The cricket world witnessed the first World Test Champions in its 144 year old history when New Zealand defeated India in the historic one-off Final in Southampton. The tournament was staged across two years and each team was supposed to play six Test series – three home and three overseas. After the two years, India topped the points table and New Zealand bagged the second spot and both the teams clashed in the Final in Southampton. In this article, we will be looking at the top five all-round performances from players in the first cycle of the World Test Championship.
England all-rounder Ben Stokes is known to possess some excellent skills with both bat and the ball and he was impactful in England’s journey in the WTC. Stokes amassed 1334 runs across 32 innings with a highest score of 176 against West Indies. He smashed four centuries and seven half-centuries, including the sensational knock of 135* against Australia in Leeds during Ashes 2019. Along with that, he took 34 wickets in the cycle, thus becoming the best all-rounder in the World Test Championship.
India’s legendary spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, whose brilliance is already known with the ball, found his old batting form back during the five-match home Test series against England. At his home ground, in the second Test, Ashwin scored a century to put India on the front foot. Ashwin also ended up being the leading wicket taker for India. The magician all-rounder took four five-wicket hauls in the World Test Championship, thus making him the second best all-rounder in the tournament.
Along with Ashwin, his spin twin and India’s top all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja ranks third in the best all-round performances in the WTC. Apart from being the best fielder, Jadeja bagged 29 wickets and also scored 500 runs, including the half-century against Australia in Melbourne, which paved way for the greatest ever Test series in cricket history. Along with runs and wickets, Jadeja grabbed 17 catches.
Although West Indies have not quite performed well in the WTC, Jason Holder held the top spot in ICC Rankings for All-rounders for a quite a while. Holder also took 25 wickets and scored 459 runs in the inaugural cycle of World Test Championship. He notched up two half-centuries across 18 innings, averaging 32 with the bat and 30 with the ball.
England skipper Joe Root has been absolutely magnificent with the bat and stands second, in terms of leading run-scorers in the tournament. He is only behind Australia’s Marnus Labuschagne, who has scored 1675 runs. Root, however, is just 15 runs behind, scoring 1660 runs at an average of 47.42. He notched up three centuries and eight half centuries. Along with the bat, Root was super handy with the ball as he took 16 wickets at an average of 32.12, including one five-wicket haul against India in Ahmedabad in the historic pink-ball Test.