Best Asian ODI XI of the year 2020
Here's looking at Best of Asian ODI players.
Updated - Dec 27, 2020 1:12 pm
Virat Kohli (IND) (c)
It’s not often that one can raise doubts over Virat Kohli’s inclusion in any best XI team. After all, the top-ranked ODI batsman in the world has played quite a few innings of note to warrant his place as one of the best modern-era cricketers. But this year, King Kohli’s story of world-wide domination has had some slightly deeper angles to itself.
Statistically, 2020 has been quite a rewarding year for the India captain. In 9 ODI games, spanning across India, New Zealand, and Australia, Kohli accumulated 431-runs at a healthy average of 47.88. In the process, he also struck 5 half-centuries while simultaneously captaining the white-ball team.
But while King Kohli’s performances look impressive on paper, the fact that he went through his first century-less year since 2008 (across all three international formats) is a massive let-down. Additionally, his style of captaincy was found wanting on several areas.
Regardless of those blemishes, purely from a stats and performance-based perspective, there’s hardly any doubt that Kohli should assume his rightful, one-down position in this year’s best Asia XI.