Mumbai: The International Cricket Council on Monday named Virat Kohli as skipper of team of ICC World T20. The Indian, who scored 273 runs with the average of 136.50 and strike rate of 146.77, registered three half-centuries to finish as the second highest run-getter in the tournament behind Tamim Iqbal (295 runs).
Ashish Nehra is only other Indian who made it to the team. Nerha, who was India’s best bowler in the tournament, scalped 5 wickets in as many games with the economy rate of 5.94.
While MS Dhoni-led Indian side could not win the trophy, Kohli’s performance in the tournament received a lot of praise. Kohli, who hit 29 fours and 5 sixes, also won the Player of the Tournament award for his superb batting show.
The Kohli-led team includes four England cricketers – opener Jason Roy, middle order batsmen Joe Root and wicketkeeper Jos Buttler and bowler David Willey. Leg-spinner Samuel Badree and all-rounder Andre Russell are the two West Indian cricketers who made it to the side.
Men’s team of #WT20: Roy, de Kock (WK), Kohli (c), Root, Buttler, Watson, Russell, Santner, Willey, Badree, Nehra, Mustafizur (12th)— ICC Media (@ICCMediaComms) April 4, 2016
Shane Watson and Mitchell Santner mark the Trans-Tasmanian presence in the side while South Africa are represented by Quinton de Kock.
Bangladesh’s Mustafizur Rahman is the 12th man of the side.
The women's team will be led by West Indies' skipper Stafanie Taylor and has no Indian representative.
Women’s team of #WT20: Bates, Edwards, Lanning, Taylor (c), Devine, Priest (WK), Dottin, Schutt, Luus, Kasperek, Shrubsole, Anam (12th)— ICC Media (@ICCMediaComms) April 4, 2016
Announcing the squads, ICC General Manager – Cricket, Geoff Allardice, who chaired the meeting, said, “The experts had an extremely difficult task to select the men’s and women’s squads from around 400 cricketers who represented the 26 teams, thanks to outstanding performances by all the players at this hugely successful event.
“In the end, I believe the selectors have chosen two very well balanced sides which are capable of beating any opposition under any conditions.”