With the jubilant win of West Indies over the England Cricket team, the World T-20 2016 campaign comes to a superb end. This was exciting tournament. Awesome qualifiers and then excellent group stage matches were the part of this Mega ICC event. We witnessed many high scoring matches, low scoring thrillers as well as record breaking chases at the T-20 world cup. However we can’t say it was the batsman’s world cup as we saw many splendid bowling performances too during this world T-20. Dots, boundaries and a world T-20 for spinner! My personal favourite was India vs Bangladesh last over thriller. Breath-taking! Here are numerous outstanding performances from this year’s world T-20.
1] The Virat Kohli show against Australia
The Superstar Batsman, chase maestro, showed his class and temperament in the knockout match between India and Australia. He smashed 82 not out chasing a target of 160. Due to his “Virat” innings, India qualified for the semi-final. This champion Batsman played consistently brilliant in the World T-20. No doubt! He was chosen as a man of the series for his excellent bating in this tournament.
2] Boom Boom Afridi against Bangladesh
He never gets old! Boom Boom Afridi might have played his last World cup but the game never gets old for this big hitter. In this World T-20 he hit 49 from just 19 deliveries, this blitz power Pakistan past 200 against Bangladesh. Not only with the bat, had he also taken 2 big Wickets in the match.
3] Gayle storm hits the English team
Another big hitter of the game. The “Universe Boss” Chris Gayle smashes the only century of this World cup. The Jamaican Giant hits 100 of just 48 balls against England while chasing a massive total at Wankhede Stadium. The Big man shows his power by hitting 11 big sixes in that inning. Wow!
4] Classic Root show
Another modern day maestro. Joe Root displays his class while chasing a record breaking score of 230. The deep African batting line-up scores massive total of 230 against England. And guess what! English boys demonstrate the true cricketing spirit. They chase down this total and obviously Joe was the “Root” of that chase. He scored 83.
5] Lucky Simmons
How can we forget this innings? That night was the biggest upset for 120 billion fans, when Lendl Simmons played a match winning inning against Indian cricket team in the semis. Luck was with him and he converted it into a big score. He hit 83 not out and West Indies defeated India by seven Wickets.
6] New Zealand vs India
First match of the tournament. India taking on NZ. Despite of good bowling by Indian team, our batsmen could not score much, while Mitchell Santner and Ish Sodhi help NZ team stun India by 49 runs in Nagpur. This spin duo decimated India’s batting line-up to help NZ register a stunning win.
7] Mitchell McClenaghan’s tight bowling against Aussies
Another splendid bowling performance by NZ. This time by the Kiwi fast bowler, Mitchell McClenaghan! In the match against Australia in Dharmashala, NZ brought in the fast bowler to replace a spinner. And he bagged three for 17 in his awesome spell to help NZ beat Aussies by 8 runs in their World T-20 clash.
8] 5 Wicket hauls
This was not only the batsmen’s world cup for sure, as many outstanding bowling performances took place in T-20 World Cup 2016. Five wickets in T-20, simply amazing!
9] Last over Thriller
When the entire country was biting its nails, MSD’s presence of mind was simply unbelievable! After giving 2 fours in three balls of his last over, Hardik Pandya did nothing wrong after that. Nehraji’s experience and Captain cool’s calmness helps Pandya to bring back the lost match for India against Bangladesh. And Dhoni’s last ball run-out was simply out of this world. Breath-taking!
10] Grand Finale of the T-20 World Cup
Last but not the least, the Grand finale of this World T-20! The Champion WI proved once again that shortest format of the game is meant for them. First the U-19 boys, then the women and finally the men became the world champions this year. The under pressure chase, winning knock by Samuels and then last over knock, a complete package for any cricket fan around the world. Congratulations!
These were among my few favorite performances from the T-20 World Cup. Comment your favorites!