The ICC, at the end of a fascinating World Cup, which culminated in one of the greatest finals of all time, have released their Team of the Tournament. There were some amazing players who put in some excellent performances over the last few weeks but only eleven players made the cut. Here’s who made the official ICC Team of the Tournament.
No surprise to see India’s Rohit Sharma opening the batting. He scored five centuries in nine innings; a World Cup record. He scored 648 runs, more than any other player.
Despite missing three games with injury, England’s Jason Roy was selected as the other opener. Roy scored 443 runs in seven innings with a brilliant strike-rate of 115.36.
Kane Williamson (C)
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson was named as the official Player of the Tournament so no shocks to see him included. The Kiwi skipper scored 578 runs at an average of 82.57 to get his team so close to winning the trophy.
England’s ‘glue’, Joe Root makes the team at number four. Root scored 556 runs as England won the World Cup for the first time.
Shakib Al Hasan
On the whole, Bangladesh had a pretty disappointing tournament but Shakib Al Hasan was excellent for them. The all-rounder became the first cricketer to ever achieve the double of 500 runs and 10 wickets in a single World Cup.
The man of the moment! Stokes’ performance in the final alone would make him worthy of his place in the team but he had an excellent tournament. Whether it was will ball, bat or in the field, Stokes could not stay away from the action.
Alex Carey (WK)
A few eyebrows were raised when Australia selected Alex Carey as their wicketkeeper/batsman but the Aussie delivered. He made 375 runs in nine innings and was pretty much faultless behind the stumps.
Mitchell Starc was the main man in the 2015 World Cup and he wasn’t bad in this one either! Starc finished with 27 wickets from 10 matches, which beats the record of 26 set by fellow countryman Glenn McGrath in 2007. His delivery to get rid of Ben Stokes in the group stage game was probably the best ball of the tournament.
Rewind six months and Jofra Archer wasn’t an England player. Today, he’s the man who helped win the World Cup. Bowling with express pace and skill, Archer took 20 wickets and, of course, bowled the most important over in the history of English white-ball cricket.
This team certainly doesn’t lack pace! Ferguson was a phenomenon for New Zealand as he took 21 wickets in the tournament.
There’s a genuine case to be made that Jasprit Bumrah is the best death bowler of all time. He was excellent with the new ball and the old ball, taking 18 wickets and not giving batsman much of a sniff of scoring many runs from his overs.
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