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Who was the breakout star

Who was the breakout star?
Gollapudi: Archer, but also Rishabh Pant.

Gardner: You can’t get away from Jofra Archer. Literally – he will hunt you down, bounce you at 90mph and then bamboozle you with a knuckleball. The kid is fi-yah.

Muthu: Alex Carey. Never seen a kid be so good off both front and back foot. Never seen a kid shrug off a blow to the helmet like that. Gonna see this kid for years to come.

Ugra: Nicholas Pooran, whose heady chase with Fabian Allen in a dead rubber against Sri Lanka became the promise of tomorrow for West Indies cricket, besides their dynamo power batting and explosive bowling. Now if only the three could meet every time in every game.

Krishnaswamy: Liton Das. He has been around for a few years, and it’s hard to call his tournament a breakthrough, since he only played one real innings of substance – 94 not out against West Indies – but what an innings it was, filled with the most sublime strokeplay. With the ability he has, he surely will blossom into a mainstay across formats and rewrite some of Bangladesh’s batting records.

Miller: Jofra Archer has been everything we were promised, and more. Viciously quick but extraordinarily cunning as well. That knuckleball to Glenn Maxwell in the semi-final was pure witchcraft.

Fernando: Jofra Archer and Lockie Ferguson were incredible to watch right through the tournament. Let’s hope they stay injury-free.

Isam: Archer will become one of the brightest stars in world cricket. His languid action spewing high pace has batsmen jumping around already, and like Brett Lee, he is a fast bowler who smiles more than he snarls. A crowd favourite, and a legend in the making.

Farrell: Jofra Archer has still only played a handful of ODIs. How crazy is that? Looking forward to seeing a lot more of Shaheen Afridi and Nicholas Pooran too.

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