Renowned cricket commentator and cricket expert Harsha Bhogle has picked his T20 team for the year 2021 based on the stellar performances of the players that made the XI. Bhogle was all praises for the Pakistan opening duo of Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam. The duo has had a fantastic 2021 and has been simply sensational against all the opposition that they have played.
However, Harsha Bhogle feels that since the strike rate of Rizwan is better than that of Babar in the powerplay, the former gets a nod in his T20 XI. Opening alongside Rizwan was England’s Jos Buttler who had a sensational T20 World Cup where he also scored a century against Sri Lanka.
“Look at the numbers for Azam and Rizwan. They were scripting their own tale. Look at the strike rate. Both of them were around 130. Both of them had a fantastic year because Pakistan had a fantastic bowling side. But I looked at the powerplay strike rates and there I got my tiebreaker,” said Bhogle while speaking on Cricbuzz.
The star of the T20 World Cup final, Mitchell Marsh, also found a place in Harsha Bhogle’s XI. Power-hitter Glenn Maxwell was next on the list, having shown improved performances for both Australia as well as in franchise cricket.
Harsha Bhogle picks all-rounders and bowlers for his T20 XI
Kolkata Knight Riders and West Indies superstars Sunil Narine and Andre Russell also made the cut in Bhogle’s XI alongside Afghanistan superstar Rashid Khan. Harsha Bhogle revealed that he had a choice to make between Rashid Khan and Wanindu Hasaranga, but he went for the Afghanistan star because of his reputation.
“There was a choice between Wanindu Hasaranga and Rashid Khan, but then who would a batter want to see less of, and I went with Rashid Khan,” Bhogle said.
The pacers picked by Harsha Bhogle in his XI were Shaheen Afridi, Anrich Nortje and Jasprit Bumrah.
Harsha Bhogle’s T20 team of the year: Jos Buttler, Mohammad Rizwan, Mitchell Marsh, Moeen Ali, Glenn Maxwell, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Rashid Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Anrich Nortje, Jasprit Bumrah.