In less than two weeks, the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup will begin, and Australia icon Adam Gilchrist has selected the first five players he would start in his ideal World T20I XI.
Gilchrist, a player who changed the game with his work with both the bat and the gloves on the wicket, had a famous white-ball career for Australia, winning three Cricket World Cups. With a strike rate of over 140 in the T20 match, Gilchrist displayed his skills in the young format.
Gilchrist is the latest recent player to name his top five picks for an ideal T20I XI, following in the tradition of past greats Mark Waugh, Ricky Ponting, Shane Watson, and Mahela Jayawardena who also shared their thoughts on the challenging assignment.
While Ponting shared four players with Gilchrist when speaking with host Sanjana Ganesan on The ICC Review, fellow Australian Waugh only listed two players with Gilchrist — Rashid Khan and Jos Buttler.
Adam Gilchrist picks his top five T20I players:
1. David Warner (Australia) – ICC T20I Batting Ranking: 49th
“He’s at the top of the order, I think just his attacking attitude, the way he kick-starts innings at the top, and the confidence he’ll have from the previous T20 World Cup,” Gilchrist said.
2. Babar Azam (Pakistan) – ICC T20I Batting Ranking: 3rd
“His versatility across all formats, but also when it’s getting down to T20 cricket, just across all conditions, I think he can play all conditions well,” Gilchrist noted.
3. Hardik Pandya (India) – ICC T20I All-Rounder Ranking: 4th
“Pandya is just an awesome figure straight across the board, His ability to bat, bowl, field, and entertain, he’s definitely in there,” Gilchrist said.
4. Rashid Khan (Afghanistan) – ICC T20I Bowling Ranking: 4th
“He’s just got to be there in any T20 team, doesn’t he?” Gilchrist said.
“Cricketer of the year in this format across the world. Over the last decade, Rashid Khan is in there.”
5. Jos Buttler (England) – ICC T20I Batting Ranking: 21st
“It’s a bit batting heavy I know, but Jos Buttler for me, He is just dynamic, his power and his courage to take it on. Simply a stroke of brilliance from him and its game over,” Adam Gilchrist added.
The 2022 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup is scheduled to be the eighth ICC Men’s T20 World Cup tournament, scheduled to be played in Australia from 16 October to 13 November 2022.