T20 World Cup 2021: Best XI of the tournament

T20 World Cup 2021: Best XI of the tournament

Australia defeated New Zealand in the final to lift their maiden T20 World Cup trophy.

David Warner
David Warner. (Photo by Gareth Copley-ICC/ICC via Getty Images)

The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup came to an end, with Australia defeating New Zealand, their trans-Tasman rivals, in the final. Both favourites, Pakistan and England, were eliminated from the tournament after the pre-tournament favourites, West Indies and India, crashed out in the Super 12s stage.

The T20 World Cup had an interesting outcome, with the two finalists, Australia and New Zealand, both losing their previous series to Bangladesh by 4-1 and 3-2, respectively. This was the first time in T20 World Cup history that both teams who reached the finals had lost the previous series against the same team, before entering the tournament.

Here’s the best playing XI from the T20 World Cup 2021:

1. Jos Buttler (wk)

Jos Buttler
Jos Buttler. (Photo by AAMIR QURESHI/AFP via Getty Images)

The explosive English wicketkeeper-batsman, Jos Buttler, was the World Cup’s most spectacular English player. After taking a break from the second leg of the IPL 2021, he returned and decimated every opponent.

Opening the batting for England along with Jason Roy, he targeted the powerplay overs efficiently. His innings of 101* off 67 balls against Sri Lanka, when England was reeling on 60-3 on a very tricky Sharjah pitch, is considered to be one of the most skillful T20I innings ever played. Another innings of 71*(32) against the mighty Australian side, in which England chased a target of 126 in just 11.4 overs, demonstrated his ability and hitting prowess.

With an average of 89.66, he finished second to Babar Azam and Mohammed Rizwan with 269 runs. Over the course of six innings, he hit 13 sixes with a destructive strike rate of 151.12. His ability to score runs quickly against both pacers and spinners makes him a valuable asset for any team.