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Old 20th September 2017, 11:23   #21
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Some of my main reasons for being a sceptic of evaluating non world t20 games is that many matches can be played on absurdly short boundaries at non-regular international venues and that secondly these games can often have hugely experimental line-ups with guys who won't get a game come big tournaments.
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Old 21st September 2017, 03:49   #22
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Still no World Cup winner..........but then it's only correct that Wright & Yardy will be in the Top 10.
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Old 21st September 2017, 16:04   #24
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No. 15 Graeme Swann


Matches: 39
Wickets: 51
BBM: 3/13
Avg:16.84
Econ: 6.36
SR: 15.8
4w: 0
5w: 0

Graeme Swann was England's best spinner for a long time, hewas also one of their best bowler's, seocnd only to James Anderson for some. In the shortest format however, he has been the best. His haul of 51 wickets is the second best by any English bowler in the format and his average is top by a comfortable margin. Most importantly, Swann was rarely expensive. In an age of small boundaries and big bats, he has managed a career economy of less than 7.

It is also important to remember Swann's run in the 2010 edition of the world T20. His 10 wickets were the highest for England and 5th highest overall. His average and economy was the best of any bowler outside of the group stages. His 2 standout performances in the tournament included the highly economical spell against Australia, which suffocated the side and top figures of 3/24 against South Africa, picking the key wickets of SMith, de Villiers and Boucher.

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Old 21st September 2017, 16:18   #25
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No. 14 Ajantha Mendis

Matches: 39
Wickets: 66
BBM: 6/8
Avg:14.42
Econ: 6.45
SR: 13.4
4w: 3
5w: 2

Ajantha Mendis burst onto the scene with a mesmeric 4/15 against Zimbabwe and never really let up. He is 6th all time in terms of wickets and has the best and second best overall figures in a match (6/8 and 6/16). On top of all that, he is second in terms of averages and strike rates. Now those are remarkable stats. Yet, theer was always more to his game than just the numbers. He neevr got the ball to turn much, in fact, many said it would be best to play him like a medium pacer. Easier said than done.

In the 21 world t20 matches he played, he took 35 wickets, just 4 shy of the mighty Afridi. His 15 wickets in the 2012 edition took his side the final against the West Indies. As good as he was and as bright as he burned, he disappeared just as quickly, with a couple of cameos in the 2014 edition, ironically it was a tournament that the Mendis-less Sri Lankans won. That should not negate all that came before, because in the age where spinners were supposed to be squashed, Mendis won more often than not.

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Old 21st September 2017, 16:45   #26
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No. 13 Yuvraj Singh

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Matches: 58 Matches: 58
HS: 77* BBM: 3/17
Runs: 1177 Wickets: 28
Avg: 28.02 Avg: 17.82
SR: 136.38 SR: 15.1
100s: 0 Econ: 7.06
50s: 8 4w: 0
4s: 77 5w: 0
6s: 74

Long before the start of T20 cricket, Yuvraj Singh had already proved himself to be one of the best strikers of the cricket ball on the world circuit. He was a more than capable bowler too. So it would seem obvious that the man known as Yuvi would take to the shortest format, right? Correct. His career strike rate and the sheer number of sixes he hit is testimony to that.

It was at the first ever world t20 event that Yuvi stole the show. His brutal innings against England (58 off just 16 balls) featured 6 sixes against a hapless Broad, who could do nothing more than look on. He was as much a spectator as everyone else in Durban. That pushed India's score comfortably past 200. That was just one of Yuvi's many savage innings, followed by 70 off just 30 against Australia in the very next match. few however, come better than his 60 off 25, chasing 206 against a Sri Lankan attack that included Malinga. His bowling may not have held up as well but his 3for against Sri Lanka and 3/17 against England were impressive spells in high scoring games.

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Old 23rd September 2017, 11:48   #28
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Old 23rd September 2017, 17:37   #30
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Apologies for not continuing my list yesterday. Had work and all that rubbish.

Anyway, we are going to get into the top 10 now.

No. 12 Michael Hussey

Matches: 38
HS: 60*
Avg: 37.94
SR: 136.29
100s: 0
50s: 4
4s: 58
6s: 25

Michael Hussey is one of Australia's finest middle order batsman and in the limited overs format, he became a much feared finisher. The greatest finisher ever? Possibly. T20 came at the tail end of Hussey's career but he was seemingly purpose built for it. His numbers in world tournaments are simply remarkable and his ability to take Australia over the line missed dearly. Three of Hussey's four half centuries came in winning causes and none of them at less than a sr of 130.

That brings us onto what is still to this day, the best T20 innings played in a major world T20 match. The stage was the semi final of the 2010 addition, the opponent, Pakistan, arguably the best T20 team of the previous few years. They had scored a mammoth 191, and Australia were reeling at 105/5. The likes of Ajmal, Afridi and Amir were bowling at their absolute best. Impossible? In steps Mr Impossible. He would dismantle Ajmal and strike 6 sixes and 3 fours. In the space of less than 3 overs, Australia, or rather, Hussey, had an impossible victory.

