World T20 2014

Power, pace and spin: the team of the tournament

ESPNcricinfo writers select their team of the tournament from the World T20

Andrew McGlashan

April 7, 2014

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This XI was collated from votes given by ESPNcricinfo's staff who worked on the World T20. Many selections were clear, but a few areas prompted more uncertainty: especially the wicketkeeper and opening batsmen. Also, the desire to field a balanced team was taken into consideration with the decision to field two spinners and two quicks among the four specialist bowlers


Virat Kohli goes over the top, India v Sri Lanka, final, World T20, Mirpur, April 6, 2014
Virat Kohli's run tally was the highest for a batsman in a World T20 © ICC
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Stephan Myburgh (7 matches, 224 runs @ 32.00, S/R 154.48)

The attacking left hander often provided the impetus for Netherland's innings. He began the tournament with 55 off 36 balls and then inspired the fantastic pursuit against Ireland when they hunted down the target in quick enough time to enter the Super 10s. In terms of opposition, though, his best innings was the 51 off 28 deliveries against South Africa where he set his team up for a famous victory only for the lower order to blow it.

Alex Hales (4 matches, 166 runs @ 55,33, S/R 158.09)

In on the strength of one innings - but what an innings it was. The 116 off 64 balls against Sri Lanka was England's first international T20 hundred and led them to their highest successful chance. For one day (and that's about as long as it lasted) it lifted the cloud hanging over English cricket.

Virat Kohli (6 matches, 319 runs @ 106.33, S/R 129.14)

The Player of the Tournament, of that there was no doubt. Can rightly win an argument over who is the best batsman in the world right now. His innings against South Africa in the semi-final was as perfect as you could wish to see in a pressurised T20 chase. His consistency - across six innings his lowest score was 23 - meant that India were rarely in trouble; his innings in the final scotched any notion about batting first being an issue. You could feel his frustration as he lost the strike in the closing overs.

Glenn Maxwell (4 matches, 147 runs @ 36.75, S/R 210.00)

Australia's reputation at World T20s continued to flounder, but Maxwell enhanced - or at least cemented - his with a searing strike-rate. His 74 off 33 was a ferocious innings from where Australia should have beaten Pakistan. Once viewed as a raw slogger, Maxwell is a dynamic, calculating T20 batsman who backs himself to the hilt.

JP Duminy (5 matches, 187 runs @ 62.33, S/R 140.60)

His unbeaten 86 against New Zealand was one of two performances which kept South Africa in the tournament, and he finished as their leading run-scorer. Also hit the most sixes among South Africa's batsmen (eight, the next most was three). His offspin was expensive - conceding more than nine an over - but given the difficulties spinners had in Chittagong, it was felt better to try and squeeze an early over out of him.


Darren Sammy heaves down the ground, Pakistan v West Indies, World T20, Group 2, Mirpur, April 1, 2014
Power at the death: few targets are out of reach when Darren Sammy is at the crease © Getty Images
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Darren Sammy (5 matches, 101 runs @ 101.00, S/R 224.44)

Now one of the finest finishers in this format. The power he gets into his shots is phenomenal and he can turn a half-decent delivery into a six. He produced two startling innings in different situations: the unbeaten 34 against Australia to seal a highly-charged chase and his unbeaten 42 to turn a poor total into a match-winning one against Pakistan. West Indies were well adrift in their semi-final against Sri Lanka, but it would not have been beyond Sammy to turn it around. He would also be an inspirational captain for this team.

Denesh Ramdin (5 matches, 6 stumpings)

Barely had a chance to influence a match with the bat, but his glovework was as consistent and sharp as he has ever shown on the international stage. Standing up to Krishmar Santokie with the new ball helped suffocate batsmen and he was alert whenever Samuel Badree or Sunil Narine zipped one past the outside edge. Quirkily, all his dismissals were stumpings.

R Ashwin (6 matches, 11 wickets @ 11.27, Econ 5.35)

Arguably the bowler of the tournament as he combined wickets with economy. He conceded just 5.35 per over across six matches - only in the final going for more than a run-a-ball - and also produced the ball of the tournament to remove Hashim Amla in the semi-final. His round-the-wicket line and shrewd use of the carrom ball left many batsmen fumbling. That he did not have enough runs to work with in the final was not his fault

Dale Steyn (5 matches, 9 wickets @ 17.00, Econ 7.98)

The dirty overs were rarely much muckier than when Steyn was thrown the ball by AB de Villiers or Faf du Plessis which explains the high economy. At times, South Africa's entire hopes rested on his shoulders - in the Super 10 match against New Zealand he responded with one of the finest final overs in T20 history as he defended a paltry seven runs. In the semi-final, all of South Africa's eggs were in Steyn's basket, almost an unfair expectation against India, and he could not quite find the perfection required.


