T-20 World Cup Haider Ali, five others to watch


The seventh T20 World Cup gets underway in Oman and the UAE at the weekend with the world’s best players queueing up to take the title and the headlines.

But while the world has already heard of the likes of Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli and Babar Azam, there are sure to be new global superstars unleashed on the world.

India has had its share of Little Masters and in the five foot six inch (1.68m) Kishan they may have uncovered another.

On his international T20 debut against England in March, the diminutive left-hander cracked a sparkling 56 from 32 balls, outscoring his skipper Virat Kohli who watched approvingly from the other end.

The 23-year-old had a slump in form during the IPL and was temporarily benched by Mumbai but returned to hammer 50 not out against Rajasthan and 84 from 32 balls against Hyderabad, the perfect warm-up for the World Cup.

Three months ago, it looked as if big-hitting Haider would miss out on the World Cup, having been sent home from the UAE after breaching COVID-19 restrictions and withdrawn from Pakistan’s squad to tour England and West Indies. But 21-year-old middle-order batter’s form in Pakistan’s National T20 Cup.—Agencies

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