With the conclusion of the very successful inaugural ICC T20 World Championships it’s time to look at the best performers over the two weeks of action.
The top run getters in the competition were lead by Matthew Hayden of Australia, completing a fine double after leading the runs table at the ICC World Cup earlier in the year. Hayden scored 265 runs in 6 matches with a highest score of 73* and an average of 88,33 and striking at 144,8.
India’s Gambhir with 227 runs and Misbah-ul-Haq of Pakistan with 218 were the other batsmen to score over 200 runs.
Zimbabwe’s Taylor had the best average, with 107, but he only played 2 games. He was followed by Hayden with 88,33 from 6 innings and Justin Kemp of South Africa with 86,5 from 5 knocks.
The batsman with the best strike rate was predictably Pakistans Shahid Afridi with 197,82. He was followed by Chris Gayle of the West Indies with 195,0 and India’s Yuvraj Singh with 194,73.
The 6 hitting table was topped by New Zealands Craig McMillan with 13, Yuvraj Sing with 12 and Gayle, Kemp, Hayden and Imran Nazir of Pakistan with 11 each.
Umar Gul of Pakistan was the competitions leading wicket taker, claiming 13 wickets, at an average of 11,92 and an exceptional economy rate of 5,60. Australia’s Stuart Clarke, India’s Rudra Pratap Singh and Pakistans Shahid Afridi, were all close behind with 12 scalps each.
The best bowling figures were claimed by New Zealands Mark Gillespie with 4/7 against Kenya. RP Singh took 4/13 for India against South Africa and South Africa’s Morne Morkel took 4/17 against New Zealand. (Morkel was robbed of the chance to become the first bowler to claim 5 wickets in an International T20 match when he bowled a New Zealander but was called for a no ball with replays showing his foot was well behind the line)
The most economical bowler was New Zealand captain Vettori with an economy rate of 5,33. He was followed by Vaas of Sri Lanka with 5,55, Gul with 5,60 and Clarke and Morkel with 6,00.