World T20 2014: Ranking the Top 40 Players of the Tournament

Tim Collins@@TimDCollinsFeatured ColumnistApril 8, 2014

World T20 2014: Ranking the Top 40 Players of the Tournament

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    The thrilling ICC World Twenty20 came to an end on Sunday, with a deserved Sri Lankan outfit claiming a famous victory in the fifth edition of the tournament.

    Sri Lanka's win, which ended a run of four consecutive defeats in ICC tournament finals, punctuated a stunning 35-game campaign that thrilled from start to finish.

    First, it was the Associate nations who put on a show, typifying the growth of cricket's global footprint, before the game's heavyweights arrived to determine the competition's outcome.

    With the trophy having been claimed and honours decided, we've ranked the top 40 players from the World T20 in Bangladesh to determine who exerted the greatest influence on the tournament.

    The rankings and the method used to determine them are presented over the following slides.

Ranking Method: Objective vs. Subjective

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    In our previous player rankings examining the Test, One Day International and T20 International arenas, a purely objective system was used, one which evaluated a player's contributions on statistics alone.

    However, over the course of a short tournament statistics can be very misleading. It is also easier to subjectively evaluate a player's impact on the brief World T20 tournament than it is to do so across an entire season.

    Thus, a similar statistical ranking system was used to identify a rough outline of the competition's top 40 players before each individual had his performances subjectively evaluated to determine their true worth.

    Therefore, on each slide you will see the player's statistical ranking presented alongside their final ranking, along with their statistical score.

    How those scores were formulated is outlined across the following four slides.

Calculating the Rankings, Step 1: Determining a Player's Role

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    Accumulated statistics form the basis of the statistical formula used to determine these rankings, but it's important to identify a player's true role before evaluating which statistics are relevant to each particular player.

    For instance, a strike bowler should be judged on his bowling statistics alone to prevent his ranking from being harmed by a handful on inconsequential low scores with the bat. The same should apply for a top-order batsman who bowls the odd over from time to time. 

    Therefore, each player is only judged by the statistics that apply to his given role in the side, with the bulk of players being assessed as purely batsmen or bowlers. 

    A player is only determined to be an all-rounder if he has batted at No. 7 or above in at least 66.66 percent of his matches, as well as having bowled in at least 50 percent of his matches.

    All other players are judged purely as batsmen and bowlers.

Calculating the Rankings, Step 2: Points Allocation

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    As with all rankings systems, it was critically important to remove the heavy bias of opinion by formulating an algorithm that could objectively evaluate the performances of each player.

    The first step in that process was to award points for each basic statistic accumulated by each player in all of the 361 T20Is that have been played.

    The points awarded for each basic statistic are listed below:


Calculating the Rankings, Step 3: Rate of Performance

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    Given the time constraints inherent in Twenty20 cricket and its emphasis on the rate of scoring, it was vital that each player's accumulated statistics were measured against strike rates (for batsmen) and economy rates (for bowlers).

    To do this, it was necessary to establish a "par" measurement by averaging the strike rates and economy rates of all players across each of the 35 matches played.


    With those par numbers attained, each player had his statistics measured against the rate at which they were accumulated.

    Batting Examples:

    Batsman 1350115.62117.930.98 (115.62/117.93)343
    Batsman 2275141.81117.931.20 (141.81/117.93)330

    Bowling Examples:

    Bowler 12008.167.350.90 (7.35/8.16)180
    Bowler 21506.717.351.10 (7.35/6.71)165

    As you can see, performing this step ensures that quick scoring and tight bowling are rewarded, reflecting the standout factors that are inherent in Twenty20 cricket.

Calculating the Rankings, Step 4: Adjusted Points Per Innings

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    The final step in the algorithm averages a player's Adjusted Points Total across the number of innings that are relevant to that player.

    This ensures that players are judged on a per-innings basis rather than raw, accumulated totals.

    To do this, the Adjusted Points Totals from each player's batting and/or bowling statistics are divided by the number of innings to determine each player's Adjusted Points Per Innings.



    For a player to qualify he must have:

    1) completed at least three innings. 

    2) competed in the Super 10 stage of the competition.

Limitations of the Ranking Algorithm

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    Before we get to the rankings, it's important to understand how the determined rankings differ from the statistical rankings.

