World T20 2016: England Player Ratings
by Jatin Author
Published - Apr 4, 2016 3:44 pm | Updated - Apr 4, 2016 3:44 pm
England performed exceedingly well in the World T20 despite losing their first match to the West Indies, who chased down 189 runs batting second. They came back from behind to chase 229 against South Africa and comprehensive wins against Afghanistan and Sri Lanka took them to the semi-final.
In the semis, they met the unbeaten New Zealand team from Group 2 and chased down 153 with 7 wickets in hand on a turning Kotla pitch in Delhi. They once again met the West Indies in the finals, who had defeated hosts India in their semi-final match. In what can be termed as one of the greatest T20I matches, England came very close to winning the World T20 title for the second time, only for Marlon Samuels and Carlos Braithwaite to spoil their party in the end and England were left as runners-up of the tournament. Here are the player ratings for the England team:
Eoin Morgan – 4/10:
Captain Eoin Morgan had a very disappointing World T20 2016 with the bat making only 66 runs in 6 matches. He led England in an inspiring way to the final, but as an individual player, Morgan failed in the World T20 tournament.
Joe Root – 9/10:
Joe Root emerged as one of the most dependable batsmen in the England side and along with India’s Virat Kohli, stole the limelight in terms of match winning innings in this World T20. Root scored 249 runs with the best of 83 at the strike rate of 146.27. These runs to go with his 2 vital wickets in the finals make him the English team’s player of the World T20. Not to forget his match wining knock of 83 against South Africa in a chase of 229 runs at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
Alex Hales – 4/10:
Though touted as one of the most dangerous openers in T20 format, Hales showed promise in the tournament but failed to live upto the expectations making just 66 runs in 6 innings with a highest of 27*.
Jason Roy – 7/10:
Jason Roy fulfilled the role perfectly that was given to him and it was due to his opening burst against South Africa that England and Joe Root could chase down the total of 229. Roy scored 183 runs with his best of 78 coming against the New Zealand in the semi-finals in a chase of 153 runs on the Kotla track.
Moeen Ali – 5/10:
Moeen Ali was supposed to be the main spinner for England who had to keep up the pressure and take wickets. His 5 wickets in 6 matches and just 56 runs with the best of 41* against Afghanistan in a match that England came very close to losing were the only bright spot for Ali.
Jos Buttler – 7/10:
Jos Buttler proved why he was purchased for a high amount in the IPL auction in February this year. He scored 191 runs which included his match winning 66* against Sri Lanka in a do or die match for both teams. His strike rate was impressive at 159.16 and his keeping was admirable but has scope for improvement.
Ben Stokes – 5/10:
Ben Stokes did his best for England to win matches with both bat and ball, but ultimately the results didn’t show in his stats. He made 56 runs in 6 matches at a strike rate of 169.69 and tookv4 wickets in the tournament. But he will always be remembered for the fours sixes he conceded in the final over of the World T20 finals by Carlos Braithwaite.
Adil Rashid – 5/10:
Adil Rashid took 5 wickets in 6 matches for England at 8.42 runs per over. On pitches which assisted him, he kept the pressure on the batsmen, but as soon as he was hit for a couple of fours or sixes, he would lose control and give away runs in lot.
Liam Plunkett – 4/10:
Liam Plunkett bowled fast and faster and picked up 2 wickets in 4 matches he played at an average of 51. His bowling speed was impressive, but he went for runs constantly and was not used in the last overs of the match by Morgan.
Chris Jordan – 5/10:
Chris Jordan was brilliant against Sri Lanka in the last few overs and his reputation as a good death overs bowler, may earn him an IPL contract, but with just 6 wickets in 6 matches, and his best of 4/28 will be remembered as one of the best death overs bowling performance. Jordan is here to stay and is one of the stars for England’s future for sure.
David Willey – 7/10:
David Willey will surely get an IPL contract if the ECB allows it because he is phenomenal with his death overs bowling and he can seriously clear the boundary with ease and can play as a genuine all-rounder. He picked up 10 wickets at just an average of 15 and his innings of 21 runs in the finals helped England cross 150 runs on a difficult pitch.
James Vince – 2/10:
James Vince got to play just one match against Afghanistan and he made 22 runs in it. He couldn’t get another chance as Hales came back from his injury and England went back to their usual opening combo of Hales and Roy.
Reece Topley – 2/10:
Reece Topley played 2 matches and his infamous moment came against South Africa as he leaked 33 runs in 2 overs as South Africa powered their way to a total of 229.
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