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The United Arab Emirates (UAE) crashed out of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 in the first round itself, losing their last Pool B match to West Indies by six wickets. Amit Banerjee rates the members of the UAE squad for the mega-event on a scale of 10.

The UAE appeared in a World Cup for the first time since the 1996 edition, and crashed out of the tournament in the first round without a single victory, turning out to be worse than their previous campaign. While their run in the tournament was a disappointing one, the Emiratis have a couple of positives to take from the 2015 campaign, especially the new-found consistency of Shaiman Anwar, who was among the top run-getters at the end of the group stage.

Following are the UAE players rated on a scale of 10 on the basis of their performance in the tournament:

Mohammad Tauqir (5/10): The skipper was especially effective with his off-spin during the league game against Ireland, in which he took two wickets during an early spell to put the opposition on the backfoot, before Gary Wilson and Kevin O’Brien took the game away from them. Tauqir, who is known to be a handy with the bat for his side occasionally, failed to get a double-digit score in the entire tournament however.

Amjad Ali (5/10): One of the several players of Pakistani-origin in the team, Amjad scored a useful 45 during the Ireland match, which helped put UAE in the flow before Shaiman Anwar’s ton helped UAE finish on a respectable 278 for nine. He however, could not make much of an impact in the rest of the tournament, scoring 96 runs in six matches at an average of 16, which is poor for an opening batsman of any team. He was dismissed for single-digit scores thrice during the series. ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: Complete Coverage

Amjad Javed (7/10): Javed, who is known for his all-round abilities, shined more brightly with the bat than the ball in this tournament. He might have won the Man of the Match award during UAE’s game against Ireland had his side won the game, scoring a quickfire 42 off 35 balls, before taking three wickets for 60 runs, which nearly helped their side win the match.

Another memorable match for Javed was against West Indies, in which he teamed up with Nasir Aziz, with whom he added a 107-run partnership for the seventh wicket to rescue them from a score of 46 for six. He later took two wickets for 29 runs an economical spell that saw him concede a little more than three runs per over. ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: Leading Run-Scorers

Andri Raffaelo Berenger (3/10): The Sri Lanka-born opener failed to provide UAE the ideal start on almost all occasions, and as such has been a disappointment for the team in the tournament. With 53 runs from six games at a meagre average of 8.8, poor by any batting standards, Berenger will have to redeem himself in future opportunities. The likelihood of him getting replaced as the opener look high though. ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: Leading Wicket-Takers

Fahad Alhashmi (5/10): Alhashmi made a solitary appearance during the group stage of the World Cup against South Africa, aside from appearing in the warm-up matches against Australia and Afghanistan. The right-arm medium pacer turned out to be the most economical bowler in the UAE attack against the Proteas (among those who had bowled at least an over), conceding 45 runs from 7.2 overs, before having to be carried out of the ground due to a knee injury.

Manjula Guruge (7/10): Another Sri Lankan in the side, Manjula Guruge turned out to be a fine prospect with the ball for the UAE in the tournament. While Mohammed Naveed finished one wicket ahead of him in the overall tally, Guruge was the most economical in the bowling line-up, leading with a brilliant average of 19.42 as well as a strike rate of 24.4. His haul of four for 56 against Pakistan turned out to be the best figures by a UAE bowler in the tournament.

Kamran Shahzad (3/10): Shahzad did not make much of an impression in the only opportunity that he got in the entire tournament, in their second-last match of the Pool stage against South Africa. Shahzad conceded 59 runs from eight overs, more than seven runs per over. He did however; deny South African skipper AB de Villiers his 21st One-Day International (ODI) century by getting him caught by Amjad Javed on a score of 99.

Khurram Khan (5/10): The 43-year-old from Multan, Pakistan, is the oldest and the most experienced in the side alongside captain Tauqir. Khurram was fluent with the bat in the initial matches, scoring a decent 138 runs from the first four games before getting dismissed cheaply in the matches against South Africa and West Indies. His overall average of 25.83 was disappointing, considering the fact that he is believed to be the mainstay of the UAE middle-order. He did not perform with the ball either, conceding over seven runs per over in his spells against Pakistan and South Africa.

