Subcontinent vs Rest of the World XI

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    Though I am Australian, I love subcontinent teams, so I will select a team of the best players from India, Sri Lanka, Aghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan.

    Barry will select the Rest of the World team because he loves England, South Africa and Australia.

    Let us know in the comments which team you think would win in a five-match ODI series.

    Subcontinent XI

    It is a bit surprising to see more Afghan representation than Sri Lankan, but that just shows how low the Lankans have sunk in recent times, and how that the Afghans’ rise to Test cricket is well deserved.

    Rohit Sharma (India)
    Ever since he made his debut in 2007, Sharma has averaged 44.55 in ODI cricket. In 2017 he scored 1293 runs at a monster 71.83, with a strike rate of 99.46 and a high score of 208* (his third double century in ODIs) after 21 matches.

    Sharma pretty much walks into this side.

    Shikhar Dhawan (India)
    This was a toss-up between Dhawan or Fakhar Zaman but the former won out because he had played more matches and scored more runs.

    He had a very good 2017, scoring 960 runs at 48, with a strike rate of 101.37. Over his career he has been excellent, with an average of 45.91 at 93.44.

    Virat Kohli (c) (India)
    What kind of team doesn’t have Virat Kohli these days? From his glorious cover drive to his elegant flicks through mid wicket he is a quality player, and his performances speak for themselves: in 208 games he has 35 hundreds and 46 fifties at an average of 58.11 coming at 92.15 runs per 100 balls.

    Because he inspires people with his feats on and off the cricket field, he is also our captain.

    Virat Kohli runs after hitting a drive

    Virat Kohli (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

    Babar Azam (Pakistan)
    Babar smashed 872 runs at an average of 67.08 in 2017 alone. Though his career strike rate of 84.27 does not make you jump right out of your chair, he makes the team because he can anchor the innings.

    Shakib Al Hasan (Bangladesh)
    No surprise that the number one all-rounder in the world gets selected. He has inspired people in Bangladesh to play cricket and look what has happened: they beat Australia and England at home and are no longer referred to as a ‘minnow’ nation.

    Shakib has made seven hundreds and 37 fifties at an average of 34.95, which is more than handy for an all rounder. With the ball he has taken 235 wickets at an average of just under 30.

    Shadab Khan (Pakistan)
    Relatively new to the scene, the leg-spin bowling all-rounder has become Pakistan’s main limited-overs tweaker in just 17 matches, taking 24 wickets at 28.75.

    He gives you ten overs, is an exceptional fielder at point, and has a batting average of 51 with three fifties to his name in seven innings.

    At the ripe old age of 19, he could be a very serious threat in the future.

    Mushfiqur Rahim (wk) (Bangladesh)
    It is quite an achievement to knock MS Dhoni out of any side, but Rahim has earned it with some good performances in the Champions Trophy and the ability to close out and innings with the bat.

    In ODI cricket he averages 33, with five hundreds.

    Rashid Khan (Aghanistan)
    In 44 matches, he has exactly 100 wickets with a best of 7-18 against the West Indies. He is the youngest and fastest to 100 ODI wickets and nobody seems to be able to pick his wrong ‘un. He can also give some handy runs with the bat.

    Hasan Ali (Pakistan)
    Hasan Ali was the player of the series in the Champions Trophy, was the No.1 ODI bowler for most of 2017, and got the most wickets by a pace bowler in 2017.

    With deceptive changes of pace, a good bouncer and a quality yorker, he takes lots of wickets closing out an innings, constricting teams to smaller than expected targets.

    He has 62 wickets in 30 matches with an economy of 5.29, which is great considering he bowls at the death.

    Mohammad Amir (Pakistan)
    Many people know him for his infamous match-fixing scandal, which saw him in prison for one year at the age of 18. But since he has come back he is known as a destroyer of top orders and a general nightmare to face.

    140 kph and upwards, combined with late inswingers to right-handers and some nasty seam movement, he is almost impossible to play.

    He regularly takes out the team’s top three in a matter of minutes, but when the ball loses its shine he is less effective. He has 57 wickets at 29 with an economy of 4.5.

    Jasprit Bumrah (India)
    After debuting by accident, Bumrah is possibly the best ODI bowler in the world, bowling with the new and old ball, swinging it in to the right hander.

    He has 64 wickets in 37 games at an average of 22.5 and an economy of 4.65, which is uncanny for a death specialist.

    Batting order
    Rohit Sharma
    Shikhar Dhawan
    Virat Kohli (c)
    Babar Azam
    Shakib Al Hasan
    Mushfiqur Rahim
    Shadab Khan
    Mohammad Amir
    Rashid Khan
    Hasan Ali
    Jasprit Bumrah

    Rest of the World XI

    I have tried to this an even spread, but Australia, England and South Africa dominate, which shows what great touch they have been in.

    There are a few New Zealanders, suggesting a re-emergence of Kiwi cricket in the ODI format.

