ICC World Test Championship 2019-21 has reached its final stages and we are just a few weeks away to determine who will be the ultimate finalists in the tournament. New Zealand, with a spectacular clean sweep against Pakistan in the two-match Test series in December 2020- January 2021, jumped to the top of the points table in the tournament along with taking the finalists’ spot. Now the competition lies between India, England, and Australia to become the opposition team against Kane Williamson-led Kiwis.
Along with the race for the trophy, the race for the player of the tournament award in ICC World Test Championship is also in the eye-sight. Few cricketers have shown amazing batting and bowling skills, and there is a tough competition to achieve the player of the tournament award. The team which reaches the finals of ICC World Test Championship will also provide a great opportunity to its players to bag the player of the tournament trophy. Here we take a look at five such cricketers who can win the player of the tournament award in ICC World Test Championship 2019-21.
ICC World Test Championship: 5 Players Who Can Win The Player Of The Tournament
5. Marnus Labuschagne
The Australian opener Marnus Labuschagne is the leading run-scorer in ICC World Test Championship 2019-21. With a total of 1675 runs so far in his tally, he is the topmost cricketer who could claim ‘player of the tournament award’ in ICC World Test Championship 2019-21. With an average of 72.82 in 23 innings, he is leading other batsmen by a fair margin.
The 26-year-old Australian batsman has also smashed the most number of centuries (5) in the tournament so far. Out of which, one was a double century with 215 runs. In the race for half-centuries, Labuschagne also leads with 9 fifties in the tournament so far.
4. Joe Root
One player who closely follows Marnus Labuschagne in the race of player of the tournament awards in ICC World Test Championship 2019-21 is Joe Root. The English skipper showed few fabulous performances in recent series. Root currently has 1583 runs in his pockets in 33 innings, which consists of 4 centuries and 8 half-centuries.
Notably, Root has hit 3 double centuries in the tournament. With three more Tests to be played against India, he has a good opportunity to move to the top in the tally of total runs. So, there is no denial of fact that Root is a tough competitor to win the player of the tournament trophy in ICC World Test Championships.
3. Kane Williamson
Kane Williamson, the top-ranked Test batsman is another competitor for the tag of ‘player of the tournament’ in ICC World Test Championship 2019-21. Although the New Zealand skipper holds the 16th spot among top most run-scorers in the tournament, he has played just 14 innings. With 817 runs, he has a superb average of 58.35.
He also hit two double centuries in the recent Test series against Pakistan and West Indies. New Zealand has already qualified for ICC World Test Championship finals, so 30-year-old Williamson has more opportunities left to showcase his excellence.
2. Ajinkya Rahane
Ajinkya Rahane is the top Indian batsman for most runs in ICC World Test Championship 2019-21. He holds the 5th spot in the overall list. With 1061 runs so far at an average of 47.21, the Indian Test vice-captain is also in the limelight to bag the player of the tournament award. In 15 innings, Rahane has 3 centuries and 6 half-centuries. Rahane has 3 more games to play against England.
If India qualifies for the finals of the tournament against New Zealand, the 32-year-old Mumbai batsman will have more chances to show the strength of his magical batting. Also, if the Indian team clinches the ICC Test Championship trophy, Ajinkya Rahane will be at the forefront to earn player of the tournament award.
1. Pat Cummins
The Australian pacer is the leading wicket-taker in the ICC World Test Championship 2019-21 so far. The top-ranked Test bowler Cummins has 70 wickets in 28 innings. His economy of 2.64 is the lowest among the top 10 leading bowlers in the tournament. His pace bowling attack has destructed opposition batsmen, helping Australia to claim some crucial victories.
Australia has a narrow chance to reach the finals of ICC World Test Championship 2019-21, therefore, Pat Cummins might have more occasions to display his dangerous bowling.