Best T20I XI of the year

While the focus was largely on the 50-over World Cup of 2019 till June, now all of that focus has shifted to the T20 World Cup of 2020.

2. Quinton de Kock (wk)

Quinton de Kock of South Africa
South Africa’s Quinton de Kock. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)

Only four wicket-keepers averaged in excess of 40 in the year 2019 as far as T20I cricket is concerned. Quinton de Kock is one among them. The South African opener may have played just three T20Is this year but has had a significant impact.

He played just one T20I against Sri Lanka at the start of the year before taking over as T20I captain for South Africa after the World Cup. The left-handed wicket-keeping batsman led from the front and looked in fine touch. He scored a couple of fifties (scores of 52 and 79 not out) against India and led South Africa to a series-levelling win as well.

Moreover, de Kock is one among the only two wicket-keepers to score two or more fifties in this year. Thus, he makes it to the best XI despite playing just three games.


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