Published: 12th July, 2019
Aaron Finch, Jason Roy, Liam Plunkett and Imran Tahir are all stars of world T20 cricket and Surrey players but how do they compare to each other?
As these rankings only reflect international cricket, Tahir’s record breaking exploits at this year’s Indian Premier League were not considered. The leg-spinner took 26 wickets in the competition, more than any other slow bowler in any single edition, and is now the 12th most prolific bowler in all T20 internationals too.
Plunkett is a key component of England’s current white-ball structure and has played a pivotal role in the rejuvenation of the side in both 50 over and T20 cricket in recent years.
All that remains to be seen is how well they can work together, alongside a star-studded bowling lineup including Morne Morkel, Jade Dernbach, Tom Curran, Sam Curran, Gareth Batty & more.
Next, we go to the batsmen. Australian white-ball skipper Finch and brutal England opener Roy have opened up for Surrey in each of the last three editions of the Vitality Blast and look set to do so again.
Judging by some of the special performances they’ve produced as well as the below tracker, there can’t be many better opening partnerships anywhere in the world.
Only ten men have scored more T20 runs across their entire career than Finch, who currently has 7835 runs to his name. The destructive opener also hit the highest ever score in a T20I last year, 172 against Zimbabwe, before joining up with Surrey and producing some of the most memorable nights in The Kia Oval’s long, illustrious history.
Roy’s 4882 runs in more than 60 fewer T20 matches than his partner-in-crime is a record to be equally as proud of for the Surrey man. Can they rekindle their incredible relationship of 2016, 2017 & 2018?