The Best of 2017: World T20I XI of the year
This team would give any opposition a run for their money.
Published - Dec 26, 2017 4:34 pm | Updated - Dec 26, 2017 5:07 pm
The shortest format of a cricket game, Twenty20 has garnered a lot of attraction among the viewers since its inception at the highest level in 2007. The first ever World T20 was a huge blockbuster and since then the format hasn’t looked back. The advent of T20 leagues around the world has led to a scenario where very few T20 Internationals are played. The teams prefer to play only a one-off or maximum three-match series. Though the T20Is are most followed and viewed across the world and the year 2017 only saw an increase in viewership.
India was the best team as far as the performance is concerned. They won every bilateral series apart from Australia as the decider of that series was washed out and they had to contend for a draw. Even the other cricketing teams like New Zealand, Pakistan and Windies had a decent 12 months period in the shortest form. Here we pick the World T20I XI of the year 2017 purely based on the statistics and the special performances by the cricketers:
1. Rohit Sharma (India)
Rohit Sharma walks into any side when it comes to the limited-overs cricket. His proven ability to hit sixes in a nonchalant way is excellent and has stormed past a lot of players at the top with his recent knock against Sri Lanka in Indore. He has hit the purple patch this year and looks extremely dangerous with the bat. The century he scored was the joint fastest in T20Is equalling David Miller who had scored off 35 deliveries against Bangladesh earlier this year.
Not surprisingly, Rohit has the highest strike rate of 176.55 amongst the top 50 run-getters in the format in 2017. He has amassed 256 runs in 8 matches with his best score being 118 and also has a half-century to his name. He also averages 32 which means he has provided the team with a good start at the top with the field restrictions.