From (L-R) Anya Shrubsole, Smriti Mandhana, Deandra Dottin, Alyssa Healy ©ICC

With the knockout stages of the 2018 edition of the World Twenty-20 just around the corner, there are a few players to keep your eyes peeled for. They have either already put in brilliant performances or, they are just on the verge of doing so. Either way, these players should be watched out for. Harmanpreet 

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Australia are the top ranked side. ©Cricket Australia

Australia are the No.1 ranked Twenty20 team in the world. They also have Megan Schutt – the No.1 ranked bowler, Meg Lanning – the No.3 ranked batter and Ellyse Perry – the third ranked all-rounder in this format in their arsenal. Such strong standing alone make apparent that Australia will be the team to beat 

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Bismah Maroof in action for Pakistan.

Pakistan’s 15 person squad for the World Twenty-20 did not include their regular captain Bismah Maroof. Nearly a month before Pakistan’s tour of Bangladesh, Maroof had to undergo surgery for her sinus. She missed out on that tour and was subsequently ruled out of their series against Australia as well. It was however probable that 

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Mansi Joshi played International match after fifteen months. ©ICC

One is nearly six feet tall, lean, and look like she has lost weight, though she tells you she shed the fat and converted it to muscle. The other makes no such claims about her more boxy physique, yet she certainly looks, fitter, than she has in the last few years. Divided by countries, they 

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Nilakshi de Silva shines in Sri Lanka's win over India. ©ICC

If you watch women’s cricket closely, you’ll very quickly spot some players who are a cut above the others, purely in the athletic sense: They will be a split second faster while chasing a ball. They are quicker to develop the ability to hit sixes. And their throws make wicketkeepers reach for the ice-bags. That’s 

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Poonam Yadav has two five-wicket hauls in the inter-state 50-over competition. ©ICC

6-3 offside fields are usually the purview of fast bowlers looking for wickets with the new ball in Tests and ODIs. If you see those fields in T20s, maybe the fast bowler is looking for wide yorkers. You certainly don’t see them for spinners, against whom the batters have enough time to change position and 

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