Strongest Team in the 2021 ICC T20 World Cup ? All 16 Complete Team Reviews
2021 T20 World Cup Team Review Time. Here is the complete dissection of every team. The best moments, analysis, stats, and what changes need to be made for each team to succeed in the upcoming 2022 T20 World Cup. Comment below on your favorite moment of this T20 World Cup and what you think about their prospects in the 2022 T20 World Cup in Australia.
Table of Contents
- 1. Australia 2021 T20 World Cup Team Review
- 2. New Zealand 2021 T20 World Cup
- 3. Pakistan 2021 T20 World Cup Team Review
- 4. England 2021 T20 World Cup Team Review
- 5. South Africa 2021 T20 World Cup Team Review
- 6. Sri Lanka 2021 T20 World Cup Team Review
- 7. India 2021 T20 World Cup Team Review
- 8. Afghanistan 2021 T20 World Cup Team Review
- 9. Namibia 2021 T20 World Cup Team Review
- 10. Scotland 2021 T20 World Cup Team Review
- 11. West Indies 2021 T20 World Cup Team Review
- 12. Bangladesh 2021 T20 World Cup Team Review
- 13. Oman 2021 T20 World Cup Team Review
- 14. Ireland 2021 T20 World Cup Team Review
- 15. Papua New Guinea 2021 T20 World Cup Team Review
- 16. Netherlands 2021 T20 World Cup Team Review
1. Australia 2021 T20 World Cup Team Review
Australia—a name so synonymous to Cricket World Cups it is not even a surprise they somehow managed to win this one. Unlike most times, though, they were not even in Top 5 Favorites this time around. Even Bangladesh & Afghanistan were fancied more since Australia has lost their last 4 T20I bilateral series and were hammered 4-1 in Bangladesh.
Lots of good stories for Justin Langer’s group. A group of lovely characters, marked by Stoinis, Zampa, Wade, Maxwell combined with their star power in Warner-Smith-Cummins-Hazlewood-Starc deliver unlikely victory. Hazlewood’s accuracy, Zampa’s wicket-taking abilities, Warner’s consistency, Mitchell Marsh’s coming of age, Steve Smith’s boundary catching, and Stoinis-Wade’s finishing combined to make this a dangerous T20 side.
Now Australia has won everything—Women’s ODI & T20I World Cups, U-19 World Cups, Men’s ODI & T20 World Cups & Champions Trophy. Looks like life is all good for Australia and free of Paine…
Australia’s World Cup In a Nutshell
|Best Match||Semi-Finals Vs Pakistan |
(Feat Wade’s 3 consecutive sixes to Shaheen Afridi)
|Highest Run Scorers||David Warner (289)|
|Highest Wicket Takers||Adam Zampa (13), Josh Hazlewood (13)|
|X Factors||Mitchell Marsh’s Dream Final, Matthew Wade-Marcus Stoinis Partnership, Cummins at the Death|
(Or the Lack of)
|Aaron Finch Wins All the Tosses|
|Broken Dreams||Starc 4-0-60-0 in the Final. Does he merit a place in the 2022 T20 World Cup Squad?|
What Does Australia Need to Do For the 2022 T20 World Cup?
Home World Cup, expectations on them. No team has won two consecutive T20 World Cups or a T20 World Cup at home. Now, they have a good T20 core group from which they can challenge the rest of the world. The real question here is—Can Australia continue playing the same brand of cricket?
2. New Zealand 2021 T20 World Cup
New Zealand are the best all-format team to beat at the moment, aren’t they? 2 ODI World Cup finals in a row (2015, 2019), current World Test Championship holders, and now the runners up in a T20 World Cup. Just like Australia, not many expected them to get to semi-finals, let alone the finals. With an early loss to Pakistan, things did start positively for them. Credit to them, they strangled India, survived threat against Namibia, and continued on their marching way before the Neesham-Mitchell assault shocked England.
Positives? Mitchell’s inspirational promotion & Top 3’s solo performances (Mitchell’s 72*, Williamson’s 85, & Guptill’s 93, Southee’s economical World Cup, shining Boult & Sodhi (if we take out Sodhi’s final), roaring Milne in his comeback, and Neesham, who finally gets his revenge.
