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What was your favourite individual performance

What was your favourite individual performance?
Dobell: Probably Chris Woakes’ against Australia at Edgbaston. I’ve known Chris quite a long time. Maybe there’s a more unassuming, humble international sportsperson, but I’ve not met them. To come through the injury setbacks he has had and enjoy a day like that on his home ground in a World Cup semi-final… yeah, that was a good day.

Samiuddin: Babar Azam’s hundred against New Zealand. Been watching him for a long time and he is so clearly so obviously such a good player who only needed one big match-winning innings to be acknowledged as more than just a very good player – but rather one who is potentially a great already.

Miller: Jonny Bairstow’s screw-you-all century against India. His wrath was ridiculous, but his response to those perceived slights in the media was both brilliant and utterly foreseeable.

Gollapudi: Two. Ravindra Jadeja’s cavalier half-century against New Zealand in the semi-final, when he batted on a different pitch to the rest of the batsmen. And Ben Stokes’ smart, patient, daring innings in the final, an innings that has the potential to inspire and create a generation of cricketers across the world.

Farrell: I’m going to throw Sheldon Cottrell in there. Not for a particular performance, although he had plenty, plus that catch, but for all of the times I saw kids imitating his salute. They say that performing is all about connecting with the audience and he nailed it.

Gardner: Since I was there and got to write about it, Lasith Malinga’s monstering of England at Headingley. It was also a performance that ensured the group stage would hold interest until pretty much the end.

Muthu: Brathwaite versus New Zealand. Those sixes. The courage to trust that he had the game to keep out the best bowling attack in the world and also clatter them for sixes to win the game for West Indies.

Isam: I am split between Shakib Al Hasan’s hundred against West Indies and his full quota of ten overs from the end with the shorter midwicket boundary against India at Edgbaston. Of course the performance in Taunton won Bangladesh the match, but his bowling is a testament to how effortless Shakib is as a cricketer, even when he takes on big challenges.

Ugra: Babar Azam’s century against New Zealand, which is a bit biased given that I wrote about his back story and knew that a breakout performance had yet to appear. Everybody loves a stylist, and when the stylist becomes a match-winner, it’s like the gods have given their approval.

Fernando: Malinga’s wobble-bellied four-for against England.

Krishnaswamy: Chris Woakes’ new-ball bowling was a joy to watch throughout, and his first spell in the semi-final at Edgbaston was outstanding. Australia had never lost a World Cup semi-final, and here they were, 14 for 3, with Woakes’ control, swing and seam doing the bulk of the damage.

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