ILT20 2023: Five top performers from the tournament
The Gulf Giants were crowned champions after defeating Desert Vipers in the final.
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The International League T20 2023 came to a glittering end after Gulf Giants defeated Desert Vipers by seven wickets in the final in front of a packed Dubai International Stadium on February 12 (Sunday).
The tournament, which was held across Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah, from January 13 through to February 12, provided a fantastic opportunity for the UAE players to showcase their skills against some of the world’s best cricketers. A total of 24 UAE players were part of the T20 competition and several of them performed on the biggest of stages.
The local players also got a chance to hone their skills and gain knowledge from their fellow international teammates ahead of the three-match T20I series against Afghanistan, which begins on February 16.
Let’s take a look at the top five UAE players in the ILT20 2023:
1. Muhammad Waseem
MI Emirates’ Muhammad Waseem emerged as the Most Valuable UAE player in the competition and bagged the prestigious Blue Belt. He was the fourth-highest scorer in the tournament with 367 runs in 11 matches. Waseem also notched three half-centuries in the competition. He recorded an average of 33.36 and a strike rate of 138.49.
2. Rohan Mustafa
One of the most experienced UAE players, Rohan Mustafa made some crucial contributions with bat and ball for the Desert Vipers in the ILT20. He scored 188 runs in 12 matches and also picked up three wickets through his off-breaks. He batted at a strike rate of 133.33 and recorded an economy rate of 7.30.
3. Junaid Siddique
Junaid Siddique emerged as one of the strike bowlers for the Sharjah Warriors in the ILT20. The fast bowler gathered 11 wickets in 10 matches at a fantastic average of 20.90 and an economy rate of 7.50. He recorded his best figures of two for four in the competition against Dubai Capitals.
4. Zahoor Khan
MI Emirates’ Zahoor Khan also showcased his fast bowling abilities and produced some fantastic performances during the inaugural season. The speedster picked up eight wickets in nine matches in the ILT20. He recorded an average of 32.50 and an economy rate of 8.66.
5. Sanchit Sharma
Another UAE pacer – Sanchit Sharma caught the imagination of the fans with his magnificent performances during the ILT20. The Gulf Giants player picked up seven wickets in 11 matches at an average of 29.28 and an economy rate of 8.91. He recorded his best figures of three for nine in the tournament in his team’s very first match against Abu Dhabi Knight Riders.