- jaichainani | September 30, 2022 | 2:14 am
For the 2022 World T20, many teams have infused youngsters into their squads. Sides like BAN and WI have taken a big punt on newbies than their veterans. Even the heavyweights like ENG and IND are carrying new lads that just debuted this year in T20Is.
Overall, thanks to the workload management of the frontline players, many young guns in 2022 have debuted and prospered in T20Is. Hopefully, now those who are picked for the ICC mega event will further look to thrive.
Therefore in this list, let’s check out the 5 players who debuted in T20Is in 2022 and will play in the coming T20 World Cup.
Undoubtedly, this calendar year for Deepak Hooda has been life-changing. The cricketer earlier in 2022 not only made his T20I debut but also experienced his best IPL season. The batter both for India and his IPL franchise has been extremely versatile with his batting position. So far in T20Is, Hooda has batted at all numbers including opening the innings.
However, in his debut series, the 27-year-old didn’t get an opportunity to exhibit himself. It was only in the Ireland tour when Hooda showcased his best batting potential while opening. The 104-run inning at a strike rate of 182.45 was a World Cup pedigree knock that has dwelled Hooda for Australia. Additionally, his bowling skills are also a boon, especially as the sixth option.
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Overall, even records-wise, Hooda displays brilliant stats in the shortest format. From his 9 T20I innings, the all-rounder has scored 293 runs at an average of 41.85 and a strike rate of 155.85. More importantly, his T20I appearances have also been against seven different international sides. Thus optimistically in the upcoming ICC event, Hooda will continue his dynamic role in the team.
This lad’s entry into international cricket happened when Covid-19 hit England team had hosted Pakistan last year. The cricketer in that ODI series exhibited himself as a fearless opening batter. Much like Jason Roy, Salt embodies the aggressive brand of cricket that the Lions ride on. In ODIs, the 26-year-old has an exceptional record that also fetched him his T20I debut.
However so far in the shortest format, Salt is yet to fully unleash himself. In his 8 appearances, the opener has only scored 124 runs. But his recent performances in The Hundred competition just kept him afloat for the Australia event. For Manchester Originals, Salt scored 353 runs from 10 games at an average of almost 40. Even strike rate-wise (152.81), the lad stayed true to his reputation of being unflinching.
Comprehensively, Salt’s inclusion in the World T20 squad also opens up other different options. The cricketer firstly is a fitting proposition for Jason Roy along with being the backup gloveman. Otherwise, for Buttler’s backup, the team would have added Sam Billings as a reserved wicket-keeper. All in all, in the PAK tour, Salt is expected to play a breakthrough T20I knock and make England win the series.
Just recently in the Asia Cup 2022, Naseem Shah made his T20I debut. In his debut appearance itself, the youngster seemed all ready for the shortest format. In the entire continental event, Naseem even showed his impact with the bat. The speedster in the UAE finished with 7 wickets in 5 games for Pakistan. Earlier in his debut ODI series, Naseem profusely scalped 10 wickets in just three games against the Netherlands.
In fact, even present in the absence of Shaheen Afridi, both Naseem and Haris Rauf are helming the pace attack. The above duo along with Shaheen are expected to be the three first-choice seamers in the World T20. This 19-year-old pacer might also share the new ball with Shaheen in the Aussie conditions.
Overall, since his white-ball debut in August, Naseem has been a revelation for PAK. Conceivably in the mega event, the cricketer might even be a surprise package for many teams. On the whole, this youngster will also look to be scintillating just like against Afghanistan in the Asia Cup.
Since IPL 2021, Arshdeep was knocking on team India’s door in the shortest format. The pacer in the cash-rich league has been one of the finest death-over bowlers. His economy rate (7.70) in IPL 2022 was also on par with India’s premier white-ball seamer (Bumrah). That’s why in the high-profile England T20Is, this cricketer finally made his debut.
Fortunately, so far, the 23-year-old has not been unsatisfactory in his limited opportunities. In the WI tour, Arshdeep bowled with his full potential and scalped 7 wickets in 5 games. The southpaw even had the best economy rate (6.5) in the series. Even when appearing in the high-pressure continental games, Arshdeep majorly thrived in challenging situations.
Apparently, as team India is struggling with his death-bowling woes, Arshdeep’s skills can bring resolve. Also, this lad is surely one of the seamers that will cast himself in the T20 World Cup playing XI.
- Tristan Stubbs
Well, this budding youngster first made big headlines in 2022 when MI signed him in the IPL. As a cricketer, Stubbs is an explosive middle-order batter who can take bowlers to cleaners. During his T20I debut series in England, the batter played a vicious 72-run knock from mere 28 balls. His ability to hit big sixes has made him an attractive proposition in many T20 leagues.
For SA in the World T20, the 22-year-old will dwell himself along with David Miller in the lower-middle order. His T20I career strike rate of 212.50 looks fully ideal in his batting position. However, this lad in the ongoing India-SA series would prefer batting a bit up in the order. To get some game time before the mega event, Stubbs would prefer batting explosively against Indian bowling.
Overall, after his debut T20I series, Stubbs is also due for a breakthrough inning. Sadly in The Hundred competition, the cricketer had a mediocre stint with Manchester Originals. But before the World T20, Stubbs will look to be in red-hot form for the Proteas.