World T20 2014 April 7, 2014

Power, pace and spin: the team of the tournament

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

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 (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 (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

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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 ?

  • 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

  • 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

  • on April 9, 2014, 6:24 GMT

    Where is SHAKIB AL HASAN?

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • Chris_Howard on April 8, 2014, 23:03 GMT

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

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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 ?

  • 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

  • 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

  • on April 9, 2014, 6:24 GMT

    Where is SHAKIB AL HASAN?

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • Chris_Howard on April 8, 2014, 23:03 GMT

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

  • on April 8, 2014, 22:45 GMT

    yeah sure, typical Cricinfo team selection..... World's best spinner didn't get any space in 22 players of the tournament. Publish don't publish who cares

  • mzm149 on April 8, 2014, 19:05 GMT

    My worst XI: 1. Dhawan 2. Rohit 3. Kohli 4. Yuvraj 5. Raina 6. Dhoni 7. Jadeja 8. Ashwin 9. Kumar 10. Mohit 11. Mishra

  • mzm149 on April 8, 2014, 19:02 GMT

    Aaron Finch instead of Myburgh, Badree/Herath instead of Ashwin, de Kock instead of Ramdin.

  • indicricket on April 8, 2014, 18:26 GMT

    @codandchips, you have an INDIAN in your team?????Don't you think the world's best T20 team would be Lumb, Hales, Ali, Morgan, Buttler, Bopara, Jordan, Bresnan, Broad, Tredwell and of course the one only Dernbach.

  • CodandChips on April 8, 2014, 17:06 GMT

    @Vamsi Krishna Kopalle Finch and Morgan may have had poor tournaments but both are class players. Finch is number 1 in the world (officially) and averages 40. Is there anybody better? (statistically or using common sense).

    As for Morgan, he got in over Guptill because he is more adapted to the middle order. Morgan had a tough tournament (and is actually overrated by many people around the world imo), but he is a good white ball batsman who can play a range of shots, and can master chases. It was either him or Dhoni, but Morgan got in on the basis of having a T20I 50.

    " did not find anything logical in your x1" ok so name your X1. If there is nothing logical in my XI, surely you won't be picking any of the XI I picked?

  • SL_rockz on April 8, 2014, 17:00 GMT

    Dinesh ramdin is a very poor selection. IF we look at selecting a player for only wicket keeping without any other contribution then this is fair. Bt even a samll child knows we want to select players who can give maximum benefit and contribution to the team. That is called selecting the most versatile player. If we have keepers lined up for selection we should consider keeping standard first and then batting talent and leadership talent etc. So mere wicket keeper for the sake of the name of the role is hilarious in modern world. ABD Will be the best choice.

  • SL_rockz on April 8, 2014, 16:54 GMT

    Alex hales :- I never agree with this selection. His innings was good and appreciate it.But dew was at his advantage. If there was no dew he would not have scored that century. And my point is correct as he never troubled the opponents who bowled with dry ball. So SL were unable to grip or spin the bowl so he scored easily. In dew free matches he failed. I think that does not show the perfect skill of hales which he shows by that one century to be selected for best eleven. .. Kohli is correct and he should be number 3. Maxwell has the same problem he just comes and slogs and does not have that kohli class of proper cricket in building an innings. So a good bowling attack will easily find a weak spot and get him out early. His intention of hitting every ball outta park can easily be his trap. :).. So not suitable for world 11 team.

  • on April 8, 2014, 16:52 GMT

    @colandchips how did finch get into your opening x1 and how did morgan reach your best x1 neither averages nor their performances are as influential as rohit sharma or jayawerdana .. did not find anything logical in your x1..

  • Herath-UK on April 8, 2014, 16:03 GMT

    Very poor selection giving completely a warped picture of ability; somebody can make a ton of runs & wickets against a weak team under particular circumstance eg Alex plundered a century when the ball was wet like a bucket of water & his other innings were flops. Myburgh collapsed to a world record against Sri Lanka. Maxwell too was scoring against teams with relatively poor bowling. Best bowling was in group A with Sri Lanka ,SA & NZ. These individuals give a mockery of batsmen ship & though few in numbers Sanga & Mahela deserve to be in this team.

  • CodandChips on April 8, 2014, 15:58 GMT

    Team of the tournament: as above, but Dwayne Bravo for Maxwell. As I said before it's a good team however I would add Bravo, although I dislike him strongly, because I felt he had a good tournament and has improved, especially with the bat.

    Understand arguments against Hales but he did get the top individual score. However the due factor was advantageous for him.

    Not sure how Dhoni got into the 2nd XI? Reputation alone perhaps...Being Indian...

