CLT20: Team of the Tournament
The Champions League Twenty20 is over for another year after an absorbing two-and-a-half weeks of action including the qualifying phase.
The tournament provided explosive hitting, superb bowling and energetic fielding for crowds in India and around the world watching on television.
It has now reached its conclusion, so which individuals impressed above all others?
Who shone the brightest in what was a dazzling competition?
Read on for the team of the tournament.
All stats courtesy of ESPNCricinfo.
1. Shikhar Dhawan (Sunrisers Hyderabad)
250 runs; 41.66 average; 134.40 strike rate; 71 highest score
Top of the order is Shikhar Dhawan, a man who topped the run-scoring charts for the majority of the tournament thanks to his consistent performances.
The opener only scored less than 20 once in the entire tournament, an impressive feat given that Sunrisers Hyderabad had to come through the qualifying stage.
Dhawan always set a good platform for Hyderabad and is rewarded with a spot opening the batting in this team of the tournament.
2. Ajinkya Rahane (Rajasthan Royals)
288 runs; 57.60 average; 119.00 strike rate; 70 highest score
Opening alongside Dhawan is the leading run-scorer in the tournament, as Ajinkya Rahane played a crucial role in nearly taking the Rajasthan Royals to the trophy.
Rahane was on scorching form, only failing to reach double figures once in six games and scoring half-centuries in four consecutive games.
His 65 in the final against the Mumbai Indians may not have been enough to deliver the Royals the Champions League crown, but he showed himself to be a very exciting prospect at the top of the order.
3. Parthiv Patel (w) (Sunrisers Hyderabad)
167 runs; 27.83 average; 117.60 strike rate; 52 highest score
In at No. 3 is Parthiv Patel, who also keeps wicket for this team of the tournament.
Tidy with the gloves, Patel managed to contribute some solid scores for his team as an opening batsman, with an impressive strike rate to match.
His highest score also came in a winning cause against the Kandurata Maroons in the qualifying round on September 17, showing his ability to perform in the big matches.
4. Misbah-Ul-Haq (Faisalabad Wolves)
195 runs; 195.00 average; 145.52 strike rate; 93* highest score
At No. 4 is the man who captained the Faisalabad Wolves and was also a crucial part of their batting lineup despite an unsuccessful campaign.
Misbah-ul-Haq was only dismissed once in the tournament, hence his enormous average, but his two unbeaten 50s were a tremendous display of ability.
They may not have moved beyond the qualifying stage, but the Pakistan captain showed great character and ability in the face of adversity.
5. Brendon McCullum (c) (Otago Volts)
163 runs; 40.75 average; 127.34 strike rate; 83* highest score
Captaining the side is the man who led the Otago Volts through an unbeaten qualifying run and then to the brink of the semifinals, only to be denied by the Mumbai Indians on net run rate.
Brendon McCullum has once again shown himself to be one of the premier batsmen in Twenty20, happily destroying attacks on a regular basis in this tournament.
It may have been a disappointing end for Otago in this competition, but McCullum remains one of the most feared batsmen in the shortest form of the game.
6. Ryan Ten Doeschate (Otago Volts)
168 runs; 33.60 average; 171.42 strike rate; 66 highest score | 2 wickets; 23.00 average; 7.66 economy rate; 2-9 BBI
Another man from Otago will come in at No. 6, and despite some concerns over jet-lag after his exertions with Essex in England’s County Championship, Ryan ten Doeschate looked mightily impressive in this tournament.
Coming in down the order to give the Otago innings some late momentum, the Dutchman has one of the best strike-rates in the tournament and coupled it with heavy scoring.
He will lament not being able to continue his form in the semifinal stage, but ten Doeschate is rapidly becoming one of the best and most consistent Twenty20 players in the world today.
7. Henry Davids (Titans)
197 runs; 49.25 average; 142.75; 64 highest score | 2 wickets; 36.00 average; 8.00 economy rate; 1-18 BBI
The 33-year-old Henry Davids of the Titans comes in at No. 7 after a highly impressive tournament with the bat.
The all-rounder may not have had the best time of it with the ball, but his explosive lower-order batting was crucial for the South Africans throughout the tournament.
Davids’ lowest score of the tournament was 39, with half-centuries coming against the Chennai Super Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad.
He showed the ability to rise to the big occasion, and while it was not quite enough to get his side into the semifinals, Davids made quite an impression.
8. Sunil Narine (Trinidad and Tobago)
11 wickets; 7.81 average; 4.30 economy rate; 4-9 BBI
One of the leading spin bowlers in this tournament, Sunil Narine has once again enhanced his reputation as one of the top spinners in the world in his efforts for Trinidad and Tobago.
Narine has caused constant problems with his turn, bounce and guile, while his superb economy rate is a testament to the stranglehold he is able to place on batsmen.
His superb average and economy rate coupled with his knack of taking key wickets led Trinidad and Tobago to the semifinals, a surprising result given the strength of Group B.
9. Rowan Richards (Titans)
6 wickets; 16.50 average; 7.15 economy rate; 3-29 BBI
One of the leading seamers in the competition who regularly took wickets was Rowan Richards of the Titans, whose consistent contributions nearly helped his side to the knockout stages.
The left-armer also had a decent economy rate, which was not an easy feat against hard-hitting teams like the Chennai Super Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad.
10. Ian Butler (Otago Volts)
8 wickets; 5.90 average; 8.53 economy rate; 4-15 BBI
One of New Zealand’s premier seam bowlers has impressed in this tournament, leading the Otago Volts with the new ball and nearly helping the side to the knockout stages.
Ian Butler remains a handful in Twenty20 and was very effective despite the somewhat docile nature of most pitches in this competition.
Still only 31, the New Zealander still clearly has plenty left to contribute for both club and country if selected on a regular basis.
11. Pravin Tambe (Rajasthan Royals)
12 wickets; 6.50 average; 4.10 economy rate; 4-15 BBI
The CLT20's leading wicket-taker was also the best story of the tournament, as 41-year-old Pravin Tambe swept all before him as he helped the Rajasthan Royals to the final.
The oldest debutant in the Indian Premier League earlier this year, Tambe has presented constant problems to batsmen in this tournament and looked highly impressive.
With great control and an unerring knack of picking up a wicket or two while strangling the run-rate, Tambe has been the best bowler in this CLT20.
When you consider that his 42nd birthday is on Tuesday, it is quite an accomplishment for the man from Maharashtra.
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