The countdown for the T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia has begun and all the teams are expected to arrive, starting this week. Aaron Finch and Co. are the defending champions and will be keen to defend the title.
Although T20 cricket is a batters game, the team that bowls best wins major tournaments. There is a famous saying about T20 cricket that ‘batsman can win you a match, while a bowler can win you a tournament.’ Especially on Australia wickets, this phrase rings true.
The bowlers are expected to play an integral role in the upcoming marquee competition. On that note, let’s take a look at five bowlers who could finish as the highest wicket-taker.
#1 Trent Boult
Trent Boult, who is known for his bowling in the power play, will be the most important player for New Zealand as they chase the T20 World Cup.
Along with the power play, Boult has also bowled well in the death in recent times. The Kiwis have relied heavily on him and the senior cricketer will look to fire all cylinders in the upcoming competition.
Boult, who turned down New Zealand’s central contract, may be playing his last ICC tournament and will surely be keen to do well in it.
#4 Rashid Khan
Rashid Khan, who dominated T20 leagues across the globe with his spin bowling, is all set to rock the T20 World Cup 2022. He ranks among the highest wicket-takers in every major tournament and will hope to add more wickets to his tally when all top teams meet in two weeks’ time.
The Afghanistan cricketer now has the experience of two T20 World Cups and will surely be eager to make a big impact in the T20 World Cup 2022.
#3 Kagiso Rabada
Kagiso Rabada, who will lead South Africa‘s fast bowling department, can also be the highest wicket-taker in World Cup 2022. The ace fast bowler has good pace and bounce and can be even more lethal on Australian pitches.
Rabada, who knows these conditions well, has bowled well at the death in recent times and can definitely be dangerous for the opposition.
#4 Mitchell Starc
Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc has plenty of experience playing in T20 cricket. Starc swings the ball in the powerplay as well as bowls accurate yorkers in the death overs. Hence, Starc has the full opportunity to pick up wickets in both phases of the game.
The left-arm pacer has skipped T20 leagues to keep himself fresh for the T20 World Cup and he can finish as the highest wicket-taker in the global T20 event, starting October 16.
#5 Yuzvendra Chahal
India’s veteran spinner Yuzvendra Chahal has been in superb form since IPL 2022. He played a key role for the Rajasthan Royals, picking up 27 wickets in 17 games. Chahal has brought many variations in his bowling and has become a more dangerous bowler.
Australia’s grounds are also very large and benefit a leg spinner like Chahal. He has fair experience of playing in Australia and has also bowled a few overs in the death in recent times, and that gives him more opportunities to get wickets.