*Note that this is just one man’s opinion, and should in no way be taken as an ‘official’ Allstar Team ;-)
I had the pleasure of being at the American College Cricket Nationals in Fort Lauderdale last week. I witnessed some fantastic cricket, the standard of which is getting higher every year. What made this tournament extra special was the fact that every match was scored live by the teams on the CricHQ application, meaning that wherever I was I could keep up to date with the latest scores. CricHQ also produces a myriad of live and post-match data for consumption and analysis purposes. Using this data and my first hand viewing experience, I have compiled what I believe to be the ‘Allstar XI’ from this tournament…
1. Haider Ali (Rutgers):
Haider scored 242 runs at the tournament at an average of 48.4 and a strikerate of 170. His highest score of 115 blasted his team into the semi-finals.
2. Falahuddin Syed (South Alabama):
His 227 runs featured top scores of 120 and 99. He averaged 56.75 at a strikerate of 197. Basically when he scored runs his team won.
3. Sai Ramesh (USF Bulls):
Captain Fantastic! He lead his team to victory in their 4th finals appearance so he is my Allstar team captain. He was also the best batsman (statistically) throughout the tournament with 288 runs at 48 and a strikerate of 182. His handy off-spinners also brought him 6 wickets, but I have him in this team as the specialist wicket-keeper.
4. Saad Zafar (Ryerson):
Along with Sai Ramesh, Saad was the most impressive batsman on display, and his 116 off only 36 deliveries will long be remembered! He scored his 182 runs at an average of 45.5 and at the remarkable strikerate of 256! He also took the 2nd most wickets of anyone at the tournament with his left-arm orthodox tweakers. His bowling economy rate was 4.65 and his best figures of 5 for 3 certainly helped this!
5. Prasanna Venkatesh (Auburn):
One half of Auburns prolific opening partnership and a handy Medium paced bowler who took 4 wickets throughout the tournament. His 217 runs came at an average of 43 with a strikerate of 115. His calm 69 in the semi-final steered Auburn to the Championship match and a chance to be seen on ESPN!
6. Hassan Mirza (Ryerson):
The captain of the boys from Toronto, Hassan scored valuable top order runs for his team and his skiddy offspinners were constantly a threat. He grabbed 8 wickets with a best of 3 for 3, and his 128 runs came at an average of 43 and at a strikerate of 116.
7. Asghar Sheikh (USF):
Asghar was the best player for USF in their semi-final and performed consistently with both bat and ball. He was probably the tournaments best right arm medium/fast bowler taking 9 wickets at a cost of only 4.90 runs per over. He also scored 134 runs at 33.50 and a strikerate of 133.
8. Umer Syed (University of Texas Arlington):
Umer took 7 wickets at a cost of 5.46 and a best of 4 for 13 with his right arm offspinners. He also scored 143 runs at an average of 47.67 and a strikerate of 140. Even in this stacked ‘Allstars’ team there is an argument for him to bat a lot higher!
9. Abhishek Kulkarni (Auburn):
Kulkarni is another who could also easily bat higher in this order, however it was his right arm medium pace bowling which really caught the eye during this tournament, and his 3/14 against UMBC basically prevented the defending champs from progressing past the quarterfinals. His yorker to dismiss Sai Ramesh was also one of the best deliveries of the final - and certainly put his name in lights on ESPN television! His 8 wickets came at a cost of just 4.71 to go with his 85 runs.
10. Sapan Sharma (Rutgers):
A small but athletic left-arm medium/fast bowler, much in the mould of ex ACC Player of the Year Harsh Desai from Ryerson. Sharma took 9 wickets at 6.06 per over with a best of 3 for 26.
11. Udaybir Singh Dang (Syracuse):
A member of possibly the best bowling attack at the tournament. Once the quicks had softened up the opposition Dang came on with his tricky off-spinners and picked up bags of wickets. His 6 for 4 were the best bowling figures of the tournament, as was his overall tally of 11 wickets at a cost of only 4.25 per over. What made this even more remarkable was the fact he only played 3 games after Syracuse were unable to progress from a tough group stage.
Remember that all of the scorecards and stats for the tournament can be found here… http://americancollegecricket.com/national-championship-score/