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India’s T20 team of the decade

  • We take a look at India's best XI from the past 10 years.
Abhishek R
ANALYST
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Modified 21 Dec 2019, 01:23 IST

#2 Middle-order [Virat Kohli (C), KL Rahul, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (WK)]

Virat Kohli is the glue to India
Virat Kohli is the glue to India's batting, while Raina and Dhoni are the finishers

Virat Kohli's job is to hold the innings together and to allow the other stroke players to bat around him, but he is so good that while he is anchoring the innings, he still manages to maintain a strike rate of close to 140.

KL Rahul might have been inconsistent in the other formats of the game, but his T20I numbers have been just outstanding. He has scored 1138 runs in the 34 games he has played so far at an average of 43.76 and a strike rate of 146.46. Although he prefers to play in the top-order, he has got the tools to bat at no. 4 as well.

Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni have easily been India’s best finishers over the decade. They might have faded away a little bit now, but for most parts of the decade, they did the toughest job for India, batting lower down the order against the old ball and finding the boundaries regularly.

Dhoni and Raina have averaged 45 and 30 in the T20Is from 2010 onwards, while their strike rates have been 133.29 and 136.97 respectively. Dhoni would be an automatic choice as the wicketkeeper of the team as well.

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Published 16 Dec 2019, 17:16 IST
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