In the last couple of years, there was numerous players from the Associate nations who have left behind a considerable impact on the cricketing world. With their performance, they have gone on to stun the cricket world. Come to the 2022 ICC world cup T20 tournament, the game of cricket provides a unique opportunity for these nations to showcase their telling impression. With the start of the world cup, we have already gone on to witness a few noteworthy performances from the players. Let us understand a few stars who are willing to dominate the landscape of cricket in a major way. The only point of hindrance is that there are four associate teams otherwise, the talent on display would be enormous.
Vriitya Arvind from the United Arab Emirates
This wicketkeeper-batsman from the United Arab Emirates is one of the notable talents on display. Age is on his side, and he is a mere 20 years old guy. Your first impression of the guy would be someone who really gives the ball a strong hit. He was the leading scorer of the UAE in the world cup qualifying tournament and he has stood as a pillar in UAE cricket. More so at a time when numerous controversies have erupted in the nation. The match-fixing saga and a few seasoned campaigners did have a negative impact on the overall dressing room.
He was one of the few players who was thrust into the UAE national cricket team, and his performance has justified his selection. One thing is for sure he has gone on to pass every cricket test with flying wonders. Apart from that, his glovework has been nothing short of outstanding. Arvind is a dashing right-hand batsman who can slot anywhere in the top four. He is adept at hitting the ball straight or over the fielders. On a slow and sluggish Sharjah pitch, he played one of the best knocks of 115 runs off 76 balls which is still fresh in the eyes of most of us. Since his glove work is important, he has gone on to play an important role in UAE cricket.
- P Meiyappan from the United Arab Emirates
This 21-year-old leg spinner from the United Arab Emirates is one of the players to watch out for in this edition of the world cup. He has played with Arvind from the U for 19 days and has been fast-tracked into the senior national team. Ideally, he falls into the category of a leg spinner who is well-suited to the demands of T- 20 cricket.
He has a seven-step run-up with a high release point that is beyond the point of the perpendicular. Now he has the confidence to throw the ball above the eye line of the batsman where the spin and dip play an important role. His performance in the lead-up to the tournament has gone on to grab the attention of the experts. His form is crucial for the UAE team in progressing to the next round of the T 20 world cup. Not only can he contain runs but is a perfect option in terms of attacking when it comes to T-20 cricket.
Brandon McMullen from Scotland
The 22-year player from Scotland is a new kid on the block. Based on some break-taking performances in the local competitions, he has earned his place in the national team on performance alone. In this competition, he is expected to live behind a major mark. Though he is termed as an all-rounder his performance with the bat has gone on to do all the talking. The right opportunity is awaited where he needs to showcase his bowling talent.
His figure is tall and with an airy action, he can generate considerable bounce on the hard pitches of Australia. On the other hand, his batting with a straight stance showcases the shorts with a degree of leverage. He has gone on to impress in regional series tournaments along with the A team matches and when it comes to his team, he has gone on to rake in notable performances. A benefit that he could figure out is that there are less data available on him and he could give a considerable push to Scotland and their quest for this year’s world cup.
Bas De Leede from Netherlands
A batting all-rounder from the country of Netherlands is a rare talent for the Dutch. It is fair to say that based on his all-around skills he can walk into any international cricket team. A testimony to this fact is the great performances he has put in time and time again for his team. In the last tournament, he was in a race to be the player of the tournament and it was only at the last minute that Sikander Raza pipped him.
When he has the ball in his hand it is not the pace that is expected to do the damage but his nagging length is bound to trouble the batsman. This goes on to cramp the opposition batters in the team. You could come across these achievements in a few warm-up games in the early stages of the tournament. Come Australia and he is expected to do his bat and ball do the talking.
Divan la Cock From Namibia
It would be really hard to kick a player when your team is playing in this golden era. He is a player who is expected to take the country to great heights. One can term him to a dasher in the top order and within a short span of time he has gone on to become a regular in the national team. It was his impressive debut against Zimbabwe that made the world wake up and take notice of this outstanding talent. Taking into consideration the brittle order of Namibia in the last year or so he can turn out to be a player that the team is considering.