Negatives? Conway-Phillips-Seifert had been one of the reasons for NZ’s success in T20I’s over the past year, but none of them had a stellar performance. Conway played a crucial recovery innings in the semi-finals, Phillips (once a keeper) bowled some tight off spin and hit Zampa for a six in the final, but other than that, nothing much of note. Also Guptill’s 27 (35).…say no more.
New Zealand’s World Cup In a Nutshell
|Result||Runners Up (2nd)|
|Best Match||Semi Finals Vs England|
|Highest Run Scorers||Kane Williamson (216)|
Martin Guptill (208)
Daryl Mitchell (208)
|Highest Wicket Takers||Trent Boult (13)|
|X Factors||Daryl Mitchell – the Opener, Neesham – the Finisher, Fielding Unit, Southee Reinvents Himself|
|Broken Dreams||Lockie Ferguson ruled out before the WC; Devon Conway injures himself by punching his bat after his semi-final dismissals; Misses the Final; New Zealand struggle early on and ends up on the runners up podium again.|
What Does New Zealand Need to Do For the 2022 T20 World Cup?
New Zealand made it to the final on the back of good strategy and smart cricket. However, it is unlikely that this squad will succeed again in 2022 in Australian conditions. Do all three of Ish Sodhi-Todd Astle-Mitchell Santner fit in the 15? Does Martin Guptill continue or will Finn Allen be given a chance? Can both Adam Milne & Lockie Ferguson make the XI? Where does Tim Seifert fit in the equation? So many questions, less than 335 days, as Jimmy Neesham puts it.
3. Pakistan 2021 T20 World Cup Team Review
Will Pakistan get a better chance? World Cup in the UAE, Babar Azam & Mohammad Rizwan in the form of their lives, bowling good as usual, fielding better than ever, Asif Ali finally coming into his own, and the 40 year youngsters Hafeez and Malik matching everybody else.
5 group matches, 5 different player of the match awards. Shaheen Shah Afridi, Asif Ali, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Rizwan, and Shoaib Malik. And the most runs of the tournament by their captain Babar Azam?
How did they get here? By completely dominating the match against India (via Shaheen’s opening spell including that ball to KL Rahul), completed a low scorer against NZ, crushed Afghanistan with Asif Ali’s 4 sixes, and brushed Scotland & Namibia by batting first.
Pakistan, who have been disappointed by NZ and England cricket boards, were writing a lovely beautiful story. However, just as in the 2010 T20 WC semi final against Australia, the story went off track. A left handed middle order batter finished it off with consecutive sixes against Pakistan’s best bowler. It was Mike Hussey Vs Saeed Ajmal 11 years ago. It was Matthew Wade Vs Shaheen Shah Afridi this year.
Pakistan’s World Cup In A Nutshell
Top of Group 2
|Best Match||Break WC Jinx Vs India|
Asif Ali’s 4 Sixes Crushes Afghan Spirits
|Highest Run Scorers||Babar Azam (303)|
Mohammad Rizwan (281)
|Highest Wicket Takers||Shadab Khan (9)|
Haris Rauf (8)
Shaheen Shah Afridi (7)
|X Factors||Haris Rauf’s death bowling, Shaheen Shah Afridi in the Powerplay, Imad Wasim-Shadab Khan’s miserly spells, Babar-Rizwan partnerhship, Malik-Asif Finishing|
|Broken Dreams||Hasan Ali’s Form|
Lose a Close Semi-Final After Winning 5/5 Group Matches and dominating 35 overs of the semi=final
What Does Pakistan Need To Do For the 2022 T20 World Cup?
Although Pakistan were possibly the best team throughout this year, they will have to make several changes next year due to conditions. A 150-160 score may not be defendable, the bowling combinations might need to be tweaked, and some young aggresive batters like Haider Ali will need to be placed in the XI.
4. England 2021 T20 World Cup Team Review
I have two points of view on this England campaign. One can say that just like Pakistan, it was an underwhelming campaign since they dominated the group stages and failed to finish the semi-final like the Carlos Brathwaite final 5 years ago.
On the other hand, England were already missing Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, and Sam Curran. During the tournament, they lost Tymal Mills, their best death bowler, and Jason Roy. The fact that they still dominated the tournament shows the marvelous depth in English cricket right now.
