[dropcap]I[/dropcap]SLAMABAD – T20 being the shortest format of International cricket right now, which forces players to be on their toes at all times to have a lasting impact on the game.
Let us have a look at the Top 5 players with most man of the match awards in T20Is:
5. Mohammad Hafeez – 8
Hafeez has been one of the stars in Pakistan’s success in the T20 format. Batting at the top of the order, opening the bowling at times and even leading his side, there is hardly anything that Hafeez hasn’t done for Pakistan. Hafeez though, has been reported for suspect action a second time and there will be more pressure than ever on him going forward to sustain his international cricket purely on his batting. It will be interesting to see how Hafeez copes with this pressure in the coming months building up to the World T20 in India.
4. Shane Watson – 8:
Shane Watson, one of the top all-rounders in limited overs cricket, loves this format. He has had a lot of injury trouble throughout his career. This format was naturally suitable for him as he would have to bowl lesser overs and enabling him to give his 100%. Hitting sixes at will on his day, Shane Watson, who recently retired from Test cricket, would like to win the only silverware that has eluded him. The upcoming World T20 that would add another feather in his illustrious cap.
3. Chris Gayle – 8:
This Jamaican is probably the most fear inducing batsman in the world currently. Scoring boundaries for fun, he can take down any attack with his brute force. He began the 2007 World T20 with a bang, scoring a murderous 100, an innings which consisted of 10 huge sixes. Gayle is always a threat when he is at the crease and adding patience to his batting in the recent past, he has added another facet to his game. It would be amazing to watch what Chris Gayle will bring to the World T20 in its next edition in India where he is widely cheered.
2. Mohammad Shahzad – 8
Mohammad Shahzad from Afghanistan surprisingly sits at No.2 on this list. This wicket-keeper batsman from Afghanistan might still be rung to miss out on the plane for Australia in the World Cup this year but a couple of fifties in the World T20 Qualifiers held in Ireland might have made the Afghan think tank regret their decision of dropping him. Shahzad’s most success has been against Associate nations but now that Inzamam-ul-Haq is the coach of the Afghanistan team, Shahzad would love to extend his form against full member teams.
1. Shahid Afridi – 10:
Afridi who held the record for the fastest century in ODIs for almost 18 years enjoys every bit of this format. In the later years of his career, Afridi transformed himself into a match-winning spinner who could tonk the bowlers if need be.
After the loss in the 2007 Finals of the World T20, Afridi made sure that his efforts in the 2009 edition in England didn’t go in vain. He scored half-centuries in both, semi-finals and the finals leading Pakistan to its first silverware since 1992 World Cup.