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Twenty20 team of the Tournament

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1: Alex Hales (England)

Runs: 166, Average: 55.33, Strike Rate: 158.09

Hales is in the team purely on his innings of the tournament against the eventual Champions Sri Lanka in the group stage. The Nottinghamshire opener’s incredible knock of 116 from 64 balls steered England to a six-wicket win and their only in a very disappointing competition.

The ‘Hales Storm’ is though one of few positives that England can take as they look to improve in the limited over format.

2: Rohit Sharma (India)

Runs: 200, Average: 40.00, Strike Rate: 123.45

Every team needs to get off to a flyer and India’s Rohit Sharma was the man for them. He consistently managed to start the innings well for his team with only one failure from six innings’.

Fifties against Bangladesh and West Indies were pivotal and he played a key role alongside Virat Kohli.

3: Virat Kohli (India)

Runs: 319, Average: 106.33, Strike Rate: 129.14

The best player of the tournament and yet he ended up on the losing side. Kohli was able to work the ball around the field and also showed he had an eye for the boundary when his side needed him.

Four fifties including 72 not out to steer India past South Africa in the semi-final along with 77 in the final accounting for over half of his team’s runs.

4: AB De Villiers (South Africa)

Runs: 129, Average: 32.25, Strike Rate: 163.29

De Villiers was relieved of wicket-keeping duties enabling South Africa to use his athleticism in the field. He produced one of the knocks of the tournament as his 69 off 28 balls against England proved the difference between the sides as they advanced to the last-four.

5: Glenn Maxwell (Australia)

Runs: 147, Average: 36.75, Strike Rate: 210:00

A less than satisfactory performance from Australia throughout saw Maxwell shine despite everyone failing around him. He smashed 12 sixes in only four innings including 74 from 33 balls against Pakistan.

He also showed he has ability with the ball with a few bowling spells.

6: Darren Sammy (West Indies)

Runs: 101, Average: 101.00, Strike Rate: 224.44

The ultimate finisher, Darren Sammy may have only scored 101 runs from five innings but they came at a strike rate of 224.44 with 12 fours and five sixes.

His brutal strength and power added crucial runs at the end for the West Indies as bowlers were hit to all parts of the ground.

7: MS Dhoni (India)

Runs: 50, Average: 50, Strike Rate: 125.00, Catches: 3, Stumpings: 3

The Indian wicket-keeper skipper was rarely needed with the bat as Sharma and Kohli did the damage. However, he did contribute a few twenties when required.

Dhoni was superb as ever managing his side in the field and was sharp and influential behind the stumps.

8: Ravichandran Ashwin (India)

Wickets: 12, Average: 11.27, Economy Rate: 5.65

Ashwin was one of the best bowlers in the tournament taking 11 wickets including a man of the match display against Australia.

Ashwin took 4-11 against the Aussies producing a special carom delivery to get rid of the dangerous Maxwell. He fought a losing battle in the final when India were for once let down by their batsmen.

9: Samuel Badree (West Indies)

Wickets: 11, Average: 10.27, Economy Rate: 5.65

Badree was one of three leg-spinners in the tournament along with Amit Mishra and Imran Tahir who had a huge influence on their team’s performance.

He finished joint-second in the wicket charts taking four against Bangladesh and 3-10 in the win over Pakistan which took them into the semi-finals.

10: Imran Tahir (South Africa)

Wickets: 12, Average: 10.9, Economy Rate: 6.55

Tahir was a vital part of his side’s bowling attack as he continued to take wickets at important times on his way to becoming the joint-leading wicket-taker in the tournament.

The spinner took 3-26 against Sri Lanka and 4-21 versus the Netherlands as the Proteas looked to be slipping to an embarrassing defeat.


11: Lasith Malinga (Sri Lanka)

Wickets: 5, Average: 22.00, Economy Rate: 6.11

Malinga was an essential part of Sri Lanka’s bowling attack and ended up captaining his team to the title after Dinesh Chandimal was banned and dropped.

He burst into life in the semi-finals when he got rid of West Indies openers Chris Gayle and Devon Smith in the space of four balls. He proved his capability at the death as well executing perfect yorkers to restrict India to a below-par 130 in the final.

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