Hasan Ali lit up the tournament with the typical Pakistan vigour. He reversed. He bowled at unplayable lines and lengths in the middle-overs as he thumped his authority with three wickets apiece in the last four matches. He finished the tournament as the highest wicket taker and was awarded golden ball for it
Josh Hazlewood began the tournament on a high note with a six-wicket haul against New Zealand in his side’s first group-stage competition. Despite playing just three matches, he finished as the second highest wicket-taker of the tournament. He overshadowed Mitch Starc for most of the Australian campaign.
Junaid Khan made it to the playing XI after Wahab Riaz’s injury, sustained during the match against India, forced him out of Pakistan’s squad. The left-arm pacer picked up two wickets in virtually a knockout contest against South Africa. His best bowling performance of the tournament came against Sri Lanka in the last group match.
His ability to bounce the ball by bowling cross-seam deliveries made him a lethal weapon in England’s arsenal. After an injury to Chris Woakes, which rule him out of the tournament, in the first match against Bangladesh, the right-arm fast-bowler picked up four wickets. He picked up four more against New Zealand, that went down as his best of the tournament.
Spinners failed to leave a mark this tournament due to the placid nature of the wickets. But Adil Rashid, included in England’s playing XI in their second group-match, picked up wickets. He decimated Australian middle-order to bag his tournament’s best 4 for 41. In the matches against New Zealand and Pakistan, he took two and one wickets.