The positives? Moeen Ali’s all round package, Chris Woakes’ opening spells, Tymal Mills’ international comeback, Adil Rashid’s magic, Livingstone’s off-spin/leg-spin, and Jos Buttler’s century.
England’s World Cup In A Nutshell
Top of Group 1
|Best Match||Destroying the West Indies for 55|
Semi-Finalist Vs NZ (Loss)
|Highest Run Scorers||Jos Buttler (269)|
|Highest Wicket Takers||Adil Rashid (9)|
Moeen Ali, Tymal Mills, Chris Woakes (7)
Liam Livingstone, Chris Jordan (6)
|X Factors||Tymal Mills’ death bowling, Moeen Ali’s all-round show; The Beast that is Buttler|
|Broken Dreams||Favorites fail to lift the T20 World Cup again; Tymal Mills & Jason Roy out injured mid-tournament; Morgan-Livingstone underwhelm with the bat|
What Does England Need To Do For the 2022 T20 World Cup?
Given Eoin Morgan’s batting form, he is almost nearing the end of his England journey although his captaincy was still top notch. Ashes is around the corner, and it is too soon to predict squads since injuries/retirements/mental health breaks are around the corner due to their grueling schedule. Malan & Moeen might stay, but Morgan might not make the XI if Stokes is back. If England can find depth & consistency in their death bowling (need to look past Jordan & Tom Curran), then this golden generation might have lift the T20 World Cup trophy.
5. South Africa 2021 T20 World Cup Team Review
One of the two teams that would go back with positives. Despite the Quinton de Kock Controversy early on, South Africa held themselves up nicely under captain Temba Bavuma.
Anrich Nortje was devastating throughout the tournament, even a sub-par Kagiso Rabada got a hat-trick, Killer Miller came back to win a thriller against Sri Lanka, Rassie Van der Dussen-Aiden Markram made huge strides, and spinners Markram-Maharaj tied down the opposition. The peak of their journey was the final match where they defeated tournament favorites England, and dented their confidence going to the semi-finals.
The only two blips? The narrow loss against Australia in the opening game of the Super 12s and the slow chase against Bangladesh meant they finished they barely failed to qualify due to net run rate.
I had anticipated South Africa would miss ABD, Faf, Tahir, and Morris but evidently they made it work.
South Africa’s World Cup In A Nutshell
|Result||3rd in Group 1|
|Best Match||Defeat Tournament Favorites England|
|Highest Run Scorers||Rassie van der Dussen (177)|
Aiden Markram (162)
|Highest Wicket Takers||Anrich Nortje, Dwaine Pretorius (9)|
Tabraiz Shamsi, Kagiso Rabada (8)
|X Factors||Nortje-Shamsi brilliant with the ball, Markram-van der Dussen brilliant with the bat, The Return of Killer Miller, and Temba Bavuma’s captaincy|
|Broken Dreams||Quinton de Kock & Cricket South Africa’s miscommunication and mini-scandal|
Failing to Qualify for the Semi-Finals on NRR again
What Does South Africa Need To Do For the 2022 T20 World Cup?
South Africa need more stability in their middle order. The bowlers can defend middling scores in all conditions, but inconsistency in batting and lack of death is holding them back. They have a good core, if they do not get the Group of Death again, they will definitely be semi-finalist contenders.
6. Sri Lanka 2021 T20 World Cup Team Review
The most improved and watchable team of the T20 World Cup. Sri Lanka was the only team in the first week to look a class apart. In the Super 12s, they began positively with an improbable chase against Bangladesh and pushed England to the edge. However, they never really recovered from their last over loss against South Africa.
Asalanka & Rajapaska were the pick of the batters, opposition had no clue for their mystery spin, and Lahiru Kumara’s aggressive attitude and speed took opposition by surprise. Wanindu Hasaranga is having a dream year, and he was one of the standouts of this World Cups, both with the bat and the ball.
