Indians, South Africans dominate misfiring XI
Dhawan showed glimpses of what he can do at the top order in the game against Australia. The flick shot, dispatched with ease over square-leg, off Josh Hazlewood was something that oozed class and authority. Unfortunately, that couldn't mask what was an extended run of poor form as he managed scores of 1, 6, 23 and 13.
David Warner is brash and can dismantle oppositions with the bat in hand and with some mind games as well. However, he failed to stamp his authority in India and scored just 38 runs from four games. The turning tracks turned out to be tricky for the pugnacious left-hander and he fell way short of the lofty expectations he has set for himself in recent times.
Faf du Plessis (captain)
Ahead of the World T20, Faf du Plessis spoke about how South Africa can get the monkey off their back by winning the title. They carried forward a lot of pressure and du Plessis, as captain, couldn't quite shoulder it well. The batting line-up, comprising on Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers and David Miller struggled to capitalise on the starts provided by Quinton de Kock on tough tracks. Du Plessis managed scores of 17, 41, 9 and 31 and failed to inspire his team to the knockouts.
By his high standards, Suresh Raina had a below-par tournament, piling up just 41 runs from five matches (he didn't bat in the semifinal against West Indies). Raina is one of the most trusted top-order batsmen in the shortest format of the game, performing well against Australia ahead of the tournament. Despite his tally of 39 runs in the Asia Cup in Bangladesh, he had his captain's faith but couldn't repay it.
AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers is a star in India. However, the fans were left disappointed as he was able to score just one half-century in the tournament - 64 against Afghanistan. During the ICC Under-19 World Cup, Daryll Cullinan had said: "AB de Villiers to me is not a good bad-wicket player." That became evident when he was confronted with a tricky wicket in Nagpur against West Indies. A lot depended on de Villiers in South Africa's campaign but in two of the four games, he failed to seize the day.
England reached the final and that masked the fact that Eoin Morgan became the second player - after William Porterfield - to bag two golden ducks in the World T20. The scores - 0, 22, 0, 5 - don't paint a pretty picture and on many occasions, it was his teammates bailing the team out of the rut and not the captain himself. The 'New England' did well, shattered theories about them but their captain failed to turn up with the bat.
In Nagpur, Corey Anderson played an innings that took the game away from India. However, things went downhill from there for the New Zealand allrounder. Just 86 runs at an average of 17.20 and a strike rate of 97.72 to go with his two wickets clearly showed that the Mumbai Indians player struggled to come to terms with the conditions in India.
Mushfiqur Rahim (wicketkeeper)
Mushfiqur Rahim had a forgetful World T20 campaign, with scores of 0, 18, 15, 11 0. The Bangladesh wicketkeeper-batsman faltered just when his team needed him to produce the goods. He had done exceptionally well to all but knock India out of the tournament but failed to cross the finish line. Trying to go for the glory shot, he threw away his wicket and ended up conceding the match by one run. The premature celebration after hitting two boundaries will surely haunt Rahim for a long time. For that shot, he makes it to our misfiring XI.
Numbers don't tell you the whole story - you'll hear this more often than not while talking about a talented player. R Ashwin turned the match in India's favour against Bangladesh in Bangalore with two crucial wickets. However, on a track with plenty of help for the spinners he bagged just one wicket against New Zealand in Nagpur. Four wickets in five games for a bowler who can work a batsman out on any surface was a tad underwhelming.
Wahab Riaz became the butt of jokes when he bowled that delivery to Steve Smith. His tally of three wickets from three matches wasn't in sync with Waqar Younis's assessment of the pacer, who he termed as a 'big-match performer'. Pakistan came into the World T20 with a strong bowling line-up. The onus was on Mohammad Irfan, Riaz and Mohammad Amir to make the life of their struggling batting line-up easy. However, they leaked runs in crucial clashes and their only win came against Bangladesh in Kolkata on the back of Shahid Afridi's batting brilliance.
Kagiso Rabada impressed everyone with his exploits in the limited-overs series against India last year and when South Africa landed in India, everyone expected him to lead the attack. With Dale Steyn recently returning from a long injury layoff and appearing a bit scratchy in limited-overs cricket, Rabada had to manage a much bigger workload than he would've anticipated. The youngster conceded at more than 10 an over and picked up just five wickets.
Mashrafe Mortaza played seven matches in the World T20 for his three wickets. His leadership skills were on display when Taskin Ahmed and Arafat Sunny were banned. The way he backed his boys says a lot about his character. But, he managed just one scalp in the Super 10s - against New Zealand.
12th Man - Dinesh Chandimal
Sri Lanka had to overcome several blows ahead of the World T20. Lasith Malinga was ruled out, Tillakaratne Dilshan looked scratchy throughout the tournament and only Angelo Mathews performed. When the team needed Dinesh Chandimal to step up, he couldn't, scoring just 56 runs in four matches.