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ICC T20 World Cup 2021 : Here is Kevin Pietersen’s dream XI

Former cricketing legend as well as Betway ambassador Kevin Pietersen has picked his XI from the leading performers in the recently held ICC T20 World Cup 2021 in the UAE. Although not thought to be a favourite on cricket betting websites, including Betway, Australia went on to win the tournament when they defeated New Zealand by eight wickets in the final.

In addition to the two teams mentioned above, Pakistan and England made it to the semi finals.

Surprisingly Kevin Pietersen has included only one Australian player in his T20 World Cup XI. His team has Mohammad Rizwan, Jos Buttler, Babar Azam, Charith Asalanka, Aiden Markram, Moeen Ali, Adam Zampa, Wanindu Hasaranga, Shaheen Afridi, Trent Boult, and Anrich Nortje.

Kevin Pietersen. Photo courtesy of Andrew Sutherland from Brisbane, Australia/Wikimedia Commons.

Mohammad Rizwan (Pakistan)

The 29-year-old Mohammad Rizwan helped Pakistan with three half centuries at the top of the order in six matches. The wicket keeper batsman’s strike rate was pretty decent at 127.72.

Jos Buttler (England)

Jos Buttler with his clean hitting smashed 269 runs in the ICC T20 World Cup 2021. The English opening batsman, who came up with an unbeaten century against Sri Lanka, had a superb strike rate of 151.12 in the tournament.

Babar Azam (Pakistan)

The Pakistan skipper led from the front with 303 runs in six innings. Babar Azam was highly consistent to stead four fifties and had a strike rate of 126.25.

Charith Asalanka (Sri Lanka)

Charith Asalanka with 231 runs in six innings was the top scorer for Sri Lanka in the tournament. The 24-year-old southpaw had two half centuries and a strike rate of 147.13 in the tournament.

Aiden Markram (South Africa)

Aiden Markram with his solid presence in the middle order for South Africa, scored 162 runs in five innings at a strike rate of 145.94. He also chipped in with some useful overs at the start of the innings.

Moeen Ali (England)

Moeen Ali had an excellent tournament taking seven wickets his off breaks at a superb economy rate of 5.5. In the lower middle order, the left-handed batsman did his part in scoring a half century.

Wanindu Hasaranga (Sri Lanka)

The Sri Lankan leg spinner became the highest wicket taker in the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 with 16 victims. Wanindu Hasaranga was also very tight with his bowling and to his credit has an outstanding economy rate of 5.2. He also contributed with the bat and has a half century to his name.

Adam Zampa (Australia)

Adam Zampa, the only Australian that Kevin Pietersen has picked in his XI, had taken 13 scalps at an impressive economy rate of 5.81. The leggie’s wicket-taking ability in the middle order has been a major aspect for Australia’s success in the tournament.

Trent Boult (New Zealand)

Trent Boult yet again showed his worth to the Black Caps by taking timely and key wickets. The left-arm swing bowler took 13 scalps at a decent economy rate of 6.25.

Shaheen Afridi (Pakistan)

Shaheen Afridi looks to be one of the best among the current lot of fast bowlers. At a pace of around 150kmph, Shaheen Afridi had a great tournament for Pakistan, particularly in the match against arch-rivals India.

Anrich Nortje (South Africa)

Another tearaway quick, Anrich Nortje had an impressive run in the ICC T20 World Cup 2021. He took nine scalps in 19.2 overs while maintaining a fantastic economy rate of 5.37.