Player of the Tournament Sushant Modani is part of the showcase XI from the 2021 Men's 50-over Nationals at Prairie View Cricket Complex in Texas.
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By Peter Della Penna (Twitter @PeterDellaPenna
1 Steven Taylor (South)
– Finished 11th
in the event with 152 runs, but in a weak field of opening batsmen, stood out for his two blazing half-centuries at the top of the order. He made low scores in two innings lower down the order as part of the rotation policy during the event to give other players a chance to bat. Also finished tied for fifth overall with eight wickets from his offspin.
2 Dominique Rikhi (East)
– Of all the centuries made during the tournament, his was the only one made from the opening slot, scoring 115 of his 139 runs – 12th
in the event – in that innings against Midwest. He had the highest average of any opener at 46.33, having only played three games again due to the rotation policy.
3 Saad Ali (Midwest)
– Arguably the standout strokeplayer in this event having arrived just over a month ago into the USA and only two years removed from his Pakistan debut. The left-hander finished with 241 runs in three innings with the second best average of the event at 80.33. His 134 against East as part of a 229-run partnership with Obus Pienaar were both the highest marks of the event.
4 Rahul Jariwala (USA U19s, wk)
– The 17-year-old phenom bounced back from a rough start to the year in April when he was initially left out of the USA U19 squad after the USA U19 National Championships when he failed to reach a half-century in four innings. That seems like an eternity ago now after his two centuries in this event against Mid Atlantic and then eventual tournament finalist South made him the leading scorer in the event with 251 runs at an average of 62.75.
5 Sushant Modani (Southwest)
– The Player of the Tournament finished the event with a bang, scoring back to back unbeaten centuries over the final two days to help secure a third place finish for his side, ending with 229 runs at an average of 114.50. He also took six wickets in just 19 overs with his offspin.
6 Aaron Jones (South)
– The captain of the runner-up side produced three half-centuries during the tournament, the most 50-plus scores of any batsman, to end sixth overall with 175 runs at an average of 43.75. His consistency in USA colors was matched leading South into the final.
7 Marty Kain (West Zone Blues)
– The top allrounder in the event finished fourth overall with 190 runs at an average of 47.50 including two fifties, one of which was a 99 before he was bowled trying to reverse sweep his way to a century. He also finished as the joint-leading wicket-taker, claiming 11 wickets with his funky left-arm spin.
8 Willem Ludick (Southwest)
– The medium pace allrounder was sharp with the new ball, tying for ninth with seven wickets. He was also valuable in the middle order for Southwest, finishing seventh overall with 170 runs including one half-century.
9 Bhaskar Yadram (East)
– The medium pace allrounder finished tied with Kain for the most wickets in the event, taking 11 scalps including a tournament best six-wicket haul on the opening day against Midwest. He also chipped in with 70 runs at an average of 23.33.
10 Nosthush Kenjige (Southwest)
– In a crowded field of left-arm spinners, Southwest captain Kenjige stood out for his economy on what were very batting friendly wickets. Of any bowler who bowled more than one over per team game, Kenjige had the best economy rate in the tournament at 2.76, the only one in the qualification to have an economy rate of under 3. He also finished fourth overall with nine wickets at an average of 11.33. With the bat, Kenjige also scored a crucial unbeaten 85 to help his side out of trouble on day two against East.
11 Saurabh Netravalkar (West Zone Reds, captain)
– The USA ODI captain won his second domestic championship of the summer to go along with his Minor League T20 title as part of the Silicon Valley Strikers. The left-arm seamer tied for fifth overall with eight wickets, second most for any medium pacer behind Yadram, at a 4.31 economy rate and an average of 15.62. He also contributed some handy lower order runs with 45 runs at an average of 45.00 in three innings.