Sri Lanka’s World Cup In A Nutshell
|Result||4th in Group 1|
1st in Group A
2/3 (Super 12s)
|Best Match||Chase 172 Vs Bangladesh Against All Odds|
|Highest Run Scorers||Charith Asalanka (231)|
Pathum Nissanka (221)
Bhanuka Rajapaksa (155)
|Highest Wicket Takers||Wanindu Hasaranga (16)|
Mahesh Theekshana, Lahiru Kumara (8)
|X Factors||Wanindu Hasaranga’s All-Round Show, Lahiru Kumara’s aggression, Nissanka-Asalanka-Rajapaksa form core for the future|
|Broken Dreams||Lose Steam Towards The End After Winning 5 Overall|
What Does Sri Lanka Need To Do For the 2022 T20 World Cup?
From 2015, Sri Lanka had been in grave transition. They finally found a group of players they can persist with in the near future. Hasaranga, Asalanka, & Rajapaksa defined this team with their positive brand of cricket. Finally opener Pathum Nissanka and mystery spinner Theekshana are really good prospects for Sri Lanka. If the seniors—Kusal Perera, Dhananjaya de Silva, captain Dasun Shanaka, (maybe Chandimal & Matthews as well?) and the pacers Chameera-Kumara can come together, they might be the dark horse for the next World Cup.
Unfortunately just failed the direct qualification to the Super 12s, so have to go through the double qualification once again.
7. India 2021 T20 World Cup Team Review
A tough tournament for Indian fans.
A dismal loss against Pakistan, a week long break, no intent against their WC arch-nemesis, New Zealand, and three spirited efforts against Afghanistan, Scotland, and Namibia to boost their net run rate. However, NZ’s victory against Afghanistan ensured India was never really in the tournament apart from outside mathematical calculations. It was the vulnerability against left arm seamers and good fast bowling once again that left India on the backfoot against Pakistan & NZ respectively.
Ravichandran Ashwin’s control in the middle overs and the intent shown by KL Rahul & Rohit Sharma at the end were some positives for India.
India’s World Cup In A Nutshell
|Result||3rd in Group 2|
|Best Match||Chase 89 Vs Scotland In 7.3 Overs|
|Highest Run Scorers||KL Rahul (194)|
Rohit Sharma (174)
|Highest Wicket Takers||Jasprit Bumrah, Ravindra Jadeja (7)|
Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammad Shami (6)
|X Factors||R Ashwin’s economical middle overs; Rahul-Sharma opening partnership (when they played with freedom)|
|Broken Dreams||India loses against arch-nemesis NZ; First WC Loss to Pakistan; Favorites crash out without a fight; Shami suffers social media abuse; Kohli’ bows out captaincy career without a title|
What Does India Need To Do For the 2022 T20 World Cup?
Revamp their whole squad might be a rash decision, but something out of the ordinary is needed. Although some bold decisions were taken for this tournament, more game time is needed for a new-look T20I team. KL Rahul & Rohit Sharma should stay opening partners, Suryakumar, Pant, Bumrah, & Jadeja should remain in the fray, but the rest is up in the air, especially for Australian conditions.
Does Kohli fit in or do India do what England did to Root? Ashwin has been good, but Chahal definitely merits a place back. What about the Hardik Pandya problem? Can India find batters that in the top 4 that can bowl? India have the players, but maybe it is a curse rather than a blessing in ICC tournaments for this immense depth.
8. Afghanistan 2021 T20 World Cup Team Review
Afghanistan did not have the worst of tournaments and were in contention till the very last day of the Super 12s, but there is a feeling that they could have done better.
In these conditions, Rashid-Mujeeb-Nabi were devastating individually but could not all fire together. The openers gave them spark, but not consistently. Najibullah Zadran was in his peak for, Hamid Hassan was back, and captain Mohammad Nabi batted with responsibility. Muscular Gulbadin Naib had a decent outing, and so did Naveen-ul-Haq. The only team to bat first with confidence and defend scores, their change of strategies in the crunch game against India did not work out for them.
Post the Pakistan game, it all just fell apart. 4 sixes in a row prompted freak retirement announcement by senior batter Asghar Afghan in the middle of the tournament. They could not manage to upset India or NZ, which is all that was needed.
Afghanistan’s World Cup In A Nutshell
|Result||4th In Group 2|
|Best Match||Crush Scotland By 130 Runs|
|Highest Run Scorers||Najibullah Zadran (172)|
Mohammad Nabi (127)
|Highest Wicket Takers||Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman (8)|
|X Factors||Mystery Spinners; Nabi-Najibullah late order hitting; Zazai-Shahzad provide some good starts|
|Broken Dreams||Did not upset any of the big 3 in the group—NZ, Pakistan, & India|
Tough close loss against Pakistan and subsequent retirement of Asghar Afghan in the middle of the tournament derailed their campaign
What Does Afghanistan Need To Do For the 2022 T20 World Cup?
