After what seemed like an eternity for cricket fans around to world, the 2021 ICC T20 World Cup got underway in the United Arab Emirates. You could tell that this tournament had an important level of expectation behind it, when some of the world’s most important sports betting sites, which usually focus on more mainstream wagering options like the best NFL picks against the spread were offering continuous betting options for cricket fans all over regarding the ICC T20 World Cup tournament.
While the tournament was to be held initially in India, health and safety protocol concerns made the organizers use the UAE as the saving grounds for one of cricket’s most important international events. Now, with the tournament finally finished, after 29 days of thrills and excitement that ended up seeing Australia surprising everyone far and near and beating New Zealand to take home their first-ever ICC T20 World Cup trophy, let’s take a look at our picks for the best players in the tournament.
Wanindu Hasaranga, Sri Lanka
If you’re an avid cricket fan then you’ve probably heard the name of Sri Lanka star Wanindu Hasaranga. Hasaranga, considered by many fans and cricket experts as the number one all-rounder in cricket showed once again why his claim to that title is pretty much set in stone. His performances throughout the tournament made him a pivotal part of his team’s success in the competition, having scored 119 runs with the bat, keeping his strike rate at an astonishing rate of almost 150. Also, his all-around fearless and competitive attitude gave Sri Lanka the fuel it needed to put up the most valiant fight in a group that was considered by many as the “group of death” with the likes of South Africa, champions Australia, West Indies, and England all joining them.
If to that we add the fact that he finished the competition as the leader in wicket-taking, amassing 16 wickets picked throughout all of the eight matches he played, he was one of the shining points of Sri Lanka’s team in the tournament.
Josh Hazlewood, Australia
Josh Hazlewood and especially his performances in the final instances of the ICC T20 World Cup earned him a spot on our list for top players of the tournament. Ever since erupting into the Australian National Team a couple of years ago, Hazlewood has become a very strong piece in the functionings of the Australians. He can easily be taken as the best fast bowler in the tournament, especially when it comes to powerplays. Hazlewood took his amazing performances for CSK in the IPL season to bring that same form into the World Cup tournament and help Australia on their way towards securing their first-ever title.
Again, it has to be said, Hazlewood’s best overall performance in the tournament came when the team needed it the most, against New Zealand in the finals of the tournament. He only gave up 16 runs in four overs while picking wickets from New Zealand stars Daryl Mitchell, Glen Phillips, and Kane Williamson, allowing his team to cement their stake for the title.
Adam Zampa, Australia
When you take a look at the line-up that Australia took to the ICC T20 World Cup in UAE, you can start to understand why they ended up winning the tournament. In simple words, they were stacked to the brim in talent. With players like the previously mentioned Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc, and Patt Cummins to name a few, there was enough talent in the Australian roster to go around. But one player that truly stood out was bowler Adam Zampa. His playing can probably be taken as the most impactful, of course on a positive note for Australia’s bid for the title.
Zampa not only managed to leave the tournament as the second-best wicket taker behind the before-mentioned Wanindu Hasaranga but his performance against Bangladesh in the 34th match of the competition can pretty much be taken as one of the deciding moments in Australia’s run for the title. In that game Zampa came up as strong as ever picking up five wickets, holding just 19 runs in four overs, all while helping keep Bangladesh for just 73 runs. Australia had one of the best bowling line-ups in the tournament, and thanks to Zampa and his performances, everything ended up coming just right for the Australians.