Josh Little (left), Wanindu Hasaranga (centre), and Arshdeep Singh (right) all enjoyed strong individual T20 World Cup campaigns. (Photos: @cricketireland, @OfficialSLC, @BCCI)

The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup saw a host of players make a name for themselves on the big stage, culminating in recognition in the ICC’s Team of the Tournament. However, there were several others who also produced strong campaigns for their respective countries, possibly flying under the radar.  

The Inner Sanctum takes a look at which players may consider themselves unlucky not to have earned selection. 

Wanindu Hasaranga (SL)

Sri Lankan leg-spinner Wanindu Hasaranga reminded the cricket world of his supreme credentials during this year’s T20 World Cup. Hasaranga picked up 15 wickets at an average of 13.26, culminating in him becoming the leading wicket-taker for the tournament.

Against Afghanistan, the highly skilled spinner finished with impressive figures of 3-13 off four overs. Meanwhile, a clash with the UAE in the Group Stages saw Hasaranga take 3-8 off four overs. Remarkably, the 25-year-old bowled 27 dot balls across these two fixtures.

A testament to his consistency in output, Hasaranga only went wicketless on one occasion throughout the campaign.

It’s easy to see why Hasaranga currently holds the title of the ICC number one-ranked T20I bowler in the world. However, his absence from the ICC’s Team of the Tournament may be to the surprise of many. 

Josh Little (IRE)

Left-arm seamer Josh Little shone for Ireland on Australian soil, dismissing some of the biggest names in world cricket. Little collected 11 wickets at an average of 17.18 throughout his T20 World Cup campaign, utilising his ability to swing the ball to trouble opposition batters. 

A rain-effected clash with rivals England at the MCG saw the 23-year-old take 2-16 off three overs. This included the prized wickets of Jos Buttler and Alex Hales, both of whom were named in the ICC’s Team of the Tournament.

Little’s impressive display against England was backed up with another strong performance against host nation Australia. Whilst many of his fellow teammates went the journey, Little produced figures of 2-21 at an economy rate of just 5.25.

However, his finest moment came against New Zealand in what was Ireland’s final fixture of the tournament. Little dismissed trio Kane Williamson, James Neesham, and Mitchell Santner in successive deliveries to record a memorable hat-trick at Adelaide Oval. He ultimately finished with figures of 3-22. 

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Arshdeep Singh (IND)

Despite succumbing to a semi-final exit at the hands of eventual champions England, seam bowler Arshdeep Singh was a shining light for India. Arshdeep played in each of India’s six encounters, picking up 10 wickets for the tournament.

The 23-year-old kickstarted his country’s campaign in their opening clash against Pakistan. Played in front of 90,293 spectators at the MCG, Arshdeep certainly wasn’t overwrought by the occasion, dismissing Pakistan captain Babar Azam with his very first delivery in a T20 World Cup. 

He then proceeded to claim the big scalp of Mohammad Rizwan in his next over, before later removing Iftikhar Ahmed to end his 76-run partnership with Shan Masood. Arshdeep’s efforts saw him finish the match with figures of 3-32 off four overs.

The left-arm seamer continued to take wickets regularly throughout the tournament, only going wicketless against England in the semi-final. 

Lorcan Tucker (IRE)

Ireland’s top-order batter Lorcan Tucker made a positive impression at this year’s edition of the T20 World Cup. Averaging 40.80, Tucker amassed 204 runs across the tournament. 

An unbeaten knock of 45 runs off 35 balls against the West Indies helped his side secure a spot in the Super 12s, all the while sending the two-time champions packing. Meanwhile, impressive performances against cricket powerhouses England and Australia further highlighted Tucker’s talents with bat in hand. 

Against England, the 26-year-old reached 34 off 27 balls, combining with captain Andrew Balbirnie for what proved to be a match-winning 82-run partnership.

However, Tucker’s campaign was mainly headlined by his superb innings against the Aussies at the Gabba. With his team in a precarious position at 5-25, Tucker demonstrated terrific intent on his way to an unbeaten 71 runs off 48 balls (including nine fours and one six). 

Notably, Tucker wasn’t dismissed for single figures at any point in the tournament. 

Bas de Leede (NED)

Netherlands all-rounder Bas de Leede put together a fine T20 World Cup campaign. The 22-year-old’s seven wickets across the Group Stages helped the Dutch qualify for the Super 12s as the only ICC associate nation involved. 

de Leede also played a major role in both of the Netherlands’ victories over Zimbabwe and South Africa, collecting two wickets on each occasion. The right-arm seamer’s performance against Zimbabwe was particularly impressive, seeing him record figures of 2-14 off four overs (including 10 dot balls).

de Leede finished the tournament having picked up 13 wickets at an average of 13.00.

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