The ICC Men's T20 World Cup was a tournament that had some of the best games we've witnessed in a single edition. However, with every game, we saw many factors affecting the results, and several inferences were carved out by the time we approached the end of the competition.
Today, we at Cricwizz will discuss some of the takeaways from the ICC T20 World Cup 2021.
1) Emergence of Namibia
Despite their underwhelming record in the Super 12, Namibia were a force to reckon among the Associate sides and it was wonderful to see a team play so well.
Namibia were arguably the only Associate side to have witnessed an overall contribution from almost every player that was in the squad. With multiple players turning up on multiple occasions, David Wiese's consistency was a cherry on the top moment for them as he played an influential role in each of their games, and that too in both bowling and batting.
The way Namibia expressed themselves in this World Cup, we are quite positive and at the same time excited to see how Namibia progresses in the upcoming years.
Captain Namibia meets Captain India😎— Official Cricket Namibia (@CricketNamibia1) November 8, 2021
It was such a great honor to play India in the last game of the #T20WorldCup for both teams. Well done Eagles 🇳🇦🦅 #EaglesPride #AlwaysHigher pic.twitter.com/CMUrzBgK8Q
2) Unaffected from subcontinent conditions
In The T20 World Cup that took place in UAE and Oman, the Asian nations were expected to hold some advantage over the SENA nations.
However, as we proceeded with the tournament, we witnessed that the Asian nations except Pakistan performed way below their standards.
Talking about the so-called favorites of the tournament, India produced one of their worst performances in an ICC tournament in the last few years. Expected to deal with slow pitches better, India couldn't make the most of the favorable conditions and lost their way very early in the tournament. The case was similar in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
On the contrary, the likes of South Africa, Australia, England, and New Zealand all performed brilliantly despite playing under subcontinent conditions.
In the semi-finals, only Pakistan were the Asian team out of the four, while England, Australia, and New Zealand all qualified by performing in subcontinent conditions.
3) The Toss
Have a look at some facts regarding the toss from the world cup. One of the very few ICC tournaments where toss didn't just play a crucial role in the final but it played a significant part in the majority of the games.
The Dubai pitches specifically witnessed match results with teams batting second winning a huge chunk of the games. Will such an obvious and influential aspect of the game be regulated by some sort by ICC? We'll find out soon!
4) Emerging stars
With turning pitches, we witnessed a lot of players that were just a step away from being recognized as exceptional talents but this World cup turned out a testimonial for each of them.
Starting with Mujeeb Ur Rahman of Afghanistan, he had an exceptional tournament and despite picking up an injury, whenever he was on the field, we saw him changing the course of the game single-handedly.
The next is Wanindu Hasaranga of Sri Lanka. He was one of three bowlers to have picked a hattrick in this edition and not just that, his performances in the tournament otherwise were exceptional.
Helped Sri Lanka with the bat in several tight situations and also managed to pick crucial wickets whenever he was introduced into the attack. A player who will surely be one to watch in future tournaments.
Another player to have performed phenomenally was David Wiese. Yes, we have mentioned him earlier in the article too but weren't his performances commendable? An ex-Proteas who didn't give up and pursued his passion, Wiese performed at every stage against every opponent and stood like and stood like a wall against any side that went to breach Namibia's bowling or batting attack.
Daryl Mitchell and Mohammad Rizwan of Pakistan were also wonderful with the bat. Mitchell played a huge role in New Zealand's win in two of their most important matches. One against India and the other one being a semi-final against England.
Same with Rizwan, his performance against India was again a brilliant one and he even played a gem of a knock against Pakistan. There were reports emerging that he was in the ICU just a couple of days before the semis.
Rahmanullah Gurbaz was another player who was also an influential figure in the Afghanistan lineup.
5) A World Cup of hat tricks
This was one of the very rare World Cups where we witnessed three hat-tricks. Curtis Campher picked one against the Netherlands (4/26).
The other one was by Wanindu Hasaranga, he picked a hat-trick against the Netherlands (3/9). Kagiso Rabada also picked a hat-trick against England which was the third in this World Cup.
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