The World ODI XI that can beat 2015 World Cup Champions Australia
It is fair to say that Australia has by far been the most consistent sides when it comes to the 50-over showpiece event, the World Cup.
While some of the big teams like England, South Africa, and New Zealand have failed to grab the silverware once, the Aussies have won the 50-over showpiece event five times, the latest being the 2015 World Cup.
The 2015 showpiece event was held across the Trans-Tasman, with Australia beating co-hosts New Zealand in the finals at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The Australian team of 2015 had a plethora of match-winners at their dis[posal. With Michale Clarke at the helm, Australian possessed a powerful batting-order in Warner, Smith, Finch, Maxwell, Haddin, Watson and the skipper himself. To back their bowling, they had a bowling attack that was the envy of the other sides. In Mitchell Starc (22 wickets and Player of the tournament), Hazlewood, Faulkner, who was the player of the match in the finals, Australia had pretty much every base covered, and were rightfully crowned Champions for the fifth time.
That said, in this blog today let us try and create a current World ODI XI that could possibly beat the 2015 Champions Australia.
Here's my compilation:
#1 Rohit Sharma
Opening the batting will be India's talismanic opener, Rohit Sharma. Rohit, who averages 53.80 in 98 innings as an opener, shares a blistering opening partnership with Dhawan. Rohit enjoys a great time against the Australians, with six of his hundreds coming against 2015 champions, second only to Tendulkar (9). The only batsman on the planet to hit three double hundreds in 50-over cricket, Rohit Sharma will partner Dhawan at the top of the order.
Ever since the pair started opening in 2013, Dhawan and Rohit have accumulated 3323 runs in 75 innings at a breathtaking average of 44.90 which includes 12 century-plus opening stands and nine fifty-plus partnerships.
#2 Shikhar Dhawan
Shikhar Dhawan has been one of the key performers for India at the top of the order ever since he made his comeback to the team at the ICC Champions Trophy in 2013.
Dhawan made his debut back in 2010, only to lose it to the then incumbent Virender Sehwag.
He, however, made an outstanding comeback into the ODI team three years later, accumulating 380 runs in the Champions Trophy, which included two back to back centuries against South Africa and West Indies.
Dhawan has scored 10 more centuries since then, making it twelve in 98 innings at a healthy average of 45.65.
Dhawan can take the attack onto the Australians early and can along with Sharma can pave way for shenanigans of the middle-order to take over.