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T20 World Cup 2022: Five emerging batters to watch out for: Check out Ross Taylor's choice

Ross Taylor

Bengaluru, October 19: The ICC T20 World Cup 2022 round is on Down Under and the excitement will reach as crescendo as the Super 12 stage will commence with trans-tasman rivals Australia and New Zealand facing off against each other in the weekend, followed by the high-profile India vs Pakistan clash.

For Ross Taylor, the former New Zealand captain, it will be the first World Cup since his retirement.

Though the Kiwi batter is missing all the action on the field, it did not deter him from picking his five emerging batters at the ongoing marquee event of the ICC, with Suryakumar Yadav being the only Indian in the list.

"This is the first ICC Men's T20 World Cup to have taken place since I retired from international cricket earlier this year, so I'm preparing for a different experience watching from the other side of the rope," Taylor wrote in his column for ICC Media.

"I'm looking forward to seeing the action get underway and particularly excited by some of the young batters on display. There're several who I think could be set for a breakthrough tournament and with that in mind, here are five players to keep a close eye on over the next month.

Suryakumar Yadav (India)

Suryakumar Yadav (India)

I know from experience that four isn't an easy place to bat in T20 cricket and that's especially true for Suryakumar, who is coming in after KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli.

Some would find that an intimidating place to be but he has really taken to it. He can pick out unorthodox areas, is fearless, plays with a lot of confidence, you can tell that from the way he carries himself, and he doesn't go many innings without making a score.

Haider Ali (Pakistan)

Haider Ali (Pakistan)

Haider Ali is a player who really has something about him. Pakistan move him up and down the order but wherever he bats, he is capable of hitting the ground running.

There'll always be a lot of runs scored by Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan and they often face a lot of the balls in an innings, so they'll need guys like Haider to play cameos down the order.

Tim David (Australia)

Tim David (Australia)

David has had a different transition into international cricket, starting out with Singapore before going on to shine in the IPL and other competitions around the world.

He has had some useful cameos in his brief appearances for Australia so far and he obviously has a lot of power. He seems to be able to hit boundaries with ease.

Harry Brook (England)

Harry Brook (England)

Brook is an example of someone who has been brought up on T20 cricket, so smacking the ball from ball one has become second nature.

England have a settled white ball line-up so the fact Brook has forced his way in shows they see something special in him.

Finn Allen (New Zealand)

Finn Allen (New Zealand)

At 23, Allen is the youngest member of a New Zealand side which is ageing, so they'll need him and some of the other young guys to make their mark.

Allen could play in place of Martin Guptill, so he may be under a bit of pressure, but he's got the endorsement of the coach and this tournament is a great opportunity to show he can be a big part of this team for years to come.

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Story first published: Wednesday, October 19, 2022, 12:12 [IST]
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