Here is a dream XI based on the performances of players from different teams in the tournament    Getty Images
Here is a dream XI based on the performances of players from different teams in the tournament Getty Images

The ICC Women’s World T20 2016 witnessed a sweet end with a brilliant match on Sunday as West Indies Women defeated Australia Women to claim the title for the first time. The entire tournament entertained the viewers with superb performances by the players from the participating teams. Though just four teams could make it to the knock out stage, rest of the teams also put up performances that entertained the cricket fans across the globe. As the event comes to an end, here is a dream XI based on the performances of players from different teams in the tournament. Full Cricket Scorecard: Australia Women vs West Indies Women, Final match, ICC Womens T20 World Cup 2016

Stafanie Taylor: The West Indies Women’s skipper opens batting for her team. The player scored a total of 246 runs in the tournament in 6 games, including a brilliant half-century in the final match and was awarded the Player of the Tournament. Stafanie is efficient with the ball as well, as she became the joint second-highest wicket-taker of the tournament, taking 8 scalps. A player who consistently provides a steady start to the innings, surely earns a spot in the XI.

Charlotte Edwards: The England Women’s skipper is the other opener in the XI and for definite reasons. Charlotte emerged as the second highest run-getter of the tournament with 202 runs, including two remarkable half-centuries. The skipper led the team from front with her knocks and ensured good runs on the board. Though the team did not manage to get to the final, Charlotte’s performance with the bat has been amazing enough to feature as the opener of the Women’s World T20 2016 XI.

Sophie Devine: Probably the best No. 3 cricketer in the tournament, Sophie graces the No. 3 spot in this list as well. Coming out to bat one-down, Sophie has scored a total of 120 runs in World T20 2016 but that is not all, the medium pacer bagged nine crucial wickets and is the joint highest wicket-taker.

Harmanpreet Kaur:The Indian got a lot of appraisal during the tournament. A terrific batsman in the middle-order, Harmanpreet scored 89 runs in the tournament from four matches which is an average performance with the bat according to the potential in her. But the player also bagged seven wickets and helped in India’s victories.

Deandra Dottin: One of the most successful all-rounders in women’s cricket currently, Deandra remained an essential player behind West Indies Women’s success in the tournament. The player strengthens the middle-order of her side and that is the same role she is expected to play in this XI as well. Deandra scored a total of 129 in the tournament, while took 9 wickets and is the joint highest wicket-taker.

Rachel Priest (wk): The XI needs a potent wicketkeeper and there were many brilliant ones who showed their class throughout the tournament. But looking at the format, it is always important that the keeper serves the team well with the bat as well and that is where Rachel beats the rest of the talented players. She was the highest run-getter among the other wicketkeeper-batters in the tournament with 108 runs and executed brilliant stumpings in the tournament.

Sana Mir (c): The Pakistani captain, though is a talented pacer herself, is included in the squad because of her leadership skills. Pakistan faced a huge blow right after the start of the tournament as their ace batsman Javeria Khan got injured during the first match and was ruled out of the tournament. With the limited options available, Sana led her team in the rest of the matches. Apart from this fact, the way she rotated the bowlers and set the field, especially in the must-win match against India, was highly praised all across. The bowler Sana also did a decent job, maintaining a good economy along with bagging a couple of wickets. The experienced Sana, hence, is the skipper of the team.

Megan Schutt: The medium-fast bowler has impressed the most among the pacers. Megan bagged 7 wickets in total for Australia. Her spell against England Women’s in the semi-final of ICC Women’s World T20 2016 played a major role behind the team’s victory and subsequent qualification to the final match.

Leigh Kasperek: Kasperek remained the most successful bowler of the tournament. She bagged 9 wickets, which is the highest in the tournament, with a better economy than Sophie Devine and Deandra Dottin and remained the most effective. Her best bowling came against Australia Women as she took 3 for 13 with an economy of 3.25 and New Zealand Women won the match.

Anam Amin: Yet another player from Pakistan who did exceptionally well. Anam Amin was the backbone of Pakistan bowling and she did not let her captain down, taking a total of 7 wickets playing 4 matches. Anam maintained brilliant economy throughout the tournament, her 4-wicket haul came in the match against champions West Indies Women in their opening match as she gave only 16 runs, with an economy of 4.00.

Sune Luus: The leg spinner the dream XI of the tournament needs has to be Sune Luus. The bowler from South Africa bagged 7 wickets playing only 4 matches in the tournament with an unmatched economy of 4.70. The best performance by the bowler came against Ireland as she pulled off a 5-for, bowling her 4 overs and gave only 8 runs with an economy of 2.00

(Paulami Chakraborty, a singer, dancer, artist, and photographer, loves the madness of cricket and writes about the game. She can be followed on Twitter at @Polotwitts)