After an enthralling finish to the ICC Men's T20 World Cup, we witnessed a plethora of talent and experience that played their parts in almost every result of the game.
Some players didn't have the best tournament but their performances were worthy of appreciation, while some performances came at the right time at the right moment. Today, Cricwizz presents to you the Best XI of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021.
1) Babar Azam
The highest run-scorer of the tournament didn't even play the most number of matches. This shows how effective Babar Azam was in his approach as a captain and as an opening batsman who had certain responsibilities. He and Mohammad Rizwan were the building blocks of every fantastic innings that Pakistan played.
Babar scored 303 runs in six matches at an average of 60.60 and had a cherishable tournament as a batsman but not as a captain perhaps.
2) David Warner
After a shambolic IPL, so many people had written Warner off and the one who came in the limelight majorly were his IPL franchise, Sunrisers Hyderabad.
SRH even dropped Warner from the side, not only because of his form but also to give some youngsters the exposure as the franchise had no chance to feature in the playoffs.
On the international stage, Warner's form was doubted and several critics suggested that someone fresh should get a nod ahead of the left-handed batsman. However, kudos to the Australian Cricket Board and Aaron Finch as they showed faith in their star man who showed why he's one of the best batsmen in World Cricket.
Warner contributed in some of Australia's decisive and very crucial matches and not just saved them from a loss but ensured that his team were never on the back foot. He expressed his aggression with his strokes and didn't shy away from stepping out.
Consequently, we witnessed the Warner we know, who scored 289 runs in 7 matches at an average of 48.17, making him a must in the Best XI of the ICC T20 World Cup.
3) Jos Buttler
England weren't the favorites before the tournament commenced but gained momentum and authority with every match they played.
They had a strong bowling and batting lineup but in several key moments, England looked under deep trouble. Things could've gone from bad to worse but this man ensured that it didn't happen. Jos Buttler was exceptional despite the struggles the other England batsmen faced on some occasions.
Buttler was calm and composed and his century at Sharjah against Sri Lanka. England were struggling on that track and found themselves 76/5 by the end of the 11th over but Buttler stood strong and accelerated at the perfect time, scoring 101 of just 67 deliveries.
Buttler scored 269 runs in the entire tournament, with an average of 89.67, the best in the T20 World Cup 2021. The next best was Marcus Stoinis (80) but he scored just 80 runs in the tournament. A must-pick, isn't he?
4) Kane Williamson
The New Zealand skipper's luck in the limited-overs ICC tournament ran out again as he lost his third final in a row and for the second time to their neighbors.
New Zealand looked different on paper but the results they produced are a precedent as to how a team can make it to four ICC tournament finals out of 5, and win one, despite not being the favorites in any of them.
Well, a lot of credit goes to this man. Kane Williamson's humbleness is a standard very few have in the game and the fact that despite being recognized as one of the best in the world, his behavior and his attitude haven't changed at all.
5) Mitchell Marsh
Another player who played a huge role in Australia's World Cup win was Marsh. Marsh scored 185 runs in 6 matches with an average of 61.67. His innings against Pakistan in the semi-finals and New Zealand in the finals were the reason he's made in the list because he delivered when it mattered the most.
In both cases, Australia had a bizarre start and needed someone to take things forward without affecting their run rate and Marsh exactly did that.
6) Shakib Al-Hasan
Another player who carried the burden of his team, Shakib Al-Hasan was a true all-rounder in the entire T20 World Cup 2021. He scored runs, picked wickets, and saved Bangladesh on many occasions.
Sometimes it was the qualifiers, while sometimes he turned up without any problem in the Super 12.
Shakib Al-Hasan picked 11 wickets in six matches, with an average of 11.18, a player who deserves the spot without a doubt.
7) Wanindu Hasaranga
Another Asian, who showed up when it mattered the most, Hasaranga played an instrumental role in almost every game that Sri Lanka contrived to win.
Hasaranga was the leading wicket-taker of the tournament, picking 16 wickets in eight matches, with an average of 9.75. Great two see two Asians dominating over some of the best all-rounders that featured in the tournament.
8) David Wiese
What a journey it has been with this @CricketNamibia1 team at this years @T20WorldCup Every single person involved can be proud of the efforts they have all put in!! Excited to see what the future holds for us!! #eagles #Namibia pic.twitter.com/uQCjr1g1kM— David Wiese (@David_Wiese) November 9, 2021
A player who had a lot of critics was under the scanner very frequently but this man lived up his dream without quitting and decided to play for Namibia after being dropped by South Africa.
Wiese scored with the bat, Wiese dismissed batsmen with the ball, Wiese did everything. Wiese scored 227 runs in the tournament, the sixth-most with an average of 45.40.
Wiese also bowled some crucial spells and picked some key wickets when Namibia needed him the most.
9) Adam Zampa
Zampa was the second-highest wicket-taker in the ICC T20 World Cup. He picked 13 wickets at an average of 12.08 and was Australia's main spinner when it was about breaking partnerships.
10) Trent Boult
Boult also picked 13 wickets in the tournament but his average was more than Zampa (13.31). However, for the Kiwis, Boult was their spearhead and he often troubled the right-handers.
11) Josh Hazlewood
Very rightly said by Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood stepped up a notch in the T20 World Cup after impressing everyone in the IPL.
Hazlewood picked 11 wickets in the tournament and often caused problems for players with his pace and length.