After the T20 Cricket World Cup 2016, the ICC released their team of the tournament which, I have to admit, I did not agree with and so wanted to make and write about my own. So here it is:
Tamim Iqbal (Bangladesh)
Quinton De Kock (wk) (South Africa)
Virat Kohli (India)
Joe Root (England)
Jos Butler (England)
Shane Watson (c) (Australia)
Andre Russell (West Indies)
Mitchell Santner (New Zealand)
Mohammad Nabi (Afghanistan)
David Willey (England)
Samuel Badree (West Indies)
12th Man: Ish Sodhi (New Zealand)
- Tamim Iqbal – He was the leading run scorer of the tournament with 295 runs and one of two players to make a century (103*). He was highly consistent with an average of 73.75. With such consistency, he was one of the best batsmen in the tournament. He even had the most sixes, with 14.
- Quinton De Kock (wk) – He is the first choice keeper and opening batsman of South Africa, so I picked him for mine. He was consistent with the bat, with 153 runs in 4 matches and a good strike rate of 142.99. He scored in every game and was able to score off the opening bowlers.
- Virat Kohli – He was named player of the tournament and it was clear why. He had more fifty’s than any other player with 3 and an amazing average of 136.50. Not only that, he scored 273 runs (highest runs in Stage 2/Super 10). India’s top order was not in particularly good form and it was frequently left to Kohli to see India through, which he did.
- Joe Root – He was the back bone of England’s batting with an average of 49.80 and 249 runs in 6 matches. He showed tremendous consistency and that he is a top player in the world in all 3 formats. He did not only star with the bat, but in the final picked up 2 wickets in his over.
- Jos Buttler – He scored 191 runs in 6 matches with an average of 47.75. He had one of the highest strike rates with 159.2, meaning he was someone who really took it to the bowlers. He was extremely useful at picking up the run rate and I cannot recall a score of less than 20 from him, again showing consistency.
- Shane Watson (c) – He is the one of the best and most experienced all rounder’s in all formats. He averaged 48 with the bat and took 5 wickets at 20.60 with an economy rate of 7.35. He actually retired from International Cricket after the tournament, which saddens me considering I was a big fan of his, and he has been the heart of the Australia team for quite some time! He will captain my team with all his experience.
- Andre Russell – He is another all rounder. He averaged 30.33 with the bat and has a strike of 142.18. In terms of bowling, he took 9 wickets and had an economy rate of 7.87. He was the West Indies death bowler who handled those handled high pressure moments, like bowling the final overs.
- Mitchell Santner – He is a left arm orthodox bowler who was extremely affective with getting wickets and slowing down the run rates. He took 10 wickets in 5 matches with a economy rate of only 6.27. Not only that, he is an all rounder who may not have scored many runs, but with how New Zealand were playing and his bowling, he was not required!
- Mohammad Nabi – He bowls right arm off breaks and took a staggering 12 wickets (highest of any player) with an impressive economy rate of 6.07. Furthermore, he was handy with the bat, scoring 52 against Zimbabwe.
- David Willey – He was the pick of the English bowling attack attack by not only opening the bowling, but he seemed to always pick up early wickets, taking an impressive 10. Being a left arm swing bowler, he had a lot of success swinging it into the right handers and with his swing being late, he was a handful!
- Samuel Badree – You could argue he was the best bowler of the tournament and a big part of the West Indian success. For a right arm leg spinner to open the bowling is strange. Despite this he took 9 wickets with an outstanding economy rate of 5.39.
- Ish Sodhi – He is right arm leg break bowler who took 10 wickets with an economy rate of only 6.1. He showed real consistency and success for New Zealand. As much as I would like to put him in my starting 11, I would have too many spinners.
I wanted to end with honourable mentions: Jason Roy was great throughout, and in particular his 78 for England to advance them to the finals. The only reason he did not make the first 11 was that he was out for a duck in the final. Another mention goes to Chris Gayle, who made a century against England for West Indies, which was incredible and undoubtedly the best innings of the tournament. Unfortunately, this was his only good score. Finally, Mohammad Shahzad for Afghanistan in Stage 1 was easily a top two batsman with Tamim Iqbal and showed Afghanistan to be a force not to be reckoned with. Unfortunately, when he came into Super 10/Stage 2, he was unable to replicate to the same extent.