World T20: Five players to watch

  • Last Updated: March 7 2014, 13:12 GMT

The performances of one player can turn a Twenty20 match like no other cricket format.

Aaron Finch took England apart at the Ageas Bowl
Aaron Finch took England apart at the Ageas Bowl

Here we take a look at five potential match-winners at the upcoming World Twenty20.

Shakib Al-Hasan (Bangladesh)

Bangladesh's hopes of going deep into a tournament on home soil will rest heavily on the shoulders of Shakib Al-Hasan. One of the world's best all-rounders in the shortest format, Shakib landed himself in hot water last month for making an inappropriate gesture to a TV camera during a one-day international against Sri Lanka. He was banned for three matches and, after Bangladesh faltered in the Asia Cup having initially played without him, may feel he has a point to prove.

Aaron Finch (Australia)

Arguably the heaviest hitter in a brutal Australian top order that includes David Warner and Shane Watson. Finch smashed his way to notoriety with a world-record 156 from 63 balls against England in Southampton last August. Two centuries in the ODI series against England in the winter confirmed his Rose Bowl exploits were no one-off.

Sunil Narine (West Indies)

Spin is set to play a major part in Bangladesh - where only two grounds will be used - and the mystery spin of Narine looms as a vital weapon in West Indies' defence of their title. The 25-year-old has made his name in the Indian Premier League - he has taken a competition-best 46 wickets in the past two editions - while he has taken 28 T20 international wickets at 17.64.

Brendon McCullum (New Zealand)

The New Zealander is in white-hot form after twice passing 200 in the Test series against India. Translating that to the shortest format should hardly be a problem for the 32-year-old, who has long been one of the hardest hitters of a cricket ball in the world. His astute captaincy will also be an important factor for the Black Caps.

Dale Steyn (South Africa)

While other nations are set to rely on their slow bowlers, South Africa's bid to win the tournament for the first time will likely rest on their quicks. Steyn is the spearhead of everything the Proteas do and with Morne Morkel - the leading wicket-taker at the 2012 IPL - forms a fearsome new-ball attack. The Proteas will be hoping he is fully recovered from the hamstring strain suffered in the third Test against Australia.


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