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Wisden’s Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2021 team of the tournament

Syed Mushtaq team
by Wisden Staff 5 minute read

The first domestic tournament to be played in India after the pandemic turned out to be a roaring success, with Tamil Nadu clinching the title on Sunday. Here’s Wisden’s team of the tournament.

Narayan Jagadeesan

Matches – 8, Runs – 364, Average – 72.80, SR – 141.08, 100s – 0, 50s- 4 

Jagadeesan showed Chennai Super Kings why he should be in the starting XI more often with a stellar tournament, topping the run charts with 364 runs at an average of 72.8 and a strike-rate of 141.08. The Tamil Nadu opener was pivotal in their run to the finals, making 78*, 78* and 71* in wins over Assam, Hyderabad and Bengal.

Prabhsimran Singh

Matches – 7, Runs – 341, Average – 85.25, SR – 142.08, 100s – 0, 50s- 3

A highly rated wicketkeeper-batsman since his under-19 days, Prabhsimran Singh finished as the third-highest run-scorer, making 341 runs at 85.25 and a healthy strike-rate of 142.08. A big hitter and a top-order batsman, Prabhsimran hit 22 sixes in the tournament, the most by anyone in the edition.

Sheldon Jackson (wk)

Matches – 5, Runs – 242, Average – 80.6, SR – 155.12, 100s – 1, 50s- 1, Catches – 6, Stumpings – 1

The veteran domestic batsman was a standout performer for Puducherry in a very good campaign for the team. Jackson made 242 runs in the five matches, averaging over 80, but importantly played a crucial role in two run-chases: once making an unbeaten hundred in a thriller against Andhra and then guiding the team home in a low-scoring thriller against Mumbai. He pips Avi Barot to the spot based on his performances in big games.

Vishnu Solanki

Matches – 8, Runs – 267, Average – 53.40, SR – 128.36, 100s – 0, 50s- 2

The sheer audaciousness with which Vishnu Solanki plundered six, four and a six to seal probably the best run-chase of the tournament gave enough evidence of his abilities under pressure. Solanki was a star batsman for Baroda, making 267 runs in eight games, averaging 53.40. Aside from his breathtaking 71* off 46 balls in the run-chase against Haryana, Solanki hit another half-century and was the lone fighter for his team in the finals with a valiant 49 in a losing cause.

Riyan Parag

Matches – 5, Runs – 261, Average – 87, SR – 141.8, Wickets – 5

Riyan Parag made consistent runs for Assam against some of the top tier teams and was their standout batsman making 261 runs, the sixth-best in the season, at an average of 87 and a strike-rate above 140. He also picked up five wickets with the ball.

Dinesh Karthik (c)

Matches – 8, Runs – 183, Average – 61, SR – 157.75, 100s – 0, 50s- 0

He led the team admirably as they were unbeaten the entire tournament, but Karthik also made sound contributions with the bat from the lower middle-order, confirming his ability to dictate death overs in T20 games. He made 183 runs in the six games he batted, remaining unbeaten in three of them and striking at a rate of 157.75.

Lalit Yadav

Matches – 5, Runs – 152, SR – 197.4, Wickets – 5, Economy – 6.60
A batting strike-rate of 197.40 while making 152 runs, combined with seven wickets at an economy just over six makes Lalit Yadav the ideal all-rounder in the team of the tournament. His cameos included a 25-ball half-century against Kerala and a 19-ball 36 against Puducherry in the final group game.

Sai Kishore

Matches – 8,  Wickets – 8, Average – 16.87 , Economy – 4.82, Best – 2-16

Sai Kishore and Ashutosh Aman had a great tournament with the ball, with the latter finishing as the top wicket-taker with 16 wickets. Sai Kishore, the top wicket-taker in the previous edition, was exemplary in the powerplay overs, underlining his ability to own those overs as a spinner. He finished the tournament with an economy rate of 4.82, the best for anyone to have bowled more than 20 overs.

Chetan Sakariya

Matches – 5,  Wickets – 12, Average – 8.16 , Economy – 4.90, Best – 5-11 

Chetan Sakariya was a solid performer for Saurashtra in the group stages, finishing with 12 wickets in five matches while averaging 8.16. He also conceded runs at less than five runs per over and also struck once every 10 balls on an average. Sakariya grabbed a 5-11 in the game against Vidarbha, the third-best bowling figures in the season.

Siddharth Kaul

Matches – 6,  Wickets – 14, Average – 11.07, Economy – 6.73, Best – 4-26

The Punjab pacer took 14 wickets in the tournament, twice claiming a four-wicket haul and bowling at an economy under seven. Kaul played a massive role in two crushing wins over Karnataka, taking 4-26 to restrict them to 125 the first time and 3-15 to bowl them out for 87 the second time.

Lukman Meriwala

Matches – 8,  Wickets – 15, Average – 13.26, Economy – 6.52, Best – 5-8

Ishan Porel had a good season, but Baroda’s Lukman Meriwala edges him out with a stunning show in his team’s run to the finals. He finished as the second-highest wicket-taker with 15 wickets at an average of 13.26 and an economy rate of 6.52. His 5-8, which helped bowl Chhattisgarh out for 90, came when he was the fourth change bowler.

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