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T20 World Cup: Which team has used its squad the best so far? | Cricket News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: The ongoing ICC T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia has now entered the business end of the Super 12 stage. And the exciting part of this intensely fought tournament is that all the four semi-final spots are still vacant with just one game each remaining for the teams.
Four teams each are still in the reckoning for the knock-out stage in both the groups – New Zealand, England, Australia and Sri Lanka in Group 1, and India, South Africa, Pakistan and Bangladesh in Group 2. The final round of matches will determine not only the teams in the last four stages but also who plays whom in it.
The teams entered the tournament with a set of 15-member squads, in some cases with few standbys, with an aim to extract the best from them and progress further in the tournament, and eventually to try and lift the coveted trophy.

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Here, TimesofIndia.com examines how the teams have utilised their respective squads so far and how their players have performed in the Super 12 stage:
(All statistics in this article are updated till the end of the November 3 match)
INDIA
The only team with three wins so far in the Super 12, India are on the verge of booking their spot in the knock-out stage of the tournament. The 2007 champions have used 12 players in four games, giving one game to Deepak Hooda in place of Axar Patel against South Africa. They are mostly sticking with a set playing XI — five batters, three all-rounders (Hardik, Ashwin and Axar) and three specialist fast bowlers. It has provided India depth in both the departments – batting and bowling.

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Top performers
Batting:
Virat Kohli – M 4 | I 4 | R 220 | HS 82* | Av 220.00 | SR 144.73 | 19x4s | 7x6s
Suryakumar Yadav – M 4 | I 4 | R 164 | HS 68 | Av 54.66 | SR 180.21 | 19x4s | 4x6s
Bowling:
Arshdeep Singh – M 4 | I 4 | W 9 | BBI 3/32 | Av 14.66 | Econ 8.25 | SR 10.6
Hardik Pandya – M 4 | I 4 | W 6 | BBI 3/30 | Av 16.00 | Econ 8.00 | SR 12.0
Unused players so far: Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper batter), Yuzvendra Chahal (spinner) and Harshal Patel (pacer)
Full Squad: Rohit Sharma (c), KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, R Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Arshdeep Singh, Mohammad Shami.
AUSTRALIA
Yet to secure a spot in the next round, Australia are in a tough spot before the final round of matches as they have an inferior net run rate (NRR) of -0.304 in comparison to their immediate rivals New Zealand and England. Like the other top teams, the current champions Australia are also sticking with a set playing XI, using 12 players so far in the tournament. They too have a similar balance as India, playing with five batters, three all-rounders and three bowlers.

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Top performers
Batting:
Aaron Finch – M 3 | I 3 | R 107 | HS 63 | Av 53.50 | SR 110.30 | 6x4s | 5x6s
Marcus Stoinis – M 3 | I 3 | R 101 | HS 59* | Av 50.50 | SR 177.19 | 7x4s | 7x6s
Bowling:
Glenn Maxwell – M 3 | I 2 | W 3 | BBI 2/14 | Av 6.33 | Econ 6.00 | SR 6.3
Adam Zampa – M 2 | I 2 | W 3 | BBI 2/19 | Av 19.33 | Econ 7.25 | SR 16.0
Unused players: Cameron Green (all-rounder), Kane Richardson (pacer) and Steven Smith (top-order batter)
Full Squad: Aaron Finch (c), Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Tim David, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa.
ENGLAND
England remain one of the most formidable sides in the tournament with arguably the most balanced playing XI. They are still looking to seal a spot in the semi-finals with a big win against Sri Lanka in their final game on Saturday. They have played an unchanged side in all their games so far, which has had as many as five all-rounders. They have immense depth in both batting and bowling departments — batters till No. 9 and seven bowling options.

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Top performers
Batting:
Jos Buttler – M 3 | I 3 | R 91 | HS 73 | Av 30.33 | SR 135.82 | 10x4s | 2x6s
Alex Hales – M 3 | I 3 | R 78 | HS 52 | Av 26.00 | SR 120.00 | 8x4s | 2x6s
Bowling:
Sam Curran – M 3 | I 3 | W 9 | BBI 5/10 | Av 7.44 | Econ 6.28 | SR 7.1
Mark Wood – M 3 | I 3 | W 6 | BBI 3/34 | Av 13.66 | Econ 7.45 | SR 11.0
Unused players: Chris Jordan (pacer), Phil Salt (wicket-keeper batter), Tymal Mills (pacer) and David Willey (all-rounder)
Full Squad: Jos Buttler (c), Moeen Ali, Harry Brook, Sam Curran, Chris Jordan, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid, Phil Salt, Ben Stokes, Tymal Mills, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, Alex Hales.
NEW ZEALAND
New Zealand started their campaign on a high, beating hosts Australia by a massive 89 runs. It has kept them in a good position so far as they have the best NRR of 2.233 among the four teams contending for the two semi-final spots from Group 1. As seen with other teams too, the Kiwis are playing with a set bunch of players, using only 12 of the 15-member squad so far. They are going with five batters, two all-rounders and four bowlers in the playing XI.

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Top performers
Batting:
Glenn Phillips – M 3 | I 3 | R 178 | HS 104 | Av 59.33 | SR 161.81 | 16x4s | 7x6s
Devon Conway – M 3 | I 3 | R 96 | HS 92* | Av 48.00 | SR 135.21 | 7x4s | 2x6s
Bowling:
Trent Boult – M 3 | I 3 | W 6 | BBI 4/13 | Av 12.83 | Econ 6.41 | SR 12.0
Mitchell Santner – M 3 | I 3 | W 6 | BBI 3/31 | Av 12.83 | Econ 6.41 | SR 12.0
Unused players: Adam Milne (pacer), Martin Guptill (top-order batter) and Michael Bracewell (all-rounder)
Full Squad: Kane Williamson (c), Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Mitchell Santner, Glenn Phillips, Jimmy Neesham, Daryl Mitchell, Adam Milne, Martin Guptill, Lachlan Ferguson, Devon Conway, Mark Chapman, Michael Bracewell, Trent Boult, Finn Allen.
PAKISTAN
Pakistan have kept their semis hopes alive with a victory against South Africa in their last game, although their fate still hangs in the balance and will require a lot of other results going their way. They have made more than a few changes in their playing XIs so far, giving opportunity to 14 players in the tournament, the most among the top teams. They are also mostly operating with five batters, three all-rounders and three bowlers, a preferred combination among the teams so far.

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Top performers
Batting:
Iftikhar Ahmed – M 4 | I 4 | R 113 | HS 51 | Av 37.66 | SR 134.52 | 6x4s | 6x6s
Shan Masood – M 4 | I 4 | R 110 | HS 52* | Av 36.66 | SR 107.84 | 8x4s | 0x6s
Bowling:
Shadab Khan – M 4 | I 4 | W 8 | BBI 3/22 | Av 10.25 | Econ 5.85 | SR 10.5
Mohammad Wasim – M 3 | I 3 | W 7 | BBI 4/24 | Av 7.42 | Econ 5.77 | SR 7.7
Unused players: Khushdil Shah (middle-order batter) and Mohammad Hasnain (pacer)
Full Squad: Babar Azam (c), Shadab Khan, Asif Ali, Fakhar Zaman (replaced by Mohammad Haris), Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shan Masood.





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