With less than three months to go for the 2022 T20 World Cup, the top teams are struggling to find their best XI as several players are missing due to injury or rest. Aussies have a great chance of becoming the first team to successfully defend the T20 World Cup as it is being played at their home.
Talking more about the T20 World Cup, the mind goes back to 2007 when MS Dhoni’s young Indian brigade won the inaugural edition in South Africa and created history by defeating Pakistan in the final, leading to a boom in T20 cricket in the world. came.
There has been a long time between the 2007 and 2022 editions of the tournament. However, there are some cricketers – its a short list, but nonetheless – who participated in the first T20 World Cup and will play in the 2022 edition – injury or surprising axe-too.
Here are 4 such cricketers who played in the 2007 T20 WC and will also come in 2022:
Rohit Sharma was a young 20-year-old when he made his T20I debut for India in the 2007 T20 World Cup. He exuded brilliance and it was on show when he played crucial innings in two crucial games – 50* off 40 balls vs South Africa in a win and 30* off 16 in the final vs Pakistan.
Now, Sharma is the captain of the Indian team and when he leads the team in Australia, he has a huge responsibility on his shoulders.
Dinesh Karthik featured in four matches in the 2007 T20 World Cup and could not do anything remarkable with the bat – 28 runs in 3 innings – but his brilliant catch from South Africa captain Graeme Smith – flying to his left at slips and taking a . -Handed Stunner – is memorable.
DK has been in and out of the Indian team since then. But now, he has forced his way back into the Indian T20I eleven in the specialist role of a finisher.
A stellar IPL 2022 season for RCB – where he scored 330 runs at a strike rate of 183 – saw him return to the national team and achieve two Man of the Match awards – versus South Africa and West Indies – for his elite finishing, both Did it To save India’s downfall in sports. Karthik has cemented his place in India’s T20 World Cup squad.
A batting all-rounder who can hit the ball as hard as any Bangladeshi batsman and can also bowl easy off-spin, Mahmudullah is now the T20I captain of his country.
As a 21-year-old youngster in 2007, Mahmudullah then featured in a few games, managing only 17 rubs with the bat and taking two wickets with the ball. Now, the 36-year-old is leading the side and will be hoping to make a turnaround or two in the big tournament.
Shakib Al Hasan
Shakib Al Hasan played a major role in his team’s only win in the 2007 T20 World Cup – vs West Indies – in the game, taking 4 wickets. The left-hander finished the tournament with 67 runs from 5 innings but bowled well, picking up 6 wickets at an economy of 6.82.
Shakib was a rising player at the time and over the years has been known as Bangladesh’s greatest cricketer of all time, and one of the world’s leading all-rounders. The 35-year-old will once again be the biggest hope for Bangladesh to pull off a spectacle on the world stage as they did in the 2019 World Cup with a sizzling all-round show.