Here are five stars from both the England and West Indies T20 squads who can be win matches on their own. We list their record as batsmen and bowlers in this tournament till now and what makes them lethal.
CHRIS GAYLE: The explosive opener is described by many as 'Mr T20'. In January, he smashed 50 off just 12 balls for the Melbourne Renegades to equal the fastest half-century in T20 history. The 36 year-oldâs match-winning 46-ball ton in the opener further enhanced his record. He is deadly even with the ball. If 'Gayle storm' hits Eden Gardens, then England will be left shell-shocked.
ANDRE RUSSELL: The 27-year-old can shine with both bat and ball. The man with the bleached-blond Mohican has eight wickets, including that of Roy and Root. He is a threat for openers since he has a lot of variations with the new ball in his arsenal. Batting at No.6, Russell's 43 from 20 balls in the semi-final win over India was crucial and West Indies will be hopeful for the same from him at Eden.
LENDL SIMMONS: He may have had a very short tournament, but he needed only that one game to impress everyone. The fact that he landed in the country only the day prior to the semi-final against India, makes his performance even more impressive.
His 82 off 51 deliveries saw title favourities India crash out and that innings is sure to have boosted his confidence levels to new heights.
SAMUEL BADREE: Samuel Badree is becoming a T20 specialist. The 35-year-old Trinidadian has 38 wickets in 27 T20 internationals at an average of 15 and, crucially, an economy rate of 5.44. Badree opened the bowling against the English the last time around and the England batsmen may find it difficult to target him on the slow Eden pitch.
DWAYNE BRAVO: The all-rounder is the perfect utility player. He can win matches with bat, ball and even as a fielder. His two wickets in the West Indies' first three matches (against South Africa, Sri Lanka and England) were crucial in containing the opposition in the middle overs. He may have had a quiet WT20 as a batsman, the final will be the perfect stage for him to explode.
JASON ROY: The 25 year-old has graduated from being an immensely promising talent to a man who has delivered on the world stage. The big-hitter thumped a maiden half century from 26 balls (the second fastest for England) to finish on 78 from 44 balls in the semi-final win and set the tone for a record run chase against South Africa with 43 from 16 balls. Roy needs to survive the opening overs for England to post a big total or chase successfully.
JOE ROOT: The No. 3 batsman has been the bedrock of the English WT20 campaign. The batsman has shown he can cope with pressure and his brilliant 83 against South Africa, when he inspired his side to a world record victory proves that West Indies need to be careful against him.
JOS BUTTLER: The explosive wicket-keeper batsman not only has the power to dispatch bowlers out of the stadium, but also the presence of mind and skill to innovate at the crease.
BEN STOKES: The all-rounder, seen by some as Ian Botham's successor, started the year by tonking the second fastest Test double hundred off just 163 balls against South Africa. He may have had a quiet World T20, but his death bowling in the semi-finals against New Zealand was one of the reasons why England are in the final. England will need him to be at his best to keep the marauding West Indian batsmen in check.
DAVID WILLEY: He is the unsung hero of England's WT20 campaign. He is Englandâs top wicket-taker with six in four games and even bailed out the batsmen with a couple of huge sixes against Afghanistan.
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With England and West Indies set to face each other in the World T20 final at Eden Gardens, here are five stars from each team who can be match winners on their own on any given Sunday...
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