After weeks of anticipation, the World T20 finally kicks off in Sri Lanka on Tuesday. Unlike the 50-over version, there are no favourites here. More than the number of equally-matched sides, this has got more to do with the nature of the format itself.
Hosts Sri Lanka take on Zimbabwe in the opening encounter of the World T20 at Hambantota. Even as the Sri Lankans would be keen to get off to an impressive start, Zimbabwe have a point to prove for sure – that they still belong at this level, and they can make a statement of intent with a competitive showing at Hambantota against their much-fancied opponents.
Curiosity more than anything else is the biggest factor surrounding the flamboyant left-handed bat. In the sole T20 at home against New Zealand, he did not look scratchy in spite of being away from international cricket for so long.