As Australian all-rounder Mitch Marsh reminds everyone of his ability to score quickly with a dashing display in the Indian Premier League, we’re watching players with the form to make a similar impact in the ICC T20 World Cup.
leg spinner Rashid Khan holds the key to Afghanistan’s chances at the 2022 T20 World Cup and the shrewd tweaker is showing signs of good form currently in the IPL.
While Rashid has nine wickets in nine games for the Gujarat Titans, his save rate of 7.11 is among the best for any bowler in the IPL.
The 23-year-old also makes a strong contribution with the bat, with his most notable effort against Sunrisers Hyderabad last month when he broke the last two match points for six to help his side to a thrilling victory.
Afghan teammates Mohammad Nabi (Kolkata Knight Riders) and Rahmanullah Gurbaz (Gujarat Titans) have yet to be featured for their respective franchises.
While being versatile Mitch Marsh had an abortive start to his IPL campaign at the Delhi Capitals, he showed glimpses of the form that saw him help Australia clinch their maiden T20 World Cup title last year.
Marsh had a quick shot 37 from just 20 deliveries in the Capitals’ narrow loss to the Super Giants and has a total of 64 points from three hits so far in the IPL.
Teammate David Warner has the most runs of any Australian player, the southpaw having amassed a total of 264 runs in seven innings at the Capitals.
Glenn Maxwell (157 runs in seven innings at Royal Challengers Bangalore) and Marcus Stoinis (90 runs for Lucknow Super Giants) showed glimpses of their best so far, while the experienced tailor Josh Hazlewood has 10 wickets to be Australia’s first IPL wicket taker.
Experienced opener Joe Buttler is already paving the way for the IPL having already scored three centuries and three half centuries for the Rajasthan Royals.
Overall, Buttler has 566 runs in nine innings with an average over 70 and an even more impressive strike rate of 155.
You have to think Buttler will be crucial to England’s T20 World Cup hopes later this year, although he has plenty of team-mates who also look good in the IPL.
Liam Livingstone has 263 runs in nine innings with the Punjab Kings, while the left-arm tailor Mills of Tymal has six wickets in five games at the tournament for the Mumbai Indians.
Veteran Jonny Bairstow has yet to catch fire with the Punjab Kings, having managed just 79 runs on six hits.
Uncapped Speedster Omran Malik turned a lot of heads with 15 wickets in nine appearances at Sunrisers Hyderabad and many believe the 22-year-old could make India’s squad for the T20 World Cup later this year.
He’s not the only bowler among the tournament’s leading wicket takers, with a leg spinner Yuzvendra Chahal currently leading all comers with 19 scalps for the Rajasthan Royals.
Left arm Kuldeep Yadav (17 wickets for Delhi Capitals at 3:82 p.m.) and experienced setter T Natarajan (17 wickets for Sunrisers Hyderabad at 17.82) also impressed with the ball.
It’s a bit of a mixed bag with the bat for India’s star-studded crowd at IPL, with an experienced duo Virat Kohli (186 races from 10 rounds for Royal Challengers Bangalore) and Rohit Sharma (155 runs in nine innings for the Mumbai Indians) are still struggling to show their best form.
left-handed veteran Shikhar Dhawan (307 runs on nine hits for the Punjab Kings), while fellow opener KL Rahul has two centuries under his belt and a total of 451 races for Lucknow Super Giants.
Skipper Kane Williamson is slowly starting to show signs of his best at Sunrisers Hyderabad, with his 47 against Chennai Super Kings on Sunday, meaning the experienced right-hander now has 195 runs in nine rounds in the IPL this year.
Kiwi Companion Devon Conway stood out in that game hitting an unbeaten 85 to top the Super Kings order and the 30-year-old could be a player to watch in Australia later this year.
A trio of Black Caps do well with the ball in India, with the right arm Lockie Ferguson leads the way with 10 wickets for Gujarat Titans.
Veteran Duo Tim Southee (Kolkata Knight Riders) and Trent Boult (Rajasthan Royals) have eight wickets apiece, with Southee’s save rate of 6.93 among the tournament’s top 10 bowlers.
Experienced pacer Kagiso Rabada is in worrying form as he continues to lead the way with the ball for the Punjab Kings with 13 wickets in eight matches.
With the bat it is Quinton de Kock who looks the best of the South African contingent, with the southpaw having already scored 294 points for Lucknow Super Giants.
Countrymen David Miller (276 runs for Gujarat Titans) and Aiden Markram (263 runs and only sacked three times at Sunrisers Hyderabad) impressed, while the teenage star Dewald Brevis has 124 six-hit runs with the Mumbai Indians.
Star leg-spinner Wanindu Hasaranga is in good touch at the IPL, having already taken 15 wickets to just over 18 in 10 games for Royal Challengers Bangalore.
It could be a heavy attack for Sri Lanka in Australia later in the year as fellow spinner Maheesh Theekshana also raises his hand for a spot in the team with eight scalps at Chennai Super Kings.
big fast Dushmantha Chameera also has eight wickets with Lucknow Super Giants, while attacking left-handed Bhanuka Rajapaksa has 134 runs in five innings at Chennai Super Kings.
A large West Indies contingent continues to feature at the IPL, although their impact has varied both over the past week and throughout the tournament.
The most eye-catching performance of the weekend was Nicholas Pooran 64* (33) for Sunrisers Hyderabad against Chennai Super Kings, although his nine-limit effort proved futile, unable to find a partner to join him in his exploits in the ultimately unsuccessful pursuit.
Lucknow Super Giants Jason Holder was hit for nine out of five balls by an international teammate Rovman Powell (Delhi Capitals) when the pair faced off over the weekend, with Holder (0/45) not enjoying his best day with the ball in hand.
Andre Russel was fired for a duck in his last outing for Kolkata Knight Riders, while Joseph Alzarri claimed 1/42 in Gujarat’s win over Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Ireland, Namibia, Pakistan, Scotland and United Arab Emirates have already qualified for the 2022 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup but have no players listed in the IPL.
The last two qualifying teams will be determined during the B qualifiers in July.