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ICC World T20 2022 – Here is the bowling attack of the teams in the upcoming tournament

The ICC World T20 tournament is almost upon us, and when you talk about the Australian conditions, one thing that all the teams need is a deadly and well-settled bowling attack. With 8 teams already through to the Super 12 stage of the tournament, it is a good time to evaluate how well prepared these teams are in terms of their bowling performance. Some teams have superstar bowlers, some have a blend of youth and experience, while some have decided to go with an all-new attack altogether.

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Number 1. Afghanistan (Rashid Khan, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Fareed Ahmad Malik)

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Afghanistan’s bowling approach is mainly centered on its world-class spinners, Rashid Khan and Mujeeb ur Rahman. Despite the fact that the T20 World Cup will be held in Australia, a nation that promotes seam bowling, the spin tandem has the ability to prosper in those circumstances as well.

Mujeeb has been Afghanistan’s primary striking force with the new ball, while Rashid has been tasked with perplexing hitters in the middle and late overs. The spin twins have taken a total of 163 wickets in T20Is between them and will be Mohammad Nabi’s major weapon in the premier event.

Afghanistan’s pace assault will be led by Fazalhaq Farooqi and Fareed Ahmad Malik. Farooqi has played 14 games for his country, taking 18 wickets at an economy rate of 6.82. Fareed has played in 20 T20Is and got 29 wickets at an economy rate of 8.61.

The left-arm seamers have been pretty good in the early stages of the innings, but have given up runs at the end. They will try to redeem themselves in the forthcoming world competition.

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Number 2. Bangladesh (Mustafizur Rahman, Shakib Al Hasan, Mohammad Saifuddin, Taskin Ahmed)

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Mustafizur Rahman will spearhead Bangladesh’s pace assault in the highly anticipated event. The left-arm bowler has played in 71 T20Is and has taken 92 wickets at an economy rate of 7.73. The 27-year-old is often entrusted with bowling the difficult overs in the powerplay and at the death. He has a sneaky slower ball in his sleeve and is fairly difficult to deal with, particularly at the conclusion of an innings.

Taskin Ahmed and Mohammad Saifuddin will be in charge of assisting Mustafizur with his speed bowling. Taskin has been outstanding with the ball upfront and will share the new ball with the experienced left-arm bowler, while Saifuddin may be Bangladesh’s enforcer in the middle overs.

In terms of spin, the Bangla Tigers will rely on captain Shakib Al Hasan to provide the goods with the ball. Shakib may bowl at any point in the game, including the powerplay, middle overs, and at the end. With 122 wickets in T20Is, he is Bangladesh’s leading wicket-taker, and his form will be key for Bangladesh in the forthcoming competition.

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Number 3. Pakistan (Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf, Naseem Shah, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz)

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In the upcoming T20 tournament, Pakistan’s bowling assault will be led by Shaheen Afridi. The 22-year-old has played 40 T20Is for Pakistan and captured 47 wickets at an economy rate of 7.75. He’s been a crushing force with the new ball and an equally excellent finisher.

Along with Shaheen, Naseem Shah will be in charge of the new ball. Since making his debut in the recently finished Asia Cup, the 19-year-old has showed a lot of potentials. So far in six T20Is, the kid has seven wickets at an economy of 8.13.

Haris Rauf, who bowls at a breakneck speed, is also a member of Pakistan’s squad. In terms of spin, Babar Azam and company will look to Shadab Khan for wickets throughout the middle overs. Shadab was Pakistan’s top wicket-taker in the 2021 T20 World Cup, with nine wickets in six games.

But it was his excellent economy rate of 6.00 that stuck out about his bowling performance. He also bowled brilliantly for the Babar Azam-led team in the recent Asia Cup 2022, taking the joint-highest wickets with Mohammad Nawaz.

The presence of Nawaz will benefit Shadab. During the Asia Cup 2022, the left-arm off-spinner was brilliant with the ball, taking eight wickets at an economy rate of 5.89. The team’s management will be hoping that he can maintain his form in the T20 World Cup in 2022.

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Number 4. England (Chris Jordan, Reece Topley, Mark Wood, Adil Rashid)

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England’s bowling assault has a lot of variation. Jos Buttler and his teammates have Reece Topley to hurt the opposition with his left-arm angle and additional bounce, and Mark Wood to frighten hitters with his ferocious speed. The shrewd spinner Adil Rashid follows, followed by veteran Chris Jordan to tighten the screws at the death.