    In essence, every statistical algorithm has its limitations, and this one is no exception.

    However, it's important to outline the limitations that are inherent in this objective ranking system:

    1. The formula can't account for the match situation. Therefore, runs and wickets compiled in pressured situations don't carry more significance than those accumulated at other times.

    2. The system can only judge a player on the accumulated statistics identified in the points-allocation slide. For example, a bowler who goes wicketless in an impressive spell will receive fewer points than a bowler who claims two fortunate wickets in an otherwise loose spell.

    3. In using par-adjusted strikes rates, the algorithm cannot determine if a player was forced to operate in a defensive manner following the loss of wickets.

    4. The system can't account for the varying degrees of scoring that occur in different conditions and venues.

    5. By judging players on a per-innings basis, this system will inherently favour those who have competed in fewer innings, as it's easier to maintain higher levels of performance across shorter time periods.

    6. Another downfall of evaluating players on a per-innings basis is that all-rounders are hurt by their performances in a match representing two separate scores rather than one. 

40. Eoin Morgan

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    Innings: 4

    Adjusted Points Per Innings: 28.68

    Statistical Rank: 33

    Key Stat: 89 runs at a strike rate of 118.66

    Eoin Morgan was magnificent for England alongside Alex Hales during the team's successful chase of Sri Lanka's 189.

    Handling the spinning threat posed by the Sri Lankans, Morgan cruised his way to a brilliant 57 from only 38 balls.

    From that point, however, Morgan was unable to stamp his authority of the tournament, falling for 14 and six in his next two innings as England faltered against South Africa and then the Netherlands.

39. Ross Taylor

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    Innings: 3

    Adjusted Points Per Innings: 44.80

    Statistical Rank: 16

    Key Stat: 80 runs at a strike rate of 150.94

    Ross Taylor came perilously close to pushing New Zealand over the line against South Africa, with his 62 from just 37 deliveries pushing the Kiwis to a position of strength with one over remaining. His lofty statistical ranking is the result of that innings alone.

    Unfortunately for Taylor and New Zealand, Dale Steyn ruined the expected victory by completing a stellar final over to snatch victory from the Black Caps.

    From that point, Taylor only got two more opportunities, which culminated in a disappointing duck during his side's capitulation to Sri Lanka.

38. Mitchell McClenaghan

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    Innings: 4

    Adjusted Points Per Innings: 25.21

    Statistical Rank: 42

    Key Stat: 4 wickets at an economy rate of 6.56

    Mitchell McClenaghan was one of the more economical seamers on show in Bangladesh, putting on two fine showings with the ball against England and Sri Lanka.

    Since coming into the New Zealand side, McClenaghan has been a consistent threat for his captain Brendon McCullum and was once again in this World T20.

    In fact, his cool 2/24 against the eventual champions should have been enough to steer New Zealand into the semi-finals, but a dreadful batting performance ended hopes for such a chance.

37. Faf du Plessis

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    Innings: 3

    Adjusted Points Per Innings: 51.15

    Statistical Rank: 10

    Key Stat: 95 runs at a strike rate of 150.79

    One impressive innings against India in the semi-finals was enough to propel Faf du Plessis onto this list, after a one-game suspension threatened to put a premature end to his tournament.

    Punished for a slow over-rate against Sri Lanka, the South African captain made a significant impact in his side's final clash as he crunched 58 from just 41 balls to set up an imposing first-innings total.

    If not for the brilliance of Virat Kohli, that innings might have been a match-winning one.

36. Chris Gayle

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    Innings: 5

    Adjusted Points Per Innings: 30.63

    Statistical Rank: 32

    Key Stat: 143 runs at a strike rate of 107.51

    Chris Gayle was among the leading run-scorers in the competition, but his campaign was a rather strange one.

    Seemingly content to push the ball around, the usually emphatic West Indian operated at a puzzlingly low strike rate across his five innings which saw him bottle his team up against India and then Sri Lanka.

    Only against Australia did Gayle break the shackles and produce a characteristic innings, which was an unfathomable proposition when the tournament began.

