Top Picks: Rashid primed to spell trouble for Windies in T20I series
Sportsbet.io handpicks the players from West Indies and Afghanistan who possess the winning formula in the three-match T20I series.
West Indies, current holders of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, have lost 17 of their last 20 T20I matches and seek a change in fortunes against Afghanistan. The Carribean Kings recorded a whitewash in the latest T20I series played between the nations back in 2017, and newly-appointed skipper Kieron Pollard will look to aim to replicate a similar result this time around.
Afghanistan, in recent times, has been a different force to reckon with in the shortest format of the game and will have a slight upper hand in the upcoming series. While their bowling, spearheaded by captain Rashid Khan, has wreaked havoc on many batsmen, the Afghanis needs to fork out a feasible strategy around their inconsistent batting line-up.
RASHID KHAN (AFGHANISTAN)
The mercurial spinner is the top-ranked T20I bowler in the world and has bagged 81 wickets from 42 matches at an impressive economy of 6.13. Rashid, with 21 wickets in his last eight games, is primed to extend his rising ascendancy amongst the spinners in the shortest format of the sport and better his performance against the Windies.
MOHAMMAD NABI (AFGHANISTAN)
Nabi leads the ICC Men’s T20I Rankings for all-rounders and is tipped to stitch a formidable batting renaissance for Afghanistan against West Indies. The 34-year-old has scored 1291 runs from 72 matches at a strike rate of 146.70 while bagging 69 wickets at an economy of 7.16. Nabi has yet to register a three-digit figure in T20I cricket, and the upcoming series may very well serve as the perfect occasion for a match-winning act.
SHELDON COTTRELL (WEST INDIES)
West Indies’ bowling sensation in the summer has yet to leave a lasting imprint in T20I cricket but is the leading wicket-taker in 2019. The 30-year-old has 15 wickets in his last nine games, with an economy of 7.57, and is poised to deliver the Windies out of their recent slump in the shortest format of the game.
KIERON POLLARD (WEST INDIES)
Pollard was handed the reigns of ODI and T20I captaincy earlier this year and embarks on his first assignment as Windies’ skipper in the shortest format. The Trinidadian is a prolific performer in T20 cricket, having amassed 9780 runs in 490 matches at a monstrous strike rate of 150.18, and the 32-year-old must replicate his T20 form onto the shortest format of international cricket for the Carribean Kings.
Words: William Paul