Babar Azam to lead as we look at the flop team of 11 of the tournament for T20 World Cup 2022.
After almost a month of continuous cricket, the T20 World Cup 2022 saw England lifting the trophy for the record second time in the T20 format. Runner-up Pakistan fought till the end, but were just a touch unfortunate in the end as England secured back-to-back World Cup triumph.
As always the case, while some players like Sam Curran, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Jos Buttler, etc., were exceptional throughout the tournament, the T20 World Cup 2022 was also witnessed some extremely poor performances. These are the players where expectations were high, but they couldn’t deliver.
So, in this article, we take a look at 11 such players who didn’t perform well, and would form a part of the flop 11 for T20 World Cup 2022. As usual, to leave out any biases or perceptions, we would use our tried and tested methodology to arrive at the ratings and select the final 11. As per the leading website, Betway, England weren’t the favorites to win, but did exceptionally well even as their odds were less at 1.2.
Overall, the team is selected basis of the performance rating of players who belong to the top 10 teams. Being a cric8fanatic, I respect all these players deeply, and this article in no way demeans their achievements. This is only a statistical derivation of their performance; specific only to this tournament.
Stats Wizard Methodology:
Batting: We have analyzed the batting performances basis the batting rating calculated from the overall aspect of the game such as runs scored, consistency, the number of match-winning & good knocks, acceleration bonus, and power-hitting bonus.
Bowling: We have analyzed the bowling performances basis the bowling rating calculated from the overall aspect of the game such as wickets taken, consistency, the number of match-winning and good spells, number of maidens bowled, and economy rate bonus.
#1: David Warner (Australia) – 1.4
Inns: 4 // Runs: 44 // Avg: 11 // SR: 107.3
The first opener on the list is probably the worst batter of the season, David Warner. What a turnaround this has been for David Warner, who from being the best opener in 2021 finisher as the worst opener in 2022. He didn’t play a single good knock in the four innings he played for Australia even when World Cup was conducted on his home turf.
#2: Rohit Sharma (India) – 3.1
Inns: 6 // Runs: 116 // Avg: 19.3 // SR: 106.4
The second opener on the list, and an unfortunate name to call is Rohit Sharma. The Captain of the Indian team was just poor throughout the tournament, except for his scratchy fifty vs the Netherlands. His 116 runs from 6 innings came at an average of 19.3 and an ODIish strike rate of 106.4. Of all the talks of intent and aggressive approach, Rohit Sharma did exactly the opposite.
#3: Babar Azam (Pakistan) – 2.9
Inns: 7 // Runs: 124 // Avg: 17.7 // SR: 93.3
The third batter on the list is Pakistan’s captain Babar Azam. The World Number 3 ahead of the T20 World Cup 2022 had a horror run throughout the tournament, except for one knock in the Semis. Such was the mediocrity of Babar Azam’s performance that his 124 runs from 7 innings came at a miserable strike rate of 93.3. Pakistan expected a lot from their best batter, but he succumbed under pressure including the Final vs England.
#4: Temba Bavuma (South Africa) – 2.4
Inns: 5 // Runs: 70 // Avg: 17.5 // SR: 112.9
Another Captain on the list, and it is the South African captain, Temba Bavuma. Similar to Babar Azam, every time Temba Bavuma was at the crease, he looked extremely uncomfortable. He could only manage 70 runs from 5 innings at a poor average of 17.5 and a strike rate of 112.9. Surely, Bavuma’s place and captaincy could be in danger as he looks unfit for the T20 format.
#5: Harry Brook (England) – 2.2
Inns: 5 // Runs: 56 // Avg: 11.2 // SR: 96.6
The only player that looked redundant in the English line-up. With the kind of batting line-up England had, Harry Brook didn’t get much Gant game time. But if you are getting fewer deliveries, you would expect an attacking batter like Brook to attack from ball 1. Unfortunately, Brook had a strike rate of 96.6 in the 56 runs he scored from 5 innings. Certainly, you expect better numbers from a finisher in the England team.
#6: Dasun Shanaka (Sri Lanka) – 1.8
Inns: 7 // Runs: 78 // Wkts: 1 // SR: 105.4
Another player, another Captain, and this time it’s the Sri Lankan captain, Dasun Shanaka. For the role of a finisher in the squad, Dasun Shanaka could only manage 78 runs from 7 innings at a poor strike rate of 105.4. His role was important when the top order failed to score runs, and unfortunately only once in seven innings did he score well. On top of it, he could only manage to take 1 wicket.
#7: Axar Patel (India) – 3.2
Inns: 5 // Runs: 9 // Wkts: 3 // ER: 8. 6
Probably, India’s worst player and T20 World Cup 2022’s worst all-rounder at display. Not just batting, Axar had horrible bowling in the T20 World Cup 2022. He batted thrice, but could only manage 9 runs. Whereas he bowled 13 overs, but could only pick 3 wickets from 5 innings. Came in as a replacement for Jadeja, Axar was expected to at least deliver in the bowling, but he failed there too.
#8: Pat Cummins (Australia) – 4.3
Inns: 4 // Wkts: 3 // Avg: 44 // ER: 8.2
Even before the tournament began, there were questions about how a bowler like Cummins, who is more of a Test match specialist could deliver for Australia. His T20 skill was always a question, and the 2022 T20 World Cup proved the same. In the 4 matches Cummins played for Australia, he could only bag 3 wickets at a poor average of 44 and an economy rate of 8.2.
#9: Chris Woakes (England) – 3.9
Inns: 6 // Wkts: 5 // Avg: 34.4 // ER: 8.6
Not the name you would like to see from the World Cup winning team, but Chris Woakes’ below-par performance went under the radar of England’s World Cup win. He played all six innings, but could only manage to take 5 wickets. His average of 34.4 and economy rate of 8.6 was the worst among all England bowlers. Only once did he bowl well, and that was his spell of 2/33.
#10: Chamika Karunatarne (Sri Lanka ) – 2.1
Inns: 7 // Wkts: 3 // Avg: 48.0 // ER: 8.0
The Sri Lankan pacer was the leader of the attack in the absence of Dushmantha Chameera and Dilshan Mafhushanka. But unfortunately, it was a tournament to forget for him. In the 7 matches he played in the tournament, Chamika could only take 3 wickets at an average of 48. Only once did he deliver for his team, and that was with a decent spell of 1/20.
#11: Kagiso Rabada (South Africa) – 1.4
Inns: 5 // Wkts: 2 // Avg: 75.9 // ER: 9.4
Undoubtedly, the worst bowler of the tournament shall go to Kagiso Rabada. The leader of the pace attack for South Africa could only manage 2 wickets from 5 innings. His average of 75.9 is the worst among all bowlers who bowled at least 10 overs. The kind of performance Rabada gives in IPL, the T20 World Cup 2022 was a completely opposite scenario.
T20 World Cup 2022 – Flop 11 of the Tournament:
David Warner, Rohit Sharma, Babar Azam (C), Temba Bavuma, Harry Brook, Dasun Shanaka, Axar Patel, Pat Cummins, Chris Woakes, Chamika Karunaratne & Kagiso Rabada
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Adesh Kothari is the founder of AK4Tsay1 Cricalytics.
Cricket to him is like what ‘Football is to Lionel Messi’, ‘Singing is to Lata Mangeshkar’, ‘Dancing is to Michael Jackson’, and what ‘Acting is to Clint Eastwood’.
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