    Aaron Finch (Australia)
    Who doesn’t love Finch? The man is a rock. In 2018 alone he has two tons and one fifty from three innings. He can play slow, he can play quick and, alongside Glenn Maxwell, has been the most iconic Australian ODI player.

    He has an average of 38.55, which shows how consistent he is, and is an ideal opener due to his gritty nature and his fearlessness.

    Hashim Amla (South Africa)
    Complements Finch’s aggressive nature with a slower approach. His average of 50.23 saw him become the fastest batsmen to 7000 ODI runs.

    The Geoff ‘Swampy’ Marsh of my team, the side is built around him and he allows players to go nuts.

    Kane Williamson (c) (New Zealand)
    With a bit of Steve Waugh in him, he is one tough cookie. At the peak of his powers, he is leading a successful New Zealand team after the exit of Brendon McCullum.

    With an average of 46 with a strike rate of 83, he is the rock of the middle order.

    AB de Villiers (South Africa)
    World’s fastest ODI 50, 100 and 150. Who is able to smash 100 runs of 31 balls?! This man is a legend.

    Between 2009-17 his yearly average only dropped below 50 in 2016, when it was 42.38. Thrice he has scored 1000 ODI runs in a calendar year and he is about to join the 10,000 run club.

    With a strike rate of 101, he can sure smack a ball. 228 games, 9577 at 53.50, 25 hundreds and 53 fifties. What a player!

    Marcus Stoinis (Australia)
    In just his second ODI, Stoinis pummeled the Kiwis in what is his most memorable innings. With Australia at 6-67, Stoinis smashed a fantastic 146* but could only watch in despair as Josh Hazlewood was run out for a diamond duck after sharing a 50-run partnership, losing the match by six runs. The man averages 62!

    But his bowling cannot be forgotten, with his best figures of 3-49 coming in that match also.

    He may not get many wickets but he can bowl quick and stem the runs.

    Marcus Stoinis of Australia celebrates

    Marcus Stoinis. (AAP Image/SNPA, Ross Setford)

    Glenn Maxwell (Australia)
    The fan favourite, Maxwell’s improvisation and big shots have led to him being the face of T20 in Australia. He scores quick and with flair – who else can execute a reverse sweep like that?

    His bowling is often overlooked – a shame, as he has taken 45 wickets at 39 runs. He also collected 3-10 in this year’s Hobart match, although that was overshadowed by his 100 off 53 balls!

    His fielding is also top notch. He is truly the complete player.

    Quinton de Kock (wk) (South Africa)
    One of the safest sets of hands you can have behind the stumps, but his batting puts him above the rest. Averaging 45 is no mean feat for an opener – that’s walking in the footsteps of Adam Gilchrist.

    I have put him down my order as a flexible choice. He can chime in at the end and smack it or come in at first drop.

    Patrick Cummins (Australia)
    He has been through lots of pain, and lots of waiting, but Cummins is back and better than ever to be arguably the spearhead of the Australian pace attack.

    He has been consistent and had his best series against England this year, taking a career best 4-24.

    Kagiso Rabada (South Africa)
    While 2018 hasn’t been too kind, Rabada is a world-class bowler who gets poles from nowhere.

    He is quick and he has been at the top end of the wicket taking charts each year.

    Trent Boult (New Zealand)
    Consistent, with an average of 24.64 and a strike rate of 29 – that’s a wicket every five overs!

    His economy rate is not too shabby, at around five, but Boult makes the cut because of his style. He is a man who knows what he is doing, is experienced and would be a good player to spearhead this attack.

    Imran Tahir (South Africa)
    A leggie with a very good wrong-un, he also has an amazing economy rate of 4.68.

    His average, 24, shows how consistent he has been throughout his career.

    Batting order
    Aaron Finch – RHB
    Hashim Amla – RHB
    Kane Williamson (c) – RHB (handy part time off spinner as well)
    Glenn Maxwell – RHB – RH Off Spin
    AB de Villiers – RHB
    Marcus Stoinis – RHB – RH Medium
    Quinton de Kock – LHB
    Patrick Cummins – RH Fast
    Kagiso Rabada – RH Fast
    Trent Boult – LH Fast-Medium
    Imran Tahir – RH Leg Spin Googly

    There you have it, two fairly even teams overall, again, let us know in the comments who you think would win and by how much if it was a five-match series.

    Also, please tell us which XI you would like to see us make next (e.g. Ashes XI).

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    The Crowd Says (22)

    • April 15th 2018 @ 3:34am
      KG said | April 15th 2018 @ 3:34am | ! Report

      I think David Warner ,Ben stokes and butler to a lesser extent deserve some room somewhere on the list

      • Roar Pro

        April 15th 2018 @ 6:54pm
        Barry & Zac said | April 15th 2018 @ 6:54pm | ! Report

        Yes I think Buttler would have made more sense, i tried giving barry some suggestions but he insisted it was his team.

    • April 15th 2018 @ 3:59am
      Brasstax said | April 15th 2018 @ 3:59am | ! Report

      England is quite possibly the best ODI side at the moment (stress on at the moment so don’t start pointing out their lack of silverware) and without doubt the most explosive and devastating batting side in ODI cricket and they dont have a single player in the rest of the world eleven? This has to be a joke.

