The upcoming ICC event will take place in Australia, which will start in 10 days’ time. The T20 World Cup 2022 will begin on October 16 (Sunday) when Sri Lanka takes on Namibia in the first round of the tournament. This season will feature 16 teams who will compete in the competition to become the World T20 Champions.
A total of 240–245 players will take part in the upcoming WT20 in Australia. But do you know there are only two players that have featured in all eight editions of this marquee event? So far, the world has witnessed seven T20 World Cups, with Australia winning the last one. The inaugural edition took place in South Africa in 2007, where India became the first ever champion. So, these two players also played in that edition and will also play in the upcoming edition.
2. Shakib Al Hasan (Bangladesh)
The No.1 ranked T20I all-rounder in the world and Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan are among the two players that have featured in all editions of the T20 WC. He played in 2007, when Mohammad Ashraful was the captain, and after 15 years, he himself will be leading his country in the competition.
Shakib is among the top performers in the history of T20 WC. In fact, he holds the record for the most wickets in the tournament’s history. He has played 31 games in the World Cup and taken 41 wickets at an economy rate of 6.43. Shakib has also taken three four-wicket hauls with a best figure of 4/9. This is not it. The all-rounder is also among the highest run-getters in the competition. In 31 games, he has scored 698 runs at an average and strike rate of 26.84 and 124.64, respectively, including three half-centuries.
1. Rohit Sharma (India)
Another player who has played in all editions of the T20 World Cup is the Indian skipper, Rohit Sharma. The 35-year-old made his T20I debut in the 2007 T20 WC against England under the leadership of MS Dhoni. Since then, he has been a part of the Indian team that played in all the editions. But this time, he will be leading the Indian team in the all-important event.
However, with his age, it is more likely that this will be his last T20 WC, so he will look to make the most of it. Rohit is among the top run-scorers in the competition. In fact, he is the fourth highest overall and not far behind Mahela Jayawardene (1016). Rohit has scored 847 runs in 33 games at an average of 38.50 and a strike rate of 131.52, including 8 half-centuries. He needs just 169 runs more to become the highest run-scorer in the history of the T20 World Cup.