The first edition of ICC World T20 Cup was held in 2007 and since then the tournament has been held four times. T20 format requires a player to hit big sixes and fours but also curb his natural style of play according to the situation of the game. It also involves agility on the field, quick reflexes and mental alertness. The 2016 T20 World Cup provides a chance to some of the best T20 players in the world to win the prestigious tournament for their country.
Here we look at the top 5 cricketers who might play their last T20 World Cup.
1. Chris Gayle
Chris Gayle one of the best openers in the T20 format plays for the West Indies team. His contribution to the West Indies team has been immense. He made his T20 debut in 2006 against New Zealand. He scored a brilliant 117 off 57 balls in the first match of ICC World T20 in 2007 against South Africa. The explosive batsman from West Indies has played 45 T20 matches and scored 1406 runs with the best score of 117. His strike rate of 142.6 makes him a dangerous player. He was a part of the West Indies team which won the World Cup in 2012. Chris Gayle can destroy any bowling attack on his day. With the World T20 starting from 15th March, Chris Gayle would love to end his T20 career on a winning note. He is in the top 10 list of best batsmen in T20 format. He has played in all five editions of ICC World T20 tournament prior to this.
2. Lasith Malinga
Lasith Malinga one of the best bowlers in the T20 format has stepped down from the post of captain ahead of the World T20. Malinga made his T20 debut in 2006 against England. He has played 62 T20 matches with an economy of 7.29. He bowls at the start and also in the death over’s. His best figures in T20 format has been 5/31 against England in 2012. He led the Sri Lankan team which won the World Cup in 2014. His problem to his knee might make him sit out of the first match on March 17. He is fourth highest wicket taker in T20 format with 78 wickets. Sri Lanka would hope that he would be fit and help the team to defend the title that they won in 2014. He is also appearing in his six successive ICC World T20 tournament and hope to sign out on a high note. Lasith Malinga is the highest wicket taker in ICC World T20.
3. Shahid Afridi
Shahid Afridi the captain of the Pakistan cricket team will play a crucial role to help the team to lift the title this year. Afridi made his T20 debut in 2006 against England. He has played 94 T20 matches and has taken 93 wickets with an economy of 6.58. With ICC World T20 2016 to be held in India where the pitches will help the spinners, Shahid Afridi role becomes most important. He was a part of the team which won the World Cup in 2009 which was held in England. He is an allrounder whose batting would come handy. His best figures in T20 format has been 4 wickets giving only 11 runs. He made 54 not out in the finals of the ICC World T20 in 2009. He is the leading wicket-taker in T20 format. He is also appearing in his sixth successive ICC World T20 tournament.
4. MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni the captain of the Indian team has been brilliant in ICC World T20 tournament. He made his T20 debut in 2006 against South Africa. He led India to victory in the first edition of ICC World T20 tournament held in South Africa. Since then he has captained India in all editions of this tournament. MS Dhoni became the first captain to lead India all editions. His contribution to Indian cricket has been exceptional. In 2014 edition India reached the finals of the tournament but lost to Sri Lanka. He has played 63 T20 matches and scored 952 runs with the best score of 48 not out. With the 2016 World T20 to be held in India, every cricketing fan would be hoping that MS Dhoni could lift the title for the second time.
5. AB De Villers
AB De Villiers another dangerous batsmen in T20 format plays for South Africa. He made his T20 debut in 2006 against Australia. He makes the batting looks easy which makes life tough for the bowlers. He has played 67 T20 matches and scored 1258 runs with the best score of 78. His strike rate of 128.89 makes him a dangerous batsman. His ability to play innovative strokes and demoralize the bowlers has made one of the best batsmen in the world. South Africa does not have T20 trophy to their name. AB De Villiers with his aggressive batting would love to end the title drought.