ICC World T20 2022: Hardik Pandya, Maxwell, Hasaranga among top five all-rounders to watch out for

ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2022: Top five all-rounders to watch out in World T20 2022. Hardik Pandya, Glenn Maxwell, Wanindu Hasranga, Moeen Ali and Liam Livingstone among the top all-rounders to look out in World T20.

Hardik Pandya gets a pat from Rohit Sharma on his best bowling performance (4/33) in T20I _ Walking Wicket (Photo: ©Getty Images)
Pandya gets a pat from Rohit on his best bowling performance (4/33) in T20I (Photo: ©Getty Images)

The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 which is set to begin from October 16 in Australia is knocking on the door as all the teams have almost completed their last-minute preparation for the mega event.


Just like all other big tournaments, all-rounders in any team are nothing short of diamonds; they just offer the proper balance of the side with their batting coming in the middle order or in the lower middle order, besides bowling a few overs with the ball.


Let’s take a look at the top five all-rounders who could make a huge impact to the fortune of their team’s future in this upcoming T20 World Cup.


Hardik Pandya (India)

With the recent back injury sustained by Jasprit Bumrah before the start of the T20 World Cup, India find themselves in a difficult position to settle their bowling section and all-rounder Hardik Pandya with his ability of bowling couple of overs besides batting at number five or six offers India the right balance.

Format

M

Runs

HS

Bat Ave

Bat SR

50s

Wkt

Bow Ave

Eco

4w

BBI

T20I

73

989

71*

25.35

148.49

2

54

28.68

8.33

2

4/33

T20

209

3270

91

29.76

141.33

14

130

28.30

8.15

2

4/33

In this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL), Hardik made an impressive comeback to top-level cricket with 487 runs in 15 games for Gujarat Titans (GT) at an average of 44.27 and strike rate of 131.27, besides taking eight wickets at an economy of 7.28.


In the recently concluded Asia Cup 2022, Hardik showed his value in the current Indian set-up. During India’s first group-phase game against Pakistan in Dubai, Pandya coming at a difficult position of 89/4 in the 15th over chasing 149; he slammed a match-winning unbeaten 33 runs in just 17 balls with the help of four boundaries and one maximum. Even in the first innings of the game, he picked up three crucial wickets with figures of 3/25 in four overs to change the momentum of the game.


In the recently concluded home T20I series against Australia when Hardik Pandya arrived to the crease in the first game, India were looking to cross the 200-mark barrier being 103/3 in the 12th over. Pandya displayed his wild game to blow away Australia’s bowling to register an unbeaten 71 runs in just 30 deliveries with the help of seven boundaries and five maximums.


With Bumrah and Ravindra Jadeja being away due to injury, India will be highly dependent on Hardik Pandya to have an excellent T20 World Cup which would provide them proper balance in the playing eleven.


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T20 World Cup 2022: Glenn Maxwell raises his bat as he scores half century off 35 balls against Sri Lanka | Walking wicket (Photo: ©Getty Images)
Glenn Maxwell has strike rate of 151.83 in T20I from 91 games (Photo: ©Getty Images)

Glenn Maxwell (Australia)

Widely regarded as one of the most versatile and explosive T20 players in the current world, Glenn Maxwell is going to be an important campaigner for Australia in the upcoming T20 World Cup.

Format

M

Runs

HS

Bat Ave

Bat SR

50s

100s

Wkt

Bow Ave

Eco

BBI

T20I

91

2024

145*

28.91

151.83

9

3

36

28.61

7.46

3/10

T20

370

8316

154*

27.90

151.28

46

5

130

32.12

7.64

3/10

Even though playing for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in IPL 2022, Maxwell collected just 301 runs in 13 innings but the best part of it was that the runs came at a speedy strike rate of 169.10; he also picked up six wickets at an economy of under seven. The role he was given of going after the bowlers from the very first delivery was ticked by him in the best way.


Another aspect of Maxwell’s game is his thunderous fielding; during the first T20I of the recent series in India, Maxwell with his special acrobatic skills saved five runs at the fence; he jumped high and caught the ball with both hands before releasing it in the air within the boundary.


Maxwell had a poor run of form in that series with just seven runs in three games but with the world cup knocking on the door, Australia will hope that their ace all-rounder makes a quick return to his purple patch to help Australia defend their title.


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T20 World Cup 2022_ Moeen Ali has over 5000 runs in T20 at a healthy strike rate of 142.33 _ Walking wicket (Photo_ ©ICC/Getty Images)
Ali has over 5000 runs in T20 at a strike rate of 142.33 (Photo: ©ICC/Getty Images)

Moeen Ali (England)

One of the biggest advantages for England in the shortest format of the game has been the huge supply of all-rounders; Moeen Ali in that section has been phenomenal coming lower down the order scoring quickfire runs and bowling couple of overs at any stage of the game.

Format

M

Runs

HS

Bat Ave

Bat SR

50s

100s

Wkt

Bow Ave

Eco

4w

5w

BBI

T20I

62

933

72*

22.75

146.69

7

0

40

26.52

8.40

0

0

3/24

T20

254

5490

121*

25.41

142.33

30

2

175

25.00

7.65

1

1

5/34

The England all-rounder playing for the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) had a decent IPL 2022 with both bat and ball; in his 10 innings, Moeen coming in the top order smacked 244 runs at a strike rate of 137.85 with a highest score of 93, besides taking eight wickets at an economy of just 6.63.


In the historic seven-match T20I series against Pakistan, England came on top with a 4-3 margin and their stand in captain, Moeen Ali, in the absence of regular skipper Jos Buttler, was one of the main reasons for them to come first in the race. Ali piled up 142 runs in just four innings at an outstanding average of 142 and a wild strike rate of 159.55.


In the second T20I of the series in Karachi, Moeen fired up with an unbeaten 23-ball 55 run knock that was arranged with four boundaries and as many maximums. The shots he played showed his ability to play all around the ground both against pace and spin. For England to have a successful T20 World Cup on those true pitches and long boundaries in Australia, Moeen must be in top form in smacking the bowlers and giving England a few overs in the middle phase if required.

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