The misfiring 11.
The ICC World Twenty20 2016 is done and dusted now. West Indies registered their second World Twenty20 title after beating England by 4 wickets in the final. If Carlos Brathwaite was their hero in the last over, Marlon Samuels played the lead role throughout the second innings. There were different heroes for different teams at different parts of the tourney. But heroes are not what I am going to discuss right now. The misfiring 11 refers to the eleven players who experienced a slump in their form during the world event. They misfired big time especially when their respective teams wanted them to fire.
|Shikhar Dhawan was out of sorts right through the tournament.|
- Shikhar Dhawan (4 matches, 43 runs at an average of 10.75) - The Indian opener was patchy even before the tournament had started. After a below par Asia cup, he was expected to raise the bar in the world event as he often does. But all his attempts were brought to ground throughout the league stage. His misery finally ended when he was dropped against West Indies in the semi-final.
- David Warner (4 matches, 38 runs at an average of 9.50) - To accompany Dhawan was his Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper and Australia's pocket-size power house, David Warner. Warner was declared as the Man of the Series in the preceding series vs South Africa. He was expected to carry his good form in the middle order but his performance was no where near his standards.
- Corey Anderson (5 matches, 86 runs at an average of 17.20 and 2 wickets at an average of 42.00, economy of 7.00 RPO) - New Zealand's dynamic all-rounder was promoted at No. 4 in the batting line-up throughout the tournament. His 86 runs came at a strike rate of 97.72 which itself speaks for his struggle in Indian conditions.
- Suresh Raina (5 matches, 41 runs at an average of 10.25 and 3 wickets at an average of 9.66, economy of 4.83 RPO) - India's T20 specialist experienced a dip in form in this edition of World T20. His bowling numbers might be on the better side but that is not the only thing that is expected of him. His failure was the joint reason in India's over dependency on Virat Kohli. The short ball yet again got the better of him.
- Eoin Morgan (6 matches, 66 runs at an average of 13.20) - England may have reached the final on the back of some solid performances by their players. But their captain, Eoin Morgan was found wanting in almost every match. He can probably lead this side as well.
- Mushfiqur Rahim (7 matches, 44 runs at an average of 11) - The Bangladeshi wicket-keeper failed to create any sort of impact in the tournament. He was unable to both steady the inning as well as use the big handle. He had a golden opportunity against India when Bangladesh required 2 off 2 balls but instead of playing along the carpet, he chose to hit straight to Ravindra Jadeja.
- Denesh Ramdin (6 matches, 36 runs at an average of 12) - The wicket-keeper of the 'Champion' side West Indies hardly scored runs in the tournament. His hard earned 36 runs in the tournament also came at a paltry strike rate of 69.23.
- Milinda Siriwardana (4 matches, 22 runs at an average of 7.33 and 2 wickets at an average of 31.50, economy of 9.00 RPO) - The all-rounder from Sri Lanka who bats left-handed and also bowls left-arm orthodox could neither score runs and nor restrict them for his team.
- Nathan Coulter-Nile (4 matches, 1 wicket at an average of 132.00, economy of 8.25) - The Australian new ball bowler managed only a single wicket in 4 matches. He was given a chance ahead of Josh Hazlewood and John Hastings but his below par performance remained a concern for Australia.
- Dale Steyn (2 matches, 1 wicket at an average of 68.00, economy of 11.33) - Steyn's inclusion in this list might look a bit surprising to some people but his economy rate was contrasting to his potential. Being one of the best bowler in the world, Steyn failed to stand on his reputation in the 2 matches that he played.
- Mohammad Irfan (3 matches, 2 wickets at an average of 50.50, economy of 9.32) - The 7 ft 1 inch tall fast bowler from Pakistan leaked runs against every opposition without taking many wickets adding to Pakistan's woes.