Harsha Bhogle picks his best Test XI of the year
As the cricket fraternity is bidding adieu to this year, many cricket experts, boards and associations, former cricketers have picked their best moments and best playing XI. Meanwhile, Indian commentator Harsha Bhogle shared his best Test XI of 2019. Of the eleven players, three Indian players made the cut in the team.
Mayank Agarwal strengthened his spot at the top with as many as 754 runs in 8 Tests this year. He scored as many as three centuries, with two of them coming against South Africa. He registered his best score of 243 and has maintained a staggering average of 68.54.
Rohit Sharma who was given the chance to play as a Test opener grabbed his opportunity in both hands by scoring twin centuries in the first Test against Proteas and hit the peak performance by slamming a double century (212) in the next Test match. Overall, he scored 556 runs in 5 Test matches at a mind-boggling average of 92.66.
Mohammed Shami also made the cut in the team as he picked 33 wickets at an average of 16.66 and also registered his best bowling figures of 5/35 and strike rate of 35.3. Tom Latham and Marnus Labuschagne were the other batsmen picked by Harsha Bhogle in his XI. They both chipped in with 601 and 1104 runs respectively.
All-rounder Ben Stokes finds his place as first-choice all-rounder in Harsha’s Test XI. Ben Stokes has scored 807 runs and took 22 wickets. New Zealand keeper BJ Watling scored 559 runs and made the cut as the first-choice wicketkeeper.
Nathan Lyon (45 wickets), Mitchell Starc (42), Neil Wagner (43 wickets) and Pat Cummins (59 wickets) were the chosen bowling attack by Bhogle. All of these bowlers had a big impact on their teams in the Test matches in 2019.
Here’s Harsha Bhogle’s Test XI of the year:
Mayank Agarwal, Rohit Sharma, Tom Latham, Marnus Labuschagne, Ben Stokes, BJ Watling, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Starc, Neil Wagner, Pat Cummins, Mohammed Shami