Last week I highlighted some strange, or rather the more intriguing, performances we witnessed during the round stages of the ICC World Twenty20.
Here's a look at some at the conclusion of the Super 8 stage.
- Pakistan are the only survivors from the 4 teams that reached the semi finals in the 2007 World Twenty20. A lot of traits are associated with the team; consistency is not one of them.
- England, a team not known to be good at T20 cricket, beat both the finalists of the 2007 World Twenty20 in this year's competition.
- Jacques Kallis, who was not considered good enough for 20-20 cricket and was also dropped from South Africa's squad for the 2007 tournament, is the 3rd highest run scorer this time round - 174 in 4 innings at an average of 58.00.
- Kamran Akmal has the highest dismissals for a wicket keeper - 8; he is also the leading run scorer among wicket keepers - 128 in 5 innings at 28.00. In a tournament involving Sangakkara, McCullum, Dhoni, and Boucher, that is surely one of the most intriguing performances.
- Younis Khan, who was never thought of as a batsman suited for the 20-20 game, is the leading run scorer for Pakistan - 148 in 5 innings. He is also among the top 10 run scorers, his average, 49.33, is the 4th best in the competition, and he has scored at a more than decent strike rate of 140.95!
- Last week there were 28 bowlers who had an economy rate of below 7; at the end of the Super 8 stage, 3 more have joined that list. All that in a format known to be one for the batsmen!
- Brett Lee still tops the list for the worst figures in the competition, 4-0-56-1.
- The leading wicket takers are a Pakistani pacer and a Pakistani spinner, followed by a Sri Lankan pacer and spinner, followed by a South African pacer and spinner. What are the West Indies doing in the semi finals? Read #9.
- Two fielders at the top of the list of most number of catches are from a team that is not known for its fielding - West Indies. Namely Andre Fletcher, 6, and Sulieman Benn, 4.
Who says this 20-20 cricket is not exciting?
This World Twenty20 has turned the cricket world upside down and thrown a number of surprising, if not shocking, performances our way.
Any bets that the semi finals and final would be any different? Stay tuned for more twists and turns I say!