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The eighth edition of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup was concluded this Sunday where England, under the leadership of Jos Buttler, emerged victorious after winning over Pakistan by five wickets in Melbourne. It was England’s second T20 World Cup title, the first one coming in 2010.
As always, as is the case with all tournaments, experts gather and analyse the best performance to put up the Team of the Tournament. The Green Team’s jury picked the best 12-men team with all the collection of players’ stats and their impact on the team’s performances.
From the selected 12-member squad, four are from the winning team England, two from runners-up Pakistan, two from India, and one each from New Zealand, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe.
Here’s the Green Team’s Dream Team.
Team of the Tournament – Top Order
1. Jos Buttler (ENG – Captain/ Wicket-Keeper)
6 Matches | 225 Runs | 45.00 Average | 144.23 Strike Rate | 2 Fifties | 80* High-score
The winning captain of the tournament, Jos Buttler had a great tournament. He was brilliant with both batting and his leadership throughout the competition. He had nine dismissals behind the stumps, including an acrobatic caught-behind dismissal against Afghanistan.
Buttler played two crucial knocks of the fifties; 73 in an important game against New Zealand and an unbeaten 80 in the semi-final against India. Jos Buttler is both our captain and the wicket-keeper.
2. Alex Hales (ENG)
6 Matches | 212 Runs | 42.40 Average | 147.22 Strike Rate | 2 Fifties | 86* High-score
After Jonny Bairstow’s injury that ruled him out of the tournament, Alex Hales was recalled to the English squad after three years since 2019, where he failed a recreational substance drugs test and made a huge impact on the team.
In the competition where openers struggled, Hales was on another level. Hales struck at 147 and scored two fifties, both coming in the same games as his captain’s. His unbeaten 86 in England’s trashing 10 wickets win over India in the semi-final earned him the Player of the Match award.
3. Virat Kohli (IND)
6 Matches | 296 Runs | 98.66 Average | 136.40 Strike Rate | 4 Fifties | 82* High-score
There is no stopping Virat Kohli when it comes to the T20 World Cups. Ever since that century he scored against Afghanistan in the Asia Cup, he was back to his old form and started scoring runs for fun again.
He ended as the highest run-scorer. While doing so, he also took over Mahela Jayawardene to become the highest run-scorer in the T20 World Cup’s history.
4. Suryakumar Yadav (IND)
6 Matches | 239 Runs | 59.75 Average | 189.68 Strike Rate | 3 Fifties | 68 High-score
SKY as his fans referred, had a great competition. With many shots under his sleeves, Suryakumar was unstoppable as he averaged almost 60 with an excellent strike rate of 190-ish. He was a star in India’s batting lineup.
There’s no doubt to pair him up with Kohli at the top while having the likes of Buttler and Hales as your opening partners.
Team of the Tournament – Middle and Lower Order
5. Glenn Phillips (NZ)
5 Matches | 201 Runs | 40.20 Average | 158.26 Strike Rate | 1 Fifty | 1 Hundred | 104 High-score
New Zealand’s highest run-getter. Other kiwi batters got runs but couldn’t do at a better strike rate than Glenn Phillips. He was excellent in the middle.
He is one of the two batters to score a century in this edition. His 104 against Sri Lanka was very important as his side was struggling at 15-3 before his knock helped NZ put on 167. It was more than enough as the kiwis won big by 65 runs.
6. Sikandar Raza (ZIM)
8 Matches | 219 Runs | 27.37 Average | 147.97 Strike Rate | 82 High-score
10 Wickets | 15.60 Average | 6.50 Economy | 3-19 Best figures
Sikandar Raza had a great tournament. In fact, he has 2022 to remember as he is the fourth-highest run-scorer this year. Coming in this event, he was the core performer for Zimbabwe in their qualification to Super 12s and a memorable victory over Pakistan.
Raza also picked up 10 wickets to be one of the highest wicket-takers of the tournament. His 3-25 against Pakistan caused a collapse in the batting lineup that led Zimbabwe to a one-wicket win.
7. Shadab Khan (PAK)
7 Matches | 98 Runs | 24.50 Average | 168.96 Strike Rate | 52 High-score
11 Wickets | 15.00 Average | 6.34 Economy | 3-22 Best figures
Highest wicket-taker last year for Pakistan. Joint-highest wicket-taker this year for Pakistan. And now his country’s highest wicket-taker in the overall T20Is. Shadab Khan was impressive throughout the whole event. He was wicketless only twice, against India and New Zealand. But in both games, he remained economical.
Shadab’s highlight came in the match against South Africa, where he scored a crucial 52 from 22 balls while taking two match-changing scalps.
8. Sam Curran (ENG)
6 Matches | 13 Wickets | 11.38 Average | 6.52 Economy | 5-10 Best figures
The Player of the Final and the Player of the 2022 T20 World Cup. Sam Curran was consistent with his bowling performance. The second-highest in the event, his scalps were big ones in his run-through.
He played a match-winning performance in the final with figures of 3-12. Let’s also not forget he is a handy lower-order batter, as was evidenced by his unbeaten 33 against PAK in the warm-up match.
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Team of the Tournament – Tail Order and 12th Man
9. Shaheen Afridi (PAK)
7 Matches | 11 Wickets | 14.09 Average | 6.15 Economy | 4-22 Best figures
Shaheen Afridi had a rough start to the event due to his coming back from an injury. He was rusty in the two openings losses his team suffered. But from the Netherlands match onwards, Afridi found his rhythm.
In the next five games that followed, he had figures of 11-90 with an average just at eight. It was unfortunate for him and his team that he sustained an injury in the final and missed out on his remaining two overs. As Babar Azam said, it could have been a different result had Afridi did not suffer that fate.
10. Anrich Nortje (SA)
5 Matches | 11 Wickets | 8.54 Average | 5.37 Economy | 4-10 Best figures
South Africa crashed out of the tournament in the most unbelievable way. But there were three players who shone brightly. One of them was Anrich Nortje. The fastest pacer of this event, Nortje was unplayable.
He took twin four-fers during his magnificent run; one each against Bangladesh and Pakistan. Unfortunately, he and his team crashed out of the World Cup after that shocking loss to the Netherlands.
11. Mark Wood (ENG)
4 Matches | 9 Wickets | 12.00 Average | 7.71 Economy | 3-26 Best figures
Mark Wood was not completely fit and he missed the knockout games for his side. But he was a star for England. In four games, he picked up nine wickets. One can imagine how many more he could have picked had he played those two games.
12th Man. Wanindu Hasaranga (SL)
8 Matches | 15 Wickets | 13.26 Average | 6.41 Economy | 3-8 Best figures
For the second time in a row, Sri Lanka’s spin wizard Wanindu Hasaranga topped the wickets chart. He led Sri Lanka to the next round from round 1 with his brilliant bowling.
Hasaranga ends as our 12th man of the World Cup 2022. There was no place in the XI for the star leg-spinner. And we know that in wickets of Australia, four pacers are a must.
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