1 Indian, 3 Australians, and no English player in T20 World Cup team of the tournament picked by Nasser Hussain and Michael Atherton

Published - 18 Jun 2024, 08:58 PM | Updated - 18 Jun 2024, 09:02 PM

Nasser Hussain
Nasser Hussain. Image Credit: X

Former England captains and well-known broadcasters Nasser Hussain and Michael Atherton have unveiled their Team of the Tournament after the conclusion of the group stages of the ongoing ICC T20 World Cup 2024 in the USA and West Indies.

As the actions shift to the Caribbean Islands, England legends have announced their Team of the Tournament so far based on the player’s performances in the first round of the ongoing T20 World Cup 2024.

However, Hussain and Atherton have picked the team together at Sky Sports. Well, it was so surprising and obvious that they both didn’t pick the all-time leading runscorer of the T20 World Cup and Indian batting superstar, Virat Kohli, in their Team of the Tournament at the moment.

Nasser Hussain and Michael Atherton pick the T20 World Cup 2024 Team of the Tournament 

Unfortunately, Kohli failed to perform as an opener, scoring only five runs in his three outings and failing to make it to Hussain and Atherton’s Team of the Tournament. Jasprit Bumrah is the only player from India to cut their Team of the Tournament of the T20 World Cup 2024 group stage.

Surprisingly, Hussain and Atherton didn’t name a single England player in their team, saying they have not played enough good cricket to impress them. They have named two Australians and two West Indians in their team.

Hussain and Atherton’s Team of the Tournament comprises Scotland batter Brandon McMullen, USA all-rounder Aaron Jones, Australia’s opener Travis Head, Afghanistan’s wicketkeeper-batter Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Australian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis, and South Africa’s big hitter David Miller.

In their bowling attack, the former England captains picked West Indies pacer Alzarri Joseph, left-arm spinner Akeal Hossain, Australian leg-spinner Adam Zampa, Afghanistan pacer Fazalhaq Farooqi, and Indian speedster Jasprit Bumrah in their Team of the Tournament so far.

They also discussed Bangladesh bowler Mustafizur Rahman, but they needed two left-arm bowlers, and that’s why they went with Alzarri Joseph, who has been instrumental in the West Indies’ unbeaten campaign in the ongoing T20 World Cup 2024 so far.

"Jasprit Bumrah must be there"

Hussain and Atherton also joked that if they do not pick Bumrah, they will have to face backlash on social media before praising the Indian pacers’ economical bowling for Team India in the ongoing T20 World Cup 2024. Bumrah has so far managed only five wickets in three games.

Michael Atherton was quoted as saying by Sky Sports Podcast: “We came up with Gurbaz at the top of the order for Afghanistan. He's had a good time, along with Travis Head. McMullen has had a good time with Scotland at 3. Aaron Jones, who you've seen play for the USA, who played a part in those early wins against Canada and Pakistan. Marcus Stoinis has had a good tournament in the middle order, along with David Miller. You mentioned South Africa's top order is not firing, but Miller in the lower order dragged them out of a hole.”

Nasser Hussain said: “We had Bumrah. He had to be in.”

Watch here the debate between Michael Atherton and Nasser Hussain -

Here’s Michael Atherton and Nasser Hussain’s Team of the Tournament:

Brandon McMullen, Aaron Jones, Travis Head, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Marcus Stoinis, David Miller, Alzarri Joseph, Akeal Hossain, Adam Zampa, Fazalhaq Farooqi and Jasprit Bumrah.