Independence Day Special: Combined XI of India and Pakistan in ODI format
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Independence Day Special: Combined XI of India and Pakistan in ODI format

India, Pakistan, Combined Playing XI
Virat Kohli and Mohammed Amir. (Photo by Philip Brown/Getty Images)

Pakistan celebrates its Independence Day on August 14 whereas India found its freedom a day later. Both countries have produced some amazing cricketers over the years and the rivalry between the two countries has always been epic. However, the growing political tensions between India and Pakistan have kept the action at bay.

Pakistan has always known to produce quality fast bowlers whereas India has found greater success in their batsmen. Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and Shoaib Akhtar were the most imposing bowlers while Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid found great success with the bat. Imagine had the countries not separated, the amalgamation of India-Pakistan players would have been a lethal force in the cricket world.

India, Pakistan, Combined Playing XI
Virat Kohli and Mohammed Amir. (Photo by Philip Brown/Getty Images)

Furthermore, the legacy is carried forward by the likes of Mohammed Amir and Virat Kohli. India and Pakistan last locked horns with each other in the Champions Trophy final, which Pakistan won. Meanwhile, both the nemesis will next take on each other in Asia Cup 2018 on 19 September. Here is the combined XI of India and Pakistan.

Hence we take a look at Combined Playing XI of India and Pakistan.

Rohit Sharma

Rohit Sharma, India
Rohit Sharma. (Image Courtesy: Getty)

Rohit Sharma has been in prolific form in the recent past. The flamboyant batsman has scored a truckload of runs and has achieved great success in the ODI format.

Fakhar Zaman

 Fakhar Zaman
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Fakhar Zaman is batting in the form of his life. The southpaw had struck a fine century in the Champions Trophy final. Furthermore, the left-hander performed consistently on Zimbabwe tour.

Virat Kohli (c)

Doppelganger, Virat Kohli, Essex, India
Virat Kohli. Credits: Action Images via Reuters.

There is no better batsman at the number three position than Indian skipper, Virat Kohli. The right-hander is the most consistent batsman in the world. Kohli will also lead the side given his current credentials as Indian captain.

Babar Azam

Babar Azam, India, Pakistan, Combined XI
Babar Azam (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

Babar Azam is also one of the consistent batsmen in the Pakistan line-up. The right-hander has been instrumental in the success of the team.

It is a strong side.

Sarfraz Ahmed

Sarfraz Ahmed
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Sarfraz Ahmed has also led Pakistan with aplomb. The right-hander can also get some quick runs while batting in the middle order.

MS Dhoni (wk)

Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Retirement, World T20 Cup 2020
MS Dhoni. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

MS Dhoni form has dipped in the recent past. However, the former Indian skipper can still hit the ground running. Dhoni is still the best wicketkeeper in the world.

Hardik Pandya

Hardik Pandya, MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, ODI format
Hardik Pandya. AFP

Hardik Pandya has shown the promise to be a potential all-rounder. Pandya has done well with the bat, however, he is still a work in progress with the ball.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar

Bhuvneshwar Kumar, MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, ODI format
Bhuvneshwar Kumar. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Bhuvneshwar Kumar can get the ball to swing both ways. Furthermore, Kumar has also added speed to his arsenal. India’s pack leader is also right on the money.

Shadab Khan

Shadab Khan
Shadab Khan (Photo credit should read JEKESAI NJIKIZANA/AFP/Getty Images)

Shadab Khan has done a fine job for Pakistan with his leg-spin. The leggie has produced wickets in the middle overs. Moreover, the talisman can contribute with the bat.

Jasprit Bumrah

Jasprit Bumrah, MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, ODI format
Jasprit Bumrah. Credits: AFP

Jasprit Bumrah has impressed with his brisk pace. The fast bowler has produced regular wickets for India. Bumrah also hits the bullseye with his yorkers.

Gautam Chauhan

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