England notched up their second T20 World Cup trophy and ended the 12-year wait by beating Pakistan by five wickets in the final of the ICC T20 World Cup 2022 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Sunday, November 13. The Jos Buttler-led team became the second team after the West Indies to win two T20 World Cup titles.
Three Lions restricted Pakistan to a below-par total of 137 runs for the loss of eight wickets before chasing the target down with six balls to spare. Ben Stokes scored an unbeaten knock of 52 runs off 49 balls to help his team win. Sam Curran, who was named Player of the Match and Player of the Tournament, took three wickets.
England’s Selection Policy Is The Point Of Difference – Sunil Gavaskar
Former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar believes that England’s success in the T20 World Cup is down to their team selection policy. Gavaskar cited the example of Joe Root, who despite being one of the greatest batsmen of the modern era, could not find a place in the T20I squad.
“England’s selection policy is the point of difference. Joe Root – who is a legend in Test match cricket does not get a chance to play in T20Is. If they see that their Test match batters cannot play in their T20I template, they simply do not select them. Joe Root is one of the best batters in the world, one of fab four, but he still does not find a place in the white ball team,” Gavaskar compared England to the rest of the teams.
“England have brought in youngsters in the team, like Phil Salt and Harry Brook, and they were the points of difference,” he further added.
England won the eighth edition of the T20 World Cup, making them the indisputable white-ball champions, as they already hold the world title in the fifty-over format. They outclassed Pakistan, who arrived in Melbourne hoping to recreate the glory of former skipper Imran Khan’s 1992 50-over World Cup victory.