Current Best World XI across all formats

Currently we, the spectators, are blessed to be witnessing more than one such cricketer who is armed with unparalleled prowess in Test, ODI and T20 formats.

Virat Kohli
Captain Virat Kohli of India leaves the field. (Photo by Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images/Getty images)

As Geoffrey Boycott rightly said, “Cricket is a funny game.” The sport is unique in the sense that it boasts of three vastly different formats and as a result, demands separate skill sets from a single player. If you’re to emerge as one of the top players of cricket, you have to display equal dexterity in all three forms of the game, no less will do!

While Test Cricket is the ultimate hurdle for any cricketer in terms of the effort and concentration one has to put in to ace a 5-day Test match, One Day Internationals (ODI) and Twenty-20 (T20) Cricket test a player’s ability to improvise on his/her feet. In this respect, we, the spectators, are blessed to be witnessing more than one such cricketer at present who is armed with unparalleled prowess in Test, ODI and T20 formats. Let’s take a look at the current Best World XI across all the three formats.

1. Quinton de Kock (wk)

South African batsman Quinton de Kock
South African batsman Quinton de Kock. (Photo by GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP/Getty Images)

Often termed as one of the best cricketers that South Africa has ever produced, Quinton de Kock is an asset both with the bat as well as the gloves. Armed with some exquisite shots with the bat and an ability to switch gears as and when required from him, de Kock has flourished in all three formats of the game, his speciality being the ODIs. His mammoth score of 178 runs against the Aussies at the centurion in 2016 is testimony to his batting calibre.

The left-handed batsman has 3860 ODI runs along with 1872 Test runs, along with 3 centuries and 13 tons in the two formats respectively. As a keeper, de Kock’s agility and athleticism ensures that even the widest of edges fly into his probing gloves without fail, thus making him the perfect candidate to step into the important role of a batsman-wicketkeeper.

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