5 players to watch out for in the T20I series between Pakistan and West Indies
A look at the possible gamechangers from these two mercurial teams
For two sides which often relied on individual brilliance and eye-catching cricketers in the past, their contrasting fortunes make for an interesting reading. While Misbah ul Haq has led Pakistan onto the pedestal in Tests, their limited-overs form seems to be scraping the barrel. On the other hand, West Indies have made T20s their forte and shown signs of getting back into the groove in ODIs as well, even as the sport’s traditional format continues to elude them.
With a fascinating tour kick starting in the shortest format, they will have an opportunity to get themselves acquainted to the testing UAE conditions. The first couple of T20Is have been scheduled to take place in Dubai before the series rounds off in Abu Dhabi. Let us take a look at five players who can influence the contests with their game-changing abilities.
#5 Samuel Badree
A leg-spinner who has it in him to stifle batsmen by keeping things tight is an invaluable commodity in an era of powerful ball striking and shortening boundaries. In that regard, there are very few better then Samuel Badree in shaping matches with his stifling style of operation aside from prising out crucial breakthroughs. Added to the fact that Pakistan have a recurring issue against wrist spin may also heighten the Trinidadian's importance.
From 30 matches, he has picked up 40 wickets at an average of 15.50. However, it is his parsimonious economy rate of 5.53 which makes him a rare threat during different stages of the innings.