WI vs ENG: T20I series – 5 players to watch out for

After a significant victory over England in the three-match ODI series, West Indies are geared up for a five-match T20I series against the defending world champions. The series kicks off on December 13. The English team would be eager to correct their recent white-ball mistakes, while the Caribbean team would look to maintain their positive momentum.

Let’s take a look at the five players to watch out for in T20I series

5. Nicholas Pooran

A swashbuckling lefty batter who needs no introduction to the world of T20 cricket, Nicholas Pooran has been one of the most popular players of the format. Recently, he led the Deccan Gladiators to the final of the Abu Dhabi T10 League 2023, where they finished as runners-up. His performance was also good in the tournament, as he got 254 runs at a strike rate of 196.90, making him the third-highest scorer of the event. He would be looking to continue his good form in the upcoming series.

4. Akeal Hosein

Akeal Hosein, a crafty left-arm spin bowler, possesses a unique ability to bowl with the new ball. His proficiency in swinging his arm ball like a medium pacer and turning the ball makes him a lethal bowler. Recently, he achieved a remarkable feat, taking five wickets for just six runs in a two-over spell, including a brilliant hat-trick, in the Abu Dhabi T10 tournament. He is also capable with the bat and would be eager to showcase his prowess in the upcoming series.

3. Andre Russell

Andre Russell is one of the most destructive batters in the world and is highly sought after as an all-rounder in various leagues. Russell possesses the ability to turn the game around single-handedly. In addition to his batting skills, he can also make a significant impact with his bowling, thanks to his consistent ability to bowl over 140kph. He would be eager to bring his best performance to the series and lead his team to victory, returning to the international fold after nearly two years.

2. Rehan Ahmed

Rehan Ahmed has been receiving high praise in English cricket due to his ability to bowl exceptional leg spin and googlies. He performed well in the recent ODI series, taking five wickets in three matches at an average of 23.40. With the next T20I World Cup on the horizon, he would be focused on delivering a strong performance with the ball to cement his place in the squad for the upcoming tournament.

1. Will Jacks

Another highly-rated English player recognized for his brilliant and classy playing style, Will Jacks is yet to fully exhibit his batting prowess at the international stage. He managed to score 116 runs in three matches during the recently concluded ODI series, averaging 38.67. When he finds his rhythm, Jacks makes batting look easy and elegant, evident from his outstanding innings in The Hundred and other domestic tournaments in England. He would aim to secure the opening slot for himself in the upcoming mega event through good performances in this series.