T20I World Cup 2022 is all set to begin on 16th October 2022, and a total of 12 teams will be participating in the tournament. The event is going to be held in Australia this time around, and the fast bowlers of each national team will be eyeing the wickets that the green surface of the land of Kangaroos can offer them. We all know that pacers are going to have a much larger impact than the spinners in the upcoming T20I World Cup 2022 and each team has selected at least four frontline fast bowlers in their squad.
Here are the 7 fast bowlers to watch out for in the upcoming T20I World Cup 2022:
1- Mitchell Starc
Mitch Starc has been the MVP for Australia in the previous two ODI World Cups. He is a wicketkeeper who bowls at a seething pace of about 150km/ph on a regular basis. Australia will be banking on him to make the most of the home bowling conditions, and the opponents are sure to pray that the Australia fast bowler does not go on a rampage against them.
2- Jasprit Bumrah
The Indian pacer is accepted all over the world as the most skilled bowler in T20I cricket. His yorker is second to none, and he is considered a master of death bowling. Bumrah is returning from an injury, and despite that, we can almost guarantee that he will be the most feared bowler in the upcoming T20I World Cup 2022. The right-arm pacer is India’s spine, and the men in blue will definitely need good spells from him to reach the final stages of the tournament.
3- Shaheen Shah Afridi
The Pakistani left-arm fast bowler who can swing the ball both ways is expected to make a return to the Pakistani team in the upcoming T20I World Cup. He is not featured as a regular member of the national side due to an injury he suffered earlier this year. In the last T20I World Cup, Shaheen Shah Afridi was a force to reckon with, and we can expect the same type of work from him.
4- Kagiso Rabada
The premium fast bowler Kagiso Rabada has made his impact feel on several occasions with his bowling that not just restricts the opponents but also garners many wickets for his team. The Proteas pacer is one of the best bowlers in the world and is known for producing mind-boggling spells in the shortest format of the game. He may be the trigger that South Africa needed to shed the tag of chokers in the ICC cricket tournament.
5- Lockie Ferguson
Even though New Zealand has pacers like Trent Boult and Tim Southee as their frontline bowlers, we are more excited about Lockie Ferguson. This kiwi pacer can easily go past 150km/ph with his seething pace, which can cause trouble for any batter in the world. He was highly successful in the recently concluded Indian Premier League. We are expecting that the pacer will get a lot of help from the conditions in Australia. The bounce that he can generate with his speed will surely become a topic of conversation in the upcoming T20I World Cup 2022.
6- Mark Wood
This English pacer is also returning after an injury, and the England cricket team will be heavily reliant on him as Jofra Archer is not going to play in the upcoming T20i World Cup. He is one of those players who can get his team a few wickets in the bundle to break the backbone of the opposing team. Mark Wood was breathing fire before he was sidelined due to an injury, but we can expect him to make a great comeback.
7- Matheesha Pathirana
This young Sri Lankan fast bowler is quickly becoming one of the most talked about fast bowlers in the cricket world. His bowling action strikingly resembles the Sri Lankan legend Lasith Malinga’s bowling style. Pathirana has been doing well for the Sri Lankan team and performed better than expectations in the recently concluded Asia Cup 2022. T20I World Cup 2022 might be the tournament where he breaks out of his shell.
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