England will turn on Topley to kick off the proceedings. In the 16 T20Is he has played, the left-arm bowler has taken 15 wickets. When it comes to Wood, the speedster bowls at an astounding rate and will be devastating in seam-friendly Australian conditions.

Rashid is England’s most reliable wicket-taker in the middle overs, and he has also improved his skills with the new ball. Jordan, who has played 81 games and claimed 90 wickets in T20Is, is a death-overs specialist for the ‘Three Lions.’

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Number 5. India (Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal)

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With the new ball, India will have Bhuvneshwar Kumar to set the tone. He has been India’s primary offensive weapon, and he demonstrated his ability in the just ended Asia Cup, when he took 11 wickets at an economy of 6.05 and finished as the top wicket-taker.

On the bowling front, India’s wrecker-in-chief is Jasprit Bumrah. He’s somewhat accurate with the fresh ball and utterly flawless at the death. It’s a piece of beauty how he distributes yorkers towards the end. Bumrah’s performance in the T20 World Cup may make or break India’s chances.

Harshal Patel is the Men in Blue’s second designated death-over bowler. Slower balls and diving yorkers make him a tough bowler to dismiss. Yuzvendra Chahal will be in charge of India’s spin department. The ace spinner is a true wicket-taker who is not hesitant to pitch the ball high in pursuit of wickets.

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Number 6. New Zealand (Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson, Ish Sodhi)

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Trent Boult and Tim Southee will lead New Zealand’s bowling assault at the world competition. The veterans have taken 177 wickets in T20Is between them and are one of the most experienced new-ball pairings to be seen in the upcoming tournament.

The ace bowling duo is notorious for wreaking havoc with their swing and will be the Blackcaps’ trump card.

In the past several years, Boult has been on fire with the ball. With 13 wickets, he was the leading wicket-taker among fast bowlers in the most recent T20 World Cup. The left-arm bowler established his value in Australia during the just concluded ODI series, taking 10 wickets in three games.

Aside from the senior pair, the Kiwis boast Lockie Ferguson’s lightning speed. In the shortest format, he has been a force to be reckoned with, taking 32 wickets in 21 T20Is at an economy rate of 6.84.

New Zealand also possesses an aggressive spinner in Ish Sodhi, who has previously been entrusted by Kane Williamson & Co. to deliver breakthroughs in the middle overs and has done so reasonably successfully. He has 99 wickets in 76 games for New Zealand in the shortest format.

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Number 7. South Africa (Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi)

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South Africa’s starting XI will most likely include the explosive speed three of Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, and Anrich Nortje. Rabada and Ngidi are generally given the new ball and are expected to get their team off to a good start. The pair is equally capable of delivering the goods in the death and demonstrating the bowling attack’s flexibility.

Nortje is a fast runner who can routinely reach speeds of 150 km/h. With nine wickets, he was the equal top wicket-taker for his team in last year’s T20 World Cup, partnering Dwaine Pretorius. He has the ability to be South Africa’s X-factor with the ball once again in the T20 spectacular in Australia.

Tabraiz Shamsi is an important cog in South Africa’s bowling machine. The left-arm wrist spinner has made 56 shortest-format appearances for the Proteas and has 69 wickets at an economy rate of 7.11. Several of his wickets have came when batsmen sought to take him on, thus Australia’s large grounds will benefit his aggressive style of bowling.

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Number 8. Australia (Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Adam Zampa)

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The bowling combination of Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, and Adam Zampa guided Australia to their first T20 World Cup triumph, and the trio will be crucial again as the Aussies attempt to defend their title.

Starc and Hazlewood set the tone with the new ball and are also the go-to combo at the end of innings. The pair combined for 20 wickets at last year’s T20 World Cup and will seek to repeat the feat in their home conditions. Cummins, on the other hand, is more of an enforcer in the middle overs, demolishing hitters with his blistering speed.

Zampa is an important part of Australia’s bowling assault. The 30-year-old is notorious for strangling opponents with minor tempo and variation adjustments. The ace spinner played a key role in Australia’s inaugural T20 World Cup win in 2021, placing second on the wickets list with 13 scalps from seven games at a mind-boggling economy of 5.81. This year, he will one again play the middle-overs for his club.