Imran Tahir reacts after getting Peter Borren out, Netherlands v South Africa, World T20, Group 1, Chittagong, March 27, 2014
Imran Tahir showed the value of attacking with the ball © AFP
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Imran Tahir (5 matches, 12 wickets @ 10.91, Econ 6.55)

In the not too distant past you would have got long odds on a legspinner being central to a South African bowling attack in any format - let alone T20. But the shifting balance of risk and reward, with some captains now putting the value of wickets above the cost of an extra six or two, was clearly shown in Tahir's role. It helped him that three of the group stage opponents - New Zealand, England and Netherlands - were among the weakest at playing spin, but he also claimed 3 for 26 against the nimble-footed Sri Lankans.

Lasith Malinga (6 matches, 5 wickets @ 22.00, Econ 6.11)

When it really mattered, Malinga came to the fore and that is the mark of a star player. In the semi-final, with West Indies threatening to break away early in their chase, he removed both openers in a two-over spell that cost just five runs. Then, in the final, which brought with it an airplane load of baggage for Sri Lanka, he delivered one of the finest death spells you will see to limit the previously untroubled Indian batting order to scampering singles.

The 2nd XI Rohit Sharma, Kane Williamson, Mahela Jayawardene, Tom Cooper, AB de Villiers, Angelo Mathews, MS Dhoni (capt & wk), Nuwan Kulasekara, Samuel Badree, Krishmar Santokie, Amit Mishra

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Posted by   on (April 9, 2014, 9:41 GMT)

The list clearly shows the difference between a "Team of champions" and a "Champion Team". Interestingly enough there is no one except Malinga is in the list from Sri Lanka and yet they won the tournament. Superstars can win matches but not tournaments!

Posted by CodandChips on (April 9, 2014, 9:31 GMT)

@indicricket also if you had seen any of my posts during WT20 you'd know I disagree with the England T20I team and have done for a while. Especially the bowling, which has just been pathetic. Hence why nearly all my posts have contained Graham Napier.

Posted by Samar_Singh on (April 9, 2014, 8:51 GMT)

How come Dhoni be in the 2nd set ? Did he do anything special other than dropping catches, missing stumping and captain selecting out of form UV ? If MSD is there then why not UV who scored double more runs than Dhoni. Even Associate Nepal's WK Subash and Captain Paras scored more runs than Dhoni in Half the numbers of games they played . So how come Dhoni be WK/Cap? Why not sanga or others ?... Or is it based on something else beyond World T20 performances ?

Posted by   on (April 9, 2014, 8:06 GMT)

@mzm149 : your worst XI won all 5 consecutive matches.. may be they had won against teams which are WORSE than yours

Posted by JG2704 on (April 9, 2014, 7:37 GMT)

@DRS_Flawed_NeedsImprovement on (April 7, 2014, 16:15 GMT) It's ESPN's team bud - not yours. If I can offer you some constructive arguments for Hales.

1 - That century he scored was undar huge pressure and it single handedly won England the game vs the eventual tournament winners. He also had a 0.32 better SR and a better average by 15 and scored just 38 runs less in 2 less matches. Rohit may have been more consistent but were any of his inns game changers or when India were particularly up against it? There are arguments both ways but no need to get so down about it - it's just an opinion about a fictional team Please publish this time

Posted by   on (April 9, 2014, 6:24 GMT)

Where is SHAKIB AL HASAN?

Posted by CodandChips on (April 9, 2014, 6:02 GMT)

@indicricket not sure what you are going on about mate. I am not anti-Indian and never have been (though my Dhoni jibe was pathetic and petty). As for England I openly stated that they are the worst T20I side of the test playing nations and deserved to lose against The Netherlands. So please tell me what possessed you to post the comment?

Posted by   on (April 9, 2014, 4:04 GMT)

@Tariq Nazir, what best spinner in world? Are they choosig world XI? I knew few Pak fans will start this debate. Ajmal did nothing of note in tournament hence he is not in 22. Also Dhoni should not be there in 2nd XI too. Sangakarra could have been there on basis of his performance in final.

Posted by   on (April 9, 2014, 2:46 GMT)

Why are you collating a team of the tournament, when Sri Lanka won it. They are obviously the team of the tournament!

Posted by Chris_Howard on (April 8, 2014, 23:03 GMT)

Good team. If you want a 12th "man", Meg Lanning would be a good choice.

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