T20 is the fastest moving and the most exciting format of cricket. In the last couple of years, T20 has evolved drastically and it has gained an important stature in the game.
The shortest format of the game has even procreated its own set of cricketers, who are also known as T20 specialists, as they have the ability to surprise any opposition on any given day and play accordingly. Here are 5 T20 specialists:
1. Sunil Narine
West Indian mystery spinner Sunil Narine has proven his mettle to the world with the brilliant use of variations. He is arguably the best T20 bowler in the world, who plays in numerous T20 leagues and in IPL he plays for the Kolkata Knight Riders franchise.
Currently, he isn’t a part of West Indies’ ODI squad but still a mainstay of the T20s. Narine has the capability to choke batsmen by stopping the flow of runs and force them to make mistakes, which generates chances to pick wickets. He can also be a handy pinch hitter which can smash the ball from the word, go.
2. Suresh Raina
Indian batsman Suresh Raina has had a decent ODI career, winning the World Cup and Champions Trophy for India, but he is also one of the most lethal batsmen in T20s. He is also the highest scorer in the history of the IPL, the T20 league which helped him to become a household name.
Raina is also the first Indian batsman to score a T20I century. His ability to ran through any bowling attack on a given day makes him even for ferocious.
3. Glenn Maxwell
Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell has the best power hitting ability, especially in T20s. Despite the fact that he is yet to make an impact in other formats of the game, the shortest format of the game seems to be made only for him.
Maxwell has a variety of shots in his kitty and he has the guts to play any unorthodox shot against any bowler even on the first delivery he is facing in T20s. He has demolished various bowing attacks in with his clean hitting and is arguably the modern great of the T20 game.
4. Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Indian pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar is enjoying a resurgence of sorts over the past couple of years and a lot of credit for that goes to the shortest format of the game. He has re-invented himself as a bowler who can provide crucial breakthroughs in the first few overs and in slog overs as well.
After being dropped from the national squad, Bhuvneshwar forced his way back into the domestic setup, especially in T20s and gave some mind-boggling performances in the IPL. He was the highest wicket-taker from last two seasons of IPL. He has now a lot of variations in his armor and he makes apt use of them with his international experience.
5. Chris Gayle (T20 master)
The Jamaican batsman Chris Gayle doesn’t need an introduction especially when it comes to the T20s. He is undoubtedly the most destructive batsman in the history of the game with his enormous power hitting ability. He can clear the longest boundary of any ground with just a flick of his wrist.
Gayle has the record of scoring as many as 10,000 T20 runs and he is the only batsman in the world to do so. He has featured in all the T20 leagues around the world. He is also the only batsman in the world to smash a six on the very first ball of a Test match.