First they need to ensure no administrative turmoil. For the last two World Cups now, they have had captaincy changes right before the tournament. Afghanistan might be upbeat for next year since many of their players have BBL experience in Australia. All they need ais a couple of fast bowlers and Qais Ahmed back, and this team can outdo any other on a given day.
9. Namibia 2021 T20 World Cup Team Review
The story of the tournament by far.
First time qualifying for a cricket world cup since 2003 and guess what? Not only winning one game but THREE GAMES! Defeated the European trio of Ireland (full member), Netherlands, and Scotland and got a direct entry to the 2022 T20 World Cup.
The middle order, led by David Wiese, was their saving grace but their disciplined bowling, led by Trumpelmann & Wiese, kept them in the game, even against the likes of Pakistan and New Zealand. Trumpelmann’s 3-wicket opening over & JJ Smit’s finishing heroics over Scotland was the highlight of their tournament. Kudos to captain Erasmus for playing the tournament with a broken finger.
Namibia’s World Cup In A Nutshell
|Result||5th in Group 2|
2nd in Group A
1/4 (Super 12s)
|Best Match||Defeat Full Member Ireland|
Win First Super 12 Match (Vs Scotland)
|Highest Run Scorers||David Wiese (227)|
Gerhard Erasmus (151)
|Highest Wicket Takers||Jan Frylinck (9)|
David Wiese (6)
Ruben Trumpelmann (6)
|X Factors||Lower Middle Order|
Trumpelmann’s Opening Spells
|Broken Dreams||None Really. Except for their opening game against Sri Lanka, they competed well throughout the tournament even against Full Members|
What Does Namibia’s Need To Do For the 2022 T20 World Cup?
If Namibia need to improve and go one step further, they need to add a bit of spice to their bowling attack. For their first 10 overs, they are good but need to keep opposition down at the death. Can they make it to the Super 12s again?
10. Scotland 2021 T20 World Cup Team Review
Scotland experienced high highs and suffered low lows.
From 53-6 in their opening game against Bangladesh, a Chris Greaves inspired victory gave them victory over Bangladesh. They dominated the early groups with 3 wins in 3 matches. They nosedived with a 130-run loss against Afghanistan’s spin in the first match of the Super 12s and never recovered. Their only hope was against Namibia which they made a game out of, but still lost.
The bowlers came to the party, especially Mark Watt (1/19, 1/23, 1/23, 1/23, 1/22, 1/13, 1/20, 0/41) but their famed batters let them down.
Scotland’s World Cup In A Nutshell
|Result||6th in Group 2|
1st in Group A
0/5 (Super 12s)
|Best Match||Stun Bangladesh (Feat Chris Greaves)|
|Highest Run Scorers||Richie Berrington (177)|
George Munsey (152)
Matthew Cross (135)
Michael Leask (130)
|Highest Wicket Takers||Josh Davey (9)|
Safyaan Sharif, Brad Wheal (8)
Mark Watt (7)
Chris Greaves (6)
|X Factors||Watt’s Economical (6.13) Consistency, Berrington’s Fifties, Fast Bowlers Accurate, Leask’s Power Hitting, The Rise of Chris Greaves, Matt Cross’s Commetnary Behind the Stumps|
|Broken Dreams||Kyle Coetzer & Heralded Top Order Suffer Collective Failure|
What Does Scotland Need To Do For the 2022 T20 World Cup?
Are Scotland’s golden era ageing or was it just the conditions? The good thing is they have qualified for the 2022 T20 World Cup by the virtue of qualifying for the Super 12s. They need batting depth and power hitters to complement their bowlers. Should still make it past the early group into the Super 12s next year.
11. West Indies 2021 T20 World Cup Team Review
Well the Last Dance was not meant to be. Only one win overall, and that too by 3 runs.
Not only did West Indies not qualify for the semi-finals, they had a horrible time. Bundled out for 55 against England, they never really figured out what their approach will be. Go all guns blazing like Lewis tried or hang in there like Lendl Simmons? Gayle-Pollard-Russell were almost no shows, and Jason Holder as replacement (who should have been in the squad in the first place) was the only spark.
