This year’s T20 World Cup has definitely been a treat to watch in terms of batting and bowling. Batsmen smacking the bowlers to all corners of the field in the T20s is a sight that everyone relishes and some batsmen have done this effortlessly, taking their individual and team performances a notch higher in the tournament.
Here’s a look at the three most successful batsmen at the Super 12 this year-
- Babar Azam: When Azam stepped into the 5th ODI against West Indies in the 25th innings in early 2017. He became the second-fastest after Quinton De Kock to score five ODI tons. His combination of 1306 runs chases 25 knocks add up the topmost and thrash Jonathan Trott’s numbers. Life indeed has been on fast tracks for Babar Azam. His three consecutive ODI tons against the Windies in 2016 in the UAE are a forerunner to one glorious career that stares at us. Azam carries the highest runs of 303 taken in the tournament.
- David Warner: David Warner had one of the most memorable debuts in international cricket when he was plucked from obscurity without having played a single First-Class match and made a remarkable 89 run off 43 balls in T20I. Warner faced a lot of hardships due to his poor form during this year’s IPL season for SRH but proved his critics wrong by being a run machine by scoring the most number of runs for any Australia batter during this tournament. He scored a whopping 289 runs.
- Mohammad Rizwan: Mohammad Rizwan is a highly rated wicket-keeper batsman from Peshawar who idolizes Adam Gilchrist. He is a full-time wicket-keeper as well as a super fielder, anywhere on the ground. He is known to be a busy batsman who buzzes like a bee in the ears of the opposition while in full flow. He scored a valiant 67 off 58 balls in a losing cause in his debut game in 2015. He holds the third position in leading run-scorers by 281 runs during the tournament. Rizwan has not only broken Chris Gayle’s for most runs but has also set a world record by becoming the first batsman in T20 cricket to score 1000 runs in a single calendar year.
Let’s now move onto the three most successful bowlers of this year’s T20 World Cup-
- Wanindu Hasaranga: A blueprint straight from Sri Lanka’s under-19s into the national side, Wanindu Hasaranga is an aggressive middle-order batsman, who is very useful with his leggie as well. He claimed a hat-trick in his very first outing in an ODI in June 2017. Throughout the tournament, Hasaranga took a phenomenal 16 wickets in total. He also has an average of 9.75, which makes him the highest wicket-taker this year.
- Adam Zampa: In 2012, Zampa made his first-class debut for New South Wales in the 2012/13 Sheffield Shield. He continued to impress with his cunning bowling in the shorter formats but did not deliver any performances of note in Shield cricket. He is one of the core reasons for Australia’s strong bowling lineup. Zampa took a total of 13 wickets and also had an average of 12.07 during the World Cup.
- Trent Boult: Trent Boult, the left-handed swing bowler made his First-Class debut when he was picked for the New Zealand ‘A’ team for the tour of India in 2007. Boult proved out to be New Zealand’s best bowler in ICC T20 World Cup. Once again, the left-arm seamer lived up to all expectations as he took his team to the final of the tournament. He used cutters, bouncers, and yorkers brilliantly and kept the batsmen guessing. This strategy certainly worked wonders for him as he took a remarkable number of 13 wickets during the Super 12.
This year’s T20 was outstanding in terms of batting and bowling. It was truly a treat to watch. Let us know what you think in the comments!