Today we saw the penultimate match of the ICC Cricket world cup 2011. For Last two months we saw fourteen from five continent fighting to claim the Cricket champion award. In the group stages teams played in two groups. The top four of each team then contested in the quarter finals. The semi finalists of the cricket world cup were Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan and New Zealand.
Sri Lanka’s first match in this world cup was with Canada team. They had six games in the group stage and they won all the matches in the group matches other than the one against Pakistan. In the quarter finals Sri Lanka defeated the England team convincingly and they sent the New Zealand home in the semi final securing a position in the final match.
Through out the series our players did well. There are few players of the Sri Lanka team who did well on a consistent basis. Captain Kumar Sangakkara was in form with the bat and he did a great job behind the wicket and he was outstanding as a captain. Opener Upul Tharanga is also in great form with two centuries to his name. But There is one man who did very well both with bat and ball and it is non other than Thilakarathna Dilshan who currently leads the most run scorers list in this world cup. So I believe there is a great chance for Thilakarathna Dilshan to be named as the ICC most valuable player of the Cricket world cup 2011.
There are few other players who are closer to be named the best player of the cricket world cup. Veteran Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar stands second in the second position of the most run getters list in this world cup. Tendulkar’s fellow team mate Yuvaraj Singh also another contender for the Most valuable player award having already won four man of the match awards in the World cup so far.
Three Sri Lankans are in the best five batsman list in the world cup. Following are the records of the best batsmen in the world cup so far.
There are few bowlers who did very well in the tournament, but it is unlikely that a player will get the most valuable player award only on the balling performance. Here is the most wickets list at the end of second semi final in the world cup.
Most valuable player of the award will be nominated on the players performance batting, balling and fielding. The batting average, Batting strike rate, bowling average, bowling strike rate and fielding skills shown with contribution to run outs, catches and stumps will be used in the selection criteria of the best player of the tournament award.
The top scorer of the tournament, Thilakarathna Dilshan (467 runs) has taken seven wickets at an average of 14.40 and economy rate of 3.80. The most man of the match award winner Yuvaraj Singh has scored 13 wickets with an average 25.23 and economy rate of 5.04. Dilshan was used sparingly as a bowler in this tournament and he has only bowled 26 overs in eight matches while Yuvaraj has bowled 65 overs.
Usually the best player of the tournament will be from one of the finalists. But I remember few occasions that the best player award going to non finalist team players like Lance Klusner of South Africa getting the award.
But with clear performers from the two final two sides it is more likely that this time most valuable player would be a one from Sri Lanka or India.
Sri Lankan former opener Sanath Jayasuriya was the most valuable player in the 1996 Cricket world cup where Sri Lankans lifted the World cup. I firmly believe it will be Thilakarathna Dilshan who will be the most valuable player of the ICC Cricket world cup 2011.
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