    My T20I World XI (not just based on this tournament): 1.Hales 2.Finch 3.Kohli 4.McCullum 5.De Villiers (wk) 6.Morgan 7.Kulasekera 8.Narine 9.Malinga 10.Steyn/Ajmal 11.Badree

  • Jack_Slugger on April 8, 2014, 15:45 GMT

    How can there be no place for Dwayne Bravo??

  • Clan_McLachlan on April 8, 2014, 15:30 GMT

    Well, it's better than the ICC team.

  • on April 8, 2014, 15:24 GMT

    ramdin? where is the man of the final? sanga should come in at no 4. rest of the team reamins same except ramdin. duminy, maxwell and samy come after him!

    just for the record im not sril lankan but an indian who prefers sanga over dhoni or any other keeper any day.

  • on April 8, 2014, 15:23 GMT

    Funny isn't it.... you can remove Malinga from this list and arrange a game this 11 vs SL. SL will win easily because except for Kholi, Sammy and Stayn all the othes are inconsistent players...

  • Afique on April 8, 2014, 14:39 GMT

    Where is Shakib Al Hasan?

  • on April 8, 2014, 13:39 GMT

    wow one Sri Lankan and Radmin. What a selection LOL!

  • on April 8, 2014, 13:37 GMT

    Umer akmal ahmed shehzad scored 2nd and 3rd best still not in both teams biased selection

  • Philip_Gnana on April 8, 2014, 13:28 GMT

    Hard to believe that just three players who starred in the finals form this XI. Point taken that many other factors have been taken in to account. But the fact that a teams that played as a unit to reach the finals cannot be considered.

    it does not matter how good you are, but being an essential cog in a winning wheel (team) is important. After all it is a team game right?

    Dhoni not being considered as wicket keeper captain? Where he such a great influence and a positive thinking player. Disagree, with the selection of Ramdhin. Dhoni stay up and so do most of the wicket keepers these days.

    Alex Hales single innings (70% of his total) warrants a place? Especially when it was a disadvantage for the team fielding second? Take away the top performance, then you are left with a nothing. Consistency? What consistency?

    Apart from these two the team looks good. Not a bad selection from that point of view. Philip Gnana, Surrey

  • xylofon on April 8, 2014, 12:32 GMT

    Kohli - his stats speak for themselves. Hales? I dont think so. In that case Umar Akmal should be mentioned and he shouldnt so the list is a little strange.

    But most of the names are decent and totallly logical.

    Never reward inconsistency.

  • on April 8, 2014, 12:21 GMT

    unbeleivable selection.....

  • princejain191 on April 8, 2014, 12:04 GMT

    @AsHakil Akhtar I have been following Kohli for a very long time now and I can say he respects his seniors as much as one should and is passionate about the game almost as much as one could and as far as the sportsmen spirit is concerned just roll back the last moments of the final and see for yourself

  • on April 8, 2014, 11:38 GMT

    where is umar akmal, shakib al hasan, ken williamson,corey anderson

  • msnsrinivas on April 8, 2014, 11:34 GMT

    @AsHakil Akhtar

    What sportsman spirit? Is it his fault that he never likes to lose? Is it his fault that he didn't get enough strike in the final overs and hence got frustrated? In fact he is first one to congratulate Sangakkara on his fifty and even embraced him when Sri Lanka reached the target. What are you talking about? Just try to watch him without those green tinted glasses and let me know if you there's a better player right now.

  • dhoni_sachin_fan on April 8, 2014, 11:07 GMT

    your team 2 will beat team 1 hands down, of course assuming Team 1 bats first. (coz of the Kohli factor in team 1)

  • on April 8, 2014, 10:29 GMT

    Kohli ? if he has any sportsman spirit ?

  • LALITHKURUWITA on April 8, 2014, 10:08 GMT

    I think Malinga should be the captain. Sammy is very good captain. But looking at this WC Malinga got the hat trick while captaining the team only 3 times. He also inspired the team from the bench while SL batting.

  • satishchandar on April 8, 2014, 10:00 GMT

    Sensible 11 of T20 WC. Kushal, Rohit, Virat, Maxwell, ABD, Bravo, Sammy, Ashwin, Steyn, Malinga, Badree. Almost every box ticked based on the impact they had over the tournament.

  • CUPULW on April 8, 2014, 9:12 GMT

    Hales - seriously? He scored the 116 when Sri Lanka could not hold the ball let alone bowl it. Perera is unlucky , been given out twice under doubtful evidence but his initial assaults were diaheartening the bowlers. Rohit Sharma also played well.

