Pakistan’s limited-overs skipper Babar Azam recently took part in live Cricbuzz session with veteran Indian commentator and host Harsha Bhogle.
During the chat, Harsha asked Babar to pick a combined XI featuring India-Pakistan players. The Lahore-born cricketer responded to the question and revealed his Indo-Pak T20 XI. Babar started the proceedings by naming openers in the form of Rohit Sharma and himself. Rohit is the second-highest run-scorer in T20Is, with as many as 2773 runs to his name in 108 games.
Babar then chose Kohli and Shoiab Malik to make a world class middle-order batting line-up. The Indian skipper has scored 2794 runs in the shortest format – highest by any batsman currently. Malik, on the other hand, is the leading run-getter for Pakistan with 2321 runs.
In the lower-order, legendary Indian skipper MS Dhoni and star all-rounder Hardik Pandya take charge. In 98 games, Dhoni has amassed 1617 runs in the shortest version of the game.
Among bowlers, Babar picked three seamers and two spinners in his team. He went with Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Amir and Jasprit Bumrah as his frontline pacers. In 50 games, Bumrah has taken 59 wickets with a brilliant economy of 6.66. Similarly, Afridi and Amir have bagged 16 and 59 scalps, respectively.
In the spin department, Babar went for Shadab Khan and chinaman Kuldeep Yadav. In 40 T20 games, Shadab has claimed 48 wickets, while Kuldeep has 39 scalps to his name in 21 games.
Babar Azam’s Indo-Pak T20 XI: Rohit Sharma, Babar Azam, Virat Kohli, Shoaib Malik, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Amir, Kuldeep Yadav.