No Kohli? No Smith? World Test Championship best XI…
After the heartbreak in 2015 and 2019 ODI world cup, New Zealand have won the inaugural World Test Championship. New Zealand beat India in a thrilling 6 day match winning it by 8 wickets. And if you think of where New Zealand cricket was in early 2010s, it is a fairy tale story.
With 2 years of quality test cricket, a lot of players showed their class and consistency. So, lets pick a team of best performers of World Test Championship 2019-21, let’s go…
1. Rohit Sharma
After being away from test cricket, he came back in 2019 and what a impact he has had. He was the 46th ranked test player at the start of 2019 and now he is 7th ranked player. He scored 1094 runs in 19 innings with the average of 60.77. His strike rate of 62.65 is the highest amongst the top 25 run getters in the WTC.
2. Dimuth Karunaratne
Sri-Lanka finished 8th in the WTC but Dimuth Karunaratne impressed us all with his calm and fluent batting performance. With Rohit Sharma playing his natural game, he can just control the inning and form a beautiful partnership with him. He scored 999 runs with the average of 55.50.The Sri-Lankan opener scored 4 centuries with the highest of 244 against Bangladesh.
3. Marnus Labuschagne
The first ever concussion substitute in test cricket is now arguably one of the best player in the world. Labuschagne scored 1675 runs with the average of 72.82 in 23 innings. He scored 5 centuries and 9 half centuries, which is the most among any players in WTC.
4. Kane Williamson (C)
After losing both 2015 and 2019 ODI World cup final, Kane Williamson has got his hands in a ICC trophy. New-Zealand captain finished the championship as the leading run scorer for a New-Zealander with 918 runs in 16 innings. He averaged 61.20 which is the third best in the championship only behind Marnus Labuschagne and Steve Smith. He is going to captain this team.
5. Mohammad Rizwan
After returning to the Pakistan test squad in 2019, he has been one of their key player. He scored 741 runs with the average of 46.31 and striking at the rate of 52.25. He is an explosive batsman who can change the game in his own.
6. Risabh Pant (WK)
Making his test debut in 2018, Pant is quickly becoming one of the focal point in Indian test team. He has played some amazing knocks which has helped India out a lot in recent months. He finished the championship with 707 runs with the strike rate of 66.26. His wicket keeping has improved a lot becoming the fastest wicket keeper for India to affect 50 dismissals in test cricket.
7. Ben Stokes
The no.3 ranked test all-rounder comes in at no.7. The Englishman can change the game on his own either with his bowling or batting. We all saw that inning in Headingly where he single handedly won the match for England. He scored 1334 runs in 32 innings with the average of 46.00 and striking at the rate of 57.79.
8. Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin is one of the best spinner in modern era. He can take wickets where ever he plays, either in subcontinent or be in places like England, Australia, New-Zealand where spinners are not that effective. He is currently 2nd ranked test bowler and 4th ranked all-rounder in test cricket. Ashwin finished ICC WTC with 71 wickets averaging 20.33.
9. Pat Cummins
The 28 year old has been the best bowler in the world since 2019. Australia finished 3rd in the WTC where he played an instrumental role. He was their leading wicket taker with 70 wickets with the average of 21.02. He is also a handy batsman averaging 16.46 in test cricket.
10. Stuart Broad
From getting smashed for 6-sixes in an over to arguably one of the best English fast bowler ever, what a journey it has been for Stuart Broad. The no.7 ranked fast bowler bagged 69 wickets in 32 innings. He is a pretty handy batsman as well with the strike rate of 65.18 in his career.
11. Tim Southee
From debuting at a difficult stage of New-Zealand cricket to becoming the inaugural ICC World Test Championship champions, what a journey it has been for New-Zealand cricket and Tim Southee. Tim Southee finished the championship as fourth highest wicket taker with 56. He can also hit the ball pretty hard with the strike rate of 84.75.