T20 World Cup 2022: The Sporting News’ Team of the Tournament

This year’s T20 World Cup was an absolute thriller, with England lifting the trophy for only the second time in their history after claiming victory over Pakistan in the final.

Many players have produced stellar individual campaigns with bat and ball, but it was England dressmaker Sam Curran who was awarded ‘player of the tournament’ honors by the ICC.

sports news ran through the numbers and selected our team of the tournament below.

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1. Kusal Mendis (Sri Lanka) – 223 runs @ 31.85, 4 catches, 2 stumpings

It was a fantastic T20WC for the Sri Lankan star, finishing in the top five scorers overall and doing his job behind the stumps.

Mendis has consistently topped the leaderboard, helping Sri Lanka qualify for the Super 12 leg of the tournament and defeat Ireland and Afghanistan.

2. Jos Buttler (England) – 225 runs @ 45, 9 catches, 2 runouts

The England skipper led his side to victory in style, finishing with the fourth most points of any player in the tournament and guarding well throughout.

Buttler’s performance in the dominating semi-final win over India was nothing short of breathtaking, and he etched his name in the history books as England’s World Cup-winning captain.

3. Virat Kohli (India) – 296 runs at 98.66

Arguably the player of the tournament, Kohli was fantastic at bat for India and helped orchestrate two crucial wins over Pakistan and Bangladesh.

Kohli scored more points than any player during the Super 12 game of T20WC and despite not having the C next to his name, he helped lead India to the semi-finals.

4. Glenn Phillips (New Zealand) – 201 points @ 40.2

One of only two players to score a century during the tournament with Rilee Rossouw playing a vital role in New Zealand’s route to the semi-finals.

Although the Black Caps unfortunately failed to make it to the final, Phillips’ efforts cannot be ignored and he deserves his place in this line-up.

5. Suryakumar Yadav (India) – 225 runs @ 75

Proved why he is ranked as the No.1 batsman in T20 cricket, finishing with the third most runs, fifth best average and third best strike rate (189.68).

Yadav’s performance against Zimbabwe was truly breathtaking, scoring 61* from 25 deliveries, while playing important innings against Bangladesh and South Africa.

6. Sikandar Raza (Zimbabwe) – 219 runs at 27.37, 10 wickets at 15.6

Raza’s all-around play throughout T20WC was one of the main reasons Zimbabwe progressed through the Super 12s and remained competitive against stronger teams.

Finishing with 219 runs and 10 wickets, he was an obvious choice for this formation given his batting and ball skills.

7. Shadab Khan (Pakistan) – 98 runs @ 24.5, 11 wickets @ 15

Although he was by no means a standout performer during the tournament, the all-rounder was an important cog in Pakistan’s machine as they progressed to the final.

Although they fell sorely short of the trophy, you can’t fault Khan’s effort as he finished with just under 100 carries and finished in the top 10 wicket takers.

8. Sam Curran (England) – 13 wickets at 11:38

It was no surprise to see the English designer receive ‘player of the tournament’ honors by the ICC, with his displays with the ball helping his country lift a World Cup trophy.

Curran took 13 wickets at an average of 11.38 across the T20WC, and he showed up when it mattered most in the final against Pakistan, finishing with shining numbers of 3/12 from his four overs.

9. Bas de Leede (Netherlands) – 13 wickets @ 13

Finished near the top of the bowling rankings and helped the Dutch shock the world against Proteas with two wickets.

De Leede finished with 13 wickets and was one of the main reasons the Netherlands got past the group stage and secured two wins in the Super 12.

10. Wanindu Hasaranga (Sri Lanka) – 15 wickets at 1:26 p.m.

Finished with more wickets than any player during the group stages and was integral to all of Sri Lanka’s wins, including those that took them to the Super 12.

Although his team never had a chance to qualify for the semi-finals, Hasaranga can hold his head high and be proud of what he did with the ball.

11. Josh Little (Ireland) – 11 wickets at 5:18 p.m.

Was one of the stars of the tournament, helping Ireland qualify for the Super 12 and performing admirably throughout.

Little played with great pace, swing and precision and clearly stood out for Ireland in his eight games. Scored a hat-trick against New Zealand and was his team’s bowlers’ choice against England.

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