The importance of wickets in the powerplay in T20 cricket has risen over the years. The new ball wickets directly affect the team’s scoring rate in the middle overs and hence the stocks for the new ball specialists are at an all time high.
India have one of the best powerplay bowlers going around at the moment in the form of Bhuvneshwar Kumar. They also have Mohammed Shami who has enhanced his performance with the new ball in the last 2 years at the IPL level. But due to workload management, India have decided to overlook Mohammed Shami for T20Is as he is a mainstay in the test bowling setup.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar hasn’t picked up much wickets in the powerplay at the IPL in the last 2 years but he has always stepped up when it comes to India. He is one of the very few bowlers who could swing the ball both the ways with maximum accuracy. He has his limitations with respect to pace but the skills he possesses is unmatched, only second to Jasprit Bumrah in India. He dismantled Ireland captain Andrew Balbirnie in the first T20I in Dublin with a ball that nip backed in sharply in his very first over of the game to become the highest wicket taker in T20I history in powerplay.
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Tim Southee is a very similar kind of bowler to Bhuvneshwar Kumar. He largely relies on swing bowling and becomes unplayable inside powerplay when there is some swing on offer on the wicket. He is second on the list with most wickets inside powerplay.
Samuel Badree is one of the revolutionary spinners when it comes to T20 cricket. He was used as a specialist new ball bowler in the T20s. Not much spinners can deliver inside powerplay when the ball is new and with just 2 fielders outside the circle but Samuel Badree was one of a kind. He is joint second highest wicket taker inside powerplay.
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