Cricket in 2018: Best T20I XI of the year
It was the year of all-rounders and spinners in particular as they dominated the roost across continents.
Updated - Jan 1, 2019 5:20 pm
T20I cricket wasn’t the call of the year as most teams wanted to focus on ODIs given the World Cup is scheduled for 2019. However, there were 81 matches played around the world from the first day of the year until December 22 when Windies faced Bangladesh. Pakistan, Australia and India played most games – 19 each this year, while Bangladesh featured in 16 and World T20 champions Windies took the field on 15 occasions.
There were memorable matches, brilliant individual performances and some valiant efforts that went in vain. A few players shouldered most burden of the team – it was also the year of wrist spinners and all-rounders. The spin-bowling all-rounders were of high value for all the teams as they contribute more than just with the ball and prove to be game changers. Having witnessed all the action for the last 12 months we’ve compiled the best T20I XI for the year.
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As a part of Cricket in 2018 – here is the best T20I XI of the year:
1. Shikhar Dhawan – India
The left-hander has been one of the most consistent openers in white-ball cricket. Along with Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan has formed the most formidable top three for India among all limited-overs teams in the game at present.
The crafty left-hander from Delhi is known for his elegant stroke-making with an upright stance. Having played 18 T20Is in 2018, the 33-year-old slammed 690 runs at an average of almost 41. His ability to stand rock solid at the crease and adaptability in different conditions makes him a competent opener in the shortest format of the game.
A lot of times Dhawan even eclipsed his partner Rohit who is an amazing limited-overs batter himself. He has also carried on the innings, converting starts in to bigger totals which makes him a match winner.