Australia legend Adam Gilchrist names his top five T20I players for dream team

Former Australian cricketer Adam Gilchrist picked his top five T20I players for dream team from five different nations.

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Australia's legendary wicketkeeper-batter Adam Gilchrist has chosen his top five interesting players he would pick in his dream World T20I XI.

The former Australia cricketer was a dashing batter himself, who could destroy bowlers and was concomitantly a great behind the wickets. The T20 World Cup is set to commence in less than a week’s time with the first stage qualifiers to go as scheduled.

The ex-Aussie wicketkeeper relished some terrific moments across all formats of the game even more so with the white-ball. ‘Gilly’ as he is fondly known has picked a few players that he would have in his dream team in the shortest format of the game.

Gilchrist names five players in his Dream World T20I XI

Gilchrist won three Cricket World Cups in his career and finished with a strike rate of 141.66 in the shortest format. The current Fox Cricket commentator picked players from five different cricket playing nations in his dream team for T20I.

David Warner was Gilly’s first choice in his squad, and it seems to be for obvious reasons. The left-hander hit three half-centuries in the previous edition of the T20 World Cup at an impressive strike rate of 146.70.

“He’s at the top of the order, I think just his attacking attitude, the way he kick-starts innings at the top, and the confidence he’ll have from the previous T20 World Cup,” Gilchrist said.

He went on to pick Pakistan’s skipper Babar Azam, who is currently ranked third in the ICC Men's T20I Batting rankings.

“His versatility across all formats, but also when it’s getting down to T20 cricket, just across all conditions, I think he can play all conditions really well," Gilchrist highlighted about Babar.

Hardik Pandya is known to be a lethal all-rounder and can change the complexion of the game on his day. Pandya became the only Indian to make it to Gilly’s dream list.

“Pandya is just an awesome figure straight across the board, his ability to bat, bowl, field and entertain, he’s definitely in there.”

Next up, the Aussie legend picked Rashid Khan as his effective leg-spin has made him one of the best T20 bowlers ever. Rashid is known to maintain a good stump-to-stump line with impressive flight that gets him the wickets.

“He’s just got to be there in any T20 team, doesn’t he? Cricketer of the year in this format across the world. Over the last decade, Rashid Khan is in there.”

Gilly also picked the hard-hitting wicketkeeper batsman, Jos Buttler as his final name in the top-five players in the dream T20I team.

“It’s a bit batting heavy I know, but Jos Buttler for me, he is just dynamic, his power and his courage to take it on. Simply a stroke of brilliance from him and its game over,” said Gilchrist.

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