The cricketing extravaganza, the 2021 T20 World Cup, got underway in the UAE and Oman from October 17. The tournament began immediately after the conclusion of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021, which was also held in the UAE. Teams are currently battling it out in the qualifiers – Round 1. Two teams each from the two groups of the round will join the sides who automatically qualified for the Super 12s. Thus, there will be six teams in each group, making it 12 teams in all. A number of short cricketers, some of whom have achieved tall feats in the game, are part of the ongoing T20 World Cup. In his feature, we profile some of the shortest cricketers playing in the tournament.
- Mushfiqur Rahim (5 ft 3 in)
At 5 feet and 3 inches, Bangladesh veteran Mushfiqur Rahimis perhaps the shortest cricketer taking part in the 2021 T20 World Cup. 34-year-old Rahim is a legend of Bangladesh cricket. Having made his T20I debut back in 2006, he has 93 matches in the format and has scored 1365 runs at a strike rate of 115.38 with five half-centuries. His best of 72 not out came off just 35 balls against Sri Lanka during the 2018 Nidahas Trophy. Courtesy of Rahim’s brilliance, Bangladesh chased down a mammoth target of 215. In the T20 World Cup, he has the highest score of 47 from 27 games.
2. Temba Bavuma (5 ft 4 in)
South African captain Temba Bavuma is also comparatively short in height at 5 feet and 4 inches. The 31-year-old made his T20I debut in September 2019 and has played only 16 T20Is to date. In these games, he has scored 410 runs at a strike rate of 126.93 with a solitary fifty. His best of 72 came off 51 balls against Ireland in Belfast in July 2021. South Africa won the contest by 49 runs, defending a target of 190. In his overall T20 career, Bavuma has played 91 T20s and has scored 2137 runs at a strike rate of 126.22 with one hundred and eight fifties.
3. Ishan Kishan (5 ft 6 in)
Young Indian wicketkeeper-batter Ishan Kishan is not very tall. Yet, as evident in his short international and IPL career so far, he can hit the ball a long way. 23-year-old Ishan has played only two T20Is for India. He smashed a half-century on his T20I debut against England in March 2021 and walked away with the man of the match award. Kishan has played 108 T20 games and has 2693 runs at a strike rate of 133.84, having hit two centuries and 15 fifties. In the IPL, Kishan has 1452 runs from 61 games with a best of 99.
4. David Warner (5 ft 7 in)
Australian legend David Warner is also referred to as a pocket-sized dynamo because, at 5 feet 7 inches, he is rather short in height. However, his achievements are among the tallest of those in business currently. Warner may have struggled in the IPL this season but he will be a key figure in Australia’s T20 World Cup plans. The 34-year-old has featured in 81 T20Is and has smashed 2265 runs at a strike rate of 139.72. In the T20 World Cup, he has registered 473 runs from 23 games with a best of 72.
5. Rishabh Pant (5 ft 7 in)
India’s very own pocket-sized dynamo, Rishabh Pant is also 5 feet 7 inches in height. His exploits over the last few months have wowed him to fans. The 24-year-old southpaw will be crucial to India’s chances at the T20 World Cup. In 33 T20Is so far, he has smacked 512 runs at a strike rate of 123.07 with two fifties. In the IPL, the Delhi Capitals (DC) skipper has 2498 runs from 84 games at a superb strike-rate of 147.46.