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World Twenty20 awards

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17 days, 27 matches, over 160 sixes - that was the 2009 World Twenty20. Cowers reflects with his team of the tournament.

1. Tillekerante Dilshan

For inventing the squatting periscope shot

For coming the closest to a century

For being the only man to score over 300 runs

2. Chris Gayle

For hitting a ball so far it would take Usain Bolt more than 10 seconds to fetch

For bowling in those yellow sunglasses

For celebrating his side's victory over England with a nonchalant stroll onto the outfield 

3. AB de Villiers

For trying to kill the crowd at The Oval - hitting 79 off just 34 balls against Scotland

For having an eye like a dead fish - a strike rate of 155

For being the best 'in the circle' fielder in the world

4. Yuvraj Singh

For hitting more sixes than anyone else - 9

For hitting his first ball against England over 100m

For showing the world that can you turn a yorker into a six over mid-wicket

5. Kumar Sangakkara (capt/wkt)

For calmness personified in his innings to knock out Australia

For making the final a spectacle with his fifty
For being able to read Mendis

6. Dwayne Bravo

For beating India on his own, with 66 and four wickets

For hitting eight sixes

Despite being the third part of Angelo Matthews' 'Puff the Magic drag on' club

7. Shahid Afridi

For remembering how to bat in time for the Super Eights

For bowling at 79mph off four steps

For a match-winning innings in the final

8. Umar Gul

For yorker after yorker after yorker after yorker

For being the tournament's leader wicket-taker - 13

For playground figures of 5-6 against New Zealand

9. Ajantha Mendis

For bamboozling all and sundry with the carrom ball

For outshining Murali with 12 wickets

For being just the best of a glut of economical slow bowlers: Saeed Ajmal, Roelof van der Merwe et al

10. Lasith Malinga

For the slower full toss that hits leg stump halfway up

For flying in the face of pesticide hygiene by kissing the ball

For taking 12 wickets

11. Wayne Parnell

For figures of 4-0-13-4 against West Indies

For being a captain's best friend whenever asked

For still only being a teenager

Honourary mentions:

Catch of the tournament: Kyle Coetzer's astonishing leap at long-on in Scotland's match against South Africa. He's from Aberdeen, honestly.

Fielding moment: Angelo Mathews' leaping forehand smash against West Indies after catching the ball on the right side of the line only for his momentum to take him over the boundary.

Sycophantic award: David Hussey whose favourite player is Mike Hussey.

'Up yours bruv' award: Mike Hussey whose favourite player is Allan Border.

Irony award: Scott 'Miley' Styris. Favourite Twenty20 player - Nasser Hussain.

Non politically correct commentary award: Simon Doull for 'great work by Marty two toes' (Martin Guptill has only two toes on one of his feet as the result of a forklift accident).

I don't like this format award: Brett Lee with tournament figures of 8-0-95-3.

The 'maybe we should have lost the final' award: England's women team whose reward for their all conquering feats are a terrace reception at the Houses of Parliament followed in early July by a visit to 10 Downing Street to meet the Prime Minister.

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