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Irfan Pathan elects his T20I XI of the year

January 7, 2021

Written By,

Ankit Seth

2020 has been one of the worst years as the world got shook by the COVID-19 pandemic. All the cricketing action had come to a halt. There was no action on the 22 yards for at least four months. However, the sport kicked off with bilateral series in England amid strict bio-bubbles.

Although there was limited action in the year 2020, some cricketers made their names in the international format. Veteran all-rounder Irfan Pathan recently declared his best T20I playing XI of 2020.

In an exclusive interview with CricTracker, the 36-year-old named his best XI of the year 2020 in the game's shortest format. Irfan started his list with India's star batsman KL Rahul. Rahul was in stunning form in 2020. Apart from making fantastic performances for India, the batsman led his franchise KXIP well in IPL 2020. Along with Rahul, Pathan picked up T20I specialist batsman Jos Buttler for the opening slot.

Kane Williamson is the captain of Irfan Pathan's 2020 T20I XI

Virat Kohli is at number three position in Irfan Pathan's elite list. Pathan went with Pakistan's star batsman Babar Azam at the fourth spot.

Azam levelled up the game of the Men in Green with his fantastic batting skills in the last few years. Pathan further added Kane Williamson for his number five spot. The kiwi batsman is also captain of his T20I team of the year.

The no 6-all-rounder place went to England's great Ben Stokes. No.7 was taken by Caribbean star hitter Kieron Pollard. Pollard was in brilliant form during IPL 2020. The all-rounder also handled the skipper's duties in Rohit Sharma's absence. Talking about his bowling department, Lungi Nigidi is Irfan's first choice. He wanted to go with Yuzvendra Chahal at no 9, but he went with Adam Zampa.

Any bowling attack will look incomplete without Jasprit Bumrah. The pacer rightfully grabbed the 10th spot in Irfan's list. The 11th spot in the list is occupied by New Zealand's star spinner Lockie Ferguson.

Irfan Pathan's T20I playing XI of 2020

KL Rahul, Jos Buttler, Virat Kohli, Babar Azam, Kane Williamson (C), Ben Stokes, Kieron Pollard, Lungi Nigidi, Adam Zampa, Jasprit Bumrah, Lockie Ferguson.

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Written By,

Ankit Seth