35. Shakib Al Hasan

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    Innings: 14

    Adjusted Points Per Innings: 33.14

    Statistical Rank: 24

    Key Stat: 8 wickets at an economy rate of 5.68

    While Shakib Al Hasan's batting tailed off significantly in the Super 10 stage, the all-rounder was an effective spinner for the home nation against the competition's heavyweights.

    Against the West Indies, India and Pakistan, the left-arm bowler was economical throughout despite the regular failings of his disappointing teammates.

    That he managed to perform admirably with the ball as his batting hit a slump was one of the lone bright spots for the home team.

34. Kusal Perera

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    Innings: 6

    Adjusted Points Per Innings: 31.93

    Statistical Rank: 29

    Key Stat: 125 runs at a strike rate of 150.60

    Sanath Jayasuriya's look-alike put together a sublime performance in Sri Lanka's opening game of the tournament against South Africa, as he crunched 61 from just 40 deliveries. 

    However, despite rattling along at a rapid rate, Kusal Perera wasn't able to maintain that form over the duration of the tournament, failing to pass 26 in his next five innings.

    It must be acknowledged, though, that Perera was the victim of two poor umpiring decisions that saw him dubiously dismissed caught down the leg side.

33. MS Dhoni

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    Innings: 4

    Adjusted Points Per Innings: 13.25

    Statistical Rank: 80

    Key Stat: 50 runs at a strike rate of 125.00

    The statistics just can't show the impact that MS Dhoni exerted on this World T20 on the subcontinent. Indeed, the stat sheet tells us that Dhoni compiled just 50 runs and claimed a small collection of catches.

    However, no other captain had such a commanding influence on the tournament.

    In the field, India's leader was unflappable, rotating his bowlers with great nous while also remaining aggressive with his field placements.

    In a tournament that saw countless captains struggle to compose their teams, Dhoni was the clear standout.

32. Tom Cooper

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    Innings: 11

    Adjusted Points Per Innings: 32.31

    Statistical Rank: 27

    Key Stat: 231 runs at a strike rate of 137.50

    One of a number of promising players to feature for the Netherlands in Bangladesh was all-rounder Tom Cooper.

    The Australian-born right-hander made an explosive entrance to the tournament, smashing 72 not out and 45 against the United Arab Emirates and Zimbabwe before launching a staggering six sixes in 15 balls to power the Dutch past Ireland and into the Super 10.

    While Cooper's statistical rating is hurt by some unproductive overs with the ball, he did contribute heavily to one of the tournament's most exciting moments.

31. Shahid Afridi

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    Innings: 8

    Adjusted Points Per Innings: 24.33

    Statistical Rank: 46

    Key Stat: 4 wickets at an economy rate of 6.53

    As happens all too often, Pakistan relied heavily on their explosive veteran at this year's World T20.

    With the ball, Shahid Afridi was as consistent as ever, completing his 15 overs for the tournament at a tidy economy rate while also picking up a handful of wickets.

    However, Afridi wasn't able to produce his magical best with the bat, as his side left him far too much to do against the likes of India and the West Indies.

30. Aaron Finch

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    Innings: 4

    Adjusted Points Per Innings: 57.57

    Statistical Rank: 8

    Key Stat: 158 runs at a strike rate of 130.57

    Aaron Finch arrived in Bangladesh as a truly fearsome T20 opener but departed with big question marks over his ability to face spin on turning pitches.

    Despite accumulating 158 runs, the Victorian only looked fluid in Australia's dead rubber against Bangladesh, where he smashed 71 from 45 deliveries.

    That innings aside, the right-hander look uneasy against the turning ball, falling to spin against Pakistan, the West Indies and India during Australia's disappointing campaign.

29. Kane Williamson

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    Innings: 4

    Adjusted Points Per Innings: 45.23

    Statistical Rank: 15

    Key Stat: 146 runs at an average of 48.66

    Kane Williamson was consistent without being spectacular in Bangladesh, compiling his runs at an impressive average but with a somewhat subdued strike rate of 124.78.

    While that's not slow by any measure, Williamson never quite played the telling hand that men above him on this list managed, with his highest score of 51 failing to push his team over the edge against South Africa.

    However, it must be noted that Williamson was the only New Zealander to show any resistance when Rangana Herath ran through the Kiwis in alarming fashion in what was basically a quarter-final.

