Rashid Khan IPL
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As Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan continues to dominate the Indian Premier League, we look to players with form to make a similar impact at the ICC T20 World Cup in Australia.

On Tuesday, Rashid was his best for the Gujarat Titans as he picked up stunning 4/24 figures from 3.5 overs to break the world-class batting line-up at the Lucknow Super Giants.

Rashid now has 15 wickets in the IPL this year, and if he can replicate that form, it looks like he could be dangerous on Australian soil in the T20 World Cup later this year.

Find out what other players are priming Australia for 2022 with solid performances in IPL.

Afghanistan

Leg-spinner Rashid Khan continues to lead for his country and shows no signs of slowing down in the IPL.

Rashid has 15 wickets in 12 matches for the Gujarat Titans, but this is his stunning economy rate (6.79) which is different from other bowlers in the tournament.

Afghanistan teammates Mohammad Nabi (Kolkata Knight Riders) and RahmanullahGurbaj (Gujarat Titans) have yet to play for their respective franchises but could get a chance at the backend of the tournament.

Australia

Veteran left-hander David Warner is in good form in the IPL, and Australia looks set to play a vital role in defending the World Twenty20 later this year.

Warner has 375 runs in nine innings for the Delhi Capitals in the IPL, a clear standout from his recent great 92 unbeaten 58 against former team Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Australian teammates Glenn Maxwell (193 for Royal Challengers Bangalore) and Marcus Stones (120 for Lucknow Super Giants) showed their talent, while veteran pacer Josh Hazlewood performed well.

Right-handed Royal Challengers Bangalore have 13 wickets, and their cheap economy rate of 6.81 is easily in the top 10 for all bowlers in the tournament.

On Monday, Australia’s Test captain Pat Cummins scored 3/22 for the Kolkata Knight Riders against the Mumbai Indians and has now taken seven wickets in five matches.

England

Right-handed Jose Butler has dominated the order for the Rajasthan Royals, now the top run-getter in the tournament with a total of 618 runs in 11 innings.

Butler has three centuries and three half-centuries, and his strike rate of 152.21 is the best of all batsmen.

Liam Livingstone has impressed the Punjab Kings with 315 runs in 11 innings, while veteran Johnny Bairstow has scored 136 runs in eight innings for the Punjab Kings.

Veteran all-rounder Moin Ali played for the Chennai Super Kings on Sunday against the Delhi Capitals at 3/13 and has 130 runs in seven innings.

India

Opener KL Rahul (459 for Lucknow Super Giants) is the highest run-scorer among Indian players in the IPL. However, veteran Shikhar Dhawan (381) is not far behind and still has to aspire to tour Australia for the World Twenty20. Later this year.

Hardik Pandya (344 for Gujarat Titans) and Shreyas Iyer (336 for Kolkata Knight Riders) are also in the top 10 for the most runs in the tournament.

Experienced Virat Kohli (216 for Royal Challengers Bangalore) and Rohit Sharma (200 for Mumbai Indians) are performing below their high standards, while Rishabh Pant (281 for Delhi Capitals) sometimes looks good.

Leg-spinner Yuzbendra Chahal is the leading wicket-taker with 22 scalps, with left-hander Kuldeep Yadav (18 for 19.55 at the Delhi Capitals) and veteran pacer T Natrajan (17 for 17.82 for Sunrisers Hyderabad).

On Monday, Jaspreet Bumrah’s five-wicket haul for the Mumbai Indians means he now has 10 scalps in this year’s IPL.

New Zealand

Veteran skipper Kane Williamson has scored 199 runs from 11 innings for Sunrisers Hyderabad, while experienced right-hander Royal Challengers Bangalore are suffering a rare case of being bowled out for zero in Sunday’s match.

The most impressive Kiwi in the IPL so far was Devon Conway, a talented opener who scored three fifties from four knocks and a total of 231 runs for the Chennai Super Kings.

The New Zealand trio of pacers are doing well in India, with right-hander Lucky Ferguson leading the Gujarat Titans by 12 wickets in 11 matches.

Tim Southee (12 for Kolkata Knight Riders) and Trent Bolt (nine scalps for Rajasthan Royals) are also in good contact, with the Kiwis having plenty of healthy bowling options ahead of the T20 World Cup later this year.

South Africa

Kagiso Rabada continues his fascination with the Punjab Kings, the long right-hander with 16 scalps to take the most wickets in the tournament.

It will be suitable for the Proteas in the T20 World Cup in Australia, where compatriots Dwayne Pretorius (Chennai Super Kings) and Marco Janssen (Sunrisers Hyderabad) have taken six wickets.

In the IPL, the host South African batters are on the run, with stylish left-arm Quinton de Kock leading the way for the Lucknow Super Giants with 355 runs.

Aiden Markram is not far behind with 326 runs for Sunrisers Hyderabad, while David Miller (332 runs for Gujarat Titans) has also impressed.

Sri Lanka

Leg-spinner VaninduHasaranga has a great touch in the IPL and plays a significant role in Sri Lanka’s T20 World Cup campaign in Australia.

Hasranga picked up a staggering 5/18 in the Player of the Match performance against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Sunday, and the 24-year-old now has 21 wickets for the tournament for Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Chennai Super Kings teammate spinner Mahesh Thekshan has 12 wickets in eight matches, while pacer DushmanthaChamira has nine wickets for the Lucknow Super Giants.

Offensive left-hander Vanuka Rajapaksa has scored 201 runs in seven innings for the Punjab Kings.

West Indies

Newly-appointed white-ball captain Nicholas Puran is in decent touch for Sunrisers Hyderabad, scoring 261 runs in 10 innings in left-arm IPL.

Andre Russell (281 for Kolkata Knight Riders) and Rovman Powell (205 for Delhi Capitals) showed some good signs, with Jason Holder taking 13 wickets for the Lucknow Super Giants.

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