bdcrictime’s T20I team of the year 2018
Calendar year 2018 is almost at its end. It was another fruitful year for international cricket. bdcrictime.com brings you the best T20I team of 2018.
The team has Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan as captain accompanied by other two Bangladeshis Mahmudullah Riyad and Mushfiqur Rahim. There are four Australians, two Indians, and one New Zealander and Afghanistani player each.
Our T20I team of the year-
Shikhar Dhawan (India)
Matches: 18 | Runs: 689 | Fifties: 6 | Hundreds: 0 | SR: 147.22 | Avg: 40.52 | HS: 92
Dhawan has ended up as being the leading run-scorer in T20 Internationals this year. He aggregated 689 runs in 18 matches (17 innings) including six fifties. His tally is the most-ever in a calendar year by a batsman in this format.
Aaron Finch (Australia)
Matches: 17 | Runs: 531 | Fifties: 2 | Hundreds: 1 | SR: 176.41 | Avg: 40.84 | HS: 172
Finch is the fifth-leading run scorer this year. He smashed 172 against Zimbabwe in a tri-series. He broke his own record of highest individual T20I score which was previously 156.
Colin Munro (New Zealand)
Matches: 12 | Runs: 500 | Fifties: 4 | Hundreds: 1 | SR: 178.57 | Avg: 45.45 | HS: 104
Munro was the top-scorer for New Zealand in T20Is. He scored 2018’s first T20I century against Windies at Maunt Maunganui. It was also his third T20I ton.
Glenn Maxwell (Australia)
Matches: 19 | Runs: 506 | Fifties: 2 | Hundreds: 1 | SR: 143.75 | Bat Avg: 36.14 | HS: 103* | Wickets: 9 | Eco: 7.58 | Bowl Avg: 14.33 | BBI: 3/10
The world no.1 all-rounder Maxwell was equally eventful with both bat and ball. He has a hundred to his name as well as nine wickets overall this year.
Mushfiqur Rahim (Bangladesh) (wk)
Matches: 16 | Runs: 397 | Fifties: 3 | Hundreds: 0 | SR: 132.33 | Avg: 30.53 | HS: 72* | Catches: 8 | Stumpings: 4
Mushfiqur was in top notch in all formats for Bangladesh. He has the third-most wicket-keeping dismissals (12). He played a leading role when Bangladesh chased 200-plus total against Sri Lanka in Colombo during Nidahas tri-series.
Shakib Al Hasan (Bangladesh) (captain)
Matches: 11 | Runs: 248 | Fifties: 2 | SR: 132.62 | Bat Avg: 24.80 | HS: 61 | Wickets: 15 | 5-fors: 1 | Eco: 6.65 | Bowl Avg: 17.73 | BBI: 5/20
Maxwell’s contestant Shakib, world no.2, was Bangladesh’s top performer as he was adjudged Player of the Series twice this year, both against Windies (away and home). He grabbed his maiden T20I five-for against Windies in December. Shakib led his side to Nidahas Trophy final and series win over Windies in USA.
Mahmudullah Riyad (Bangladesh)
Matches: 16 | Runs: 414 | Fifties: 0 | SR: 138.00 | Bat Avg: 34.50 | HS: 45 | Wickets: 9 | Eco: 7.30 | Bowl Avg: 14.33 | BBI: 3/18
Two places next to Shakib, Mahmudullah proved himself with his all-round skills. He played several crucial knocks and picked wickets when needed. He is the ninth-leading run-getter this year.
Rashid Khan (Afghanistan/ICC)
Matches: 8 | Wickets: 22 | 5-fors: 0 | Eco: 6.36 | Avg: 8.68 | BBI: 4/12
Afghanistan’s Rashid also played for ICC World XI against Windies. He was phenomenal for his country. He guided Afghanistan to 3-0 sweep against Bangladesh. The 19-year-old leggie has an astonishing bowling average of 8.68 this year.
Andrew Tye (Australia)
Matches: 19 | Wickets: 31 | 5-fors: 0 | Eco: 8.56 | Avg: 18.93 | BBI: 4/23
Tye was not only the highest wicket-taker of 2018 but also set the record for most wickets by any bowler in a calendar year. His economy is at a higher rate, 8.56.
Billy Stanlake (Australia)
Matches: 16 | Wickets: 25 | 5-fors: 0 | Eco: 7.79 | Avg: 18.40 | BBI: 4/8
Tye’s mate nearly seven-footish tall Stanlake also had a great year, finishing up as third-highest wicket-taker. He took career-best 4/8 against Pakistan in a tri-series match in Harare.
Kuldeep Yadav (India)
Matches: 9 | Wickets: 21 | 5-fors: 1 | Eco: 5.97 | Avg: 9.80 | BBI: 5/24
Left-arm chinaman Kuldeep was clinical this year having an economy rate under six and average below ten. He grabbed 5 for 24 against England in Manchester.