Ever since the inception of Twenty20 cricket, Asian teams have always been dominant. Out of the six world T20 tournaments that have been played so far, three have been won by the Asian teams. Asian teams have produced some of the biggest T20 stars of the world. India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh are always highly regarded in this format and with the emergence of Afghanistan that list has just got longer.
From Babar Azam to Rashid Khan and Jasprit Bumrah, there are many T20 stars among Asian countries that are playing the shortest format of the game. In our article, we take a look at the current best T20 players who can form the best XI from Asian teams.
Here’s the best Asian T20 XI of the current players
1. Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma. (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)
The man with the joint-fastest T20I century, Rohit Sharma just walks into the side. He played a good part in India winning the inaugural World T20 in South Africa and since then he hasn’t looked back in this format.
To add to his international achievements, he has also led Mumbai Indians to four IPL titles and is the most successful IPL captain and player of all time. He is the third leading run-scorer in the history of the IPL only behind Suresh Raina and Virat Kohli.
He is the leading run-scorer in T20I cricket and 3rd on the list of most sixes in T20Is. This makes it very easy to pick him in the Asian best XI.
2. Babar Azam
Babar Azam. (Photo Source: PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
The N0. 1 T20I batsman in the ICC rankings, Babar Azam is the latest batting sensation from Pakistan. His performances in this format have been outstanding and is perhaps the lone batting match-winner in the Pakistan side.
He can be the aggressor who allows Rohit to build on for long innings. His ability to play pace and spin equally well makes him the player whom the opposition fears.
He has a very cool head on his shoulders and even though he bats at No. 3 for Pakistan, it is very easy to fit him as an opener in our XI.
3. Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli. (Photo Source: Twitter)
It’s a no brainer to have the current best batsman in all formats, Virat Kohli at No. 3 in our team. He is arguably one of the greatest T20 batsmen of all time and held ICC No.1 T20I rank recently before Babar Azam took it from him.
He’s currently second on the list of highest run-scorers in IPL. Kohli holds the record of scoring most runs in an IPL season ever when he amassed an unbelievable 973 runs in the 2016 edition. He is also the only player to have won two man of the tournaments on 2 separate World T20s.
A run chasing machine, Kohli just picks himself at No. 3. He gives the much-needed stability that every successful T20 team needs.
4. Shakib Al Hasan
Shakib Al Hasan of Bangladesh. (Photo Source: Twitter)
The No. 1 all-rounder in this format for the longest time, Shakib Al Hasan is a kind of player that every team craves for. A solid batsman at No 4 and can chip in with four overs as and when required.
He also has the ability to hit big shots as per the game situation. He reminded everyone of the kind of skills he possesses in the recently concluded World Cup and is in the form of his life.
With that kind of experience and pedigree, Shakib can provide a perfect balance to the team.
5. MS Dhoni (C & WK)
MS Dhoni. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Three IPL titles, one World T20 trophy, a couple of Champions League trophies, MS Dhoni has done everything a player could do in T20 cricket.
He has been among the greatest finishers in the shortest format of the game and has often been referred to ‘the fastest hands in the east’ for his wicketkeeping. His captaincy skills have been as good as anyone in the game.
So, it makes very easy to have Mahendra Singh Dhoni as the wicketkeeper and captain of this team.
6. Hardik Pandya
India batsman Hardik Pandya. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
A batsman who can clear the boundary with ease and that too from ball No. 1 is priceless in T20 cricket. Add to that his bowling and athletic fielding, Hardik Pandya could be the X-factor of the team.
His power hitting was on full display during the IPL 2019 where he demolished every bowling attack in the tournament with absolute brutality.
Being a seam-bowling all-rounder is an invaluable asset that Pandya brings to the team.
7. Mohammad Nabi
Mohammad Nabi. (Photo Source: Twitter)
The man who almost created the biggest upset in the history of World Cup when he took Afghanistan so close to winning their match against India. He has played for many franchises across the globe.
He is a complete T20 player that every team wants and thus has played for many active T20 teams. He can be an anchor as well as an enforcer. With the ball, he can deceive the batsman with loopy ones and also surprise them with quicker darts
He can be a floater that a successful T20 team needs and also a 4 over bank if it is a turning pitch. It is a no brainer to have him on our side.
8. Rashid Khan
Rashid Khan. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
After Sunil Narine, if there is any spinner who had such an impact in this format, it is Rashid Khan. He has been the No 1 ranked T20 bowler for quite a while and has been an out and out match-winner for all the teams he has played for.
He also has the ability to hit the ball long in the death overs and has shown that in the IPL more than once. Even in a graphically driven generation, still, most batsmen aren’t able to pick him.
His ability to pick wickets and also keep the runs down makes him the best T20 spinner and an obvious choice for our team.
9. Lasith Malinga
Lasith Malinga. (Photo by ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images)
Arguably the greatest T20 bowler the world has ever seen. Lasith Malinga has always been a captain’s delight, be it in the powerplay or in the death, for Sri Lanka or Mumbai Indians.
With 170 wickets, he is the most successful bowler in the history of IPL and has been a pioneer for MI success over the years. In a survey done in 2017, he was rated as the Most Valuable Player in the history of IPL.
A player of such stature and experience brings a lot to the table and just walks into our side.
10. Jasprit Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah. (Photo Source: Twitter)
If there is any bowler who is replicating Lasith Malinga’s success in this format, it is JaspritBumrah. He is the owner of the best yorker in world cricket right now.
He was mentored by Slinga Malinga himself while playing at MI and currently is the best bowler in the world across formats. His ability to pick wickets with the old and the new ball makes him the biggest threat for the opposition.
He was one of the architects of MI triumph in IPL 2019 and was one of the leading bowlers at the World Cup.
11. Mohammad Amir
Mohammad Amir. (Photo Source: Twitter)
No one can forget his spell against India in the 2016 Asia Cup where he looked literally unplayable and it seemed like he might get the entire opposition out in his four-over spell.
As Virat Kohli said, there are very few better new ball bowlers in the world than Amir. He surely justified that tag as he picked 19 wickets in the recently concluded World Cup and was Pakistan’s brightest light.
With Bumrah and Malinga in the side to take care of the death overs, Amir could bowl all his four overs with the new ball where he is most effective.
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