Best Asian ODI XI among current players
Indian to lead our XI.
Updated - Feb 28, 2020 12:54 pm
Cricket has a very rich history in Asia and is a ‘festival’ particularly in the sub-continent. Fans cheer for their teams and players no matter the situation their team is in and that is what keeps the sport alive. The popularity of this sport in the Asian sub-continent has grown leaps and bounds from worshipping their players as gods to burning their posters to show their discontent. We have even seen TV sets been smashed after a certain Pakistan team’s loss to their arch rivals India when they meet in ICC tournaments.
Historically, Asian players have been dominating the game which can be implied from the fact that the top 5 wicket-takers in ODI cricket are all Asians and 8 of the 10 leading run-scorers in the format are of the same continent. If that doesn’t convince you about the dominance of Asians in the game, there is another stat. 5 of the 10 teams which played the 2019 ICC World Cup in England were from the Asian sub-continent.
The Asian sub-continent has produced some of the best cricketers in the history of this game. They have always been a force to reckon with in the cricketing world. Talking about the new powerhouse of Asian cricket, Afghanistan has taken giant strides and made the world take notice of their cricketing talent.
Subsequently, we have tried to come up with the best Asian ODI XI from the current lot of players from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.
1. Rohit Sharma
India’s vice-captain known for his flamboyant style of batting and exquisite timing of the ball is a treat to watch. On his day, he is simply unstoppable. He has mastered the art of starting slow and destroying the opposition bowlers at the back end of the innings.
Rohit’s career graph saw a steep rise ever since MS Dhoni’s decision of opening him in the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy in England which India eventually won. His white-ball form over the past couple of years has been nothing short of phenomenal. He has played a major role in India’s progress in the ODI format.
Rohit was the leading run-getter in the recently concluded World Cup. The talisman batsman was the leading run-getter of the tournament as he scored 648 runs at an average of 81. Furthermore, he scored five centuries in the tourney. The right-hander has the skills to score daddy hundred and he is the only batsman to score three double hundreds.