Mirpur: The final day of the World Twenty20 here is a good time to look back at the best catch, knock and even disappointment of the tournament.
With all the scribes who had also reported on matches in Sylhet and Chittagong now having gathered here for Sunday’s final, there was discussions as to who were the top acts of the tournament and in most instances there was unanimous agreement.
Though Bangladesh did not do well and their star batsman Tamim Iqbal failed with the bat, his catch of West Indies’ Chris Gayle at long-off is considered the best. Though the shot’s momentum took him outside the boundary, he lobbed the ball up, tumbled back on to the field and completed the catch. In the same match, he took another brilliant catch off Dwayne Bravo, soaring to his right side at third man.
The best bating display was England’s Alex Hales’ century against Sri Lanka at Chittagong. His unbeaten knock of 116, after England lost two wickets for zero, contained 11 boundaries and half a dozen sixes and came off 64 balls.
The best bowling was undoubtedly Rangana Herath’s five for three in 3.3 overs against New Zealand at Chittagong.
Everyone was also unanimous in their selection of the most impressive team, with the Netherlands, who stunned England and almost beat South Africa, adjudged the best.
However, the biggest disappointment of the tournament were hosts Bangladesh, who lost all their matches in the Super-10 stage and also lost to Hong Kong in the qualifier. This has resulted in Nazmul Hasan Papon, the president of the Bangladesh Cricket Board, demanding a full report from their team coach and manager on the debacle.
He has also announced that Bangladesh’s star batsman Shakib Al Hasan has been asked to explain himself after his critical comments in an interview given to a local newspaper. Al Hasan may have to face the disciplinary committee, who could punish him for having broken protocol and given the interview.
Also there was discussion on who should be declared the best captain of the tournament and there was unanimity on West Indies’ Darren Sammy, who impressed everyone with his skills and also his sporting gestures.