T20 World Cup 2022: The Sporting News’ Team of the Tournament

This year’s T20 World Cup was an absolute thriller, with England lifting the trophy for just the second time in their history after claiming victory over Pakistan in the final.

Plenty of players produced stellar individual campaigns with both bat and ball, but it was English seamer Sam Curran who was awarded ‘Player of the Tournament’ honours by the ICC.

The Sporting News have looked through the numbers and selected our Team of the Tournament below. 

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1. Kusal Mendis (Sri Lanka) – 223 runs @ 31.85, 4 catches, 2 stumpings

It was a fantastic T20WC for the Sri Lankan star, finishing in the top-five for overall runscorers and doing his job behind the stumps.

Mendis was a consistent fixture at the top of the order, helping Sri Lanka progress through to the Super 12s part of the tournament and wins over both Ireland and Afghanistan. 

2. Jos Buttler (England) – 225 runs @ 45, 9 catches, 2 runouts

The England skipper led his side to victory in style, finishing with the fourth-most runs of any player in the tournament and keeping well throughout.

Buttler’s performance in the dominant semi-final win over India was simply stunning, and he has etched his name into the history books as a World Cup-winning captain for England. 

3. Virat Kohli (India) – 296 runs @ 98.66 

Arguably the player of the tournament, Kohli was fantastic with the bat for India and helped orchestrate two crucial wins against Pakistan and Bangladesh.

Kohli scored more runs than any player during the Super 12s portion of the T20WC and despite not having the C next to his name, helped lead India towards the semi-finals. 

4. Glenn Phillips (New Zealand) – 201 runs @ 40.2

One of just two players to score a century during the tournament along with Rilee Rossouw, playing a vital role in New Zealand’s journey to the semi-final.

While the Black Caps would unfortunately fall short of making the final, the efforts from Phillips cannot be discounted and he deserves his spot in this lineup. 

5. Suryakumar Yadav (India) – 225 runs @ 75

Proved why he is ranked as the No.1 batsman in T20 cricket, finishing with the third-most runs, fifth-best average and third-best strike-rate (189.68).

Yadav’s performance against Zimbabwe was truly breathtaking, scoring 61* from 25 deliveries, while also playing important innings against Bangladesh and South Africa. 

6. Sikandar Raza (Zimbabwe) – 219 runs @ 27.37, 10 wickets @ 15.6

Raza’s all-round game throughout the T20WC was a major reason why Zimbabwe progressed through the Super 12s and remained competitive against stronger sides. 

Finishing with 219 runs and 10 wickets, he was an obvious choice for this lineup given his performances with both bat and ball. 

7. Shadab Khan (Pakistan) – 98 runs @ 24.5, 11 wickets @ 15

While not a standout performer during the tournament by any means, the all-rounder was an important cog in the machine for Pakistan as they made it through to the final.

Although they fall agonisingly short of the trophy, you can’t fault Khan’s efforts at all as he finished with just shy of 100 runs and finished in the top 10 for wicket-takers. 

8. Sam Curran (England) – 13 wickets @ 11.38

It was no surprise to see the England seamer awarded ‘Player of the Tournament’ honours by the ICC, with his displays with the ball helping his country to a World Cup trophy.

Curran took 13 wickets at an average of 11.38 across the T20WC, and he turned up when it mattered most in the final against Pakistan, finishing with brilliant figures of 3/12 from his four overs. 

9. Bas de Leede (Netherlands) – 13 wickets @ 13

Finished near the top of the bowling charts and helped the Dutch shock the world agains the Proteas with two wickets.

De Leede finished with 13 wickets and was a major reason The Netherlands surpassed the group stage and gained two victories during the Super 12s. 

10. Wanindu Hasaranga (Sri Lanka) – 15 wickets @ 13.26

Finished with more wickets than any player during the group stages and was integral in all of Sri Lanka’s victories, including those that got them through to the Super 12s. 

Although his side never stood a chance of making the semi-finals, Hasaranga can hold his head high and be proud of what he did with the ball. 

11. Josh Little (Ireland) – 11 wickets @ 17.18

Was one of the breakout stars of the tournament, helping Ireland through to the Super 12s and performing admirably throughout. 

Little bowled with great pace, swing and accuracy and was the clear standout for Ireland during their eight games. Took a hat-trick against New Zealand and was the pick of the bowlers for his side against England. 

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