The T20 World Cup 2021 came to an exciting close on November 14, 2021 with Australia defeating New Zealand by eight wickets to claim their first-ever T20 World Cup. 

Mitchell Marsh was adjudged the Player of the Match in the T20 World Cup 2021 final after his unbeaten 77 under pressure helped the Australians win the final.

Australia’s previous best finish at the T20 World Cup was in 2010 when they lost the final to England by seven wickets.

The Aussies will now be defending their title at home next year with the eighth edition of the T20 World Cup slated to take place in Australia in 2022. 

Here we take a closer look at some of the interesting stats, records and top performers from the seventh edition of the T20 World Cup.

Who was the Player of the Tournament in T20 World Cup 2021?

David Warner was named the Player of the Tournament for his outstanding performance throughout, including the final against New Zealand. The Australian opener amassed 289 runs in seven matches at an average of 48.16 and a strike rate of 146.70, with three half-centuries to his credit. His best knock was an unbeaten 89 in a winning cause against West Indies in the Super 12 stage and the aggressive left-hander also struck the most number of boundaries (34) in the tournament. 

Who scored the most runs in T20 World Cup 2021?

Pakistan skipper Babar Azam maintained his red-hot form at the T20 World Cup 2021 by finishing the tournament as its leading run-scorer with 303 runs in six innings, including four half-centuries, three of which came in succession. He scored at an average of 60.60 and a strike rate of 126.25 and was influential in his side’s terrific run at the marquee event.

Who took the most wickets in T20 World Cup 2021?

Wanindu Hasaranga was a bright spark in an otherwise disappointing campaign for Sri Lanka and ended the tournament with 16 wickets at an average of 9.75 and a miserly economy rate of 5.20. His best bowling effort was that of 3/9 which came against Netherlands in the Super 12 qualifiers.

What was the highest team score at the T20 World Cup 2021?

The Virat Kohli-led Indian cricket team posted the highest score in the T20 World Cup 2021 against Afghanistan at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. Put into bat first, the Men in Blue rode on their openers KL Rahul (69 off 48) and Rohit Sharma’s (47-ball 74) twin fifties to register a match-winning total of 210/2 on the board. In reply, Afghanistan managed 144/7 in their 20 overs as India secured a 66-run win in the Super 12 Group 2 encounter.

What was the lowest team score at the T20 World Cup 2021?

Netherlands were bundled out for 44 against Sri Lanka in a group stage game at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium in T20 World Cup 2021. Electing to bowl first, the Sri Lankan bowlers picked wickets at regular intervals to bowl out the associate nation for a paltry score. Spinner Wanindu Hasaranga and fast bowler Lahiru Kumara were the destroyer-in-chiefs for the island nation, bagging three wickets each. Sri Lanka chased down the target in 7.2 overs with eight wickets in hand.

Who made the highest individual score at the T20 World Cup 2021?

England’s swashbuckling opening batter and wicket-keeper Jos Buttler made the highest individual score at the T20 World Cup 2021. The 31-year-old smashed an unbeaten 101 off just 67 balls against Sri Lanka in a Super 12 Group 1 encounter at Sharjah. Scoring at an impressive strike rate of 150.74, Buttler clobbered six maximums and six fours to notch the only century in the 2021 T20 World Cup.

Who had the best bowling figures at the T20 World Cup 2021?

Australia’s Adam Zampa recorded the best bowling figures against Bangladesh at the T20 World Cup in Dubai in 2021. The leg spinner picked five wickets for just 19 runs in his quota of four overs to skittle out Bangladesh for 73 in the Super 12s. Zampa finished as the second highest wicket-taker (13 scalps) in the marquee T20 tournament, only three wickets behind Wanindu Hasaranga.

Who hit the most sixes at the T20 World Cup 2021? 

England vice-captain Jos Buttler smashed the most sixes in the T20 World Cup 2021. The opening batter hammered 13 maximums in six matches, edging Pakistan wicket-keeper batter Mohammad Rizwan who had clobbered 12 sixes. 

Among the teams, semi-finalists Pakistan hit the most sixes in the ICC T20 tournament. The Men in Green hammered 40 sixes in six matches while champions Australia finished second on the list, hitting 37 maximums in seven matches.

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