Other panellists included former West Indies pacer turned commentator Ian Bishop, former Australian cricketer Mel Jones who is now a commentator, former West Indies batsman and ICC Hall of Fame inductee Shivnarine Chanderpaul and the ICC Chief Executive of Cricket Wasim Khan. While respecting the confidentiality of the discussions, TOI gives an idea of the rationale behind the selections.
Left arm stapler Sam Curran deservedly won the Player of the Tournament award. Curran was outstanding at batting throughout the tournament but his performance in the final (3 wickets for 12 runs) saw him beat other contenders such as Virat Kohli, Shadab Khan and Jos Buttler, among others.
TOI takes a quick look at their performances, the numbers that beckoned them:
ALEX HALES (ENGLAND): He had an outstanding World Cup after spending nearly three years on the sidelines with off-the-pitch offences. He redeemed himself with 52 against NZ, 47 against SL and 86 not out against India. He scored 212 runs at 42.4 (SR 147.3).
JOS BUTTLER (ENGLAND, CAPTAIN AND WICKETKEEPER): Brave captain with mace. He has never let his team take a step back. Even with the Pakistani pacers turning the screws in the final, his batsmen continued to fight back to maintain the lead on the par. He forged his own style after the departure of Eoin Morgan, but kept up the white ball revolution in England. He scored 225 runs to 45 (SR 144.2). The man who set the new T20 paradigm.
VIRAT KOHLI (INDIA): He enters himself in pencils. Leads scorer with 296 runs at an average of 98.7 (SR 136.4) although he only batted 5 times in the tournament. He played the coup of the tournament – some would say the greatest T20I innings ever – against Pakistan. ‘Mr Dependable’ in the middle.
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SURYAKUMAR YADAV (INDIA): Unanimous choice at number 4. SKY’s maverick play lit up the tournament and gave all the opposing bowlers and the captain headaches. The perfect all-around foil in Kohli’s medium order. With 239 runs in 6 matches (average 59.8, SR 189.7), he is the third leading scorer in the tournament.
GLENN PHILLIPS (NEW ZEALAND): No dream team can do without him. New Zealand’s Most Valuable Player. He scored a stunning 104 off 64 balls against Sri Lanka. 201 runs (average 40.2, SR 158.3) in the tournament.
SIKANDAR RAZA (ZIMBABWE): Eliminate Hardik Pandya as he was the only ranger in his team and played a crucial role in the loss against Pakistan. 219 runs and 10 wickets in the tournament make him an all-round asset in this side.
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SHADAB KHAN (PAKISTAN): Another fickle cricketer who is hard to keep out. He spun the magic with leg rotation (11 wickets at 11.5) and scored 98 runs, including a half-century. Every panel member’s favorite!
SAM CURRAN (ENGLAND): 13 wickets at 11.4 (best 5/10), second highest wicket-taker in the tournament. He had an overall economy rate of 6.5 per over, which is incredible considering he bowled most of his overs to death.
ANRICH NORTJE (SOUTH AFRICA): The only South African in this team. His scorching pace makes him hard to keep out. He had a good tournament with 11 scalps in 5 matches (ER 5.4, two 4 wicket hauls) and a tournament best average of just 8.5. He the most feared bowler while South Africa was still around in the tournament.
MARK WOOD (ENGLAND): 9 wickets at an average of 12. Fastest pacer in the tournament by some distance. He was unlucky to miss the semi-finals and finals due to injury. That doesn’t keep him out of this squad, though, since his performances during the tournament matter.
SHAHEEN SHAH AFRIDI (PAKISTAN): The king of rhythm and swing. He had a shaky start to the tournament as he gingerly recovered from his injury, but soon returned to his lethal ways. His 11 wickets at an average of 14.1 played a big part in Pakistan’s miraculous turnaround. His unfortunate injury in the final was the turning point of the match.
12th MAN: HARDIK PANDYA (INDIA): 128 runs at 25.6 and 8 wickets at 18.3
Unfortunate to get lost: Waindu Hasaranga (Sri Lanka). He was the highest wicket taker of the tournament (15 wickets at an average of 13.3) but this included 3 matches in the qualifying round. He was slightly less impressive in the Super 12 stage. Also, the team already has 2 good spinners in Shadab and Raza and playing another spinner would upset the balance
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PLAYER OF THE TOURNAMENT
England left arm stitcher Sam Curran became the first bowler to win the Player of the Tournament award in a T20 World Cup (although technically an all-rounder, he got the award entirely on his bowling performances). Curran was outstanding at batting throughout the tournament but his performance in the final, during which he took 3 wickets for 12 runs off 4 overs, saw him beat other contenders such as Virat Kohli, Shadab Khan and his own team mates Alex Hales and Jos Buttler, among others. In the final, Curran first got rid of Pakistan opener Mohammad Rizwan in the Powerplay (1/5 of his first 2 overs) and then came back in the 17th over to get rid of a well placed Shan Massud before removing Mohammad Nawaz in the 19th. When he returned to play at the death, Pakistan were on course to set a target of over 160. Instead, Curran’s last 12 balls saw him bag two crucial wickets and concede just 7 runs.