The T20I format has grown leaps and bounds ever since India won the first WT20 Cup in 2007.
The year 2018 saw plenty of action in the shortest format of the game, and here is the T20I XI from last year.
The 33-year old pitched in with some magnificent performances throughout the year. He was not only the highest run-scorer in India’s tour to South Africa but also top-scored for India during the Nidahas Trophy in March. He scored 689 runs over 18 matches, including six fifties in 2018.
Despite the Australian team stumbling for most parts of the year, Finch had a season to remember as he scored 531 runs in 17 games, including a high score of 172 against Zimbabwe. The skipper scored his runs at an average of over 40, and he had two fifties to go along with his record-breaking ton.
The Kiwi player was in fine form in 2018, smashing almost every bowler that he faced out of the ground. He ended the year with a strike-rate of 178 in 12 games, wherein he scored 500 runs at an average of 45.45.
Pakistan had a tremendous run of form in the shortest formats and the success can heavily be attributed to Azam’s success with the bat. The middle-order player averaged 62.55 in 12 games, scoring 563 runs with six half-centuries. Azam ended the year as the number 1 ranked T20I batsman.
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The wicket-keeper provided solidarity in the middle overs and was one of the most dependable batsmen from his country in the format in 2018. The Bangladeshi ended the year with 397 runs from 13 games and racked up three fifties.
The dangerous player started the year with a bang, scoring truckloads of runs in the tri-series that featured New Zealand, Australia, and England. The all-rounder finished the calendar year with 506 runs from 18 innings, which also included a hundred and two fifties.
Shakib Al Hasan
Picking up 15 wickets and scoring 248 runs in 2018, the all-rounder had yet another memorable year for the Tigers. Despite having an injury after the Asia Cup, the premier player came back strongly at the end of the year and was his side’s go-to player for most parts of 2018.
Yet another Pakistani finds a place in the T20I XI of 2018. The spinner had a successful debut in 2017 and went from strength to strength last year as he scalped 28 wickets in 19 games. His average of 17.42 and an economy rate of 6.62 shows how destructive he was.
The youngster has made it a habit of slaying the rivals with his bowling, and his performances in 2018 were no different. Though Afghanistan played only 8 games last year, the wily spinner managed to pick up 22 wickets at an impressive average of below 9!
The Australian had a fabulous IPL and continued his form in international T20s as well. The Aussie ended the year as the highest wicket-taker, picking up 31 wickets in 18 games whilst conceding runs at an economy of 8.56 an over.
The highest wicket-taker for West Indies, Paul had a memorable outing in the format last year as he picked up 17 wickets in 13 games, including a 5-wicket haul against the Bangladeshis. The pacer has become one of the most dangerous players in the world, as he continues to threaten with his pace and his variations.