New Delhi, Mar 11: Twenty20 is generally termed as a batsmen's game but the recently concluded Asia Cup tournament has shown how bowlers dominated this shortest format of the game.
Even during India-Sri Lanka bilateral T20 series both Indian as well as Sri Lankan bowlers gave batsmen a run for their money.
Bowlers have won matches for their side with their superb spells and have been helped this shortest format of the game become such a sensation.
Bowlers have time and again ensured thrill even in low scoring games thus making Twenty20 the most unpredictable format.
As World Cricket is focussing its attention towards the ongoing World T20 in India, here are the five champion bowlers one must keep his/her on:
Pakistan's fast bowler Mohammad Amir, who returned to international cricket after serving a ban for spot-fixing, came in for high praise from the cricketing fraternity following his impressive comeback in the Asia Cup.
The 23-year-old Pakistani pacer recieved praise from the likes of Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh. The pacer's ferocious bowling spell against India was regarded as one of his best for it was his bowling which brought some interest in the rather one-sided game. The seamer, who is known for ability to generate pace off the new ball, jolted the Indian opening line-up in a low-scoring game.
Thus, all eyes would once again be on this young Pakistani pacer, who was the highest wicket-taker for Pakistan (7 wickets) in the Asia Cup.
Ravichandran Ashwin has been skipper MS Dhoni most trusted-lieutenant especially in the Indian conditions. Home conditions and slow pitches will help spinners play a crucial role in winning the game. Ashwin who is the No. 1 bowler in the T20 format has a lot of fire power in his arsenal and that makes him most lethal bowler in home conditions.
The Tamil Nadu off-spinner has been the leading wicket-taker for India in the T20Is and since he will be bowling under home conditions, he would definitely be a treat to watch.
There is no denying the fact that Indian spin attack is most lethal in the world and presence of R Ashwin's deputy Ravindra Jadeja makes the Indian side even more dangerous. The southpaw leggie has been in exceptional form in the Asia Cup.
Jadeja got wickets at crucial times in the T20 series against Australia in Australia and later in T20 series against Sri Lanka, the Saurashtra spinner didn't disappoint his skipper. Hopes will once again be high when Jadeja will be bowling over Indian pitches.
He had an impressive tour of India when South Africa toured the nation for an almost two-month long tour. The 20-year-old pacer helped his side win a crucial ODI when he kept the India's biggest match-finisher MS Dhoni's bat silent in the final over and showed what he's capable of.
This young South African quick has a reputation of bowling yorkers at will and has emerged as the best death overs bowler for the side. He has been the second-highest wicket-taker (5 wickets) in T20Is for South Africa, in 2016. His performance will be critical if South Africa, the most feared T20 side, has to win the tournament.
This highly talented 20-year-old left-arm medium pacer's dream debut against India, last summer, made the frail left-arm seamer a bowling sensation overnight.
Rahman, with his variations decimated the Indian batting line-up, helping Bangladesh register their first ever ODI series win against India. Thanks to his key role in Bangladesh's first home series win against India, last year, the youngster was bought by Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL players' auction.
Even during the Asia Cup at home, Mustafizur performed well but an injury in the match against Sri Lanka abruptly ended his journey in the tournament. Thus, Mortaza and Co would be hoping for match-winning performances from the left-handed pacer if they want to leave an impression in the ongoing World T20. Though, conditions and pitches here in India would be much different from those he bowled in Bangladesh.