The countdown to the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup has begun. After IPL 2021, this tournament will be played in UAE and Oman. West Indies captain Kieron Pollard has selected his best top 5 players in the World T20 XI. The star all-rounder, who played for Mumbai Indians in IPL 2021, has selected an explosive opener, a quick wicketkeeper, an all-rounder, a clever spinner and a fast bowler among his top 5 best T20 players.
Talking about the ICC, Chris Gayle has been selected by Pollard first among the top 5 players. 42-year-old explosive batsman Chris Gayle has scored 14261 runs in 446 T20 matches. During this his strike rate has been 145.97. Gayle has scored 22 centuries and his highest score is 175 not out. She was a member of the West Indies team that won the T20 World Cup in 2012 and 2016. Pollard has selected Sri Lanka’s legendary fast bowler Lasith Malinga at number two. He has taken 390 wickets in 295 matches. Malinga, popularly known as the King of Yorkers, retired from all forms of cricket on 15 September 2021.
Pollard has placed Sunil Narine at number three in his top 5 T20 players. West Indies mystery spinner Sunil Narine is at number three in the list of highest wicket takers in T20. Imran Tahir and Dwayne Bravo have more wickets to their name. He also bats and has played the role of a pinch hitter for many teams. Pollard has selected MS Dhoni at number four in his list of top 5 best players. In T20 cricket, Dhoni has taken 84 stumpings with 185 catches. Dhoni has scored 6861 runs in T20s at an average of 38.54.
Pollard has selected himself among the top 5 players in his World T20 XI. My records themselves testify when it comes to T20 cricket. Pollard has 298 wickets in T20Is. He is the best batsman in T20 after Chris Gayle. The West Indies all-rounder was part of the West Indies team that won the T20 World Cup in 2012.