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The West Indies – defending champions of the T20 World Cup – will play in a charity match on May 31 against a World XI side at the iconic Lord’s ground, to contribute to the victims of Hurricanes Irma and Maria.
Let’s have a look at the best possible World XI if all the players available.
Openers: Shikhar Dhawan and Alex Hales
Alex Hales is among the most explosive opening batsmen in T20 cricket. England’s most important batsman, he will be a great opener for this side in his home conditions.
Hales will be accompanied by his Hyderabad teammate, Shikhar Dhawan. One is one of the most consistent openers in cricket, his performances in the last year or so have been phenomenal.
Middle order: Virat Kohli, Eoin Morgan and AB de Villiers
Virat Kohli is an automatic choice for any team in any format – the most important player in the team, he can win a match on his own.
England captain Eoin Morgan has already confirmed his participation in the match. He is one of the best middle order batsmen in T20 at present and will steady the innings.
AB de Villiers is an explosive batsman and is a definite pick in any T20 side. On his day, he can demolish the opposition and single-handedly win the match for his team. At No.5, de Villiers can play both, the role of a finisher as well the role of a sheet anchor, depending on the match situation.
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Wicketkeeper and all-rounder: MS Dhoni and Shakib Al Hasan
MS Dhoni can walk into any team on the back of his impressive performances over the years. His experience is an invaluable asset and he is the best wicketkeeper in world cricket. The former Indian captain would play the role of finisher.
Shakib Al Hasan is among the best cricketers Bangladesh has ever produced. The ICC’s number 1 ranked all-rounder in T20s will bowl four overs and finish the innings.
Spinner: Rashid Khan
Rashid Khan is among the brightest talents unearthed in war-torn Afghanistan. The ICC’s number 1 ranked bowler in T20s is a special talent, having bamboozled batsmen across the world by his googlies. He has succeeded the world over in various T20 leagues.
Pace bowlers: Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Mitchell Starc, Jasprit Bumrah
Bhuvneshwar Kumar is among the best bowlers in the world, having been particularly impressive over the last year or so due to his swing and accuracy.
Mitchell Starc is an explosive bowler, whose pace and toe-crushing yorkers are a huge asset to any side. Although his frequent injuries are a concern, his phenomenal skills make him a must.
Bumrah has improved immensely since his debut for India. Among the best death bowlers in T20, he will perform that role for this side.