All-time T20 XI: Rohit Sharma and Shahid Afridi feature fast line-up

Australia are 15 years away from defeating trans-Tasman rivals New Zealand in Auckland in the first Twenty20 match between the two men’s teams. Since then, the format has taken cricket by storm and led to a revolution that saw various franchise league mushrooms around the world.

In the short existence of Makes, the 20-over format has evolved at speed and several players have put their own stamps on the game.

With cricket uninterrupted due to the COVID-19 epidemic, we have the opportunity to compile an all-time T20 XI. Only international performances have been considered and the final XI has been assumed with some assistance from us. Instagram Followers.

Players are considered

Openers: David Warner, Colin Munro, Martin Guptill, Aaron Finch, Rohit Sharma, Chris Gayle

Middle order: JP Duminy, Ein Morgan, Mohammad Hafeez, Virat Kohli, Ross Taylor, AB de Villiers, Ken Williamson, Shoaib Malik

Wicketkeeper: MS Dhoni, Brendon McCullum, Umar Akmal

Skilled everywhere: Shakib Al Hasan, Suresh Raina, Marlon Samuels, Shane Watson, Dwayne Bravo

Spinners: Rashid Khan, Shahid Afridi, Saeed Ajmal, Ajanta Mendis, Mohammad Nabi

, Pacers: Tim Southee, Lasith Malinga, Dale Steyn, Umar Gul, Jaspreet Bumrah, Nuan Kulasekara

The last eleven

Aaron Finch (Australia)

Attendance – 61

Introduction – Right hand bat / opener

Run – 1989, Average – 38.25, SR – 155.87

New Zealand’s Colin Munro has three T20s but has been beaten by Aaron Finch for Australia’s best consistency.

Finch’s average of more than 38 also helped his Australian opening partner David Warner to agree. All that is known about Finch is that the right-handers have a surprising strike rate of around 156, which has been maintained during innings 1 innings.

His 122 off 76 balls against Zimbabwe is the highest individual score in the T20 format, and 15 15 off 633 balls is the third highest against England.

Rohit Sharma (India)

Attendance – 108

Introduction – Right hand bat / opener

Run – 2773, Average – 32.62, SR – 138.78

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India’s Rohit Sharma, as just one of three players to complete a century of appearances in the T20s, has already left a lasting impression in this format that very few people can match. The Indian vice-captain is the only batsman to have won four Twenty20 Slams, reaching unprecedented heights and missed out on fifth place last year after scoring 855 off 43 balls against Bangladesh.

His combined 35-ball century against Sri Lanka in 2013 remains the fastest in the format, with his batsman hitting 127 sixes. With a few good years still left under his belt, expect plenty of runs and sixes from Rohit’s locker.

JP Duminy (South Africa)

Attendance – 81

Introduction – Left-handed bat / all-rounder

Run – 1934, Average – 38.68, SR – 126. 24


One of the more under-rated batsmen in the game, JP Duminy is the perfect person to slot behind an explosive opening pair. South Africa probably did not achieve the success they had hoped for in the Test and ODI formats, but he was a performer when it came to the T20s.

Notably, his average in the format is 36..66 more than what he has done for the Proteas in Tests and ODIs. The elegant left-hander was adept at anchoring the innings for South Africa and his presence in the XI allowed the big hits to play their natural game.

The part time off spin in his hand is an added bonus.

Virat Kohli (India)

Attendance – 82

Introduction – Right hand bat

Run – 2794, Average – 50.80, SR – 138.24

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No other batsman has scored more runs in this format than Virat Kohli, the captain of the Indian team has further enhanced his credentials as a run chase. Although its overall average in the format is above 50, it spread to an incredible 82.16 to chase the run.

Despite playing 24 fewer innings than his deputy Rohit, Kohli still managed to score 21 more runs to establish himself as the top run-getter in the T20s. He may not have a ton in his name, but a half-century record in almost three innings (76 in 24 24) has made him an intense batsman to fight for the opposition.

There are no more batsmen by your side while chasing high-pressure runs.

Brendon McCullum (New Zealand)

Attendance – 71

Introduction – Wicketkeeper / captain

Run – 2140, Average – 35.66, SR – 136.21


Like the early stars of the T20 game’s growing popularity, Brandon McCallum has a special legacy in the format. The former Blackcaps captain had a game that was Taylor-made in 20-over cricket, with attacking batting naturally coming right-handed.

An inspiring captain who chose to lead from the front, McCullum’s ability to keep wickets doesn’t make his bowling wise on MS Dhoni. New Zealand have two tons and 13 fifties to their name and the game remains one of the most explosive batsmen.

