournament represents an opportunity for Brook to further prove his worth on a high-profile stage.

Michael Bracewell

Michael Bracewell

Since his inception in the team, Michael Bracewell has been one of the most prominent members of the team across formats. Bracewell, who is more of a batting all-rounder for his domestic side, emerged as the joint-highest wicket-taker in the last bilateral series, with eight wickets in five games at a scarcely believable economy rate of 4.94. Those returns earned him the Player-of-the-Series award. The Kiwi player is primarily a batter, but he hasn’t been required much with the bat in a power-packed Blackcaps batting line-up. To be brutally honest, Bracewell has been an integral part of the T20 set-up only due to his craftiness with the ball in hand. Skipper Kane Williamson has been able to utilize Bracewell’s potential to the fullest, giving him the responsibility of bowling in the powerplay overs and then in the middle phase of the innings. Bracewell can have an all-around impact on this year’s T20 World Cup.

Sikandar Raza

Sikandar Raza

The Zimbabwe all-rounder has been in the form of his life. Raza is having a remarkable year, and the qualifiers were no different either. The swashbuckling batter registered 40 off just 23 deliveries in a 64-run stand with his skipper for the fourth wicket against Scotland to take his side to the cusp of victory and eventually to the Super 12s. Batting in the middle order, Raza has smashed 612 runs at an average of 40.80 and a strike rate of 154.94 this year. His career-best score of 82 came against Ireland in the ongoing edition of the T20 World Cup. With a remodeled action, the right-arm spinner has bagged 5 wickets at an exceptional economy rate of fewer than 6 runs per over. The way Raza is playing, he seems to be unstoppable at the moment. He’s playing his own brand of cricket, and that’s been fruitful for him. Now heading into the Super 12 stage, Raza would be hoping to continue the same run of form against the top sides like India, South Africa, and Pakistan. 

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