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Year in review: Cricket World's Best T20I XI of 2019

2019: Virat Kohli T20I Average: 77.66
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David Warner's batting average in T20Is this year is 287! Glenn Maxwell's T20I strike rate in 2019 is 183.33. These are the numbers you need to get into Cricket World's Best T20I XI of 2019.


With the entire focus on the ODI World Cup, most top teams did not play much T20I cricket in 2019. However, with the build up towards the 2020 T20 World Cup gaining pace, there have been some T20I series towards the end of the year.

OPENERS

In the 6 T20I matches that David Warner played in 2019, he did not get out even once and struck at over 145. Warner walks into Cricket World's Best T20I XI of 2019.

Babar Azam after being named Pakistan's white-ball captain promoted himself to open the batting and has averaged over 40 in 2019.

David Warner

Innings in 2019: 6
Runs: 287
Average: 287.00
Best: 100*
Strike rate: 145.68

Babar Azam (vc)

Innings in 2019: 10
Runs: 374
Average: 41.55
Best: 90
Strike rate: 136.99

MIDDLE ORDER

Virat Kohli has been selected the skipper in the T20I format as well. His numbers are as good, if not better, in T20Is as in the other two formats.

Dawid Malan on the back of a sensational century against New Zealand gets a look-in at number 4.

Virat Kohli (c)

Innings in 2019: 10
Runs: 466
Average: 77.66
Best: 94*
Strike rate: 147.93

Dawid Malan

Innings in 2019: 4
Runs: 208
Average: 69.33
Best: 103*
Strike rate: 163.78

ALL-ROUNDERS

Glenn Maxwell, despite his mental health troubles, is too destructive a batsman in T20s to be overlooked. He finds a place at number 5 and will also help the team with a few handy off-spinners.

Ireland's Andrew Balbirnie has been the best-performing wicketkeeper-batsman this year. He does have an advantage of playing more matches due to the ICC World T20 Qualifier but you cannot take anything away from him.

Kiwi all-rounders Colin De Grandhomme and Mitchell Santner further bolster both the batting and the bowling.

Glenn Maxwell

Innings in 2019: 3
Runs: 231
Average: 115.50
Best: 113*
Strike rate: 183.33

Andrew Balbirnie (wk)

Innings in 2019: 20
Runs: 601
Average: 33.38
Best: 83
Strike rate: 143.77

Colin de Grandhomme

Innings in 2019: 11
Runs: 301
Average: 27.36
Best: 59
Strike rate: 156.77

Mitchell Santner

Innings in 2019: 12
Wickets: 20
Average: 15.40
Best: 3/12

SPINNER

A leg spinner is almost a must have in T20Is and no other leggie has been more impressive than Rashid Khan this year.

Rashid Khan


Innings in 2019: 10
Wickets: 20
Average: 12.90
Best: 5/27

PACERS

Chris Jordan had a great run in the 5-match T20I series against New Zealand and can also help the team with the bat. Similarly, Kane Richardson has now been in form for more than a year - right from last year's Big Bash League and has become a regular feature of the Aussie T20I side.

Chris Jordan

Innings in 2019: 8
Wickets: 14
Average: 12.86
Best: 4/6

Kane Richardson

Innings in 2019: 6
Wickets: 8
Average: 18.50
Best: 3/18

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