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Old 23rd September 2017, 17:55   #31
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No. 11 Hashim Amla

Matches: 41
Runs: 1189
HS: 97*
Avg: 33.97
SR: 130.94
100s: 0
50s: 7
4s: 135
6s: 25

Hashim Amla was not supposed to be a great limited overs player but his baility to adapt, improvise and pressure fielders has made him one of the greats. In the shortest formats, there are few cricketers who can play in the top order and score as much or as quickly as Amla. His role as an anchor, and a consistent run getter gives South African batters such as AB and Faf to play around him, to hit big and at times, hit out. As long as Amla is there, steadying the ship, they have a chance of posting a big score. Of the 7 half centuries he has scored, 5 have come in winning causes, 2 of them batting first and setting a score. The other 3 in the process of chasing scores.

Possibly his best innings was played in his most recent T20 match. A stunning, chanceless 72, against a Pakistan side featuring the top T20 bowler in Imad Wasim, Raees and Khan. As quick wickets fell around him, against a loud home crowd, Amla just kept going. He milked the odd single, pushed for doubles and struck crisp boundaries. It was reminiscent of all his best work, high scoring in South Africa's 229 against England comes to mind, or his brilliant, if sedate 41 against New Zealand. Amla is a technically proficient test batsman with the nous to match any modern day limited over hitter.

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Old 23rd September 2017, 18:10   #32
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No. 10 Kevin Pietersen

Matches: 37
Runs: 1176
HS: 79
Avg: 37.93
SR: 141.51
100s: 0
50s: 7
4s: 119
6s: 32

Kevin Pietersen...what is there to say? One of the most promising careers of the last two decades, cut short in controversy and embarassment, yet so muc hwas achieved. His swashbuckling style and carefree batting brought the test arena to life, it should have done the same in the ODI game but for whatever reason, his numbers and legacy remain a level or two below the game's great. That is not a criticism that can be labeled at his T20 run. He struck the ball beautifully, lit up match after match and was the cornerstone upon which England won their first, and only ICC tournament.

Just under half of KP's career came in world t20 events and his numbers read like a fantasy. An average of 45, a sr of almost 150 and well over 500 runs. he was the 5th highest run getter in the first edition and then came second in the 2010 edition. It would not be an overexaggeration to state that England would not have won without his 248 runs and 2 50s. His average of 62 was more than anyone with 4 or more matches. His best innings remains a beautifully brutal 72 against Pakistan, setting the tone for the rest of the tournament.

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No. 9 Tillakaratne Dilshan

Matches: 80
Runs: 1889
HS: 104*
Avg: 28.19
SR: 120.54
100s: 1
50s: 13
4s: 223
6s: 33

The inventor of the Dilscoop and perveyor of funky facial hair, Dilshan is one of the most iconic T20 cricketers of all time. It would not be an overstatement to regard him as a revolutionary of top order batting in the shortest format. In an age wheer spinners can open the bowling and fast bowlers use a combination of cutters and slower deliveries, top order batsmen needed to evolve. Dilshan understood the need to exploit every inch of a cricket field, even if that meant playing behind the keeper. That one movement changed how top order batsmen approached a bowling line up and how fielding sides arranged themselves.

All great players need iconic innings and few come better than the surgical 96 not out against the West Indies in the 2009 world T20. Or maybe it does get better, with his first and only T20 century coming against Australia and yet again resulting in him carrying his bat. It was a brutal innings, struck at a rate of 183. The likes of Lee and Johnson were treated with utter disdain. All of this andt here has been little mention of Dilshan's often useful overs. His bowling was not as potent when it came to picking up wickets but he could often tie up an end, get through so overs and restrict batsmen when needed. A remarkable innovator.

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Old 26th September 2017, 11:54   #34
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No. 8 AB de Villiers

Matches: 76
Runs: 1603
HS: 79*
Avg: 25.85
SR: 134.14
100s: 0
50s: 10
4s: 131
6s: 59

South Africa's talismanic bat twirler is one of the great batsmen of the 21st century. AB has fulfilled his potential and then some across all formats and as the T20 era dawned, it was obvious he would take to it like a duck to water. A large amount of his success has been a result of his ability, much like the man who sits just below him, to hit all around the park. AB was one of the first batsmen to utilise a full 360 shot selection across grounds that were growing smaller and smaller. In T20, it has worked out just as well and his free scoring ability is second to none.

His teams inability to win the big one is well documented but 5 of AB's 10 fifties have come in world tournaments and his strike increases from 134 to 143. Two of his best innings have come in these events. One a clever, patient (don't often get to say that in T20) half century against India in 2009 and the other a blistering 79 not out against Scotland. However, ABs value lies in more than just his batting. T20 cricket has shown us the importance of fielding, the way to pick up wickets when the pitch, the conditions and the size of the ground is all against you. AB is arguably the best and in his absolute prime, was just as important to the saffers for in on field diving as he was for his batting.

