Australia could have done a lot better in T20 World Cup 2016 © AFP
Australia could have done a lot better in T20 World Cup 2016 © AFP

Australia crashed out of the T20 World Cup 2016 following a defeat to India in their last match in Group 2, at Mohali. Australia won two games — against Pakistan and Bangladesh — but lost to the two better sides in the format — India and New Zealand. The Australians came into the tournament high on confidence after their away series win in South Africa, but their ordinary performances in key matches meant they exited in the first round itself, without making a strong mark. Steven Smith’s side tried far too many things in a span of four matches, and this is perhaps why their performance was ordinary. Let us take a look at how the Australians performed individually, and what was their impact:

Usman Khawaja (8/10): The left-handed batsman has been a revelation for Australia in the past 5 months. He has been scoring runs across format, and his talent was at display in the T20 World Cup 2016. Khawaja scored 143 runs in 4 games at 35.75, and was extremely successful in getting Australia off to good starts on more than one occasion. His rise, however, has disturbed the balance in the team composition and this is one area Australian think tank will be tested properly. ALSO READ: Australia in T20 World Cup 2016 review: Questions remain after yet another ordinary campaign

Shane Watson (8/10): In his last few appearances, Watson showed what Australia will miss. He struck a rapid 44 against Pakistan, and produced an all-round show against India. His one-handed catch to dismiss Yuvraj Singh was spectacular, and Watson ensured he leaves the game on a personal high. Watson did everything Australia demanded him to, unfortunately for him,  his side did not last long in the tournament.

Aaron Finch (5/10): He has to be the most unfortunate of the Australian cricketers in T20 World Cup 2016. Finch is world No. 1 in the format; still Australia did not see enough value in playing him. Finch played the last 2 games against Pakistan and India, and finished the tournament with 43 runs in 2 games at 29.00. It will not be wrong to say Australia should have played him on a consistent basis.

Steven Smith (4/10): The right-hander struck a brilliant 61 not out against Pakistan, but as someone who was expected to lead from front, Smith failed. He scored 6 versus New Zealand, 14 versus Bangladesh and 2 versus India, and his inconsistency in the middle-order proved too costly. Smith will have a hard time reviving Australia’s fortunes in T20 cricket, which starts with answering tough questions surrounding selection matters in this tournament. ALSO READ: Virat Kohli was invincible and Australia lost to him

David Warner (2/10): He had a nightmarish run with the bat. In four outings, Warner got double digits only once, which too was an ordinary score of 17 versus Bangladesh. Warner being moved to middle-order worked in South Africa, but in India, it backfired. He struggled to keep the scoring rate going after the men at the top provided them start, and his failure along with Smith remains the real reason for Australia’s early exit.

Glenn Maxwell (6/10): The all-rounder garnered 109 runs and 2 wickets in four games, and the magic that he creates with the bat was missing all the time. It was not the case of Maxwell not getting enough chances — the failures of Smith and Warner left Maxwell with enough overs to bat on more than one occasion. But probably the role of being the second spinner sucked too much out of Maxwell.

James Faulkner (6/10): He has the ability to hit long and hard, but increasingly one gets the impression that the concentration has been more on Faulkner’s bowling, rather than batting. He has good variations and mixes the pace really well, and Australia might have tended to depend on Faulkner the bowler more in T20 World Cup, since there was no Mitchell Starc. He did, however, create the record of first five-for in T20Is for Australia, against Pakistan. ALSO READ: James Faulkner’s 5-for helps Australia knock Pakistan out of T20 World Cup 2016

Mitchell Marsh (4/10): Another all-rounder in the side, Marsh was discarded from the playing XI after the first two games against New Zealand and Bangladesh. Marsh managed 30 runs and 1 wicket in two outings, and once again, Australia ran out of patience from one of their key members in limited-0vers cricket.

Peter Nevill (6/10): Less than a year after his Test debut, Nevill found himself batting in death overs, the acute pressure moments in T20 cricket. And he did not disappoint. Ten runs off 2 balls against India and a much-needed six towards the fag end of their defeat to New Zealand were enough to signal that Nevill can hit. But that was it. He remained neat with his glove work.

John Hastings (2/10): The veteran got only one game, against Bangladesh at Bengaluru, wherein he failed to take a wicket. Hastings scored 3 runs in a tense finish, and his dismissal only added more to the pressure Australia were already in.

Andrew Tye: Despite taking two wickets in the warm-up game versus West Indies, Tye did not feature in the main round.

Ashton Agar (2/10): Clearly, no one from Cricket Australia read the excerpt from Michael Hussey’s book, published on ESPNCricinfo sometime ago. Agar was taken to India as their second specialist spinner, was given only one match, was allowed only one over, and was taken off the attack when Martin Guptill smacked 18 runs off him. You can do nothing but feel bad about the young cricketer, who has been flourishing at Western Australia under Justin Langer, but is being handled poorly in the national side.

Nathan Coulter-Nile (2/10): He has started resembling those Australian cricketers who have tremendous potential, but are low on deliverability. Coulter-Nile played three games: was measly against Bangladesh (4-0-21-0), but Pakistan (4-0-45-0) and India (4-0-33-1) spoiled his tournament.

Adam Zampa (7/10): The leg-spinner emerged as Australia’s discovery of the tournament. Not once did he flinch after the batsmen danced down to hit him over his head. Instead, Zampa continued to test them with flight, turn and ability to deceive. By the looks of it, he has tremendous potential, and Australia will need to handle him with a lot of care.

Josh Hazlewood (5/10): The star bowler found life tough in T20 cricket. He was given only two matches in the main round after a three-wicket haul in the warm-up game versus West Indies. Hazlewood was impressive against Pakistan in the first spell, but could do little against India when Virat Kohli carried them to a win.

(Devarchit Varma is senior writer with CricketCountry. He can be followed on Twitter @Devarchit)