    Bravo shud be there but not Ramdin , who managed nothing much when it mattered. Maybe Mcclum who did bat and gave some support to the team.

    also need to find space for one of Badree, Narine, Herath and Ajmal.

    the issue with using the total stats is, if u add up the average runs or average wickets, this team will score like 300 and take 20 wickets :) doesnt happen boys !

  • on April 8, 2014, 8:42 GMT

    It's a pretty good team that they have selected but my playing 11 will be 1. Amla; 2. Myburgh; 3. Kohli; 4. De Villers (c & Wk); 5. Duminy; 6. Maxwell; 7. Sammy; 8. Ashwin; 9. Kulasekhara; 10. Santokie; 11. Badree (12th man: Mathews). Rohit has scored 15 runs more than Amla, but no point in having another smasher when Myburgh is there. The reason I chose Badree over Tahir is that both are leg break bowlers & except for 1 extra wicket their stats are pretty much similar, but the former has been more economical. Kulasekhara & Santokie makes the cut above Steyn as he was damn expesnive while Malinga hasnt been in the wicket taking mode. The rest makes it into the team for obvious reasons.

  • VenkatChetlur on April 8, 2014, 8:28 GMT

    Hales? seriously? He scored 116 in one inning and 50 over the other 3. Sort of. hit and miss player isn't he?

  • martinmoha on April 8, 2014, 7:42 GMT

    to be very fair the best t20 XI of world 2014. 1. Amla 2. Myburgh 3. Virat Kohli 4. DeVilliers( c),5.Duminy 6. Maxwell 7.Angelo Mathews 8.Ashwin.9. bhuvneshwar 10. Tahir 11.Malinga.

  • ramz30380 on April 8, 2014, 7:42 GMT

    But who will captain this XI?!!! Plz cricinfo are u saying tht there is a team combination w/o a captain? I dont agree with Ramdin - purely on the no of stumpings!!! MSD shud have been in this side!

  • CodandChips on April 8, 2014, 7:22 GMT

    Good team. However I would add Dwayne Bravo, although I dislike him strongly, because I felt he had a good tournament and has improved, especially with the bat.

    Not sure how Dhoni got into the 2nd XI? Reputation alone perhaps...

  • gahapanmachan on April 8, 2014, 7:13 GMT

    Sri Lanka not only won the Cup but sits at the to top of the rankings and have being for many moons. Any T20 team without SL players dominating is not credible.

  • martinmoha on April 8, 2014, 7:13 GMT

    surprise to see Hashim Amla not included in either of XI, in my view he must be opener in 2nd team instead of rohit sharma, a quality opener in any format of game.

  • Ali_86xz on April 8, 2014, 6:35 GMT

    My XI: 1-Rohit Sharma, 2-Stephan Myburgh, 3-Virat Kohli, 4-AB de Villiers, 5-Glenn Maxwell, 6-Angelo Mathews, 7-Darren Sammy, 8-Ravichandran Ashwin, 9-Dale Steyn, 10-Ahsan Malik/Amit Mishra, 11-Imran Tahir. Best XI of the tourney.

  • bouncer709 on April 8, 2014, 5:55 GMT

    Why styen? he gave 37, 44, 36 (3 overs) only performed against Netherland, Kuluskekra performed better than him in all matches... Duminy also played only one knock, and his bowling was below par, Shakib will be good choice in his place. Hales also played one good match, he scored century, and Ahmed Shehzad also scored a century, but hales getting selected only on base of one performance? If styen , hales, maxwell, duminy can be selected only on one performance? then where is Herath?... in the 2nd XI... again AB devilier performed in only one match 69 runs, in other 4 matches oly 40 runs, 129 in 5 matches... Yuvraj also played one good knock against Austrailia how you ignored him?

  • aby_97 on April 8, 2014, 5:35 GMT

    This team doesn't have a good opening bowler who can put pressure. Malinga and Steyn both go for plenty at the start as we have seen in this tournament.So someone like a Samuel Badree or even a Bhuvneshwar Kumar could have been a wiser choice...

  • on April 8, 2014, 4:35 GMT

    Ramdin, Maxwell and Ashwin in playing 11 summarizes the quality of the cricket played in this generation.

  • rezmata on April 8, 2014, 4:00 GMT

    How does Dhoni makes the cut ahead of Mushfikur Rahim? He didnt get ANY runs, missed 3 stumpings and 2 catches. And according to the stats they are equal on dismissals.

  • on April 8, 2014, 3:45 GMT

    MelbourneMiracle on (April 8, 2014, 3:15 GMT): Totally agree with you. When people say one flash of brilliance could change a T20 game, what they don't realize is that a whole series of flashes are required to win a tournament. SL won only because they were brilliant as a team and not because one or two players stood out.Don't think even Malinga wants to be associated with this 11 as after all they are just a bunch of losers!

