World Cup: Rohit Sharma leads TOI’s team of the tournament | Cricket News – Times of India
These players owned the World Cup stage. Our pick of the best XI from the mega event…
ROHIT SHARMA (C): The Indian captain set the tone from the start for his team that allowed other batters to play their individual game. His aggression put the bowlers off their line and length. Rohit’s unselfish attitude also rubbed off on his teammates, who played with the larger goal in mind.Besides the league stage, he gave rousing starts in the semifinal as well as final, but couldn’t end with the winner’s trophy. Our pick as leader of this team.
Inns: 11, Runs: 597, Highest: 131, Ave: 54.27, Strike-rate: 125.94, 100s/50s: 1/3
TRAVIS HEAD: Gets the nod as opener ahead of Quinton de Kock and Rachin Ravindra for his sheer impact in the knockouts. The Aussie opener missed the first five games with a fractured hand but the team management stuck with him. He played six matches and got three Man of the Match awards. In the semifinal against South Africa, he scored 62 off 48 balls and in the final hit a breathtaking 137 off 120 deliveries.
Inns: 6, Runs: 329, Highest: 137, Ave: 54.83, Strike-rate: 127.51, 100s/50s: 2/1
VIRAT KOHLI: Added to his legendary status, emerging as the highest run-getter. Played the perfect foil to Rohit, steadying the ship with his sheer consistency. Scored three centuries and six fifties in 11 innings.
Inns: 11, Runs: 765, Highest: 117, Ave: 95.62, Strike-rate: 90.31, 100s/50s: 3/6
MITCHELL STARC: The tall Aussie edges out worthy contenders like Dilshan Madushanka, Gerald Coetzee and Pat Cummins. His inclusion lengthens the batting lineup, which would otherwise finish at No. 7 like India’s! Starc turned up the heat when it mattered the most, especially during the semifinal and the final. In the semis against South Africa, he picked up wickets with the new ball and ended with figures of 3/34. And in the final, he picked wickets with reverse swing towards the end of India’s innings, returning with 3/55.
Inns: 10, Wickets: 16, Best: 3/34, Ave: 33.00, Econ: 6.06, Strike-rate: 32.62
MOHAMMED SHAMI: Man on a mission. Bowled with fire, accuracy and extreme skill. His upright seam position was the talk of the tournament. Single-handedly won India the semifinal against New Zealand, and returned with three five-wicket hauls and a four-wicket haul in seven matches. It was a blessing in disguise for India when Hardik Pandya got injured in the game against Bangladesh, and Shami replaced him in the playing XI in the next match versus New Zealand. He started his World Cup campaign with a five-wicket haul and there was no looking back thereafter.
Inns: 7, Wickets: 24, Best: 7/57, Ave: 10.70, Econ: 5.26, Strike-rate: 12.20
DARYL MITCHELL: Nearly won New Zealand the semifinal against India. Scored two centuries during the tournament, both against India. He showed remarkable ability to remain unfazed under pressure, and was aggressive against the best of bowlers. Played both fast bowlers and spinners with great efficiency.
Inns: 9, Runs: 552, Highest: 134, Ave: 69.00, Strike-rate: 111.06, 100s/50s: 2/2
HEINRICH KLAASEN (WK): The South African, who was on nitro boost, edges out KL Rahul and Mohammad Rizwan due to his superior strike-rate of 133.21. Though de Kock kept wickets for South Africa, Head’s inclusion as opener meant the team was looking for a wicketkeeper who could also turbo charge the middle overs. Enter Klaasen! He lit up the tournament with his astounding strokeplay. He could’ve won the Proteas the semifinal against Australia, but fell after scoring 47 off 48 balls. His swashbuckling century at the Wankhede Stadium against England in stifling hot and humid conditions-that too while he was cramping badly-was one of the highlights of the tournament.
Inns: 10, Runs: 373, Highest: 109, Ave: 41.44, Strike-rate: 133.21, 100s/50s: 1/1
GLENN MAXWELL: Maxwell fundamentally played two innings during the World Cup. One resulted in the fastest century scored in the history of the tournament-a 40-ball rampage against the hapless Netherlands in Delhi, and the other an unbeaten 201 versus Afghanistan. The knock against Afghanistan came when Australia were down in the dumps at 91/7 at the Wankhede Stadium and the win prediction for the Aussies was just five percent. Maxwell played what many call the “best-ever” ODI innings.
Inns: 9, Runs: 400, Highest: 201 not out, Ave: 66.66, Strike-rate: 150.37, 100s/50s: 2/0
RAVINDRA JADEJA: He had an under-par performance in the final, but was in stellar form in the matches before. Spun a web on the opposition batters in helpful conditions. At the Eden Gardens against South Africa, he had figures of 5/33. The Proteas batters had no clue which ball was turning and which one was going straight. But the ball of the tournament for him was the one to Steve Smith in Chennai, when he spun the ball past Smith’s bat from the leg stump to hit the top of off.
Inns: 11, Wickets: 16, Best: 5/33, Ave: 24.87, Econ: 4.25, Strike-rate: 35.06
ADAM ZAMPA: The Australian leg-spinner started the tournament slowly and hardly had any impact. But after the first couple of matches, he came into his own and picked wickets in the middle overs regularly. He finished behind Mohammed Shami in the highest wicket-takers list with 23 wickets. Zampa was intelligent with his variations, lines and trajectory as the batters found it difficult to get him off the square.
Inns: 11, Wickets: 23, Best: 4/8, Ave: 22.39, Econ: 5.36, Strike-rate: 25.04
JASPRIT BUMRAH: With the new ball, Bumrah bowled spells that would leave you in awe. Swung the ball so much that batters missed deliveries by several inches. He particularly gave the left-handers a tough time-coming round the wicket, angling in the ball, and then a flawless seam position taking the ball away from the bat that followed the ball like a magnet. Bumrah’s two wickets in the final made everyone fleetingly believe in an India win, but Travis Head had different ideas.
Inns: 11, Wickets: 20, Best: 4/39, Ave: 18.65, Econ: 4.06, Strike-rate: 27.55
12TH MAN: RACHIN RAVINDRA: The best-ever maiden World Cup for any player by a margin. Ravindra set the ball rolling with a match-winning unbeaten 123 against England in the opening match of the tournament. He scored two more centuries against Australia and Pakistan, and was instrumental in New Zealand’s progress to the semifinals.
Inns: 10, Runs: 578, Highest: 123 not out, Ave: 64.22, Strike-rate: 106.44, 100s/50s: 3/2