Although he will be ideally slotted as an opener, he can come in at No. 5 and provide some much-needed firepower in order.

Shoaib Malik (Pakistan)

Attendance – 113

Introduction – Right-handed bat / all-rounder

Run – 2321, Average – 31.36, SR – 124.18

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As the shortest T20 player in history, the inclusion of Shoaib Malik has already added a lot of experience and craft to the tactical batting line-up. The Pakistan all-rounder is still strong at 36 and has expressed his desire to play in this year’s T20 World Cup.

Spinners are one of the primary drivers used by the captain to reduce run flow, a significant factor being the owner’s superiority against slow bowlers. The right-handed batsman can throw off some easy off-spin and has gifted Pakistan 26 T20 wickets over the years.

He is also a brilliant fielder in the outfield and one of the more important assets in T20 cricket.

Shakib Al Hasan (Bangladesh)

Attendance – 76

Introduction – Left-handed bat / all-rounder

Run – 1567, Average – 23.74, SR – 123.77

Wicket – 92, Average – 20.58, ER – 6.81

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As an all-rounder, Shakib Al Hasan has made as much impact for Bangladesh as any other player. Dakshin Paul is still carrying a one-year suspension from cricket, but he will always be the first name in any T20 XI.

His left-arm orthodox has proved to be a great hit in the spin format and only Lasith Malinga and Shahid Afridi have taken more T20 wickets than him. His economy rate of less than seven overs is also impressive and this means it will not be easy for any batsman to run out.

With nearly 1,600 runs, it is no surprise that the Bangladeshi man was the world’s top all-rounder before he was banned.

Shahid Afridi (Pakistan)

Attendance – 99

Introduction – Right-arm spin / all-rounder

Wicket – 98, Average – 24.44, ER – 6.63

Run – 1416, Average – 17.92, SR – 150

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Pakistan’s iconic batting style may be called ‘boom boom’, but his leg spin made him one of the most formidable players in the format.

What made Afridi such a tough offer for the batsmen was that he had the skill of spin bowling at medium pacer speed. Incredibly consistent with his line and length, Afridi can do significant damage with a variety of arrays.

Although his batting may be a bit of a hit and miss, the Pakistani man’s strike rate of 150 stands to mean significant punishment in form.

Rashid Khan (Afghanistan)

Attendance – 48

Introduction – Right-handed leg spin

Wicket – 89, Average – 12.62, ER – 6.14

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At just 21 years old, his inclusion in the all-time XI shows how brilliant Rashid Khan has been for Afghanistan over the past few years. Like Afridi, Rashid bowls his leg-spin in decent clips and this only makes it harder for him to deal with the batsman at the other end.

His average of just 12.62 is remarkable, while he is feeling extremely stingy with an economy-rate of only 6.14. The Afghan has been playing T20 cricket for just over four years and has already established himself as the highest wicket-taker with 89 scalps.

Rashid’s most lethal weapon with a clever camouflage googly ball, he is also gradually developing as a late all-rounder with his batting ability surpassing order.

Umar Gul (Pakistan)

Attendance – 60

Introduction – Right hand motion

Wicket – 85, Average – 16.97, ER – 7.19


When it comes to pacers in T20 cricket, Umar Gul is at the pinnacle of pinpoint yorkers’ bowling skills at the time of his death. One of the toughest distributions in bowling in cricket is this terrifying accuracy that made Gul look like no batsman wanted to face in the shortest format.

He almost took Pakistan to the headlines before he became concerned about the inaugural World Twenty20 in 2007, but he will not be denied two years later after being celebrated with the title at the Man in Green Lords.

His 5-6 figures against New Zealand in that tournament remained the best of any pacer in T20 cricket and he repeated that feat for four years against South Africa at Centurion.

Lasith Malinga (Sri Lanka)

Attendance – 84

Introduction – Right hand motion

Wickets – 107, Average – 20.79, ER – 7.42

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If there is another pacer who has matched Gul’s accuracy with Yorker over the years, it is Sri Lanka’s veteran Lasith Malinga.

Sri Lanka have earned a reputation as one of the most ruthless bowlers in death overs with their yorkers, bouncers and slow delivery. His 107 wickets in the format is the highest of any bowler in history and he is the only player to claim two separate T20 hat-tricks.

The last of them came to the playoffs against New Zealand last year and this experienced pacer was going to claim four wickets in a row, which was a sensitive spell of 4-5.

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