Best T20I XI Of The Year 2019

Updated - 26 Dec 2019, 12:00 PM

Virat Kohli, KL Rahul
Virat Kohli and KL Rahul. BCCI Twitter

Best T20I XI Of The Year 2019: The T20 format of cricket came into existence in the early 2000s, and since then it has been the favourite format of the fans. The three-hour blitz gives full entertainment to the fans, leaving them on the edge of the sits. While it has emerged to be the best format of the game, the cricketers also take immense pleasure to put their best feet forward whenever they go out to play for the country.

As 2019 comes to an end, we have witnessed many nail-biting T20I games throughout the year. The cricketers gave their 100 percent to shine for their side. While many failed to live upto the expectation, a handful of cricketers were consistent throughout the calendar year leading their team from the front. In this article, we will take a look back at the best performers in T20I format in 2019.

We at Cricket Addictor will take a look at the best T20I XI of the year 2019:

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Paul Stirling

Paul Stirling. Credit: Getty Images

Paul Stirling has been a stalwart for Ireland holding their batting unit strong for quite some time now. While he has been a consistent performer for his side over the years, Stirling was at his best in this calendar year. He took batting to a whole different level.

The right-handed batsman has amassed 748 runs from 20 matches at an average of over 40 to finish as the highest run-scorer in this format in 2019. With his ability to accelerate against the new ball, Stirling can be a threat to any team. Considering his returns throughout the year, Paul Stirling will easily walk into the best T20I XI of the year 2019.

KL Rahul

KL Rahul
KL Rahul. Credit: BCCI

Team India opener KL Rahul is regarded as one of the most talented batters across the globe. While he is not a regular in the side due to the presence of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan, but Rahul has used his opportunity to perfection whenever he got a chance.

In the nine games, he has represented India in 2019, KL Rahul has scored 356 runs at an average of 44.50 including four half-centuries. The stylish batsman from Karnataka has a very soothing style of play and will serve India for long.

Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli. (Credits: Twitter)

Team India skipper Virat Kohli has had an excellent year o personal front apart from leading his side to many laurels. Kohli as always was once again consistent with the bat leading his team from the front. While he has played a handful of T20I games this year, but every time he has stepped on to the field, Kohli has shown his authority.

Kohli finished with 466 runs from ten matches at a staggering average of 77.66 with the highest score of 94*. The talismanic run-scorer will hope to keep up this form considering the ICC T20 World Cup lined up next year in Australia.

Babar Azam

Babar Azam. (Credits: PCB)

Babar Azam is one of the most talented batsmen of the modern-day cricket and has been a vital cog in Pakistan’s batting. He is one of the main reasons Pakistan occupy the top spot in the ICC T20I Rankings for teams. Meanwhile, Babar is also the No. 1 T20I batsman in the ICC Rankings.

The top-order batsman who had a great year in 2018 continued his form this year as well leading Pakistan’s batting from the front. Babar Azam finished with 374 runs from ten games including four fifties which proves his dominance in this format of the game. With his ability to score runs consistently, Babar will feature in the best T20I XI of the year 2019.

Dawid Malan

Dawid Malan. Credit: Getty Images

Dawid Malan, who has been in an out of England side, had a rollercoaster ride this year. While he hardly made any mark in the Test and ODIs, the southpaw made the shortest format his own leading the charge in England’s middle-order.

The left-handed batsman, who only played four matches for his country accumulated 208 runs at an average of just under 70. He also struck an outstanding century against New Zealand tearing apart the Kiwi bowlers. With his devastating style of play, Malan will be a part of the best T20 XI of this year 2019.

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Glenn Maxwell

Glenn Maxwell
Glenn Maxwell (Credits: Twitter)

Glenn Maxwell and T20I cricket are synonymous to each other. The all-rounder from Australia is a perfect T20 material with his ability to contribute to all the three departments. Although Maxwell lacks consistency, but when on song, he can destroy any bowling unit across the globe. Besides, he can also chip in with some economical with the bowl and is electrifying on the field.

The Victorian has smacked 231 runs from four games at an average of 115.5 with the highest score of unbeaten 113. Considering his ability to perform at the best of his ability in this format, Maxwell will easily walk into the best T20I XI of the year 2019.

Rashid Khan

Rashid Khan. Credit: Getty Images

The leg-spinner from Afghanistan, Rashid Khan, has taken the T20 cricket world by storm with variations. He has been a hot property in this format leading his country’s bowling from the front. Moreover, he has been a star performer in all the franchise-based leagues in the world.

Rashid, who has been a consistent performer in the last few years, was once again brilliant in 2019. The young leg-spinner scalped 20 wickets from ten games including a four-wicket and fifer each. Besides, Rashid can launch a carnage down the order with the bat which makes him a complete package in this format.

Andile Phehlukwayo

Andile Phehlukwayo. Credit: BCCI

The South African all-rounder has been a vital cog in the current set-up when the entire side is going through a transition. Although he looks very normal, Andile Phehlukwayo is a very impactful cricketer who can provide breakthroughs at crucial junctures and also can score essential runs down the order.

He is currently the highest-ranked fast bowler sitting at six in the list of ICC T20I Rankings for bowlers. Andile Phehlukwayo, who has been very consistent for the Proteas, will look to keep up the form in the coming years.

Chris Jordan

Chris Jordan
Chris Jordan (Credits: Twitter)

The veteran England all-rounder has been in the scene for a very long time, and Chris Jordan is proving every day why he is one of the best all-rounders in this format. The West Indian-born cricketer is very athletic on the cricket field and can contribute in all departments which makes hot property in this format.

Jordan was at his very best for England in 2019, contributing to their success with both bat and ball. Besides, he is also a terrific fielder which makes him a utility cricketer. With the ICC T20 World Cup lined up in Australia, Jordan will hope to keep up the excellent work and cement his place in the playing XI.

Sandeep Lamichhane

Sandeep Lamichchane, Nepal
Sandeep Lamicchane (Credits: BCCI)

The unknown commodity from Nepal first grabbed the eyeballs of former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting, who then urged the Delhi Capitals management to bid for this leg-spinner in the auction. Since then, Sandeep Lamicchane has only grown in stature taking his game to the next level.

The young leg-spinner had an excellent 2019 finishing as the highest wicket-taker with 28 wickets from 16 matches at an economy rate of 6.50. Although Lamichhane is yet to be tested against the biggies of the game, but Lamichhane is certainly making a name for himself.

Deepak Chahar

Deepak Chahar
Deepak Chahar (Credits: BCCI)

Deepak Chahar first impressed during the 2018 edition of the IPL, and since then he has never looked back. He had another excellent season in 2019 IPL and soon was drafted into the national team. The fast bowler from Rajasthan made the most of the opportunity leading the pace unit in the absence of Jasprit Bumrah.

Chahar returned with 16 wickets from nine matches at an economy rate 6.53 including a hat-trick against Bangladesh. He also recorded the best T20I figures six for seven; overtaking Sri Lanka’s Ajantha Mendis. Besides, Chahar is also handy with the bat which takes him to the best T20I XI of the year.