Krishna Chandran (4/10): The Kerala-born medium-pacer took a solitary wicket in the entire tournament, that of Craig Ervine during the game against Zimbabwe. Conceding 177 runs from 25 overs at an economy of seven per over in the entire series is not one that is worth mentioning though.

Mohammad Naveed (7/10): Naveed emerged the leading wicket-taker among the UAE bowlers at the end of their campaign, collecting eight wickets from six games. His figures of three for 63 against a destructive South African batting line-up being an achievement worth reckoning by his team’s standards. Among his most prized wickets in the tournament are the likes of Hashim Amla, Shikhar Dhawan, JP Duminy and David Miller.

Nasir Aziz (6/10): While the Karachi-born off-spinner played only two games in the entire tournament, he made his mark in the tournament with a gritty half-century that helped rescue UAE from the blushes in their game against the West Indies. The Emiratis were trailing at a score of 46 for six, courtesy Jason Holder and Jerome Taylor’s lethal spells, before Aziz teamed up with Amjad Javed to add 107 runs for the seventh wicket, with the UAE getting bowled out for a score of 175. Aziz struck eight boundaries as he deflected the West Indian attack that was looking ferocious on that day, making merry when skipper Holder decided to take himself as well as Taylor out of the attack for some time.

The same cannot be said about his bowling though, as he conceded a total of 47 runs from six overs in that match without taking a wicket. His performance was slightly better in an earlier game against Zimbabwe, in which he conceded 53 runs from 10 overs while taking a wicket.

Swapnil Patil (6/10): India’s second export to the UAE grew up in Mumbai playing alongside the likes of Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane. The wicket-keeper batsman, who struggled to make a mark in his native land before realising his dream of playing the World Cup through the UAE, defied the feared South African attack to top-score for his side with a patient 100-ball 57, including five boundaries, remaining unbeaten till the last ball. Impressive as it was, especially against the likes of Dale Steyn, Vernon Philander and Morne Morkel, Patil had an average outing in the other matches. He scored 36 and 32 against Pakistan and Zimbabwe respectively, while getting dismissed for single-digit scores against India, West Indies and Ireland. He nevertheless, will continue to be a vital figure in the UAE middle-order.

Rohan Mustafa (3/10): Mustafa was lucky that he was given as many as four chances out of six games during the World Cup campaign. Mustafa bowled a total of 12 overs, conceding 76 runs without taking a wicket. He hardly contributed with the bat either, scoring only eight runs in the four games.

Saqlain Haider (2/10): Haider scored seven runs in his only appearance in the entire tournament, which came against South Africa. Needless to say, he needs to take the opportunities that come his way more seriously in the future, if he wants to retain a place in the side.

Shaiman Anwar (8/10): UAE’s most impact player of the tournament without a shade of doubt. He was perhaps the only figure among the grey shirts that the cricketing fraternity stood up and took notice. Anwar was the only player from the side to feature in any of the top lists during the group stages in the World Cup, topping the list at one stage ahead of the likes of Kumar Sangakkara (around the time Sangakkara had score the first of his record-breaking four consecutive centuries). He remained in the top ten till the end of the league stages, despite getting dismissed for a score of two in UAE’s game against West Indies.

The feature about Anwar’s knocks was that they tragically went in vain, despite a combination of flamboyance and grit that the batsman displayed in most of these knocks. His whirlwind 50-ball 67 guided UAE to a commanding score of 285. He scored a heroic century against Ireland, helping them finish on 278 for nine from a troubled position of 131 for six. He once again turned out to be the lone warrior during the match against Pakistan, resisting the likes of Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Irfan and Sohail Khan to once again top-score for his side in a losing cause. Looking back at his performances however, one may think that Pakistan may have lost out on a great batsman, especially when it is in dire need of one.

(Amit Banerjee, a reporter at CricketCountry, takes keen interest in photography, travelling, technology, automobiles, food and, of course, cricket. He can be followed on Twitter via his handle @akb287)