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No. 7 Saeed Ajmal

Matches: 64
Wickets: 85
BBM: 4/19
Avg: 17.83
Econ: 6.36
SR: 16.8
4w: 4
5w: 0

T20 cricket was supposed to be the death of spin bowling. How could the 50 mph men withstand the large bats, small boundaries and 360 hitting of the likes of AB and Dilshan? The big scoops of Gayle? They weren't supposed to. Yet Swann and to a much higher level, Ajmal repurposed their game. Balls could be darted in now and the odd delivery slowed. Ajmal was master at this. His doosra was a work of beauty and when he got the ball looping against the left handers, he was seemingly unplayable.

The numbers, even at a glance, are impressive but when you dig a little deeper and understand the context of such an average, or the number of wickets, they become even more important. In the early years of T20 cricket, apart from the blight of the first final, Pakistan were the team and Ajmal was their ultimate weapon. He picked 12 wickets on the way to winning the tournament at first time of asking, he picked 11 in 2010, guinding Pakistan to the semis and picked 9 as his powers started to wane in 2012. In ecah of tehse tournaments, Pakistan swooped into the knock out stages and beyond. His was a remarkable ability, turn, bounce and flight. The best off spinner since Murali.

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No. 6 Lasith Malinga

Matches: 68
Wickets: 90
BBM: 5/31
Avg: 19.77
Econ: 7.36
SR: 16.1
4w: 1
5w: 1

Lasith Malinga is about as iconic as they come. The bright curly hair, the whipping, catapault like action and at his best, the sheering pace and toe crushing yorkers. In the years following the retirement of Wasim and Waqar, it seemed those types of deliveries were fading. Try as their descendents might, they just lacked the oomph. Malinga brought that art back with a bang in the shortest format and for a time, it seemed he only ever bowled variants of the yorker.

Malinga's 5/31 still stands as one of the standout performances in the format. IT ripped the heart out of an already uphill battle for England. Then he would return to dislodge a rampant Patel and take out Buttler. It's not just that Malingo could pick up wickets, often in clumps but the way he could do it. Theer was the fast in swinging yorker, the slower bouncer, the sloer, loopy yorker and on the odd occassion, a sort of cutter to trap batsmen on their pads. A kingping of the game.

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5. Umar Gul

Matches: 60
Wickets: 85
BBM: 5/6
Avg: 16.97
Econ: 7.19
SR: 14.1
4w: 4
5w: 2

One of the most successful bowlers in the format, Umar gUl revitalised his international career in the shortest format and never looked back. HIs performances across multiple world T20s are the stuff of legend and his shearing, reverse swinging yorker was the scorn of world class batsmen for years. In 24 world T20 matches, he averaged a shade over 17 and produced arguably the greatest spell in T20 cricket.

The spell in question came against New Zealand in 2009. The Oval, a scene of many Pakistani triumphs, was awash with a raucous crowd, willing Pakistan on in a tournament where they had shown glimpses of brilliance. They had already lost a game in the Super 8s and needed a win, Umar Gul stepped up and ripped the New Zealand middle and lower order to shreds. There was the dipping yorker to McGlashan and then Nathan McCullum's leg stump was sent flying. Franklin perished to another classic Pakistani yorker. Game. Set. Match.
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4. Brendon McCullum

Matches: 71
Runs: 2140
HS: 123
Avg: 35.66
SR: 136.21
100s: 2
50s: 13
4s: 199
6s: 91

Brendon McCullum is as cavalier as they come. His flashing bat was one of the most trhilling sights across formats for years and he rarely did it better than his time as one of the premier destroyers in T20 cricket. Not to mention he completed almost 2/3 of his matches as a keeper, taking 44 dismissals in the process. McCullum was the heart and soul of the New Zealands sides of the last ten or so years. He was also their captain fantastic, striking 5 of his 13 fifties as he led the side, with a win percentage of 46% in a format where not much is guaranteed.

Arguably his best innings came against Bangladesh, a brutal 123 off just 58 deliveries. He walloped the opposition to all parts, and secured a total of 191, something Bangladesh were neevr going to chase down. Or maybe it was that other century he scored against the old foe Australia in a thrilling tie, resolved only through the use of a super over. Or was it the stunning 68 during which he put the English bowlers to the sword? There are too many to choose from.

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3. Virat Kohli

Matches: 52
Runs: 1852
HS: 90*
Avg: 52.91
SR: 136.17
100s: 0
50s: 17
4s: 199
6s: 35

In a nation of idols, Virat Kohli may be India's best known statue of reverence. He has replaced Tendulkar, both as an icon and as a batting figure of excellence. His place among the pantheon of greats in other formats may be up for debate but in T20 cricket, he is one of the best to ever do it. His average can not be touched, his ability to guide his team home is almost unmatched and the ease with which he can build a score is the envy of his contemporaries.

Kohli does not have the brute strength of Gayle or Afridi but he manages to rotatet he strike, wear teams out, frustrate bowlers and strike with beautifully caressed boundaries. He doesn't so much as hit the ball as he glides it away from his body and towards the advertising hoardings. Time and time again he has been there when his team has needed him most, moulding them into one of the best T20 outfits of recent times.

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