      • Roar Pro

        April 15th 2018 @ 4:11am
        Barry & Zac said | April 15th 2018 @ 4:11am | ! Report

        The reserve section which was not published had everyone as an Englishmen. No doubt they are the best at the moment, but they just didnt quite fit the team balance. I must stress that I spent a great deal of time deciding who to cull, and previous performances did just nudge out the english. but my reserve squad that was unpublished had all english line-up

        • April 15th 2018 @ 8:01am
          Brasstax said | April 15th 2018 @ 8:01am | ! Report

          “I must stress that I spent a great deal of time deciding who to cull, and previous performances did just nudge out the english…”

          Okay the English have won more games since WC 2015 than Australia and over the past two and a half to three years have scored the maximum scores of over 300 and the highest overall net run rate of all teams. So I don’t know what you are talking about.

          I do not mean to pick on you, but your ROW team makes no cricketing sense. Come to think of it you would make an ideal Aussie national selector!!

          • Roar Pro

            April 15th 2018 @ 2:02pm
            Barry & Zac said | April 15th 2018 @ 2:02pm | ! Report

            I will take that as a compliment!! thanks very much. I will be on the phone to Mark Waugh now and see if he has a job for me! 😉

          • Roar Pro

            April 15th 2018 @ 6:46pm
            Barry & Zac said | April 15th 2018 @ 6:46pm | ! Report

            Wait till you see his test team. 😂

      • Roar Rookie

        April 15th 2018 @ 4:48am
        savage said | April 15th 2018 @ 4:48am | ! Report

        Yeah England are no 1 in ODIs right now.If India manages to win series in England this year then only India would be ahead of England.It is strange to see no English player in ROW team.

    • Roar Rookie

      April 15th 2018 @ 4:36am
      savage said | April 15th 2018 @ 4:36am | ! Report


    • Roar Rookie

      April 15th 2018 @ 4:37am
      savage said | April 15th 2018 @ 4:37am | ! Report

      Good Team for Subcontinent.Mine would be similar.I think Pandya(only in ODIs not T20s) have been brilliant so he would get into my playing X1 in place of Shadab Khan.Shadab has played very few ODIs and has performed better in T20s as compared to ODIs.

      Good to see Bumrah is ranked no 1 in ODIs.I remember arguing with someone here who was claiming Hazlewood>>>Bumrah based on icc rankings.Amir hasn’t been consistent in recent times but he is a very special bowler.His spell in CT 2017 final was definitely one of the best I’ve ever seen.

      Hasan Ali is arguably best ODI bowler right now based on performance last year.He almost singlehandedly won an ICC tournament for Pakistan.Fakhar Zaman is extremely unlucky to miss out and would definitely be 12th man.Shakib is easily best all rounder in ODIs right now.

      MY Subcontinent X1

      Rohit Sharma
      Shikhar Dhawan
      Virat Kohli (c)
      Babar Azam
      Shakib Al Hasan
      Mushfiqur Rahim
      Hardik Pandya
      Mohammad Amir
      Rashid Khan
      Hasan Ali
      Jasprit Bumrah

      12th man-Fakhar Zaman(He could replace either of Dhawan or Sharma)

      • Roar Pro

        April 15th 2018 @ 6:39pm
        Barry & Zac said | April 15th 2018 @ 6:39pm | ! Report

        Thanks mate, they didnt end up publishing the reserve section, which had Fakhar, Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, MS Dhoni among others, i had pandya there in case of a lack of from from shadab or the pitch not suiting him.

    • Roar Rookie

      April 15th 2018 @ 4:57am
      savage said | April 15th 2018 @ 4:57am | ! Report

      Barry doesn’t love England,I think.

      • Roar Pro

        April 15th 2018 @ 6:09am
        Barry & Zac said | April 15th 2018 @ 6:09am | ! Report

        Oh i do!
        Its just I have a bias towards past records and overall player charm
        England did beat us(AUS) 4-1 in the ODI series so that might have played a part…

      • Roar Pro

        April 15th 2018 @ 6:45pm
        Barry & Zac said | April 15th 2018 @ 6:45pm | ! Report

        haha, if only you knew him, he is always talking about root and cook (even though cook hasn’t played consistently or well for the past few years).

    • April 15th 2018 @ 9:13am
      Paul said | April 15th 2018 @ 9:13am | ! Report

      You can’t play this game unless you decide where these teams would play? If they play in India or anywhere the ball would turn, your entire lineups would need to reflect that and likewise, if they played in England, NZ, SA, etc, your lineups would not support so many spinners, for example.

      This article is a waste of time if conditions aren’t known.

      • Roar Guru

        April 16th 2018 @ 2:32am
        Anindya Dutta said | April 16th 2018 @ 2:32am | ! Report

        Actually it almost doesn’t matter because at least in India these days the ODI pitches are absolute roads and don’t take spin.