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Smriti Mandhana In T20I Women’s Team Of 2021, Babar Azam Leads Men’s XI

New Delhi: There is no Indian player in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Men’s T20I Team of the Year 2021 while Smriti Mandhana is the lone representative from the country in the women’s Playing XI. The 25-year-old Mandhana is Team India’s T20I vice-captain and her bat in 2021 accumulated 255 runs in nine matches with… Continue reading Smriti Mandhana In T20I Women’s Team Of 2021, Babar Azam Leads Men’s XI

Smriti Mandhana
With 255 runs at an average of 31.87, Smriti Mandhana was India’s highest scorer in T20Is in 2021. (Photo: Smriti Mandhana Twitter)

New Delhi: There is no Indian player in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Men’s T20I Team of the Year 2021 while Smriti Mandhana is the lone representative from the country in the women’s Playing XI.

The 25-year-old Mandhana is Team India’s T20I vice-captain and her bat in 2021 accumulated 255 runs in nine matches with two fifties. She scored at an average of 31.87 with a strike-rate of 131.44 in the shortest format of international cricket in 2021.

Apart from Mandhana, the Women’s T20I Team of the Year has five players from England, three from South Africa and one each from Ireland and Zimbabwe.

Led by Pakistan’s Babar Azam, the men’s team consists of two more players from his country, three from South Africa, two Australians, and one each from England, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

The other Pakistani players along with Azam are wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan and left-arm pace spearhead Shaheen Shah Afridi. The Australian players include all-rounder Mitchell Marsh and fast bowler Josh Hazelwood, the two stars in their team’s maiden T20 World Cup title win. Aiden Markram, David Miller and Tabraiz Shamsi are the South African players along with England’s wicketkeeper-batter Jos Buttler.

Babar Azam has been credited with Pakistan’s good show on the field in 2021. (Photo: Babar Amaz Twitter)
Men’s Team Profile

Jos Buttler (England): He scored 589 runs in 14 T20I matches at 65.44 with one hundred in 2021. He was England’s top run-scorer with 269 runs in the T20I World Cup in UAE and Oman.

Mohammad Rizwan (WK) (Pakistan): He dominated the T20I batting charts in 2021 with 1,326 runs in only 29 matches. With an average of 73.66 at a strike-rate of 134.89 during the year, the swashbuckling batter struck fear in the hearts of the opposing bowlers. His wicket keeping skills were one of the reasons behind Pakistan’s success in the shortest form of cricket, particularly in T20 World Cup 2021.

Babar Azam (C) (Pakistan): He was the top run-scorer in the T20 World Cup with 269 runs. He featured in 29 matches in the year, scoring 939 runs at an average of 37.56 with one century and nine half-centuries.

Aiden Markram (South Africa): He had already made a name as a dependable Test opener but he came into his own in white-ball cricket only in 2021.  He featured in 18 T20Is scoring 570 runs at 43.84 with six fifties. He maintained a strike rate of 148.82 while also utilising his spin bowling skills to claim five wickets.

Mitchell Marsh (Australia): A big reason behind Australia’s T20 World Cup title triumph was Mitchell Marsh, who moved up the order to No.3. He scored 627 runs in 21 matches at 36.88 and also chipped in with 8 wickets. 

David Miller (South Africa): The marauding South African middle-order batter played 17 matches, scoring 377 runs at 47.12 with two half-centuries. He also scored at a brisk pace, striking at 149.60. 

Wanindu Hasaranga (Sri Lanka): The youngster is now one of the best spinners in T20s and ended the World Cup in UAE and Oman with 16 wickets, the highest in the tournament. During 2021, Hasaranga picked up 36 wickets in 20 matches at 11.63, while also scoring 196 runs to prove that he is also quite handy with the bat.

Tabraiz Shamsi (South Africa): The No.1 ranked T20I bowler in the world showcased all his class in 2021. In 22 matches, he scalped 36 wickets at an average of 13.36 and a miserly economy of 5.72.

Josh Hazlewood (Australia): He proved that he is not just a Test specialist but can also be lethal in white ball cricket. Hazlewood was key in Australia’s T20 World Cup triumph. In 15 matches, he picked up 23 wickets at an average of 16.34 and an economy of 6.87.

Mustafizur Rahman (Bangladesh): The left-arm pacer scalped 28 wickets in 20 T20Is at an average of 17.39. He also maintained a good economy rate of 7.00.

Shaheen Shah Afridi (Pakistan): Another left-arm pacer in the team, he was the scourge of opposing teams throughout the years. Armed with a lethal pace and menacing swing, the 21-year-old Shaheen Afridi accounted for 23 wickets in 21 matches. He maintained an average of 26.04 and an economy of 7.86.

Women’s Team Profile

Smriti Mandhana (India): With 255 runs at an average of 31.87, she was India’s highest scorer in T20Is in 2021. She scored two fifties in the nine matches in 2021 and maintained a strike-rate of 131.44.

Tammy Beaumont (England): The reliable top order batter played nine matches, scoring 303 runs at an average of 33.66, including three fifties.

Danni Wyatt (England): She amassed 252 runs in nine matches, at an average of 31.50 at a strike-rate of 133.33.

Gaby Lewis (Ireland): She is the first Ireland women’s player to score a century in international cricket, with her knock of 105* against Germany on the opening day of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Europe Qualifier. In all, Lewis amassed 325 runs in the year at an excellent average of 40.62.

Nat Sciver (C) (England): The experienced England all-rounder scored a total of 153 runs, including one fifty. She also picked up 10 wickets at an average of 20.20.

Amy Jones (WK) (England): She accumulated a total of 151 runs, which came at a superb strike-rate of 142.45.

Laura Wolvaardt (South Africa): She gave South Africa much-needed acceleration in the middle-overs, scoring her runs at a strike-rate of 161 with her average of 53.66 speaking about her talent.

Marizanne Kapp (South Africa): She played only six matches in 2021 but amassed 100 runs and picked up eight wickets as well, at an average of 15.00.

Sophie Ecclestone (England): The spinner was one of the most effective bowlers in T20Is in 2021. She picked up 11 wickets in nine matches, at an average and strike-rate of 17.18 and 17.9 respectively.

Loryn Phiri (Zimbabwe): She played nine T20I matches for Zimbabwe, and claimed 16 wickets, including best figures of 5/6. Her bowling average stood at 7.18.

Shabnim Ismail (South Africa): The pacer played only six matches in 2021, picking up 11 wickets at a mean average and strike-rate of 13.00 and 12.0 respectively.