The year 2021 is just a week shy to end and if one can wonder what year it has been for cricket, in a nutshell, it was a roller-coaster ride to watch the games.
All the boards had to struggle with the setbacks; most of them were slapped by the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic leading to a truncated calendar year in 2020 in terms of conducting the matches.
But 2021 was a year of resurgence not only for the administrators but also for the players as they found their rhythm back.
In a year where India, one of the best cricket structures in the world, was hit with the second wave of COVID-19, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) shifted its cash-rich league to UAE in the September-October window.
After the 2020 T20 World Cup in Australia was postponed, the showpiece event finally took place with the BCCI shifting it from India to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Oman.
The T20 World Cup was successfully staged with 45 matches conducted across three venues in UAE. Australia emerged champions after defeating trans-Tasman neighbours New Zealand in the final by eight wickets.
The year 2021 saw a total of 333 T20I matches including the fixtures of associate members. England, who are ranked as the current No.1 T20I side in the ICC rankings, were eliminated in the semi-finals by the Black Caps.
Flop T20 XI Of 2021
1) Aaron Finch
The Australian limited-overs skipper started the year with a low string of scores against New Zealand before he covered them with consecutive fifties.
He had a poor show against West Indies scoring 127 from five innings at an average of 25.40 before he was rested owing to a knee injury.
Finch came into the T20 World Cup with knee surgery, something he admits that he had rushed for. The Australian skipper amassed 135 runs in their title triumph campaign and was dismissed twice on nought.