Bhogle picked some of the best names in his XI.
As the year comes to a close, it is time to look back and ponder as to which player was at his peak and who did not have a good time. Cricket Expert Harsha Bhogle, prominently known as ‘voice of cricket’ has already picked his ODI team of the year.
Do we need to look beyond Rohit Sharma? Absolutely Not. Sharma has had a breath-taking year in ODI cricket. He has scored 1293 runs at a staggering average of 71.83 in 21 innings.
His opening partner, Shikhar Dhawan makes his way into the XI. Dhawan has scored 960 runs at an average of 48.00 in the 22 games that he has players. The numbers may not tell the exact story as Dhawan demolished the oppositions and took the game away single-handedly.
With already two Indians at the top, Virat Kohli picks himself for the No.3 spot. He is transforming the game and redefining it in a way that nobody ever did. Kohli scored 1460 runs in 26 innings at an inspiring average of 76.84.
The contenders for No.4 include Babar Azam, Faf du Plessis and the evergreen AB de Villiers. AB’s 760 runs at an average of 59.46 in 18 innings gives him the edge. His strike rate of 117 shows that his presence is a nightmare for the bowlers. At No.5 is the legendary MS Dhoni whose experience can give an edge to the team in crunch situations. Dhoni averaged close to 61 in 22 innings and amassed over 780 runs.
Ben Stokes takes the No.6 position with an average of 61.60 in 15 games. He is probably the best all-rounder in the cricket circle at the moment. He is someone who can give you 5-6 overs in a game too.
2017 has been a good year for the wrist spinners. Players like Yuzvendra Chahal, Imran Tahir and Rashid Khan have performed well for their respective sides. But Rashid’s 43 wickets in 16 innings at a bowling average as low as 10 gives him the edge.
Harsha Bhogle’s ODI XI of the year:
Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (C), AB de Villiers, MS Dhoni, Ben Stokes, Shakib Al Hasan, Rashid Khan, Liam Plunkett, Jasprit Bumrah and Hasan Ali.
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Impressive start for Washington Sundar. But biggest growth has come from Jaydev Unadkat.16 series without a defeat at home now. While travelling overseas is a challenge you must be a fortress at home. And India has been impregnable on that front.Everyone got a bit taken in by the history of run chases at the Wankhede. There was much more for the bowlers here.