28. Umar Akmal

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    Innings: 4

    Adjusted Points Per Innings: 45.62

    Statistical Rank: 14

    Key Stat: 128 runs at a strike rate of 140.65

    Umar Akmal put on a masterful display against Australia in a critical match for Pakistan, romping along to 94 from just 54 deliveries to deliver a telling blow to George Bailey's men.

    However, that match aside, Akmal struggled, labouring his way to 33 against India in Pakistan's first match while making just one run across his final two innings for the tournament.

    His enigmatic campaign was indicative of his team's performance.

27. Ahsan Malik

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    Innings: 7

    Adjusted Points Per Innings: 50.30

    Statistical Rank: 11

    Key Stat: 12 wickets at an economy rate of 6.68

    The joint-leading wicket-taker in the competition, Ahsan Malik was a surprisingly effective option for the Netherlands at this year's tournament.

    Despite suffering a hammering at the hands of New Zealand, the right-armer completed impressive displays against South Africa and England, the first of which saw the Dutch seamer claim a haul of 5/19.

    Like Cooper, Malik's ranking here is hurt by six of his wickets coming against Associate nations, but that shouldn't detract from what was a promising campaign.

26. Mahela Jayawardene

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    Innings: 6

    Adjusted Points Per Innings: 32.43

    Statistical Rank: 26

    Key Stat: 158 runs at a strike rate of 125.39

    Other than his stylish 89 against England, Mahela Jayawardene didn't quite manage to get out of third gear for the bulk of the tournament.

    In fact, that innings was the only occasion that saw the veteran right-hander compile his runs at a strike rate above 110.00.

    However, the prolific Sri Lankan finally tasted tournament glory in Bangladesh, retiring with a much-deserved world title to his name.

25. Stephan Myburgh

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    Innings: 7

    Adjusted Points Per Innings: 55.95

    Statistical Rank: 9

    Key Stat: 224 runs at a strike rate of 154.48

    The third-leading run-scorer in the competition, albeit across more matches than most, Stephan Myburgh was mightily impressive for the Netherlands in their surprising run to the Super 10.

    After starting the tournament in hot form against the United Arab Emirates, Myburgh crunched an unforgettable 63 of just 23 balls to propel his side past Ireland and alongside the competition's heavyweights.

    And he didn't stop there, either.

    Against South Africa, the left-hander thumped his way to another half-century to give the Proteas a genuine scare.

    The only factor holding the Dutchman back in these rankings is that two of his most impressive innings came against Associate nations.

24. Bhuvneshwar Kumar

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    Innings: 6

    Adjusted Points Per Innings: 20.34

    Statistical Rank: 64

    Key Stat: 4 wickets at an economy rate of 5.42

    India's seamers were never going to be the team's primary wicket-taking options, but Bhuvneshwar Kumar performed a sterling job for his captain in Bangladesh.

    Despite claiming just four victims, the right-armer was extremely miserly in comparison to others, going at just 5.42 runs per over across his six appearances in the tournament. 

    Despite going wicketless, his three overs which conceded just three runs against the West Indies undoubtedly constituted his best effort.

23. Angelo Mathews

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    Innings: 10

    Adjusted Points Per Innings: 24.45

    Statistical Rank: 44

    Key Stat: 100 runs at a strike rate of 142.85

    Angelo Mathews is one of a number of all-rounders to have his per-innings statistical ranking harmed by his duel role.

    However, when examined subjectively, Mathews was an extremely valuable player in Sri Lanka's successful campaign, thrashing quick runs as well as claiming five wickets at an economy rate of 6.70 across the tournament. 

    In both the semi-final and final, the Test captain found a way to impact the match. Against the West Indies in his side's penultimate game he clubbed an invaluable 40 from just 23 balls, before completing a tight 1/25 spell against India to lock down his team's favoured opponents.

22. Kumar Sangakkara

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    Innings: 5

    Adjusted Points Per Innings: 16.28

    Statistical Rank: 72

    Key Stat: 52 not out against India in the final

    Horrible was the only way to describe Kumar Sangakkara's form across Sri Lanka's opening five matches of the World T20. 

    However, when needed most the prolific left-hander put together a masterclass in batting under pressure, steering his side to a memorable tournament victory with a composed and unbeaten 52 in the final against India.

