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5 batters to look out for in Asia Cup 2022

Fakhar Zaman (Pakistan)
Fakhar Zaman (Pakistan)

The keenly anticipated Asia Cup 2022 is scheduled to begin on the 27th August, with Sri Lanka locking horns against Afghanistan. There is a lot of anticipation pertaining to the tournament and all the teams will look to bring their A game to claim the title.

Here is a list of 5 Batters to look forward to in Asia Cup 2022:

1. Suryakumar Yadav (India)

Last 5 T20I innings:

24 runs vs WI
76 runs vs WI
11 runs vs WI
24 runs vs WI
117 runs vs ENG

Suryakumar Yadav has been in the form of his life in recent times. He is a stylish player who is perfectly suited for the T20I stage. Strike rate plays an important role in T20 cricket. His current strike rate in T20I cricket is 175.45 accompanied by a healthy average of 37.33.

Suryakumar Yadav is the backbone of the Indian middle order and he can pack a punch after the powerplay overs. He has proved multiple times that he is as comfortable against fast bowlers as he is against spin bowlers. His valiant effort of 117 runs against England in the T20I series was hailed as one of the best T20 innings of all time.

Suryakumar Yadav has got all the shots in the book, from his stylish hooks to magnificent scoops. He is good on both sides of the wicket. Suryakumar Yadav is definitely one of the batsmen to look forward to in Asia Cup 2022.

 2. Fakhar Zaman (Pakistan):

Last 5 T20I innings:

0 runs vs Aus
12 runs vs WI
10 runs vs WI
10 runs vs WI
57 runs vs Bang

Although his last 5 T20I performances are poor, Fakhar Zaman is still one of the best T20 batters in the Pakistan batting unit. He is a free flowing batsman who can fully utilize the powerplay overs.

The current strike rate of Fakhar Zaman in T20I cricket is 131.61. His counter attacking skills can put the opposition under pressure from ball one. His record against the Asian teams has been great in the past including India, which places him on our list of batsmen to look forward in Asia Cup 2022.

It is yet to be seen if Fakhar Zaman will open the batting with Babar Azam or he will be used in the middle order. Wherever he bats, Fakhar Zaman brings in so much flow to the Pakistan's batting. If he gets going, the opposition teams will find it hard to contain him during the tournament.

3. Najibullah Zadran (Afghanistan)

Last 5 T20 innings:

10 runs vs Ireland
50 runs vs Ireland
42 runs vs Ireland
8 runs vs Ireland
15 runs vs Ireland

Najibullah Zadran is one of the finest T20 batters in Afghanistan cricket history. He proved the point by rescuing Afghanistan out of tough situations in the recently concluded series against Ireland.

Zadran currently holds an impressive strike rate of 141.75 in T20I cricket. His average is 33.04, which is amongst the best in the world.

Najibullah Zadran is in great form currently. He played some brilliant knocks in Shpageeza Cricket League and then followed it up in the series against Ireland. He holds an important position in the middle order of Afghanistan batting line-up and is definitely one of the batsmen to look out for in Asia Cup 2022.

4. Dasun Shanaka (Sri Lanka)

Last 5 T20I innings:

54 runs vs Aus
14 runs vs Aus
0 runs vs Aus
74 runs vs India
47 runs vs India

Dasun Shanaka is one of the most explosive batsmen in T20 cricket currently. His match winning knock of 54 in 25 balls against Australia in the third T20I is still remembered as one of the greatest. He single handedly pulled Sri Lanka out of the clutches of defeat.

Dasun Shanaka is a clean striker of the ball. His strike rate in T20I cricket is 116.66 and he averages 20.71. Although these numbers aren't too appealing, he can win games for his team from awkward situations, something he has done multiple times in the past.

Dasun Shanaka performs well against the Asian teams and he is definitely one of the batsmen to look forward to in Asia Cup 2022.

5. Shakib Al Hasan (Bangladesh)

Last 5 T20I innings:

5 runs vs West Indies
68 runs vs West Indies
29 runs vs West Indies
9 runs vs Afghanistan
5 runs vs Afghanistan

Shakib Al Hasan is one of the most celebrated cricketers in Bangladesh cricket. He has given several match winning performances for his team in the past. He is returning to the field after a short break but he will be itching to get his hands back on the bat and start middling the balls.

Shakib Al Hasan currently holds a strike rate of 120.86 and an average of 23.10 in T20I cricket. He currently bats in the top order in the T20 format and can take his team to a flying start. On his day, Shakib Al Hasan is simply unstoppable. He is surely one of the batsmen to look forward to in Asia Cup 2022. 

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