  • MelbourneMiracle on April 8, 2014, 3:15 GMT

    I'm a Sri Lankan and I totally agree with Cricinfo's XI. I don't think even Malinga shouldn't be in the XI since it wasn't individual performances that won us the title but a team work. What you see in this list is all individual performers who didn't get enough support from their team-mates to win the T20 WC! Thank you Cricinfo for highlighting the secret of SL's win.

  • SUPER_SIX on April 8, 2014, 2:51 GMT

    Lol..only one sri Lankan...Remove Malinga from this team also.. Then it will be nice..:P.At least include Sanga over Ramdin.

  • on April 8, 2014, 2:45 GMT

    Beat this team if you can

    Alex Hales,Kusal Perera,Virat Kohli,Kumar Sanga,Mahela Jayawardena,Mathews,Thisara,Herath,Malinga,Steyn,Sammy

  • D-Ascendant on April 8, 2014, 1:55 GMT

    Cooper instead of Maxwell in the XI, but otherwise great.

  • on April 8, 2014, 1:46 GMT

    Associtate Xi also should be selected :)

  • inswing on April 8, 2014, 1:11 GMT

    What, no Yuvraj? He is a match winner and a game changer.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on April 8, 2014, 1:01 GMT

    My worst 11 -Dhawan,Tamim,A Rahana,Yuvraj,M Samuel,Bopara,Ramdin,Mishra,Bhuv Kumar,Tredwell,Shami. 12th man -Mohit.

  • utopia on April 8, 2014, 0:33 GMT

    With the number of Saffers and Windies in the team you would have thought they would have played each other in the finals!

  • on April 8, 2014, 0:00 GMT

    How could you even consider Dhoni he did nothing all tournament

  • SidLovesIndia on April 7, 2014, 22:24 GMT

    So Malinga and Hales get selected for one good performance in the entire tournament but Rohit and Mishra don't despite consistent performances?

  • on April 7, 2014, 21:56 GMT

    Sri Lanka are the Champions with only one player in the 1st XI and 3 in the 2nd XI. Just goes to prove that a good allround team in T20 can certainly win a World Cup without mega stars.

  • gahapanmachan on April 7, 2014, 21:17 GMT

    Picking the best team is easy. Just pick the cup winning team and squeeze in exceptional players who performed against the best at difficult times. Hales scored a century against SL but many wouldn't spell his name if Mahela caught him before scoring.

    Only exceptional players outside cup winner were: Kohli, Sammy, Maxwell, Ashwin may be Steyn.

  • JG2704 on April 7, 2014, 19:26 GMT

    Decent couple of sides and there are obviously arguments that some who are in the 2nd 11 should be in the 1st 11 and vice versa and some others who should be in one of the 11s who are in neither. We'll obviously get the hysterical comms from folk whose opinion is better than Cricinfos but while there are several absentees I thought could be considered inc the Dutch bowler I think the one guy that should have got in is Senanayake who went at less than 5 an over and even when Eng chased 190 he only went at 7.5 and vs NZ without his 17 off 11 with bat they may have had less than 100 to play with which psychologically could have been telling. And in the same game his 3 overs went for just a run

  • on April 7, 2014, 19:21 GMT

    Both lists are absolutely spot on. Its sad to see none of the Pakistani players were among even the top 22 players. This shows how badly they played in this tournament.

  • YsaKaru on April 7, 2014, 17:50 GMT

    my worst XI: 1.guptil 2.q de kock 3.watson 4.samuel 5.b hadin 6.b batti 7.z reheman(bd) 8.bresnan

  • on April 7, 2014, 17:39 GMT

    So Ahmed Shahzad scored a 100 but didn't get selected...Hales did! He has a better strike rate than Hales as well. Tom Cooper and Jamil deserve to be in this side, not Hales or Steyn!!

  • vikimbbs on April 7, 2014, 17:37 GMT

    The 2nd XI will beat the first any day. . in spite of some excellent talent I don't see a leader in that XI.. Sammy is the closest. The second team under MSD will beat them hands down.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on April 7, 2014, 17:15 GMT

    3 changes to be made.Hales out,D Warner @ opening.World's best,most dynamic bat is automatic choice.Period.Thisara in,Sammy out.Apart from lively seam @ 140 k,powerful l/o striker for SL.Played part in F.Worlds best young spin talent Muirhead also in.