    That one innings alone is enough to elevate him from a rather dire statistical rank and into the tournament's top 25 players.

21. AB de Villiers

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    Innings: 5

    Adjusted Points Per Innings: 42.65

    Statistical Rank: 20

    Key Stat: 129 runs at a strike rate of 163.29

    It felt as though AB de Villiers was involved in every single moment of South Africa's matches in Bangladesh, but his performances were actually rather brief.

    Certainly, his spectacular 69 not out from just 28 balls against England was among the best innings seen in the tournament, but it was one of only two occasions in which de Villiers enjoyed a stay at the crease of more than 16 deliveries.

    However, in the field, the dynamic South African was superb, helping to maintain his place in these rankings.

20. JP Duminy

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    Innings: 10

    Adjusted Points Per Innings: 27.06

    Statistical Rank: 37

    Key Stat: 187 runs at a strike rate of 140.60

    Like others on this list, JP Duminy's statistical rankings is hurt by his presence as an all-rounder for South Africa during the competition.

    In judging players on a per-innings basis, Duminy's minimal returns with the ball detract from the efficiency of the left-hander's batting.

    Consequently, his stunning 86 not out against New Zealand and a composed and unbeaten 45 against India were worthy of a top-20 inclusion when examined subjectively.

19. Ahmed Shehzad

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    Innings: 4

    Adjusted Points Per Innings: 64.70

    Statistical Rank: 7

    Key Stat: 138 runs at a strike rate of 162.35

    Ahmed Shehzad's loft statistical rank is due to the Pakistani opener completing just four innings and clubbing a thunderous century in one of them.

    Indeed, the right-hander was savage against the host nation, crushing an unbeaten 111 from just 62 deliveries, which included 10 fours and five sixes.

    That innings was enough to push Shehzad into the top 20, despite three poor efforts in his side's other encounters.

18. Krishmar Santokie

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    Innings: 5

    Adjusted Points Per Innings: 38.68

    Statistical Rank: 23

    Key Stat: 8 wickets at an economy rate of 6.84

    With a slingy action and hard-to-detect variations, Krishmar Santokie became a valuable new-ball bowler for his captain in Bangladesh.

    In his opening four matches, the left-armer was incisive and accurate, severely restricting Bangladesh and then Pakistan with figures of 3/17 and 2/9 respectively.

    However, the 29-year-old was dealt with severely by Sri Lanka in the West Indies' semi-final matchup, conceding 46 runs from his four overs.

17. Amit Mishra

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    Innings: 6

    Adjusted Points Per Innings: 41.26

    Statistical Rank: 22

    Key Stat: 10 wickets at an economy rate of 6.68

    Amit Mishra began the World T20 in a blaze of red-hot form, capturing nine wickets from his opening four matches at an incredibly miserly economy rate.

    However, in his team's final two matches, the leg-spinner appeared to lose his nerve.

    Abandoning the flighted and slower approach that proved successful earlier in the tournament. Mishra bowled flatter and quicker as South Africa and Sri Lanka targeted him, resulting in the diminutive Indian conceding 68 runs from his final seven overs of the competition.

16. Nuwan Kulasekara

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    Innings: 6

    Adjusted Points Per Innings: 41.98

    Statistical Rank: 21

    Key Stat: 8 wickets at an economy rate of 6.42

    Nuwan Kulasekara was one of the more impressive seamers at this year's global tournament, overcoming the spin-friendly conditions to become a valuable weapon for his side.

    If not for Alex Hales' brutal 116, his four wickets against England would have propelled his side to an unbeaten campaign in Bangladesh.

    Despite only claiming two wickets thereafter, the right-armer bowled tidily, restricting New Zealand before operating admirably in the final two matches.

15. Rohit Sharma

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    Innings: 6

    Adjusted Points Per Innings: 43.62

    Statistical Rank: 18

    Key Stat: 200 runs at an average of 40.00

    Rohit Sharma was never at his fluent best at this year's World T20, but the stylish right-hander still managed to compile 200 runs at an impressive average to help his side to the final.

    Three composed innings of 24, 62 and 56 against Pakistan, West Indies and Bangladesh were critical in ensuring his side grabbed the decisive early-tournament momentum.

    A rapid 24 against South Africa also helped to get India off to a flyer in the semi-finals.