Akeal Hosein was the find for West Indies, filling Fabian Allen’s left arm spin shoe perfectly as were Pooran-Hetmyer briefly. It was good to see Bravo & Gayle having fun in what may be their last T20I.
West Indies’ World Cup In A Nutshell
|Result||5th In Group 1|
|Best Match||Wins a Low Scoring Thriller Vs Bangladesh|
|Highest Run Scorers||Shimron Hetmyer (127)|
|Highest Wicket Takers||Akeal Hosein (5)|
|X Factors||Akeal Hosein’s Opening spells & fielding; Pooran-Hetmyer|
|Broken Dreams||55 All Out|
Obed McCoy Injury
Lendl Simmons’ Slow Show
Dwayne Bravo Retires
Chris Gayle (almost) retires
Horror show for T20 stars Gayle, Pollard, Russell
Hat-trick Dream Unfulfilled
What Does West Indies Need To Do For the 2022 T20 World Cup?
A completely rejig of the squad is needed. Hetmyer, Pooran, Lewis, Holder, Fabian Allen, Akeal Hosein, and even Kieron Pollard might stay but it is the end of the road for Gayle, Bravo, Russell? and Rampaul. It would be interesting to see if Roston Chase stays and if ‘rotating the strike’ will come into their T20 philosophy. West Indies of the 2010s changed T20 cricket with their boundary hitting but they need to move on with the times.
12. Bangladesh 2021 T20 World Cup Team Review
Where do I even start?
I was a fan of the rising Bangladesh ODI team and had them as a semi-finalist possibility, but this team was a complete no-show. Expected to do well in spinning UAE conditions and after dominating Australia & New Zealand at home in dust bowls, this was a huge let down.
For the first time in recent WCs, the seniors did not stand up (Shakib in the first few games apart) which exposed the gaps in the rest of the team. The likes of Liton Das, Soumy Sarkar, and Afif Hossain have not really become consistent cricketers that Bangladesh needed.
The worst part was the last couple of games. Losing a WC happens, but giving up without a fight was truly disappointing as they were skittled for 73 and 84 respectively against Australia & South Africa.
Taskin Ahmed’s comeback spirit and Mahedi Hasan were the only positive.
Bangladesh’s World Cup In A Nutshell
|Result||6th in Group 1 |
2nd in Group B
0/5 (Super 12s)
|Best Match||Bangladesh Survive Oman Scare|
|Highest Run Scorers||Mohammad Naim (174)|
|Highest Wicket Takers||Shakib Al Hasan (11)|
Mahedi Hasan, Mustafizur Rahman (8)
|X Factors||Taskin Ahmed’s Energy|
Shakib Al Hasan in the early stages
|Broken Dreams||Mahmudullah’s captaincy decisions|
Mushfiqur Rahim’s lack of form
Liton Das’s Horror Show
Youngsters Fail To Rise to the Occasion
Shakib Al Hasan’s Injury
What Does Bangladesh Need To Do For the 2022 T20 World Cup?
The next generation of Bangladesh cricket need to come in. Already the likes of Saif Hasasn, Najmul Hossain Shanto, leg spinner Aminul Islam, U-19 winning captain Akbar Ali among others have been selected for the Pakistan T20I series while Mushfiqur Rahim is dropped. I expect the Fab 4 to be in the squad in Australia, but maybe not a regular XI spot. This is the step in the right direction, but one year is too less for a T20I team to develop. It may take a few years to bounce back.
13. Oman 2021 T20 World Cup Team Review
Oman will have mixed feelings from this World Cup.
First of all, they were wonderful hosts and made sure the tournament started off the right foot (beautiful background as well). After winning the first game against PNG comfortably, they would have felt they are almost into the Super 12s, but they let the tense game against Bangladesh slip.
Captain Zeeshan Maqsood’s 3 wicket over, Jainder Singh-Aqib Ilyas’ opening partnership, Singh’s celebrations, and Bilal Khan’s pinpoint yorkers marked Oman’s tournament.
