As the 2016 World T20 Final entered the final with the West Indies requiring 19 runs to secure victory, even the most pessimistic of England supporters would not have anticipated what was about to happen, as poor Ben Stokes was subjected to a Brathwaite blitz, which sent the whole of the Caribbean into hysteria.
By way of celebrating the fantastic batsmanship on display throughout the tournament, we thought we’d profile the top six batsmen of the World T20 and their cricket bats, because star-quality cricket bats are not just for the pros, after all.
The ICC team of the tournament for the World T20 (men’s): Jason Roy (England), Quinton de Kock (South Africa, wicket keeper), Virat Kohli (India, captain), Joe Root (England), Jos Buttler (England), Shane Watson (Australia), Andre Russell (West Indies), Mitchell Santner (New Zealand), David Willey (England), Samuel Badree (West Indies), Ashish Nehra (India). 12th man: Mustafizur Rahman (Bangladesh).
Quinton De Kock’s Cricket Bat: GM Paragon
Quinton de Kock routinely got South Africa’s innings off to a flyer at the World T20 – the star man in what was a below-par campaign for the Proteas. The South Africa wicket keeper-batsman scored 153 runs at an average of 38.25 and a strike-rate of 142.99. He hit 18 fours and six sixes.
De Kock’s GM Paragon Cricket Bat provides an abundance of power and outstanding swing weight, allowing you to play aggressive strokes freely, marrying power and precision. The large swell provides all-round power and is largely positioned high on the blade.
This stunning cricket bat range is headlined by the GM Paragon Original Limited Edition Cricket Bat, which is made from the very best unbleached, seasoned, Grade 1 English willow.
Jason Roy’s Cricket Bat: Slazenger V800
The highlight of Jason’s Roy’s World T20 was his dominant 78 against New Zealand in the semi-final, when the Surrey opening batsman announced himself to the world. People also took note when he blitzed 43 from 16 deliveries against South Africa – the country of his birth.
He is a product of England’s new-age, care-free, go-hard-or-go-home approach, which has been demanded by Eoin Morgan and the England management team, and was so close to paying dividends.
Roy scored 183 runs at an average of 30.50 with a strike-rate of 148.78. He had 22 fours and seven sixes to his name.
A best-seller of 2015, Slazenger are proud to re-launch the vibrant V800 into the new V Series 2016 identity.
The Slazenger V800’s mid-blade profile and impressive swell combine with thick edges and a sharp spine to deliver explosive power, creating the perfect all-round cricket bat.
The V800 G+ cricket bat’s light, balanced pick-up gives the batsman the confidence and ammunition to perform at their peak, and is made from the finest hand-selected English willow expertly hand-crafted by Slazenger’s master bat makers.
Virat Kohli’s Cricket Bat: MRF Virat Genius
Is there a more reliable T20 run-chaser and middle-order “finisher” in the world? Virat Kohli seems to be as reliable as Australia’s former one-day star Michael Bevan at getting his team over the line.
A true star of the global game, Kohli had by far the best batting average of World T20 2016 – an incredible 136.50, aided by the fact that he was only out twice in the tournament. His five innings yielded 273 runs at a strike-rate of 146.77, and included 29 fours and five sixes.
Kohli’s cricket bat is aptly named “Genius”. The MRF Kohli Genius Grand Edition Cricket Bat is a prototype of the brand ambassador’s bat, made from carefully selected premium English willow and built for optimum balance.
Joe Root’s Cricket Bat: New Balance TC 1260
It doesn’t matter what format and obstacles you throw at him, this man is truly world-class.
England’s Mr Reliable (and surely a future skipper) did little wrong in the tournament – he even claimed two wickets and the prize scalp of Chris Gayle in the World T20 final.
Joe Root’s 249 World T20 runs came at an average of 49.80 and a strike-rate of 146.47, and included 24 fours and seven sixes.
If you’re looking for the “Root” to success (ah-thank-you), then the New Balance TC 1260 Cricket Bat will give you plenty of power via a mid-swell, large edges and sweet spot.
New Balance have been taking the cricket industry by storm in the last few months, with Steve Smith and Ben Stokes also among their star-studded list of endorsers.
Shane Watson’s Cricket Bat: GM Paragon
Australia all-rounder Shane Watson, who announced his retirement from international cricket during the tournament, comes in at five on ICC’s team of the tournament.
In his four WT20 matches he only notched 96 runs at an average of 48.00, but he also contributed 5 wickets at 20.60 apiece and an economy rate of 7.35.
A great servant to Australia cricket, we wish Watto all the best in franchise cricket and his future endeavours, but perhaps Marlon Samuels was unlucky not to make the cut ahead of the all-rounder.
Shane Watson uses the same cricket bat as Quinton De Kock – the GM Paragon.
Jos Buttler’s Cricket Bat: Kookaburra Verve
England needed Joe Root and Jos Buttler to fire in the World T20 if they were to stand any chance of lifting the trophy – and boy did they delivery.
Jos Buttler plays shots that send a shudder down the spine of the traditionalist but he is part of a new breed of cricketer that demands eye-balls. His flicks, ramps, scoops and reverse sweeps are second to none and he is without doubt England’s danger man.
You can be sure that Bayliss and Alastair Cook will be trying to accommodate Buttler’s flair and audacity in the Test arena, despite his recent failures in the longest form.
Buttler scored 191 runs in his six innings at an average of 47.75 and a strike-rate of 159.16, including a brilliant 66* against Sri Lanka. He had the best strike-rate of anyone who scored more than 100 runs.
Buttler’s Kookaburra Verve Pro Cricket Bat boasts a full, versatile profile, which is suitable for all formats and allows you to play all around the ground – from the classical cover drive to the deft ramp.
Made from specially selected, grade 1, English willow, the Verve Pro promotes top-level performance and has a low sweet spot and rounded edges.
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