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Breed Named in the World Cup Team of the Tournament

The Herald

Eddie Chikamhi-Senior Sports Reporter

ZIMBABWE’s multi-talented Sikandar Raza has been named to the International Cricket Council’s Tournament Most Valuable Team following his dazzling performances at the recently concluded ICC T20 Men’s World Cup in Australia.

The 36-year-old won many hearts at the tournament after leading Zimbabwe beyond the first round of the competition for the first time in six T20 World Cup appearances.

The versatile veteran put on a brilliant show with both bat and ball and finished as Zimbabwe’s leading run scorer in the tournament, with 219 runs to his name with a strike rate of 147.97.

It also picked up 10 wickets while trading at an average economic rate of 6.50. He was outstanding with the bat to lead Zimbabwe onto the Super 12 stage, and his three-wicket save helped set up the shock victory over Pakistan.

England, who emerged victorious in Sunday’s final victory over Pakistan at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground, have four players in the MVP of the Tournament.

Interestingly, former Zimbabwe youth international Sam Curran, who switched allegiance to England, was voted Player of the Tournament.

The southpaw was excellent throughout the World Cup, particularly in the death overs, finishing with an impressive comeback of 3/12 in four overs against Pakistan. He took 13 wickets in the tournament and had a great economy rate of 6.52.

His teammates Jos Buttler, Alex Hales and Mark Wood were chosen for the Team of the Tournament. India’s Virat Kohli, who was the tournament’s top scorer with 296 runs, was also included in the World Cup squad along with his compatriot Suryakumar Yadav.

ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 Team of the Tournament:

Jos Buttler (England), Alex Hales (England), Virat Kohli (India), Suryakumar Yadav (India), Glen Phillips (New Zealand), Sikandar Raza (Zimbabwe), Shadab Khan (Pakistan), Anrich Nortje (South Africa), Mark Wood (England), Shaheen Afridi (Pakistan), Sam Curran (England)

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