ICC World T20 2022: Top 5 Rookie Players to watch out for

ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2022: Top five rookie players to watch out in T20 World Cup 2022.

Arshdeep Singh will be playing his maiden T20 World Cup in 2022 (Image_ ©BCCI)
Arshdeep Singh all set to play his maiden T20 World Cup in 2022 (Image: ©BCCI)

With the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 set to be held in Australia fast approaching in less than two weeks’ time, all the teams have either completed or are in the last leg of their preparation for the marquee 16-team event. The hype around the tournament is high and there is expectation for yet another blockbuster T20 World Cup, this time from down under.


In each of the past tournaments, there have been many players who have come of age and many emerging ones were discovered. For instance, the current India skipper Rohit Sharma made a mark in international cricket in the inaugural edition of World T20 in 2007. Similarly, players like Alex Hales, David Warner, Ajanta Mendis, Mohammad Rizwan, Charith Asalanka shined when they played their respective first T20 world cups.


Expect this edition of World T20 to be no different, and we may see many more young players playing their maiden T20 World Cup making a mark of their own.


Let us look at some of the players from different teams who will be making their first appearance in a world event this World Cup and show all the signs of making an everlasting impact on the audiences.

SA20 Auction_ Tristan Stubbs becomes the costliest player in the first edition of South Africa T20 League _ Walking Wicket (Photo_ ©Getty Images_Twitter)
Tristan Stubbs plays in middle order for South Africa (Photo: ©Getty Images/Twitter)

Tristan Stubbs (South Africa)

Tristan Stubbs is one of the most exciting young prospects in the South African ranks and one to watch out for in this upcoming marquee event. The right-hand wicketkeeper batter has a great potential in him to be a true match-winner for the Proteas in the coming years.


When it comes to the World T20 in Australia, Stubbs can lend a great balance to the South African side. He plays in the middle-order and bats at a stunning strike rate; he is a treat to watch when he is in full flow. Sensing his potential, Stubbs was picked by the 5-time Indian Premier League (IPL) champions Mumbai Indians (MI) in the 2022 auction and attracted the highest bid (ZAR 9.2 million) in the inaugural SA20 player auction before being picked up by Sunrisers Eastern Cape.


Though the explosive batter might have not played much international cricket, his 28-ball 72 (including 8 sixes) against England in Bristol earlier this year gave a glimpse of his immense abilities with the bat.

Format

M

Runs

Strike Rate

Average

HS

50s/100s

T20I

9

142

191.89

28.4

72

1/0

T20

37

807

159.17

28.82

80*

4/0

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India vs Australia, 3rd T20I, Highlights_ Tim David scored 54 off 27 balls against India on 3rd T20I; India win series by 2-1 (Photo_ ©Associated Press)
Tim David played for Singapore and now for Australia (Photo: ©Associated Press)

Tim David (Australia)

Tim David is another player who has the ability to take world cricket by storm with his sheer hitting power. He is set to represent the defending champions Australia in his maiden World Cup outing having made his debut for the team in the recent series against India. His ability to hit a long ball makes him one of the hottest commodities in cricket and the hosts will benefit largely with his presence in the middle order.


In the five innings David has played for Australia so far, the right-hander has already registered two impressive knocks (54 off 27 vs India and 42 off 20 vs West Indies). The quickfire knock against the West Indies helped Australia secure an easy win in the match played in Brisbane.


David is known to be a fierce striker of the ball and we have seen his capability over the years in the Big Bash League (BBL), IPL and when he played for the Singapore national side for a brief period.

Format

M

Runs

Strike Rate

Average

HS

50s/100s

T20I for AUS

5

116

170.59

23.2

54

1/0

T20I for SGP

14

558

158.52

46.50

92*

4/0

IPL

9

187

210.11

31.17

46

0/0

T20s

133

2841

163.18

30.88

92*

12/0

*Tim David played both for Singapore and Australia


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Obed McCoy is called up in West Indies squad for ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2022 _ Walking Wicket (Photo_ ©Associated Press)
Obed McCoy is a great talent to watch out in T20 World Cup (Photo: ©Associated Press)

Obed McCoy (West Indies)

The lanky tall left-arm pacer from West Indies will be a vital cog for the team in the upcoming T20 World Cup in Australia. Obed McCoy is one of the many bowlers in the West Indies ranks who can consistently click high pace and trouble batters with uncomfortable lengths.


After getting just one game in the last World Cup, McCoy would have to play a more significant role for the West Indies in this campaign as he is set to lead the team’s pace attack. Courtesy of his recent exploits against India (taking 6/17 at Warner Park in Basseterre, St Kitts) and several more notable performances in the year 2022 in T20Is, the seamer is one rookie bowler to watch out for.


Obed McCoy’s numbers in T20 format

Format

M

Wkts

Eco

Average

BBI

5W/4W

T20Is

24

37

8.49

18.59

6/17

1/2

T20s

69

103

8.48

19.06

6/17

2/4

IPL

7

11

9.17

21.25

3/23

0/0

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Finn Allen smashes 101 off 56 balls against Scotland in T20I (Courtesy_ ©Twitter)
Finn Allen smashes 101 off 56 balls against Scotland in T20I (Photo: ©Twitter)

Finn Allen (New Zealand)

The young opener from New Zealand has shown in his short international career his penchant to score big runs and at a rapid pace. Finn Allen’s ability to take on the bowlers and not allowing them to settle makes him an exciting player in the Kiwi top-order.


Allen is likely to open the innings with veteran player Martin Guptill and their combination will make life easier for the classier batters like Kane Williamson and Devon Conway. So, all in all, New Zealand’s top-order looks pretty strong with a stroke-maker like Allen coming in as an opener.


In his brief international career, Finn Allen has a century in T20Is coming against Scotland earlier this year and a match-winning 96 against West Indies in an ODI game. However, he has been largely inconsistent and had a few mediocre outings in his last 5 T20Is, including the ongoing home tri-series featuring Pakistan and Bangladesh apart from the hosts.


Finn Allen’s numbers in T20 format

Format

M

Runs

Strike Rate

Average

HS

50s/100s

T20I

14

347

169.27

24.79

101

1/1

T20

69

1934

172.37

29.30

101

14/1

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