  • on April 7, 2014, 17:10 GMT

    Badree's bowling? Bravo's fielding and batting? They should be there

  • mohammedshuja on April 7, 2014, 17:10 GMT

    Well I don't agree to certain extent to this team. My team for the tournament would be 1) Alex Hales 2) Stephan Myburgh 3) Virat Kohli 4) Glen Maxwell 5) AB De villers (WK) 6) Tim Cooper 7) Darren Sammy 8) R Ashwin 9) S Badree 10) M Jamil 11) Imran Tahir

  • 504429641 on April 7, 2014, 17:07 GMT

    @Mohamed Faiq - Have you read entire content? It is mentioned that Sammy would be the Inspirational Captain.

  • FAB_ALI on April 7, 2014, 17:07 GMT

    Sammy should be the captain of this team....Spot on as well!!!

  • siddhartha87 on April 7, 2014, 16:57 GMT

    Please make a team with Yuvi,Watson and Samuels in it

  • arup_g on April 7, 2014, 16:55 GMT

    Pretty similar to the team I posted on my twitter, however I went with DeVillers instead of Ramdin as he is a far better batsman and excellent keeper. Didn't do much more than that one amazing innings against England, but it's more than Ramdin did.

    I also went with Rohit Sharma at the top of the order instead of Hales. Apart from one amazing innings, Hales didn't do much whereas Rohit was pretty consistent throughout the tournament.

    Considering how dominant spin was, I went for Badree over Malinga as he had a fantastic tournament. It was a close call betwene Badree and Mishra, but Mishra wasn't quite consistent enough towards the end of the tournament,

    My full XI - Myburgh, Rohit Sharma, Kohli (c), DeVilliers (WK), Duminy, Maxwell, Sammy, Ashwin, Steyn, Badree, Tahir.

  • on April 7, 2014, 16:30 GMT

    so who is the Captain>? it should be Lasith Malinga!!

  • Karnain on April 7, 2014, 16:26 GMT

    Where are Yuvi & Samuels? :)

  • DRS_Flawed_NeedsImprovement on April 7, 2014, 16:15 GMT

    how hales got place ahead of rohit in first 11? bcz of his century? Uh? No way!

  • on April 7, 2014, 16:10 GMT

    Good Team.. Would have preferred Mccullam in first team and preferred Raina in place of Rohit in the 2nd XI. Mahela to open.

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  • on April 7, 2014, 16:10 GMT

    Good Team.. Would have preferred Mccullam in first team and preferred Raina in place of Rohit in the 2nd XI. Mahela to open.

  • DRS_Flawed_NeedsImprovement on April 7, 2014, 16:15 GMT

    how hales got place ahead of rohit in first 11? bcz of his century? Uh? No way!

  • Karnain on April 7, 2014, 16:26 GMT

    Where are Yuvi & Samuels? :)

  • on April 7, 2014, 16:30 GMT

    so who is the Captain>? it should be Lasith Malinga!!

  • arup_g on April 7, 2014, 16:55 GMT

    Pretty similar to the team I posted on my twitter, however I went with DeVillers instead of Ramdin as he is a far better batsman and excellent keeper. Didn't do much more than that one amazing innings against England, but it's more than Ramdin did.

    I also went with Rohit Sharma at the top of the order instead of Hales. Apart from one amazing innings, Hales didn't do much whereas Rohit was pretty consistent throughout the tournament.

    Considering how dominant spin was, I went for Badree over Malinga as he had a fantastic tournament. It was a close call betwene Badree and Mishra, but Mishra wasn't quite consistent enough towards the end of the tournament,

    My full XI - Myburgh, Rohit Sharma, Kohli (c), DeVilliers (WK), Duminy, Maxwell, Sammy, Ashwin, Steyn, Badree, Tahir.

  • siddhartha87 on April 7, 2014, 16:57 GMT

    Please make a team with Yuvi,Watson and Samuels in it

  • FAB_ALI on April 7, 2014, 17:07 GMT

    Sammy should be the captain of this team....Spot on as well!!!

  • 504429641 on April 7, 2014, 17:07 GMT

    @Mohamed Faiq - Have you read entire content? It is mentioned that Sammy would be the Inspirational Captain.

  • mohammedshuja on April 7, 2014, 17:10 GMT

    Well I don't agree to certain extent to this team. My team for the tournament would be 1) Alex Hales 2) Stephan Myburgh 3) Virat Kohli 4) Glen Maxwell 5) AB De villers (WK) 6) Tim Cooper 7) Darren Sammy 8) R Ashwin 9) S Badree 10) M Jamil 11) Imran Tahir

  • on April 7, 2014, 17:10 GMT

    Badree's bowling? Bravo's fielding and batting? They should be there