Sportskeeda's T20I XI of 2017
With New Zealand beating the West Indies by 47 runs at Nelson on Friday, December 29, we are done with the Twenty20 Internationals for the year 2017.
While Sri Lanka played the maximum 15 T20Is in 2017 and won just five, India registered most wins by being victorious in nine of their 13 twenty-over games this year.
Pakistan, Afghanistan and West Indies played 10 T20Is each, winning eight, seven and six games, respectively.
Since the teams from the Indian subcontinent played the maximum number of T20Is this year, naturally the players from these countries dominated the shortest format of the game.
Now, let's have a look at Sportskeeda's Twenty20 International XI for the year 2017, where the impact made by these particular players is the main criteria for their inclusion.
Evin Lewis (West Indies)
This year's leading run-getter in T20Is, Evin Lewis, is an obvious choice to open the innings as he scored 357 runs in nine matches and hit the maximum 31 sixes in 2017.
Despite a string of low scores from the young opener, the West Indies won every time Lewis scored fifty or more in 2017.
The 26-year-old, who hit a ton and two T20I fifties in 2017, brought up his highest score in the shortest format of the game when he smashed 125 not out from 62 balls against India in July.
Lewis' top score was the highest by a batsman in a T20I run-chase and he also became the third player after Brendon McCullum and Chris Gayle to hit more than one century in the twenty-over format.
Rohit Sharma (India)
Once Rohit Sharma gets going, there is nothing stopping him and that is why he would make an ideal partner for Lewis to open the innings with.
Rohit was having a woeful year as far as T20Is were concerned, as he managed to score just 138 runs in 7 innings, but, the recently-concluded three-match series against Sri Lanka changed the Hitman's fortunes.
In the second match, Rohit brought up his second ton in the shortest format of the game in 35 balls, the joint-fastest T20I hundred and fastest by an Indian.
He equalled the record of David Miller, who achieved the feat against Bangladesh at Potchefstroom in October 2017.
Rohit brought up his highest T20I score of 118 off 43 balls including 12 fours and ten sixes and ended the year with 283 runs in nine matches.