The 2022 edition of the T20 World Cup has come to a close. England were crowned champions as they beat Pakistan in the final by five wickets at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). After a tightly fought Super 12 round, India, Pakistan, England and New Zealand made the semi-finals. However, the Kiwis were thumped by Pakistan by seven wickets in the first semi-final in Sydney, while England hammered India by 10 wickets in the other knockout clash in Adelaide. While the T20 World Cup saw some memorable performances, there were many big names who let their team down. On that note, here’s the flop XI of the T20 World Cup 2022.
Openers: Rohit Sharma (captain), David Warner
Indian captain Rohit Sharma and Australia’s veteran batter David Warner will open the innings for the flop XI. Rohit managed a mere 116 runs in six games at an average of 19.33 and a strike rate of 106.42. His only half-century came against the Dutch, and he enjoyed a lot of luck in that innings as well.
Player of the Tournament last year in the UAE, Warner had a horror series this time, finding out weird ways to get out. He was dismissed for 5, 11, 3 and 25 in four innings that Australia played in the World Cup. His failures set Australia back in a big way.
Middle-order: Babar Azam, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Mitchell Marsh, Charith Asalanka
Pakistan reached the T20 World Cup final in spite of Babar Azam’s failure and not because of him. They got to the end due to their bowlers. Barring the fifty in the semis, he had a disastrous tournament. He ended up scoring 124 runs at an average of 17.71 and an unacceptable strike rate of 93.23.
The flop XI seems to be the league of captains. West Indies captain Nicholas Pooran also failed to inspire his team. In three matches, he scored 5, 7 and 13. He was responsible in a big way for West Indies being knocked out ahead of the Super 12s.
Player of the Final last year, there were high hopes from Mitchell Marsh. But the Aussie failed to deliver. In four matches, he scored 106 runs with a best of 45 and an average of 26.50. Australia needed a lot more from him.
Sri Lanka’s Charith Asalanka, of whom much was expected, could not deliver the goods. He had the highest score of 38 not out in seven innings. He kept getting out after getting starts.
Bowlers: Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Pat Cummins, Kagiso Rabada, Obed McCoy
In a World Cup where spinners from most top countries made a genuine impact, making use of the bounce on the surface, India’s spin duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel were massive failures. Ashwin claimed six wickets in six matches, but most of those wickets were against weak sides. He struggled against South Africa and in the semi-final against England.
Axar was seen as a like-to-like replacement for Ravindra Jadeja, but he had a horror series with both bat and ball. He picked up only three wickets in five games and was very expensive. His wickets came against Netherlands and Zimbabwe. He did not make any contribution with the willow.
Pacers Pat Cummins and Kagiso Rabada also find a place in the flop XI. Both the big games struggled. Cummins claimed three wickets in four matches and went for plenty. South African pacer Rabada managed only two scalps in five games and was a massive disappointment for the team.
We round off with a left-arm seamer in Obed McCoy, who was expected to do a good job for West Indies. He claimed only one wicket in three games despite West Indies’ opponents being Scotland, Zimbabwe, and Ireland.