In 2016 alone, there were over 700 T20s played all over the world with the emergence of new leagues like Pakistan Super League. The inaugural edition of the PSL saw Misbah-ul-Haq-led Islamabad United being crowned champions.
In the Big Bash, the Hussey brothers took on each other in the final with Mike Hussey leading the underdogs Sydney Thunder to an unlikely victory against Melbourne Stars. In the international circuit, it was once against West Indies who were crowned champions for the second time in World T20, beating England in the final.
After the World T20, cricket fans saw Warner winning the maiden IPL trophy for Sunrises Hyderabad. In England, it was the Northants who came out on top as T20 champions. The other leagues around the saw did garner attention from the cricketing fraternity. The Dhaka Dynamites won the Bangladesh Premier League and the Titans won the CSA T20 challenge. Cricket-21based on the T20 performance of players this year, puts together the a T20 playing XI of the year.
T20 Team of the year 2016
Cricket-21 T20 Team of the Year Bench
#1 & #2 – David Warner and Virat Kohli
The Indian – Australian opening pair of Virat Kohli and David Warner will be a perfect right – left opening combo at the top. While Kohli is the leading run-getter in T20s this year, Warner is ahead of Kohli when it comes to runs accumulated during the powerplay overs. Kohli has been remarkable in 2016, only 8 out of 29 instances he has batted, he registered a score of less than 30 runs.
Kohli and Warner in T20s in 2016
Kohli helped India regain No.1 rank by putting up three consecutive half centuries against Australia, which saw India whitewash Australia 3-0 in their backyard. He also guided India to the semi-final of World T20 by playing match winning knocks against Pakistan and Australia. In the international scenario, he has the best batting average amongst the batsman who have played minimum five innings, averaging 106.8.
David Warner might not have success in the international cricket this year, but his contribution in the franchise cricket has been enormous. He guided his IPL team Sunrises Hyderabad to their maiden IPL title by notching up 560 runs in 17 matches, the second most runs scored in IPL 2016. Both the openers are capable of playing a long innings, combined together they have been dismissed only 13 times out of the 50 innings they batted during powerplay this year.
Kohli and Warner in overs 1-6 in T20s in 2016
#3 – AB De Villiers
High on adaptability and creativity, AB De Villiers, can completely tear opponents apart. His performance against the Gujarat Lions in the qualifier in the IPL this year is an example of his ability to grab games out of the hands of the opponents. RCB were reduced to 31/5 inside powerplay overs chasing 159, but AB De Villiers’ heroic knock of 79 of 47 balls powered them into the final of IPL 2016.
AB De Villiers in T20s in 2016
#4 – Umar Akmal
The leading run-getter of the inaugural edition of Pakistan Super league Umar Akmal makes the cut as the #4 batsman. He scored 335 runs in 7 matches at a strike rate of 157.3 for Lahore Qalandars in the PSL.
Umar Akmal batting from overs 7-15 in T20s in 2016
#5 Shakib Al Hassan
Shakib Al Hassan has been the most successful all-rounder in the international arena with over 200 runs and has taken 10+ wickets playing for Bangladesh in 2016. He was a vital cog in the Jamaican team that won CPL 2016 and he also led the Dhaka Dynamites to their maiden BPL trophy contributing with both bat and ball.
Shakib Batting in T20s in 2016
Shakib Bowling in T20s in 2016
#6 – Dwayne Bravo
Bravo played in as many as four T20 leagues around the world and was also a key player in the World T20 winning West Indies team. He is the undisputed champion when it comes to bowling at the death, often deceiving batsman with his cutters, he is presently the only bowler to have taken 50 wickets in that phase. He is also handy with that bat during the death overs, having scored 472 runs in that phase.
Dwayne Bravo batting from overs 16-20 in T20s in 2016
Dwayne Bravo bowling from overs 16-20 in T20s in 2016
#7 – Andre Russell
The most capped T20 player 2016 is the Jamaican all-rounder Andre Russell. The hard-hitting batsman is a complete package, he can bowl at any stage of the game and not to forget that he is an extremely athletic fielder. He has taken 26 wickets bowling in the powerplay, most by any bowler bowling in powerplay in T20s. In 2016, Russell has been in title-winnings teams of four T20 leagues around the world and a World T20 winning West Indies.
Andre Russell Batting in T20s in 2016
Andre Russell Bowling in T20s in 2016
#8 – Mohammad Nabi
The lone cricketer among the associate nations to make the cut, Nabi, gave Afghanistan crucial break-throughs in all three matches of the qualifying stages to help his team seal a birth for the super 10s of World T20. He was also the leading wicket taker of the World T20 with 12 scalps and also had success in the franchise cricket playing for Chittagong Vikings in Bangladesh Premier League. His ability to bowl in the powerplay was made use well by both Afghanistan and the Chittagong Vikings.
Mohammad Nabi bowling from overs 1-6 in T20s in 2016
#9 – Adam Zampa
His successful stint while playing for the Melbourne Stars in the BBL landed him his debut for Australia at the World T20, where he was Australia’s leading wicket taker. In the IPL that followed, he claimed the second best bowling figures of IPL when he took 6 for 19 for Rising Pune Supergiants. Among the 46 bowlers who have taken 20 or more wickets in 2016, Zampa has the best balls per boundary of 10.7
Adam Zampa in T20s in 2016
#10 – SohailTanvir
The 32-year-old left arm seamer’s pace variation makes him one of the most sought after bowlers of 2016. He is yet another bowler who has found success bowling in the powerplay as well as bowling during the death by being economical.
Sohail Tanvir Phase wise bowling in T20s in 2016
#11 – Mustafizur Rahman
Mustafizur Rahman has well established himself as one of the most reliable bowlers of 2016. One of the aspects of his bowling that the Sunrisers made full use of was his ability to take wickets and curb the runs in the last five overs. Among the bowlers who have bowled 25 or more overs at the death, Mustafizur Rahman has the second best economy rate in that phase in 2016.
Mustafizur Rahman from overs 16-20 in T20s in 2016
#12 – Kumar Sangakkara
Kumar Sangakkara has played 47 T20 matches in 2016 alone which ranks him 5th in the most number of T20 matches played in 2016. Most of Sangakkara’s runs have come during the middle over phase, only one batsman has managed to surpass Sangakkara’s tally of 727 runs during the middle over phase, Kohli.
Kumar Sangakkara batting from overs 7-15 in T20s in 2016
#13 – Jos Buttler
Jos Buttler has been England’s premium batsman in the shorter version of the game. Only in three instances he registered score of less than 30 out of the 10 innings he batted for England. His specialty is his six hitting ability, he has managed to hit more sixes than fours batting at the death which makes him the ideal finisher.
Jos Buttler batting from overs 16-20 in T20s in 2016
#14 – Imad Wasim
West Indies after winning the World T20 and the two-match series against India were handed a 3-0 defeat by Pakistan, courtesy of some skillful bowling from Imad Wasim, the eventual man of the series. He took 9 wickets in that series with a bowling average of 5.9. He also helped Jamaica Tallawahs bag the CPL T20 title with his man of the match performance of 21/3 in the final. Among the nine spinners who have bowled minimum of 80 overs this year, Imad Wasim has the best economy rate.
Imad Wasim bowling in T20s in 2016
#15 – Jasprit Bumrah
The 23-year-old India pacer’s unorthodox bowling action makes him hard to pick. He is capable of bowling yorkers on demand and is difficult to score boundaries off. The leading wicket taker in T20I with 28 scalps of 21 matches, Bumrah would play an important role for India in the future.
Bumrah bowling in T20s in 2016