Babar Azam and Jos Buttler pick their Player of the Tournament
Buttler chose to go with Suryakumar Yadav.
(Web Desk) - Babar Azam and Jos Buttlerhave picked their Player of the Tournament ahead of the big clash.
Buttler chose to go with Suryakumar Yadav, who made a massive impact for India in the T20 World Cup with his consistency clubbed with a more than healthy strike rate. Heading into the final, Yadav is the third-highest run-scorer in the tournament with 239 runs that came a strike rate of 189.68, the best in the tournament.
He, however, highlighted the role of two England players who stood out in the tournament and didn’t forget to mention that they had another opportunity to be strong contenders for the award.
In a special segment ahead of the final, Sanjana Ganesan queried the England skipper on his pick for the Player of the Tournament.
"I think Suryakumar Yadav," Buttler said.
"I think Suryakumar Yadav for me has been someone who’s played with extreme freedom. He’s been incredibly eye-catching to watch in such a star-studded line-up. To stand out the way he has is amazing.
"Of course there’s a couple of our guys on that sheet as well - Sam Curran and Alex Hales. If they put in a great performance in the final, they can be the Player of the Tournament for me," Buttler added.
On being asked the same question to Babar Azam, the Pakistan skipper had no hesitation in picking Shadab Khan, whose all-round contributions have been pivotal in Pakistan’s late surge to the final.
"I think it should be Shadab Khan for the way he is playing," Babar said.
"While his bowling has been outstanding, his batting also improved quite a bit. His dominating performances in the last three games along with his outstanding fielding makes him a prime contender for the Player of the Tournament."
Nine players have been shotlisted for the Player of the Tournament by ICC with players from England and Pakistan dominating the list.
There are three players from England, two each from Pakistan and India and one each from Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe. Fans get the chance to vote for the winner.