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A look at the top performers on show in the West Indies
The ICC World Twenty20 is just around the corner and the biggest hitters in the game will take centre stage.
We look at the stars getting ready to clear the boundary time and again in the West Indies as well as those looking to stop them.
Exciting and nerveless opening batsman who made a big impression in last year's tournament. He looks to score of almost every ball and usually succeeds. He has a repertoire of strokes but it is the innovative overhead scoop, also favoured by Brendon McCullum, that endears him to crowds.
The laid-back Gayle has a huge role to play as captain of the hosts. Many are hoping the tournament can kickstart a genuine cricketing revival in the Caribbean and big-hitting left-hander Gayle is again the West Indian most likely to thrill the crowds.
Pakistan's outstanding performer in the 2009 World Twenty20 success. The paceman has got death bowling down to a fine art. At times his yorkers were simply unplayable last year, as New Zealand will testify. His five for six against the Kiwis at The Oval was breathtaking.
SHAKIB AL HASAN
Bangladesh can be competitive in the limited-overs formats and in their captain Shakib they boast one of the best all-rounders currently playing the game. There will be plenty taking note of his performances at Worcestershire, where he is due to play this summer.
There is no escaping the fact Kallis is world class and ultra consistent whatever form of the game he is playing. Some of his Test innings may suggest the Twenty20 format is not for him, but his record for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League is outstanding. Also provides an excellent seam option.
Another fine proponent of the yorker and an excellent death bowler. Malinga - known as 'The Slinger' for his distinctive round-arm action - has an awkward trajectory that, coupled with pace, makes him difficult to play.
The selection of Gareth Hopkins as wicketkeeper will allow McCullum to concentrate on his other role as a devastating opening batsman. One of the most exhilarating shotmakers in the game, he became the first Kiwi to hit an international Twenty20 hundred earlier this year.
India have a number of potential match-winners. Yusuf, elder brother of Irfan, may be one of the less celebrated of them but the hard-hitting, off-spinning all-rounder has been in fine form of late, hitting sixes aplenty for Rajasthan Royals.
Yuvraj may still not have quite cracked it in Test cricket but in the one-day arena he can be almost unstoppable. A wonderfully entertaining and fearless batsman who clobbered six sixes in one Stuart Broad over three years ago. Also a fine fielder, although Kevin Pietersen claims he is more of a 'pie-chucker' than a bowler.
England have shown great faith in hard-hitting Sussex all-rounder Wright over the past three years. With the bat he can turn games quickly and he has shown nerves of steel bowling at the close of innings. Now needs to start delivering consistently to prove he belongs and this could be his event.
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Hamid Khan says...
what about shide afride he is in top ten player in twenty20
Posted 18:03 7th June 2010
Elimagic Balls says...
Top 11 players shoul be as follows, Kieswetter, Lumby, KP, Colly, Morgan, Wrighty, Bressy, Swanny, Broady, Yardy, Sidey
Posted 22:36 16th May 2010
Eriq Parsons says...
what a complete joke. not one australian cricketer in the top 10, are you serious. look at the teams left in the tournament and it doesnt take half a brain to figure who should be there. fair enough luke wright and gayle but wat about warner, watson (prob one of the inform players in the world at the moment), kp even. how a bangledish cricketer of any capacity can make this list is beyond a joke.
Posted 07:55 13th May 2010
Adil Taj says...
where is Shahid Khan Afridi & Albie Morkel???
Posted 18:39 8th May 2010
Aidan Fullerton says...
What about David Warner
Posted 06:11 3rd May 2010
Mobeen Bhatti says...
are you kidding? no shahid afridi...the man is by far the best t20 player...man of tournament first worldcup and man of the match of the final of the second t20 world cup
Posted 22:38 29th April 2010
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