ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier 2019 Highlights

Highlights ICC T20 World Cup Qualifier 2019

ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier 2019 Highlights

After 51 games of intense T20 cricket, we now have the champions of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier 2019. The Netherlands didn’t come into the tournament as the favorites to win it but they walk off with the bragging rights of winning this tournament for the first time after having shared the trophy in 2008 and 2015. The runner up Papua New Guinea has made all the right headlines and has emerged as the team to watch out in the T20 World Cup in Australia. While the final was a one-sided affair and Papua New Guinea didn’t do well the team did impresses with the way how lesser-known players played like a well-oiled unit in the tournament and rightly deserve to be on that plane to Australia.

Apart from the two finalists, four other teams have earned their way into the T20 World Cup. Ireland the pre-tournament favorites did well in the group stages only to have a poor day in the semi-finals and finished 3rd. Scotland and Oman also played well to earn their place in the big tournament but they would have to gain consistency leading up to the tournament. Namibia also came back strongly after a poor start to book its tickets to the tournament down under. For the likes of the United Arab Emirates and Hong Kong, it was heartbreak as they didn’t deserve to lose out on their qualifications but will surely look to play better cricket in the future and earn their qualification.

It was amazing three weeks of cricket to watch some of the lesser-known sides in action. While some of the bigger names in these teams did well in the tournament it also saw the birth of new stars and they would surely create more headlines going into the future. T20 league franchises would surely have their eyes on some of the players from this tournament. Let us now look at some of the highlights of this tournament.

Man of the Series

Namibia’s captain Gerhard Erasmus was rightly judged the Man of the Series. He led his side from the front and played an important hand in many of their wins. Erasmus has surely taken the world take note of him and shall look to lead his side with pride in Australia.

Most Runs

Ireland’s Paul Stirling came with a reputation and he didn’t disappoint his fans finishing as the top scorer of the tournament with 291 runs in 8 games at an average of 41.57. Namibia’s Gerhard Erasmus impressed everyone finishing second with 268 runs in 9 games at an average of 38.28 and Jatinder Singh of Oman finished with 267 in 9 games at an average of 38.14.

Most Wickets

There were several outstanding performances from the bowlers in this tournament and Oman’s Bilal Khan impressed the most grabbing 18 wickets in 9 games at a strike rate of 11.20. Netherland’s Brandon Glover finished with 18 wickets in 8 games at a strike rate of 10.80 and Namibia’s JJ Smit also picked 16 wickets in 9 games at a strike rate of 12.40 to finish third on the list of most successful bowlers.

Highest Individual Score

Surprisingly enough on the flat wickets of the United Arab Emirates, there are no hundreds scored in the 51 games. Ireland’s Gareth Deanly top-scored in the tournament with an unbeaten 89 against Oman. UAE’s Muhammad Usman also scored an unbeaten 89 against Canada while Kenya’s Dhiren Gondaria hit an unbeaten 85 against Bermuda to finish third on the list.

Best Bowling Performance

There were no five-wicket hauls in the tournament and Namibia’s Bernard Scholtz registered the best bowling performance of 4 for 12 against Kenya. Brandon Glover also picked 4 for 12 for the Netherlands against the United Arab Emirates while Ireland’s Craig Young grabbed 4 for 13 against Nigeria to complete the top 3 bowling figures in the tournament.

Highest Team Score

The Netherlands made the highest total of the tournament where they scored 206 for the loss of 3 wickets against Bermuda. Scotland was second on the lost making 204 for 4 against the same opponents. The Scots also registered the third-highest total of the tournament making 198 for 6 against the United Arab Emirates.

Most Catches

JJ Smit of Namibia was the most successful fielder in the tournament and grabbed 10 catches in 9 games. Singapore’s Tim David took 7 catches in 6 games while Lega Siaka 7 catches in 8 games to finish the third most successful fielder in the tournament.

Most Wicket-Keeping Dismissals

Netherlands’ Scott Edwards was the most successful wicketkeeper in the tournament affecting 13 (13c, 0st) dismissals in 9 games and he was followed by Zane Green of Namibia who had 11 (7c, 4st) dismissals to his credit in 8 games. Matthew Cross of Scotland finished third with 9 (7c, 2st) dismissals in 8 games.

The ICC Men’s T20 Qualifier in all likelihood would be the last tournament of this kind as ICC is all set to scrap this tournament’s next edition. As of now, they are working on the idea of using the Regional Qualifiers as the final tournament to pick the sides for the T20 World Cup. Nonetheless, the 2019 ICC Men’s T20 Qualifier would surely go down as one of the most competitive editions of this tournament.