The shortest format of cricket has always been entertaining and the biggest tournament in that format that has recently concluded had all the thrills and spills a typical high-octane tournament such as a World Cup is expected to deliver.
Right from the first game in the competition, it was sure to produce some sizzling games right till the end and the whole tournament did not disappoint a single viewer keeping in view the competition between top sides who were fighting for the final title.
The Men from the Caribbean, however, stole the show away on the final day as they thumped England to a 2 ball victory to take home the trophy. With this victory WI is the first team to win the trophy twice already. From a number of impressive performances, we have picked up the best XI from this season’s competition. Here is the Best XI for World T20 2016:
Jason Roy (England):
The England opener was in sublime form right from the first game in the tournament and continued his good work right till the last game. He scored 183 runs in 6 games he has played for his country at a strike rate of 142.78 and has always helped England off to a flying start in the first few overs.
Quinton de Kock (South Africa):
Though his team had a forgettable tournament, South Africa’s wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock had quite a tournament at the top of the order. He scored 153 runs in just 4 games at a strike rate of 142.99 and will have been disappointed with the early exit from the group stage.
Virat Kohli (India):
The man of the tournament, Virat Kohli has been in the sizzling form off late. He amassed 273 runs in the tournament at a staggering average of 136.50 and a strike rate of 146.77. He was unlucky to be on the losing side in the semi-final but this tournament will not be one that he will forget easily.
Joe Root (England):
The most consistent English player in recent times, Joe Root had yet another run scoring tournament this year. He is the third highest run-getter in the competition with 249 runs and played a huge role in England’s road to the finals.
Jos Buttler (England):
The hard-hitting Buttler found his range more than once in this tournament as he showed his power and six hitting skills every chance he got. He scored his 191 runs in the competition at a strike rate of 159.16 and has 12 sixes to his name in the tournament.
Shane Watson (Australia):
Playing his last tournament in an Aussie jersey, Watson was the most consistent player for the Men in Yellow in this World Cup. He scored some important runs at important times and as he always does, he also picked up wickets just at the right time to end a memorable journey.
Carlos Brathwaite (West Indies):
The hero of the final of the tournament, Carlos Brathwaite, had a very good tournament this World Cup. He scored 56 important runs at a staggering strike rate of over 200 and has also picked up 4 important wickets at crucial times making himself a place in this XI.
Mitchell Santner (New Zealand):
The left arm orthodox stuck to his task superbly well as he made it hard for all the batsman to strike him cleanly. He has bowled at an economy rate of 6.27 all throughout the tournament and has also picked up 10 wickets in his T20 World Cup debut.
Samuel Badree (West Indies):
The most economical T20 bowler, Samuel Badree once again played an important role in West Indies’ victory in the WT20. He starts bowling in the powerplay, yet has an economy of 5.39 to show for. He has also picked up 9 wickets in the tournament and has been an integral part of the journey to the trophy.
Ashish Nehra (India):
Coming back after a break, the veteran fast bowler was superb for the hosts in the tournament. He picked up 5 wickets in the tournament but more importantly bowled at an economy of 5.94 in what could possibly be his last World Cup for his nation.
Mustafizur Rahman (Bangladesh):
The young superstar from Bangladesh, Rahman has once again shown what he is capable of as he picked up 9 wickets at an average of a wicket every 9.55 runs. He has shown maturity beyond his years and will only get better the more he plays for his country.