Two Sri Lankans have been featured in the ICC’s T20 World Cup ‘Team of the Tournament’ which comprises players from six different countries.
Charith Asalanka and Wanindu Hasaranga were the two named from Sri Lanka despite not qualifying.
Sri Lanka star Hasaranga stands tall as the tournament’s leading wicket-taker with a stunning 16 from his eight matches.
The skillful leg-spinner bagged a brilliant hat-trick against South Africa as he dismissed Temba Bavuma, Aiden Markram, and Dwaine Pretorius – across two separate spells – to etch his name into ICC Men’s T20 World Cup folklore. And a further three wickets against England, bolstered by two against Australia, saw him emerge as the most prolific bowler of the tournament and firmly deserving of his place in the Team of the tournament.
Four players from teams that didn’t qualify for the semi-finals, Sri Lanka and South Africa, were featured in the Team.
Pakistan’s Babar Azam has been named captain of the squad.
Based on their performances, stars from champions Australia, runners-up New Zealand, semi-finalists England and Pakistan as well as Sri Lanka and South Africa feature in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup team of the tournament.
Warner had a power-packed set of performances and scored a total of 289 runs — the second most of the tournament — at a healthy average of 48.16, playing a major role in Australia winning their maiden ICC Men’s T20 World Cup crown.
On the other hand, Zampa picked 13 victims from seven matches — including a memorable five-wicket haul against Bangladesh in the Super 12s while his teammate Hazlewood followed in his footsteps with a total haul of 11 wickets as the skillful right-armer proved a crucial weapon in guiding Justin Langer’s team to its maiden tournament title.
There are also spots for England ace Jos Buttler as wicketkeeper and New Zealand left-armer Trent Boult.
The team of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 (in batting order) is:
David Warner (Australia) – 289 runs at 48.16
Jos Buttler (wk) (England) – 269 runs at 89.66, five dismissals
Babar Azam (Captain, Pakistan) – 303 runs at 60.60
Charith Asalanka (Sri Lanka) – 231 runs at 46.20
Aiden Markram (South Africa) – 162 runs at 54.00
Moeen Ali (England) – 92 runs at a strike rate of 131.42, seven wickets at 11
Wanindu Hasaranga (Sri Lanka) – 16 wickets at 9.75
Adam Zampa (Australia) – 13 wickets at 12.07
Josh Hazlewood (Australia) – 11 wickets at 15.90
Trent Boult (New Zealand) – 13 wickets at 13.30
Anrich Nortje (South Africa) – nine wickets at 11.55
12th: Shaheen Afridi (Pakistan) – seven wickets at 24.14