The Team of T20 World Cup concluded on Sunday and saw Australia emerge as the new Champions of the tournament for the very first time. Like at the end of every tournament, experts gather stats and performances of players to form the “Dream Team” of that tournament.
The 12-men team has been picked by the Green Team’s jury with all the collection of players’ stats and their impact on the team’s performances.
Team of T20 World Cup: The Dream 12
1. Babar Azam (Captain)
6 Matches | 303 Runs | 60.60 Average | 126.25 Strike Rate | 4 Fifties | 70 High-score
An automatic choice that one has the audacity to drop him. Babar Azam, the current number 1 T20 rank batsman, had the tournament to remember. Not only did he score a bunch of runs, and break records in the process, he also led Pakistan brilliantly in the competition. Hence, he is also the captain of the team.
A record four fifties in the single edition, Babar at the top was just difficult to stop once he got going. All of his fifties came in the winning cause, be it chasing or defending. He was also the only player to score over 300 runs.
2. David Warner
7 Matches | 289 Runs | 48.16 Average | 146.70 Strike Rate | 3 Fifties | 89* High-score
Before the World Cup began, no one would even bet David Warner as the “Player of the Tournament.” He was dropped from his IPL side for his poor performance and was not expected much to do in the mega event.
The man emerged as the Player of the 2021 T20 World Cup, scoring 289 runs at an average close to fifty and a magnificent Strike Rate. Some fans were not that happy for Warner being the tournament player, but out of his 289 runs, 288 of them came in the winning cause!
3. Jos Buttler (Wicket-Keeper)
6 Matches | 269 Runs | 89.66 Average | 151.12 Strike Rate | 1 Fifty | 1 Hundred | 101* High-score
The tournament’s only centurion and the man who lit the World Cup with his tremendous hitting. He was already known for the damages he can do with the bat. But he showed that he can even anchor the innings for the team if they are in trouble. Such was the example of that game against Sri Lanka, an innings not to forget easily.
He remained not out in three of the six games he played in. And he struck the ball at a healthy 151 SR. He is also the tournament’s wicket-keeper, too.
4. Kane Williamson
7 Matches | 216 Runs | 43.20 Average | 115.50 Strike Rate | 1 Fifty | 85 High-score
Captain Kane was not that flashy as other batters were. But as someone anchoring the innings, he did play a very important role. His 85 in the final showed what he can do if his team needed special innings. Besides, if there is a collapse, the skipper got the team’s back to put a safety total on.
5. Charith Asalanka
6 Matches | 231 Runs | 46.20 Average | 147.13 Strike Rate | 2 Fifties | 80* High-score
Sri Lanka didn’t have that much of a fine tournament. But a few of their players had a tournament to remember. One of them was the youngster Charith Asalanka, a left-handed batter who came into the tournament just playing three T20Is. He was brilliant with the bat, striking at 147 with two crucial fifties that ensured Sri Lanka’s wins.
6. Shakib Al Hasan
6 Matches | 131 Runs | 21.83 Average | 109.16 Strike Rate | 46 High-score
11 Wickets | 11.18 Average | 5.59 Economy | 4-9 Best figures
Shakib Al Hasan’s tournament was cut short due to the injury he suffered. But he did leave an impact in the competition, becoming the highest wicket-taker in T20Is. Shakib’s batting was not so impressive, averaging only in the 20s and striking just under 110.
But it was the bowling that he did very well. He was one of the top five wicket-takers, with a very impressive average and economy. Had he played the remaining half of Super 12s, he was sure to challenge Hasaranga as the highest wicket-taker.
7. David Wiese
8 Matches | 227 Runs | 45.40 Average | 127.52 Strike Rate | 66* High-score
6 Wickets | 34.66 Average | 7.42 Economy | 2-22 Best figures
Namibia truly left a mark on their first T20 World Cup journey and their star was former South Africa player David Wiese. Known by Pakistan fans mostly due to Lahore Qalandars fanbase, Wiese was outstanding with the bat. He scored an important fifty that ensured Namibia’s next-round qualification. He even chipped in with a few wickets. In the team of two premier fast bowlers, Wiese can be a handy fast bowler to support the side.
8. Wanindu Hasaranga
8 Matches | 119 Runs | 23.80 Average | 148.75 Strike Rate | 71 High-score
16 Wickets | 9.75 Average | 5.20 Economy | 3-9 Best figures
Another Sri Lankan player who left an impact on the competition. Wanindu Hasaranga topped the wickets chart and played a handy role with the bat. He was not an easy bowler to be picked by the batters, who struggled to keep him quiet. With the bat, he was great with his short cameos. He is also one of the three bowlers to take a Hat-trick in this World Cup.
9. Adam Zampa
7 Matches | 13 Wickets | 12.07 Average | 5.81 Economy | 5-19 Best figures
When the world talks about quality leg-spinners, Adam Zampa hardly gets mentioned. But in this tournament, he shone. Second-highest wicket-taker of the World Cup, Zampa had amazing control. He was one of the two bowlers to take a five-wicket haul. Some believed Zampa should have been the Player of the Tournament.
10. Trent Boult
7 Matches | 13 Wickets | 13.30 Average | 6.25 Economy | 3-17 Best figures
New Zealand’s premier fast bowler was the joint second-highest wicket-taker in the tournament. With the new ball, he was lethal, swinging and troubling the batters. He was a consistent wicket-taker for the team, very controlling.
11. Anrich Nortje
5 Matches | 9 Wickets | 11.55 Average | 5.37 Economy | 3-8 Best figures
The tournament’s fastest bowler who clicked at 153 kph, Nortje was too quick and very economical. He was difficult to be played against, as was evident in four of his five games.
12th Man. Mohammad Rizwan (Wicket-Keeper)
6 Matches | 281 Runs | 70.25 Average | 127.72 Strike Rate | 3 Fifties | 79* High-score
Our 12th man is Mohammad Rizwan. It was difficult to place him in the star-studded XI. But one cannot deny his master-class in the tournament. He scored three fifties, including one in an all-important India game, and averaged 70. He also recorded the highest runs scored by a wicket-keeper in his T20 World Cup debut. He was even in the ICU before the Semi-Final. Such is his passion to play for Pakistan.
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