While the Super 12 stage of the current race T20 World Cup progresses in Australia, the real test begins for bowlers as they will be in the crosshairs against the world’s marauding top class batters.
TimesofIndia.com here brings you a list of bowlers who have performed extremely well in the shortest format of the game of the year 2022 so far. Incidentally, the list includes four pacers and one spinner.
(All stats in this article are from before the current T20 World Cup)
Bhuvneshwar Kumar (M: 24, Inns: 23, Wkts: 32, Best: 5/4, Econ: 7.20)

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A natural swing bowler, Bhuvneshwar will now have the great responsibility of leading India’s bowling attack at the 2022 T20 World Cup in the absence of injured Jasprit Bumrah.
He is India’s top wicket taker in this format this year. He’s perfect with the new ball as he can swing the ball back and forth, but his death bowling, which has traditionally been one of his strengths, is currently a concern.
Bhuvneshwar has won 32 wickets in the 24 matches they have played this year so far. His best is 5/4 with a save rate of over 7. He picked up only 2 wickets after playing 6 overs in the two warm-up matches against Western Australia XI.
His figures of 2/20 in 3 overs against Australia in a warm-up match are a good sign ahead of India’s opening clash against Pakistan on October 23.
Haris Raouf (M: 16, Inns: 16, Wkts: 23, Best: 3/28, Econ: 7.85)

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Riding his blistering pace, Haris Rauf has undoubtedly been one of the best death bowlers in the world and will be one of Pakistan’s go-to men in this World Cup.
The 28-year-old, who often played twice on the power play and twice at the end, impressed everyone with his ultimate control and raw pace. Rauf has a lethal yorker in his arsenal in addition to a powerful slower delivery.
He has picked up 26 wickets, with best figures of 3/28, in the 16 T20Is played so far in 2022 with a saving of 7.85 in the run-up to the T20 World Cup. Rauf will surely pull out all the guns blazing against the Indian batters in their opening T20 World Cup clash.
Harshal Patel (M: 21, Inns: 20, Wkts: 22, Best: 4/25, Econ: 9.39)

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Harshal Patel recently returned to the India T20I side after recovering from a rib injury. The pacer, which turned into an effective weapon in the middle as well as in the kills in the T20Is, is still a bit rusty as it made a lot of runs against Australia in the home series.
Another concern for Harshal, who has yet to play T20I cricket in Australia, is that his slower balls may not be an effective tool in restricting batters on fast, bouncy Australian pitches.
The 31-year-old, who was crushed on flat ground and gave Ireland 54 points earlier this year, has conceded more than 9 points more in 2022.
He took 22 wickets with his best being 4/25 this year. While there may be a lot of ifs and buts for Harshal, the management of the team are supportive of his skill and ability to take wickets.
Josh Hazlewood (M: 13, Inns: 13, Wkts: 21, Best: 4/12, Econ: 7.29)

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Veteran Aussie Hazlewood will be looking to dominate at home again at the T20 World Cup.
All eyes will be on Hazlewood as he is not only the number one ranked T20I bowler in the world, but his performances speak for him heading into the tournament.
The defending champions struggled with the ball in the deathmatch in the recent series against India and Hazlewood believes conditions in Australia could favor the hosts.
Hazlewood have played 13 T20I games in 2022 and have 21 wickets to their name with an economy of 7.29 with best figures of 4/12. With Australia having lost their opener to New Zealand and that too by a wide margin, Hazlewood will have to shoulder a great responsibility to try to get the hosts and the defending champions’ campaign back on track.
Yuzvendra Chahal (M: 19, Inns: 18, Wkts: 21, Best: 3/20, Econ: 7.60)

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After missing last year’s edition, leg spinner Chahal has been included in India’s squad for this year’s T20I World Cup 2022. In the recently concluded series against Australia, the leggie took 2 wickets in 3 games with an average of 38.0 and a save of 9.12.
Chahal, who has proven his worth for India time and time again in the middle overs, has already taken 21 wickets with best figures of 3/20 at a saving of 7.60 this year.
He played in the first warm-up match against Western Australia XI where he picked 2 wickets conceding only 15 runs with a save of 3.8. He got 1/28 in 3 overs in the warm-up match against Australia. He could be one of the big game changers for India in the T20 World Cup this time around as the men in blue aim for their first title at this tournament since the inaugural edition in 2007.



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