Oman’s World Cup In A Nutshell
|Result||3rd in Group B|
|Best Match||Zeeshan Maqsood, Oman’s openers crush rusty PNG|
|Highest Run Scorers||Jatinder Singh (113)|
Aqib Ilyas (93)
|Highest Wicket Takers||Bilal Khan, Zeeshan Mazsood (5)|
Kaleemullah, Fayyab Butt (4)
|X Factors||Jatinder Singh-Aqib Ilyas Opening Partnership|
|Broken Dreams||Had a foot in the door early on, but could not maintain momentum; This was a good chance to qualify to the next round since all matches were at home|
What Does Oman Need To Do For the 2022 T20 World Cup?
They need to go back and qualify for the 2022 T20 World Cup. They need to make sure their middle order batters can endure pressure moments. Qualification cycles can be difficult, so we do not know if we will see them again. With Zimbabwe back in the qualifiers, it will just be harder.
14. Ireland 2021 T20 World Cup Team Review
All was well and good with the world when Curtis Campher took 4 wickets in 4 balls and Ireland hammered the Netherlands. However, Sri Lanka’s big defeat rocked their NRR and a rising Namibia overthrew them as the ‘Associate giant.’
It was just destiny. Ireland upset the big teams 15 years ago to gain respect for the Associate nations, and now when they are a Full Member, a stronger set of Associate nations are beginning to upset them.
Josh Little the only positive for them apart from Campher.
Ireland’s World Cup In A Nutshell
|Result||3rd in Group A|
|Best Match||Curtis Campher, Mark Adair Destroy Netherlands|
|Highest Run Scorers||Paul Stirling (75)|
|Highest Wicket Takers||Curtis Campher (6)|
Josh Little, Mark Adair (5)
|X Factors||Curtis Campher, The Double Hat-trick Man (or 4-in-4?)|
|Broken Dreams||Full Member Ireland seem to be regressing in T20Is despite strides in ODI cricket|
What Does Ireland Need To Do For the 2022 T20 World Cup?
Ireland’s golden generation has ended, and it will take a while for the young guns to pick up but T20 cricket is just not suited to their styles. Probably the end of the road for Kevin O’Brien. Honestly, I do not see Ireland see improving much unless T20 franchise leagues start acquring talent like Paul Stirling and Josh Little.
15. Papua New Guinea 2021 T20 World Cup Team Review
Papua New Guinea brought the world to the Cricket World Cup. Although they did not win any games, their family-like spirit took the fans by delight.
The partnership between Assad Vala and Charles Amini against Oman displayed that these bunch of players possess a lot of talent if they are given the environment to flourish. Some good hitting at the end by Doriga as well against Scotland to keep the game interesting.
Papua New Guinea’s World Cup In A Nutshell
|Result||4th in Group B|
|Best Match||Scotland Vs Papua New Guinea|
|Highest Run Scorers||Assad Vala (80)|
Kiplin Doriga (64)
|Highest Wicket Takers||Kabua Morea (6)|
|X Factors||Charles Amini-Assad Vala show the flair in their side|
Brilliant diving catches and disciplined fielding throughout
|Broken Dreams||Go Home With No Wins|
What Does Papua New Guinea Need To Do For the 2022 T20 World Cup?
They have to go through qualification again. The next World Cup is near their home in Oceania, but is their World Cup qualification dream too far?
16. Netherlands 2021 T20 World Cup Team Review
Netherlands were a rising team over the last couple of years, but questionable selections and lack of preparation due to COVID-19 meant they could not carry their form in the tournament.
106/10, 44/10 and losing to Namibia after scoring 164/4. Not much of note apart from Max O’Dowd’s form. They came in with good form and called upon RTD & RVDM, but performances did not add up.
Netherlands’ World Cup In A Nutshell
|Result||4th in Group A|
|Highest Run Scorers||Max O’Dowd (123)|
|Highest Wicket Takers||Pieter Seelar, Fred Klaassen, Brandon Glover (2)|
|X Factors||Max O’Dowd continues his good form|
|Broken Dreams||The great Ryan Ten Doeschate retires without a proper sendoff (does not get selected for the last match)|
What Does Netherlands Need To Do For the 2022 T20 World Cup?
They just need to play more between World Cups. They have a South Africa tour coming up. Hopefully they can gain good experience and build confidence. Will need to qualify again however.
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