Here is Cricketnext's XI following the completion of the World T20. It wasn't a very difficult task as most players have chosen themselves with a string of top-class performances. Take a look and see what you make of it.
1.Shane Watson (Aus) Matches-6 Runs-249 HS-72 Avg-49.80 Wickets-11 BB-3/26 Bowl.Avg-16.00
Shane Watson came up with one memorable performance after another, both with bat and ball. Against Ireland (51 and 3 for 26), West Indies (41 not out and 2 for 29), India (72 and 3 for 34) and South Africa (70 and 2 for 29), he was extraordinary, bagging four consecutive Man-of-the-Match awards. Only because of Watson the Aussies were at one time considered the runaway favourites. However, when he failed in the matches against Pakistan and West Indies (the semi-final), the team also went down.
2.Chris Gayle (WI) Matches-7 Runs-222 HS-75 Avg-44.40
Chris Gayle, it has to be said, is the batsman of the tournament. His 75 not out in the semi-final against Australia is one of the best efforts of the tournament. He plotted the Aussies' downfall to good effect. He notched up three fifties with the other two coming against Australia (group stages) and England (Super Eights). Apart from batting he also takes the credit for bringing to the limelight Gangnam - the South Korean dance form became synonymous with the tournament.
3.Marlon Samuels (WI) Matches-7 Runs-230 HS-78 Avg-38.33
Marlon Samuels unarguably played the most effective innings of the tournament. In the final against Sri Lanka he took charge of the proceedings after a disastrous start. His 78 off 56 balls made all the difference, especially his assault on arguably the best T20 bowler Lasith Malinga on a wicket that had all kinds of demons. He also hit important fifties against England and Sri Lanka in the Super Eights. Remember, Samuels came to international cricket last year after a ban of two years on match-fixing charges. Ever since his return he is having a whale of a time with the bat. His innings in the final will sure be remembered as one of the best T20 innings ever.
4.Virat Kohli (Ind) Matches-5 Runs-185 HS-78 Avg-46.25
Virat Kohli has long been tipped as the hottest property of international cricket. His performance in the tournament enhanced his reputation not a little. His innings of 78 not against Pakistan was a perfect example of how one should blend caution and aggression. Unfortunately for the fans, India couldn't qualify for the knockouts despite winning four of their five matches and that meant we saw not enough of the dashing India batsman.
5.Mahela Jayawardene (SL) Matches-7 Runs-243 HS-65 Avg-40.50
Mahela Jayawardene (captain) is one of the few players who plays T20s with proper shots. Once again he showed great form in this format. He started off badly but came back nicely with the scores of 44, 65 not out, 42, 42 and 33. At 35, he is not likely to play the next edition in 2014 and so it was a great opportunity missed by the Lankans in their own den, of saying farewell to their captain with a win.
6.Michael Hussey (Aus) Matches-6 Runs-155 HS-54 Avg- 77.50
Michael Hussey is a surprise inclusion. He may not have played a telling knock in this tournament but he was consistent and consistency provides solidity to a team. His innings of 54 not out in the match against Pakistan which Australia lost was a masterful innings. He played the dangerous Pakistani spinners to good effect. One can say that but for his knock, the Aussies might not have qualified for the semi-final - the qualified on the basis of a better net run-rate. He also played a match-winning 45 not against South Africa in the previous match.
7.Brendon McCullum (NZ) Matches-5 Runs-212 HS-123 Avg-42.40
Brendon McCullum (wicketkeeper) set the tone for the tournament with a 123 against Bangladesh in the group stages. He failed to repeat that form in the Super Eights but did his job as a wicketkeeper to good effect. On his day he can tear apart any attack in the world, and that ability always stands him in good stead.
8.Mitchell Starc (Aus) Matches-6 Wickets-10 BB-3/20 Avg-16.40
Mitchell Starc has been the best pacer in the tournament, without an iota of doubt. His excellent bowling with the new ball set the tone for the Australian wins. However, he failed to fire in the all-important semi-final match against West Indies, consequently the Kangaroos hopped out of the tournament. But some of his bowling spells will forever be etched in our memories.
9.Ravi Rampaul (WI) Matches-7 Wickets-9 BB-3/16 Avg-21.00
Ravi Rampaul has been one of the revelations in this tournament. Like Starc he also got early wickets for his team. The way he cleaned up Tillakaratne Dilshan in his first over of the final was a great example of seam bowling. All though the tournament he bowled with a lot of heart and was one of the key factors behind the Caribbean triumph.
10.Ajantha Mendis (SL) Matches-6 Wickets-15 BB-6/8 Avg-9.80
Ajantha Mendis enhanced his reputation as a mystery spinner not a little. He is the highest wicket-taker in the tournament and look at his economy rate and strike rate. It tells you about his dominance. In the final he made the dangerous Chris Gayle look very ordinary. That's no ordinary achievement. Alas, his team could not go all the way.
11.Sunil Narine (WI) Matches-7 Wickets-9 BB-3/9 Avg-15.44
Sunil Narine is another mystery spinner who bamboozled batsmen all through the tournament. His performance of 3 for 9 in the final went a long way towards getting the Caribbean team a famous win. Against a team full of master players against spinners, his performance is indeed very telling. His economy rate and strike rate is no less than that of Ajantha Mendis, is it?
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