India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan are the power horses of Asian Cricket with Bangladesh is on its way to the top. Countries like Afghanistan, UAE, Hong Kong and Nepal are making some giant strides in becoming a dominant cricket playing nation. There are a lot of cricketers who are currently playing for these sides. But only a few manage to stand out. Here are the top 15 featuring the Asian ODI XI who stand out among others in the modern day game.
The openers for the Asian ODI XI is a Right-Left combination with Pakistani All-Rounder Mohammad Hafeez walking out with Bangladeshi Tamim Iqbal. Hafeez is a kind of batsman who adopts the situation and plays accordingly. Hafeez will be the perfect foil for Tamim Iqbal, who likes to go after the bowling right from the word go. Both are consist enough in recent times and that is the reason why the duo is chosen to represent Asian ODI XI.
Middle Order Batsmen:
The strong Middle order of Asian ODI consists of Kumar Sangakkara, Virat Kohli and Misbah ul Haq. Sangakkara bats at his natural number three position which brings Virat Kohli a spot to fourth in the batting order. Kumar Sangakkara is proving his consistency ever since making his debut almost over a decade ago. He has been the mainstay in the batting order for Sri Lanka for a long time now. Virat Kohli is following the footsteps of Sangakkara, atleast in ODIs. He is second to none in the ODI matches in the past few years and that shouldn’t be a concern on including these two players in the Asian ODI XI.
Virat is an attacking batsman who likes to unsettle the bowler when he comes on to bowl. He doesn’t give respite to any of the bowlers and whack them apart to all parts of the ground. On the other hand, the other middle order batsman Misbah-ul-Haq is Pakistan’s lone warrior in batting for the past two years. Misbah is a sensible batsman who sets himself in before going for the big shots. Misbah’s inclusion in the Asian ODI XI is a reward to the level of consistence he has shown in the past two years.
There can’t be a better All Rounder than Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan in the World Cricket. He not only scores some crucial runs with the bat, but also stars with the ball consistently. He is the lone bright star in the Bangladeshi team for over a decade. He will be backed by opener Mohammad Hafeez as the other All Rounder in the Asian ODI XI.
Despite having Kumar Sangakkara in the playing XI, MS Dhoni is included as the wicket keeper for the Asian ODI XI. Dhoni is not only included as a wicket-keeper, but also as a finisher who guides the team home in the death overs, He is the best finisher in limited overs cricket at present. Apart from these, Dhoni has an important responsibility of leading the Asian ODI XI.
Sri Lanka’s Nuwan Kulasekara, who is as venomous as a Python with the new ball and Pakistan’s new pace sensation Junaid Khan will be the new ball bowlers in the team. Even in conditions that won’t favour seam bowling, this duo has the ability to make the ball talk. The Asian ODI XI new ball duo will be backed and guided by an experienced pro in Lasith Malinga. The Lankan pacer is a valuable asset in the limited over matches especially in the death overs.
Pakistan’s off-spinner Saeed Ajmal is the lone spinner in the Asian ODI XI. Ajmal has the ability to rattle any opposition on any ground. He can also bowl in the death overs as well as in the batting power play overs with a very low economy makes him stand out from other spinners.
Asian ODI XI:
Misbah ul Haq
Shakib al Hasan
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