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Who was the player of the tournament for you

Who was the player of the tournament for you?
Farrell: Look, I’m happy that Kane Williamson got the official nod, and he’s a worthy winner. I think it’s a toss-up between him and Shakib Al Hasan, who was brilliant as ever. Who hit the most boundaries?

Fernando: Shakib Al Hasan, whose runs and wickets in the tournament have confirmed him as the first all-time great cricketer from Bangladesh.

Ugra: Shakib – numbers and presence and impact. A big man for a big occasion. How Bangladesh will miss him when he’s gone.

Muthu: Shakib. Asking for what he wanted. Proving that he deserved it. And showing the entire world that he could get into a team on his batting alone.

Krishnaswamy: Shakib. He has always been a top allrounder, but at this World Cup his batting reached new heights. Great batsmen know their strengths and weaknesses intimately, and at one point work out a method by which they can churn out fifties on autopilot. We see Virat Kohli bat like that all the time, and Shakib raised his game to that level.

Gollapudi: Jofra Archer.

Isam: Shakib, the third highest run getter, with 606 runs, at the tournament’s highest average, 86.57. He was the joint second-highest wicket-taker among spinners with 11 wickets. Nobody in the World Cup’s history has ever taken more than ten wickets and scored 400-plus runs. He delivered at a level never before seen by any allrounder in this tournament.

Dobell: Nobody could argue with the choice of Shakib, for his all-round excellence, or Williamson for his grace and cool under pressure. But I’d have given it to Stokes: that’s what redemption looks like.

Gardner: Ben Stokes. Colossal.

Samiuddin: Jofra Archer. Quite simply because he transformed the England bowling attack.

Miller: Shakib was stunning. With bat or ball in hand, he was in total control of his game at all times, and as a consequence no contest ever seemed entirely out of Bangladesh’s reach. Thanks to his guiding hand, they were by a distance the best of the non-semi-finalists, no matter what the World Cup table tells you. But Kane Williamson was a hugely worthy winner, for his class in every innings and his grace in (non-)defeat.

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