Best Asian T20 International XI
The best in the shortest format from the sub-continent, an eleven featuring enough variety
The sub-continent has seen some tremendous short-format players, ranging from highly effective new ball bowlers to tremendously attacking batsmen, and from sharp death bowlers to batsmen who can control an entire innings with composed knocks.
Sportskeeda mentions the best from the Asian continent to have played T20 internationals.
Below is the best Asian T20 international eleven so far.
1. Virender Sehwag – 394 runs in 19 matches at 145.39
The man who attacked virtually every ball he faced in international cricket needs little introduction. Though it is unfortunate that Virender Sehwag retired from the game by the time the shortest format gained popularity, the aggressive opener ensured that he left his imprint on T20 international cricket.
A staggering strike rate of 145.39 was a clear indication of the power that the Delhi dasher brought at the top. His most important innings was a knock of 68 – also his highest score – against England in a must-win encounter in the 2007 World T20, whose Final he had to miss owing to an injury as India eventually lifted the trophy.
2. Rohit Sharma – 1,647 runs in 71 matches at 135.00
Rohit Sharma, the classic modern limited-overs batsman, who has redefined batting in the shorter formats, can rarely be forgotten while compiling the best from T20 and ODI cricket. Effortless heaves, clean flicks and a strong front foot game have taken Rohit all the way to be considered as one of the most fearful batsmen to have played in coloured clothing.
It is of little surprise that he shares the record for the fastest T20 international century – the other holder is David Miller – and is one of only two Indians to boast of a century across all three formats.