1. Rohit Sharma
Fast forward to 2021, Rohit is now the best opener in the world. He has that “extra second” to judge the ball. Adding on, he has won five IPL titles with MI. A strike rate of 138.96 is spectacular for an opener who has scored 4 centuries.
2. Virat Kohli (Captain)
Kohli has been the captain who has made India a pace bowling powerhouse. Adding on, Kohli thrives under pressure. For someone who is already a legend, he is the skipper of this squad.
3. Chris Gayle
Gayle has been successful for the Windies in T20I. He has scored 2 centuries with a career strike rate of 140.17. Yes, the age factor is always present. But, here we are talking about Gayle, who does not need to run singles and doubles to take his team over the line.
4. Rishabh Pant (Wicketkeeper)
Pant would not have made it to this playing eleven last year. His batting was rusty and glove work was not clean. But within a year, he has improved his game significantly. Well, one is a rare talent if he scores a six off Jofra Archer while playing the reverse scoop shot.
5. Jos Buttler
Buttler has an IPL strike rate of 150 and a T20I strike rate of 139.84. Talking about fielding, he will surely give Kohli a tough competition in this squad. Buttler’s presence is also important, mainly because he is a calming factor who could guide the bowlers.
In 34 T20Is, Stokes has scored with a strike rate of 136.84. Adding on, he has scored 2 IPL centuries with a career strike rate of 134.5. Apart from his batting, he is a decent bowler too. Yes, he might have failed in the final of the 2016 T20 World Cup, but since then, he has improved significantly.
7. Ravindra Jadeja
Jadeja has been his captain’s go-to man in every situation. He is the prime example of how a player grows when given multiple chances. Adding on, he is the best fielder in the world. There is no doubt that he is the most vital member of this lineup.
8. Rashid Khan
Rashid has picked 95 wickets in 51 T20Is. He has the best bowling figure of 5/3 in the format. Adding on, he has an economy rate of 6.22 in T20Is and 6.24 in the IPL. A complete cricketer for the format, Rashid brings more variety to the lineup.
9. Mitchell Starc
Starc has been an economical bowler throughout his career. He has played 39 T20Is and 27 IPL games. With 48 wickets in T20Is with an economy rate of 7.16, he is the first pacer in the squad.
10. Kagiso Rabada
Rabada has an economy rate of 8.61 in the shorter format of the game. With 39 wickets in 32 games, he is a genuine wicket-taker. In the IPL, he has been spectacular. With 69 wickets in 42 games, he has been Delhi’s go-to man during the powerplay and the death overs.
11. Tabraiz Shamsi
An economy rate of 6.79 is excellent in this format. Adding on, with the presence of Rashid and Jadeja, Shamsi will compliment them excellently in the middle overs. A bowling average of 22.04 is brilliant for a spinner in this format.