in the last day of 2017, Australia’s highest rated cricket website cricket.com.au (the web portal of Cricket Australia) published their best combinations of the year in Test, ODI and T20I where Bangladesh star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan made his place in the best T20I XI of the year. [নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ ক্রিকেট অস্ট্রেলিয়া’র বর্ষসেরা একাদশে সাকিব]
To count the team members, cricket.com.au has taken into account all the performances in both international and domestic level T20 competitions.
The power packed shortest version team is opened up by destructive hitters Brendon McCullum and Chris Gayle. Playing 58 matches (Brisbane, Gujarat, Lahore, Middlesex, Rangpur, Trinbago) Brendon McCullum scored 1503 runs in a strike rate of 143. The highest score is 91.
44 T20 matches Christopher Henry Gayle played this season for West Indies Karachi Kings, Rangpur Riders, Bangalore, St. Kitts and Nevis and scored 1279 runs in a strike rate of 140. The highest score was made in the final of the Bangladesh Premier League, 2017 where he thrashed the opponent with a gigantic knock of 146 not out.
Evin Lewis is another successful T20 performer of this year has been placed at number three in the list. Playing for Dhaka Dynamites, Lewis scored successive prolific innings. In 32 matches (Dhaka Dynamites, West Indies and St. Kitts and Nevis), he scored 1124 runs in a strike rate of 165. His highest is 125 not out.
South African run machine Hashim Amla stands at number four. Played a total of 26 T20 matches for South Africa, World XI, Kings XI Punjab and Cape Cobras, Amla scored 1021 runs at a strike rate of 143. His highest is unbeaten 104.
Another Proteas power hitter AB de Villiers captured the fifth spot in the list. He played 23 matches for South Africa, Royale Challengers Bangalore and Khulna Titans this season and scored 779 runs with 89 best. His strike rate is 158.
Kiwi wicket keeper batsman Luke Ronchi is in number six. A total of 35 matches he played for New Zealand, Chittagong Vikings, Leicestershire and Wellington scoring 1049 runs with highest total of 102. His strike rate is 178.
Bangladesh ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan played less than his other mates in the team but produced a vibrant all-round performance in the shortest version of the game. In 29 matches played for Bangladesh national team, Dhaka Dynamites, Jamaica Tridents, Kolkata Knight Riders and Peshawar Zalmi, Shakib scored 447 runs along with taking 37 wickets. His best bowling figure is 5 for 16 in BPL 2017.
Playing for Dhaka Dynamites, Kolkata Knight Riders, Lahore, Melbourne Renegades, Trinbago and West Indies, Sunil Narine got 62 T20 wickets this year and scored 760 runs. His best bowling figure is 3 for 10. Narine is placed in number eight in the list.
The pace bowling department of cricket.com.au’s best T20I combination of the season is led by Mohammad Amir of Pakistan. Amir showed his class this year in both international and domestic level cricket. Playing 28 matches for Dhaka Dynamites, Essex, Karachi, Lahore and Pakistan, Amir grabbed 34 wickets with a best of 4 for 13.
Wahab Riaz, the Pakistani pacer got spotted in number ten in the list. 32 matches he played for Pakistan, Peshawar, Lahore and Barbados Tridents, Riaz pocketed 41 wickets. The best stands for 3 for 15.
Afghan youngster Rashid Khan bagged 78 T20 wickets in 55 matches played for Afghanistan national team, Adelaide, Band-e-Amir, Comilla Victorians, Guyana and Hyderabad. He got the incredible figure of 5 for 3 as his best.