11. Varun Chakravarthy
Varun Chakravarthy was touted as one of the biggest things in world cricket. His performances in the Indian Premier League made him the mystery spinner. His big chance came when the Indian team picked him for the T20 WC.
10. Ravi Rampaul
Rampaul was the leading wicket-taker in the CPL 2021 as he picked 19 wickets in ten matches at an average of 16.21. He has picked 219 wickets in 171 T20s for teams across the globe at an average of 21.40, an economy of 7.64, and a strike rate of 16.8.
9. Lungi Ngidi
Lungi Ngidi won the player of the match award on his debut against Sri Lanka in a T20I game. When he made his Test debut against India, he earned the same award again. In the ten Test matches he has played, Ngidi has picked 32 wickets at an average of 23.31.
8. Stuart Broad
He picked only 12 wickets in seven matches at an average of 39.50. He failed to pick a fifer this year, and his best bowling figure of four for 48 came against New Zealand in the first innings of the Birmingham Test. In the last five innings, Broad has failed to pick more than one wicket for England.
7. Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya was once an all-rounder that India needed desperately. He was finishing matches for the team and picked wickets at crucial points. However, 2021 was not the year that Hardik would love to remember.
6. Mushfiqur Rahim (wicketkeeper)
Rahim made 443 runs in seven matches in Test cricket and failed to hit a century. He featured in nine ODIs for Bangladesh and made 407 runs at a strike rate of 76.64. In T20Is, Rahim could make only 183 runs in 13 matches at an average of 18.30.
5. Ajinkya Rahane
Ajinkya Rahane last played an ODI in February 2018 and a T20I in August 2016. But, he has been India’s one of the best batters when it comes to Test cricket. Rahane has made 4795 runs in 79 Test matches and captained India to a famous Test series win against Australia last year.
4. Eoin Morgan (captain)
Eoin Morgan had a successful run as England’s limited-overs captain this year. But, as a batter, he continued to struggle throughout the year. In four ODIs, Morgan made 103 runs at a strike rate of 79.23.
3. Glenn Maxwell
In the T20 WC 2021, Maxwell made 64 runs in seven matches and reached the double-digit score only twice. Maxwell had hit only two boundaries in the tournament before making 28 runs off 33 balls in the final against New Zealand, which included four boundaries and one six.
2. Aaron Finch
Under Aaron Finch’s leadership, Australia won the T20 World Cup 2021. He became the fifth Australian captain to lead his team to a victory in the World Cup event. Australia might have had a successful run under Finch’s captaincy this year, but he himself was not in the best of his form throughout the year.
1. Chris Gayle
Chris Gayle last played a Test match in September 2014 and the last ODI in August 2019. However, T20 is one format in which he loves to perform and is not ready to give up yet. West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) picked Gayle for the T20 World Cup 2021 to help the team lift the trophy for the second time in a row.