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2022 T20 World Cup Team of the Tournament: Suryakumar, Curran, who else?

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The 2022 T20 World Cup will go down as the best ever edition to date. Over four weeks, we witnessed multiple upsets, unpredictability and fantastic cricket, with numerous scenarios, permutations and speculation as to who will end up on top.

In the end, England reigned supreme. Jos Buttler’s team weren’t at their best in the Super 12s, but in a sign of an excellent team, they peaked at the perfect time. Their five-wicket win in the final against Pakistan is further reward for their white-ball revamp after early elimination in the 2015 ODI World Cup.

2022 T20 World Cup Team of the Tournament

Choosing a team of the tournament is never easy, especially when there were a number of outstanding performances. Keeping in mind consistency as well as how well a player produced in the games that mattered most, here is CricBlog’s team of the World Cup.

1. Jos Buttler (c & wk): 225 runs, avg. 45.00, SR 144.23

Jos Buttler was the standout opener of this World Cup. The England captain hit two half-centuries in the vital matches against New Zealand (Super 12) and India (semi-final) to catapult England towards the final.

2. Alex Hales: 212 runs, avg. 42.40, SR 147.22

Like Buttler, Hales hit two crucial half-centuries in the tournament. His player-of-the-match performance against India in the semi-final will be etched in England white-ball folklore for many a year to come.

Hales’ performance was a great redemption story after a long time out of the England side.

3. Virat Kohli: 295 runs, avg. 98.66, SR 136.40

Virat Kohli was back to his best. India’s number three finished the tournament as the leading run-scorer with 296, which included four half-centuries. The highlight was an innings for the ages against Pakistan back on October 23.

In the process, he became the second player – and easily the fastest – to reach 1,000 runs in T20 World Cups.

4. Suryakumar Yadav: 239 runs, avg. 59.75, SR 189.68

Suryakumar Yadav was often tasked with providing the innings with impetus after a slow start up top. He not only hit three half-centuries in six innings, but he struck at an incredible 189.68 in a record-breaking year for India’s number four.

His highlight was a remarkable 68 off 40 balls against South Africa on a hostile Perth wicket. Everyone else in that game scored 184 off 198 balls.

5. Glenn Phillips: 201 runs, avg. 40.20, SR 158.26

Like Suryakumar for India, Glenn Phillips often provided impetus for New Zealand. He smashed a century against Sri Lanka with New Zealand in trouble, and then kept the Black Caps right in the game against England with 62 off just 36 balls.

6. Sikandar Raza: 219 runs, avg. 27.37, SR 147.97 & 10 wickets, avg. 15.60, econ. 6.50

Zimbabwe were one of the stories of this World Cup. The brilliant Sikandar Raza was at the centre of it all, producing wonderful moments with both bat and ball. Not only did he help Zimbabwe qualify to both the World Cup itself and the Super 12 stage, but he also delivered a memorable bowling spell in a player-of-the-match performance against Pakistan.

7. Shadab Khan: 11 wickets, avg. 15.00, econ. 6.34 & 98 runs, avg. 24.50, SR 168.96

Pakistan were all but gone when they fell to 43/4 in their must-win game against South Africa. However, Shadab had other ideas when he smashed a memorable 22-ball 52 to keep Pakistan alive.

In the end, Pakistan went all the way to the final. Shadab was key with the ball right throughout, especially at Perth, finishing with 11 wickets at an economy of just 6.34.

8. Sam Curran: 13 wickets, avg. 11.38, econ. 6.52

Player of the final and player of the series. Sam Curran came into the World Cup in good form, but to produce so brilliantly in the tournament itself is something else.

The left-armer took 13 wickets in six matches, including 3/12 in the final. In the death overs (17-20), Curran took an incredible nine wickets for 70 runs in 64 balls.

9. Shaheen Shah Afridi: 11 wickets, avg. 14.09, econ. 6.15

After a slow start to the tournament courtesy of easing his way back from injury, Shaheen burst into life. The left-armer catapulted Pakistan to the semi-finals with seven wickets in the final two Super 12 games, followed by 2/24 in the semi-final against New Zealand.

Shaheen provided Pakistan with hope early in the final after ripping through Alex Hales. However, injury resulted in a heartbreaking end for both he and his team.

10. Mark Wood, 9 wickets, avg. 12.00, econ. 7.71

Mark Wood missed the crunch semi-final and final, but England arguably would not have made it to that stage with his contributions. Wood cranked his speeds up above 150km/h regularly, taking crucial wickets against Sri Lanka and Ireland when the other bowlers were under par.

11. Anrich Nortje, 11 wickets, avg. 8.54, econ. 5.37

In South Africa’s pathetic showing against Netherlands, only Anrich Nortje could hold his head high with figures of 1/10 to limit the damage. The fast bowler was outstanding right throughout the Super 12 stage, taking 11 wickets at a staggering economy of just 5.37.

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2022 T20 World Cup team of the tournament.

Special mentions:

  • Josh Little of Ireland had a superb campaign, which included a hattrick against New Zealand. T20 franchises around the world would be silly not to consider him as part of their plans.
  • Adil Rashid stepped up in the crunch games. The legspinner took figures of 1/16, 1/20 and 2/22 in the final three games.
  • Blessing Muzarabani was also key to Zimbabwe’s exciting campaign. The seamer enjoyed the bounce on offer in Australian conditions, where he took at least one wicket in each game.
  • Sri Lanka’s star legspinner Wanindu Hasaranga finished with the most wickets in the tournament. He took at least a wicket in every game except for the difficult outing against Australia. He kept Sri Lanka in just about every match, including Afghanistan (3/13) and England (2/23) at the end of the Super 12 stage.
  • Paul van Meekeren was outstanding for Netherlands. He finished with 11 wickets at an economy of just 6.38 in a memorable campaign for the Dutch.
  • Max O’Dowd had a very solid campaign, finishing with the second-most runs (242).
  • Arshdeep Singh (10 wickets, avg. 15.60) came of age. Also, Haris Rauf (eight wickets, econ. 6.84) continued to show why he’s successful in Australia.

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Charbel Coorey
Charbel Coorey
Charbel is the owner & founder of cricblog.net, based in Sydney, Australia. He started the website to fulfill his love for the game of cricket. Charbel has also been featured on other publications including OP India, Times of India, and The Roar, among others. For any story tips or questions, you can contact Charbel at charbelcoorey@cricblog.net.

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