T20 World Cup 2021: T20 cricket is one form of cricket where teams try to have players who can contribute in more than one form. It is the reason why batting or bowling all-rounders are the hottest commodities in T20 cricket.
In the recently completed ICC T20 World Cup 2021, several all-rounders played a vital role in their respective teams.
Australia won the tournament after defeating New Zealand in the final by eight wickets. New Zealand batted first in the match and made 172 runs for the loss of four wickets. Kane Williamson made 85 runs off 48 deliveries and was the highest scorer for New Zealand.
In the reply, Australia made 173 runs in 18.5 overs and completed the chase in 18.5 overs. Mitchell Marsh, one of the all-rounders in the team, made 77 runs off 50 deliveries and helped Australia win the match. Marsh also won the player of the match award for his performance. Here are five all-rounders who played a crucial role in the tournament for their respective teams.
1. Wanindu Hasaranga – The Vital Part of Sri Lankan Lineup in the T20 World Cup 2021
Wanindu Hasaranga is currently the number one bowler in Men’s T20I Player Rankings. He has 797 rating points across his name in the ranking table.
Hasaranga was the leading wicket-taker in the T20 World Cup 2021. He picked 16 wickets in eight matches at an average of 9.75, an economy of 5.20, and a strike rate of 11.2.
With the bat, he made 119 runs at an average of 23.80 and a strike rate of 148.75. He made one half-century in the tournament.
2. Shakib Al Hasan
Shakib Al Hasan is one of the veterans of the game. During the qualifying stage of the T20 World Cup, he won two player of the match awards for his performance against Oman and Papua New Guinea.
Shakib was the reason Bangladesh was able to qualify to the Super 12 stage. However, he was unable to create the same magic in the latter half of the tournament. Also, he sustained an injury and was ruled out of the T20 World Cup during the last two matches.
Shakib made 131 runs in six matches at an average of 21.83 and a strike rate of 109.16. He picked 11 wickets at an average of 11.18, an economy of 5.59, and a strike rate of 12. If he had not missed the last two matches, he might have finished as the leading wicket-taker in the tournament.
3. Moeen Ali
Moeen Ali is a dynamic player who has helped England become such a dominant force in world cricket. He is someone who understands the game and fits in every bracket.
In the semi-final against New Zealand, Moeen made 51 runs off 37 deliveries and helped England reach to a respectable total.
Moeen made 92 runs in six matches at an average of 46 and a strike rate of 131.42. He got to bat in four innings and remained not-out in two innings.
With the ball, he picked seven wickets at an average of 11, an economy of 5.50, and a strike rate of 12. He just bowled 14 overs in the entire tournament and was not used in the last few matches.
4. Mohammad Nabiaf
The captain of the Afghanistani team, Mohammad Nabi, was also one of the players who contributed equally well with the bat and the ball. Nabi was responsible for winning the matches against Scotland and Namibia. He also played crucial innings against other opponents.
Nabi made 127 runs in five matches at an average of 63.50 and a strike rate of 120.95. With the ball, he picked only one wicket and had an economy of eight.
5. Mitchell Marsh – Player of the Match in the Final of T20 World Cup
Mitchell Marsh solved Australia’s misery of number three position. At the start of the T20 World Cup, Marsh was batting in the middle-order and was not very effective. Hence, he was dropped from the squad. However, he delivered in all the matches once he returned to the team to bat at the number three position.
Marsh made 185 runs in six matches at an average of 61.66 and a strike rate of 146.82. He hit two half-centuries. Marsh didn’t pick a wicket but was pretty economical and effective in the middle-overs.