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Old 17th September 2017, 15:57   #1
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The 20 Greatest T20 International Cricketers

This will be a series looking at the 20 greatest cricketers to play T20 international cricket.

For a player to qualify, they must have played at least 10 T20 internationals. My rankings are based on the following criteria:

- Impact on the game.
- The pace at which they scored their runs/took their wickets.
- The originality and inventiveness of their play.
- The "x-factor" i.e. a players ability to change the outcome of a match and how often they were able to do so.
- How successful they were in their chosen role (batsman, bowler, allrounder, keeper/bat)

So, without any more wiff waff, let's get to it:

No. 20 Shane Watson

Matches: 58
Runs: 1462 Wickets: 48
HS: 124* BBM: 4/15
Avg: 29.24 Avg: 24.72
SR: 145.32 SR: 19.3
100s: 1 4w: 1
50s: 10 5w: 0
Fours: 115
Sixes: 83

Arguably Australia's best T20 all rounder, Shane Watson was a key figure in the team for the better part of a decade. As expected from a big, burly batsman, Watson could strike the ball with a ferocity rarely seen in the game. His 198 boundaries in just 58 matches is testament to that ability. On top of all that, he is one of the few T20 batsmen to have scored a century, a rather brilliant and brutal 124 off 71 balls against India at Sydney.

His bowling could be just as good at times, even though much of his T20 career was played towards the tail end, while his pace was down. With that said, his control was far better than it had been and he managed to pick up two or more wickets in a match 12 times. His best performance reserved for a world T20 match against India. The 3/34 he took that they helped seal a great win against T20 heavyweights India. He followed that up with a sparkling 72. The complete all round performance.

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Old 17th September 2017, 16:43   #2
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Old 17th September 2017, 16:59   #3
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Guessing other's opinions not relevant in this thread.
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Old 17th September 2017, 22:37   #4
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No. 19 Darren Maddy


Matches: 4
Runs: 113 Wickets: 3
HS: 50* BBM: 2/6
Avg: 28.25 Avg: 8.66
SR: 141.25 SR: 6.0
100s: 0 4w: 0
50s: 1 5w: 0
Fours: 12
Sixes: 3

Highly successful in his role as bits n pieces bumbler
One of the original innovators
Career described as "brief and not especially successful"
Better user of DRS than Shane Watson
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Old 18th September 2017, 08:11   #6
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Maddy ahead of Jeremy Snape? Controversial.
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Maddy ahead of Jeremy Snape? Controversial.
18 more positions to come for the likes of Snape and Schofield.
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Old 18th September 2017, 10:02   #8
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18 more positions to come for the likes of Snape and Schofield.
Watson and Maddy haven't even won a World Cup.........if Mike Yardy isn't Top 10 I'll be disgusted!!
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Collingwood will top 5 or this list is a farce. Captain, leader, legend.
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Old 18th September 2017, 11:27   #10
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lol vettori

Will be releasing my number 19 and 18 ranked players soon.

I know you are all waiting for the real list with baited breath.
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lol vettori

Will be releasing my number 19 and 18 ranked players soon.

I know you are all waiting for the real list with baited breath.
Who's doing the real list?
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Old 18th September 2017, 14:50   #12
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No. 19 Dale Steyn

Matches: 42
Wickets: 58
BBM: 4/9
Avg: 17.39
Econ: 6.71
SR: 15.5
4W:2
5W: 0

South Africa's great spearhead has been integral in their test success. At the time when they were test cricket's best team, he was that formats best bowler. However, Steyn's success in the ODI format has not always been guaranteed and he has rarely hit the heights that he was used to. In the T20 format however, it is a diferent story. The shortest format of the game has shown South Africa's pace king at his best.

A twenty over limit allows Steyn to be used in short, quick bursts. He is devastatingly accurate and gis 4/9 are still some of the best figures ever recorded, almost a decade ago. He still had more to give and shone at the world T20 event in 2014, with 9 wickets at 17 apiece. 4 of thsoe came in a display of complete fast bowling against New Zealand, knicking an explosive Williamson and then blowing away a strong tail. South Africa's fortune in that tournament heavily depended on Steyn and more often than not, he delivered.

