Daniel Sams
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Finding his strap late in the campaign, Daniel Sams’ goal is to push the solid Australian talent who wants to defend the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup on home soil.

Sams claimed 3/16 in his four-over allotment, bowling 18 dot balls when he destroyed the top-order of the Chennai Super Kings.

Left-arm Devon Conway and Moin Ali have bowled three balls apart in the first over, as well as Ruturaj Gaikwad hit his opponent 17/4.

An MS Dhoni recovery mission failed to save the Super Kings, who stumbled on 97 all out, Mumbai chasing the target in 15 overs.

With the tournament in six months, find out what other players are priming Australia for 2022 through solid performances in the 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 Rahmanullah Gurbaj (Gujarat Titans) have yet to play for their respective franchises. Still, they could get a chance at the backend of the tournament.

AUSTRALIA

Sams played a crucial role in yesterday’s win for the Mumbai Indians and found himself in a rich vein in IPL 2022.

After taking a wicket in 12.64 economy in his first three outs, the left-hander has found his footing, taking 10 wickets in just 7.04 economy in his last six outs.

Sams traveled to the UAE for last year’s edition and continues to build his press despite having depth in the Australian set-up class.

Elsewhere, David Warner is in good form in the IPL, and Australia are expected to play a key role in defending the World Twenty20 later this year.

Warner has 427 runs in 10 innings for the Delhi Capitals in the IPL, with his recent unbeaten 52 off 41 balls against the Rajasthan Royals.

In the same game, Mitch Marsh fired with the bat and ball for Delhi; the star all-rounder scored 89 runs and claimed two important wickets with the ball.

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

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

Australia’s Test captain Pat Cummins will miss the rest of the tournament due to a hamstring injury, although he is scheduled to tour Sri Lanka next month.

ENGLAND

Right-handed Jose Butler has dominated the order for the Rajasthan Royals, now the leading run-getter in the tournament with a total of 625 runs in 12 innings.

Butler has three centuries and three half-centuries, and his strike rate of 149.88 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. Towards the end of 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 runs for Royal Challengers Bangalore) and Rohit Sharma (218 runs for Mumbai Indians) perform below their high standards. Rishabh Pant (294 runs for Delhi Capitals) sometimes looks good.

Leg-spinner Yuzbendra Chahal is the leading wicket-taker with 23 scalps, left-hander Kuldeep Yadav (18 for 18.55 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 took him to double figures in this year’s IPL before another 1/13 attempt against CSK strengthened his evidence.

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.

Despite being zero in last night’s game, the most impressive Kiwi in the IPL so far was Devon Conway, a talented opener who scored three half-centuries and 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.

With a good touch from Tim Southee (12 wickets for Kolkata Knight Riders) and Trent Bolt (10 scalps for Rajasthan Royals), the Kiwis have plenty of strong bowling options ahead 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 Vanindu Hasaranga has a great touch in the IPL and is sure to play 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 Thikshana has 12 wickets in nine matches, while pacer Dushmantha Chamira has nine wickets for the Lucknow Super Giants.

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.

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

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