14. Dale Steyn

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    Innings: 5

    Adjusted Points Per Innings: 44.67

    Statistical Rank: 17

    Key Stat: 9 wickets at a strike rate of 12.7

    Dale Steyn's campaign in Bangladesh was both brilliant and expensive.

    Against New Zealand, the lethal right-armer produced arguably the over of the tournament when he prevented the Kiwis from conjuring the seven runs needed for victory, finishing the game with figures of 4/17.

    However, in South Africa's other matches against top-flight opponents, Steyn was expensive, conceding 37, 44 and 36 runs against Sri Lanka, England and India respectively to finish with an expensive economy rate of 7.98.

13. Imran Tahir

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    Innings: 5

    Adjusted Points Per Innings: 69.57

    Statistical Rank: 5

    Key Stat: 12 wickets at a strike rate of 10.0

    No one in Bangladesh took their wickets at a quicker rate than South Africa's Imran Tahir.

    As his team's lone front-line spinner, Tahir excelled in the subcontinental conditions, claiming his wickets with an impressive regularity and helping to push his team to the tournament's semi-finals.

    Despite ripping through the Netherlands with 4/21, it was his 3/26 from four overs against Sri Lanka that was his most impressive performance.

12. Hashim Amla

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    Innings: 5

    Adjusted Points Per Innings: 46.73

    Statistical Rank: 12

    Key Stat: 185 runs at a strike rate of 131.20

    At the beginning of the tournament, Hashim Amla looked both out of sorts and out of place at the World T20 in Bangladesh. By the end of it, he was one of the most fluent batsmen in the competition.

    Sluggish innings against New Zealand and Sri Lanka were quickly forgotten when he scorched his team to rapid starts in their final three matches against the Netherlands, England and India.

    The first two of those knocks were largely responsible for keeping South Africa in the tournament.

11. Alex Hales

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    Innings: 4

    Adjusted Points Per Innings: 72.39

    Statistical Rank: 4

    Key Stat: 166 runs at a strike rate of 158.09

    Thanks to one of the best T20 innings ever seen on the international stage, Alex Hales finds himself among the upper echelon of players in the tournament.

    Against a formidable Sri Lankan bowling attack, the Englishman clubbed a stunning, unbeaten 116 to power his team to the most unlikely of victories over the eventual champions.

    Watching the way India's vaunted batting line-up struggled against Sri Lanka only stands to make Hales' innings more impressive.

10. Dwayne Bravo

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    Innings: 8

    Adjusted Points Per Innings: 21.29

    Statistical Rank: 62

    Key Stat: 103 runs at a strike rate of 174.57

    Dwayne Bravo's statistical rank is a reflection of eight rather wayward overs and two first-ball ducks to open the tournament.

    So how does he find himself among the top 10?

    Put simply, without Bravo's batting explosions against Australia and then Pakistan, the West Indies wouldn't have made it out of the group stage of the competition.

    Such match-winning displays are rewarded here.

9. Sachithra Senanayake

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    Innings: 5

    Adjusted Points Per Innings: 27.11

    Statistical Rank: 36

    Key Stat: 4 wickets at an economy rate of 4.88

    Despite his statistical ranking suffering from a low wicket tally, Sachithra Senanayake was outstanding in the World T20 as one of Sri Lanka's almost unplayable spinning options.

    The off-spinner conceded more than 5.50 runs per over in just one match across the tournament, stifling the likes of South Africa, New Zealand, West Indies and India during his team's run to glory.

    While his action remains far from fluid, his influence in the tournament was significant.

8. Lasith Malinga

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    Innings: 6

    Adjusted Points Per Innings: 22.56

    Statistical Rank: 53

    Key Stat: 5 wickets at an economy rate of 6.11

    Like Senanayake, Lasith Malinga's statistical rank is affected by a moderate haul of scalps in comparison to other bowlers in the tournament.

    However, the Sri Lankan speedster was emphatic when it counted, destroying the West Indies with 2/5 in the semi-finals, before putting together some of the best death bowling imaginable in the pressure cooker that was the tournament's final against India.

    Performances of that ilk are looked upon favourably here.

