Jos Buttler and Babar Azam pick "Player of the Tournament" for T20 WC; leaves out Virat Kohli
The T20 World Cup 2022 has been a tournament of some incredible performances and some great games that have entertained cricket lovers from all around the world. In the end, it is Pakistan who will lock horns with England in the final of the tournament on Sunday.
The game will take on the Melbourne Cricket Ground at the 1:30 pm IST. With so many top performers in the tournament, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has picked the top nine competitors, including Virat Kohli and Suryakumar Yadav, as the nominees for "Player of the Tournament.".
However, ahead of the final PAK-ENG clash, it was asked of both English and Pakistani skippers who they thought would be an ideal candidate to win the "Player of the Tournament" award. Interestingly, both captains were very clear with their answers.
The English skipper Jos Buttler picked the star Indian 360-degree batter, Suryakumar Yadav, saying that his batting is very eye catching. SKY scored a total of 239 runs in six games at an incredible strike rate of 189.68 with three centuries.
He said, "I think Suryakumar Yadav for me has been someone who's played with extreme freedom. He's been incredibly eye-catching to watch in such a star-studded lineup. To stand out the way he has is amazing."
Notably, Buttler is himself among the nine shortlisted players by the ICC, along with teammates Alex Hales and Sam Curran. He also spoke about his countrymen and said if Sam and Hales can carry on their form in the final, they can also win the "Player of the Tournament" award.
From Pakistan, ace pacer Shaheen Afridi and star all-rounder Shadab Khan have been named among the nine players in contention for this award. When asked the same question, Babar Azam was quick to name his countryman Shadab, who could win this award.
He said, "I think it should be Shadab Khan for the way he is playing. While his bowling has been outstanding, his batting has also improved quite a bit. His dominating performances in the last three games along with his outstanding fielding make him a prime contender for "Player of the Tournament."
Shadab has been crucial for Pakistan in their most recent must-win games. He scored a 21-ball fifty in a do-or-die match against South Africa and has picked up 10 wickets at a decent economy rate of 6.59 in six games. Apart from these players, Virat Kohli, Zimbabwe's Sikander Raza, and Sri Lankan all-rounder Wanindu Hasaranga are also on the list.