Karachi: Former Indian batsman and now a renowned commentator Aakash Chopra has compiled his World T20I XI side which comprises of only one player from each country.
The 25-year-old Babar Azam was picked by Chopra ahead of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma. Jasprit Bumrah is the only Indian that made in his best XI.
“Recently I spotted something interesting that the ICC did. They asked fans to pick the best T20I XI in the world – with a condition of course! You can pick ONLY 1 PLAYER from each country,” he wrote on Facebook
“Only one player can be picked from each country. It’s quite challenging but let’s do it,” he said.
Australia’s explosive opener David Warner and England’s wicket-keeper batsman Jos Buttler will open the batting in Chopra’s World XI team.
He placed New Zealand’s Colin Munro at number three. After him, comes Pakistan’s T20I captain and No.1 ranked T20I batsman, Babar Azam.
“People must be thinking if I haven’t picked Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma in the top four then where will I place them but, unfortunately, I can’t find a place for them as I have to choose only one Indian,” he added.
Former South African captain and now a T20 specialist in franchise cricket AB de Villiers is at number five while Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan is at number six.
West Indies power striker Andre Russell slots into the number seven spot while Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan with his all-round abilities at number eight.
Nepali spinner Sandeep Lammichhane at number nine followed by Indian pacer Bumrah and Sri Lankan T20 legend Lasith Malinga at number ten and eleven respectively. Malinga is also the captain of Chopra’s XI.
Aakash Chopra’s World T20I XI:
David Warner, Jos Buttler(WK), Colin Munro, Babar Azam, AB de Villiers, Shakib Al Hasan, Andre Russell, Rashid Khan, Sandeep Lamichhane, Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga(C)