Five players from Australia and India improved their chances of competing in the 2024 T20 World Cup

Five players from Australia and India improved their chances of competing in the 2024 T20 World Cup

Even though both Australia and India’s recently concluded Twenty20 International series lacked star power due to the absence of several first-choice players from both teams, a number of underdog performers put in a strong enough effort to be considered for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in 2019.
We examine five athletes who improved their prospects of representing their nation at the 2024 grand final.

1. India’s Ravi Bishnoi
The youthful right-armer, who rightfully won Player of the Series, was India’s clear standout over the course of the five games and is still an impressive player on the international scene.

With nine wickets in five games, Bishnoi took three more than any other player, and his economy rate of just 8.20 was the second-best among all Indian bowlers.

Bishnoi, 23, has already proven he is more than capable of holding down the important role, even though he will likely be competing against players like Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, and Ravi Ashwin for a couple of slow bowling spots at the T20 World Cup next year.

2. Australian Jason Behrendorff
Behrendorff, a vital component of Australia’s pace attack in the 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, made headlines once more with an outstanding showing in India.

Throughout his four appearances in the series, the seasoned left-armer claimed six wickets; his best outing came in the fourth game, when he amassed 2/32.

The 33-year-old bowler’s stingy economy rate, which was easily the best among all Australian bowlers at 6.68 runs per over in a series dominated by the batsmen, was, however, the most remarkable contribution he made to his team.

Despite Australia’s strong bowling attack depth, Behrendorff might be a wise choice for the T20 World Cup in 2020 if selectors decide to go down that path.

3. Indian Rinku Singh
Rinku’s 105 runs from four hits during the series may not seem impressive at first glance, but if you look a little closer, you can see that the left-hander’s efforts demonstrate something significant that could be crucial for India in the T20 World Cup the following year.

When batting, Rinku had a strike rate of 175—higher than any other Indian player—and his attempts to finish each of his knocks by reaching the boundary were particularly noteworthy.

In the first game of the series, the 26-year-old proved to be the match-winner when he composed himself to make a crucial delivery in the last over of the match. In the second match, his 31* from just nine deliveries propelled India to a huge total of 235/4.

Without a doubt, India selectors would be thrilled to have access to Rinku’s boundary-hitting exploits in the West Indies and the USA come next season.

4. Australian Tanveer Sangha
The young Australian spinner has only made nine appearances for his country, but he has already established a strong resume that indicates he will be a valuable player in the future.

Sangha participated in all five of the Indian matches, taking five wickets overall, the best of which came in the fourth game of the series at a cost of 2/30.

During the series, only two of Australia’s wicket-takers bowled at a more economical economy rate, and if selected, Sangha has enough tools in his arsenal to make life difficult for opposition batsmen in the USA and the West Indies.

Even though Sangha is probably not as good as Australia’s first-choice spinner Adam Zampa, he seems like the most sensible option to travel as his back-up.

5. Ruturaj Gaikwad (India)

India are well stocked for top-order batting options in the shortest format of the game and Gaikwad continues to show his wares when given the chance at international level.

The right-hander was India’s only century maker during the T20I series as he amassed a superb 123* in the third match of the series and his total of 223 runs was easily the most of any player over all five contests.

Gaikwad also finished inside the top 10 for all run-scorers at last year’s edition of the IPL and could easily partner skipper Rohit Sharma at the top of India’s batting order at next year’s T20 World Cup should selectors opt to go down that path.

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