India-Pakistan combined ODI XI of the decade
Both India and Pakistan have played a lot of ODI cricket in the 2010s-decade.
Updated - Jan 4, 2020 1:24 pm
It’s been more than seven years since India and Pakistan faced each other in a bilateral series and only once did they meet in a series in the 2010s-decade. It was back in 2012-13 that Pakistan had toured India for a short limited-overs leg. Since then, it’s been only in ICC and ACC matches that the two Asian powerhouses meet.
However, they have played a lot of ODI cricket in the 2010s-decade. India won the 2011 World Cup and the 2013 Champions Trophy while Pakistan won the 2017 edition of the Champions Trophy. Moreover, some players were very consistent and a few of them emerged as world-beaters.
Thus, with the 2010s decade done and dusted, we look back at some of the star performers across India and Pakistan in ODI cricket and form a combined XI.
Here’s the combined XI:
1. Rohit Sharma
There was no better opener than Rohit Sharma in ODI cricket in the 2010s-decade. He was a middle-order batsman until 2013. He struggled for consistency and the promise that he had shown early in his career wasn’t converting into performances.
However, ever since he turned into an opener in 2013, there’s been no looking back. Rohit has scored 8249 runs in this decade which is the second-most. Moreover, out of which 6977 came batting at the top of the order. Furthermore, 26 out of his 28 tons have also been while he opened the batting.
The Mumbai batsman has smoked three double tons as well and will certainly go down as one of the best ODI openers of all-time. Thus, Rohit will be one of the first names on the team sheet irrespective of which countries you are considering.