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Old 18th September 2017, 15:14   #13
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No. 18 Imran Tahir

Matches:36
Wickets: 57
BBM: 5/24
Avg: 15.85
Econ: 6.80
SR: 13.9
4W: 2
5W: 1

Imran Tahir truly puts the international in international cricketer but it is with South Africa that he has managed to fulfill his sparkling potential. A fizzing, spitting leg spinner, coupled with a cleevr googly helped him to gain notice on the domestic circuit and has sky rocketed him to the top of many T20 international charts.

The most remarkable aspect of Tahir's career has been his ability to remain consistent in an inconsistent game. A format that demands mercurial explosions of form, Tahir has remained a steady performer. He has consistently top wicket and average tables, with his best work coming in South Africa's best tournament campaign. Tahir has not just kept leg spin alive in the age of batsmen but taken it to new levels.

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Old 18th September 2017, 16:41   #14
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Well, these rankings are centrally justified, so they're more gospel than, erm, the gospels as far as I'm concerned and definitely not opinion presented as fact.
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Still no winner of a World Cup in there, I bet Mike Yardy and Luke Wright can't wait for their entrance.....
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Old 19th September 2017, 22:06   #16
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No. 17 David Warner

Matches: 63
Runs: 1686
Avg: 28.10
SR: 139.56
100s: 0
50s: 12
4s:162
6s:74

Australia have a history of producing hard hitting openers and very few have been as hard as David Warner. His striking is tailor made for cricket's shortest format, and his incessant slicing of anything outside off has him out just as many times as it grants him boundaries. Most importantly, he more often than not provides Australia with a platform right at the top of the innings, striking in excess of a 100 and consistently battering attacks throughout the powerplay.

It is difficult to pinpoint his best innings but maybe it was his 77 off 40 balls against South Africa. It was a match winning knock, after Australia were left struggling following quick wickets in chase of 205. Warner's partnership with Maxwell saved the match, and then won it. If T20 cricket is about big hits, few hit them bigger.

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No. 16 Martin Guptill

Matches: 61
Runs: 1806
Avg: 34.73
AR: 131.44
100s: 1
50s: 10
4s: 169
6s: 76

Tall languid drives and front foot pulls, at his best, Martin Guptill makes them look easy. In fact, when Guptill is at his best, even the hardest shots come off a straight bat and beautiful, high elbows. It's remarkable that a batsman that scores as quickly and as heavily as he does, often does so with correct cricket shots and impeccable timing. There is very little huff and puff.

With a batting average a shade under 35, Guptill is one of the most consistent T20 openers ever and when he gets to 50, he often goes big. 8 of his 11 50+ scores have been 60 or more, including a thrilling, match winning century against South Africa. It was the highest score of the match by some distance and at no point did his rate drop below 120 runs per 100 balls. Guptill is a classically remarkable batsman in the format. You can't say that about too many.

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Is it worth using their world t20 tournament stats? To be honest if a player hasn't performed in the world t20 then other games can be nigh on meaningless and in essence exhibition matches.

For instance;-
Watson 24 games bat av 28.26 s/r 140.94
bowl 22 wkts av 27.63 e/r 8.07

Steyn 23 games bowl 30 wkts av 19.30 e/r 6.96

Tahir 9 games bowl 18 wkts av 11.88 e/r 5.94

Warner 23 bat av 21.50 s/r 128.88

Guptill 21 bat av 22.72 s/r 111.14


Me thinks straight away that Warner and Guptill don't belong in this list
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Old 20th September 2017, 09:53   #19
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As with all rankings, tournaments are not the only thing to be looked at, otherwise someone like Inzy would not be considered a great ODI batsman.

I understand that at its beginning, T20 was seen as a bit of a knock about but since 2010 or so, matches have become more frequent and T20 series are almost always part of tours, even ifi ts just 2 or 3 matches. Plus, an international match is an international match, regardles of what you may think of it personally.

On top of all that, taking Guptill as an example, one of his highest scores in the format has come in a world t20 match. Plus ,averaging 20 odd as a batter is noway bad. Of course, those with better world t20 stats will rank higher.
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Some of my main reasons for being a sceptic of evaluating non world t20 games is that many matches can be played on absurdly short boundaries at non-regular international venues and that secondly these games can often have hugely experimental line-ups with guys who won't get a game come big tournaments.
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