7. Darren Sammy

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    Innings: 8

    Adjusted Points Per Innings: 24.03

    Statistical Rank: 47

    Key Stat: 101 runs at a strike rate of 224.44

    Much like his teammate Dwayne Bravo, Darren Sammy's statistical rank is hurt by three loose overs with the ball, as well as the limited time the West Indian had to work with at the crease. Indeed, his total of 101 runs was just the 28th highest mark in the tournament.

    However, no one smashed their runs quicker than Sammy, his colossal strike rate the standout mark across the competition.

    Few will ever forget his destruction of Australia, when he thumped 34 from just 13 deliveries to propel his team to victory in what was virtually a knockout clash.

6. Glenn Maxwell

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    Innings: 7

    Adjusted Points Per Innings: 46.71

    Statistical Rank: 13

    Key Stat: 147 runs at a strike rate of 210.00

    The only man to rival Sammy's strike rate was Australia's Glenn Maxwell, who stunned the crowds in Bangladesh with savage and unrestrained hitting.

    His team should have cruised to victory over Pakistan after his blistering 74 from only 33 deliveries. But much in the way they did throughout the tournament, Maxwell's teammates unexpectedly wilted in the uncomfortable subcontinental conditions.

    In a desperately disappointing campaign, Maxwell was Australia's only shining light.

5. Samuel Badree

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    Innings: 5

    Adjusted Points Per Innings: 74.80

    Statistical Rank: 3

    Key Stat: 11 wickets at an economy rate of 5.65

    One of a number of spinners to dominate the tournament, Samuel Badree was excellent during the West Indies' run to the semi-finals.

    On pitches providing assistance, the leg-spinner claimed his wickets at a stunning strike rate of just 10.9 to be among the most prolific bowlers in the tournament.

    After crushing Bangladesh with 4/15 from four overs, Badree brought Pakistan to a grinding halt with 3/10 from a sublime quartet of overs in what was essentially a quarter-final.

4. Rangana Herath

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    Innings: 3

    Adjusted Points Per Innings: 98.53

    Statistical Rank: 1

    Key Stat: 6 wickets at an economy rate of 4.60

    From the perspective of matches played, Rangana Herath just scrapes on to this list. From a performance point of view, the left-armer catapults into the top five.

    Promoted into the Sri Lankan team to replace the struggling Ajantha Mendis, Herath bowled his team to victory with an incredible spell that saw the 36-year-old claim five New Zealand wickets for a staggering three runs.

    Not content to stop there, Herath completed two more tidy performances against the West Indies and India to help power his team to a famous tournament victory.

3. Sunil Narine

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    Innings: 5

    Adjusted Points Per Innings: 43.14

    Statistical Rank: 19

    Key Stat: 6 wickets at an economy rate of 4.60

    Like others previously mentioned, Sunil Narine's statistical ranking is hurt by a somewhat lean number sitting in the wickets column.

    But T20 cricket is about more than wickets. In fact, Narine's unerring accuracy and precision carries the same weight as hauls of scalps in the game's shortest format.

    In the concluded World T20, the West Indian was simply sublime, completing 20 overs across his five matches at the best economy rate of the tournament.

2. Ravichandran Ashwin

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    Innings: 6

    Adjusted Points Per Innings: 65.83

    Statistical Rank: 6

    Key Stat: 11 wickets at an economy rate of 5.35

    His delivery to dismiss Hashim Amla during India's semi-final against South Africa has already been dubbed the "T20 ball of the century," but that was far from the only highlight of Ravichandran Ashwin's campaign in Bangladesh.

    Across his six appearances, the deceptive off-spinner claimed his 11 wickets at an incredibly tidy rate, rising to become his team's primary weapon with the ball.

    After dismantling Australia, Ashwin grabbed an impressive 3/22 against South Africa to push India into the tournament's final.

1. Virat Kohli

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    Innings: 6

    Adjusted Points Per Innings: 76.47

    Statistical Rank: 2

    Key Stat: 319 runs at an average of 106.33

    Superlatives for Virat Kohli are rapidly becoming redundant, as it feels we're approaching a point at which there's simply nothing the Indian superstar can't do.

    In this World T20, Kohli was phenomenal, crunching his way to a tournament-high 319 runs with four 50s at a staggering average.

    If there was any doubt regarding the identity of the planet's pre-eminent cricketer, it was settled in Bangladesh.