Nearing the end of another year after Christ, former Australian wrist spinner Brad Hogg picked a T20 team out of the best performers in 2019.
Two Indians featured in the list with Indian captain Virat Kohli and fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah impressing Hogg.
Hogg held high regards for the Indian duo. He called Kohli “Mr. Consistent,” while Bumrah was one of the “best in the business” according to Hogg.
The former Chinaman bowler started picking the team with openers David Warner and Babar Azam, before picking Kohli at No. 3.
He later went onto select England captain Eoin Morgan, quoting him as a good performer in pressure situations. Hogg then picked the second Australian in the line up in the form of Glenn Maxwell. Maxwell is undoubtedly one of the most destructive batsmen in world cricket and he can also bowl a few off breaks when required. However, he had recently taken an indefinite break from cricket owing to mental health issues.
In Hogg’s side, the wicket-keeper batsman role went to South Africa’s Quinton de Cock. Although he plays as an opener for his national side, Hogg said he picked de Cock for his wicket-keeping and hitting down the order.
Brad Hogg went with a combination of 5 bowlers and six barsman. He included two spinners in the bowling line up- New Zealand’s Mitchell Santhner and Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan.
While Jasprit Bumrah was one of the seamers, Mitchell Starc and Chris Jordan were picked as the other two fast bowling options. According to Hogg, Jordan and Bumrah had an exceptional ability to bowl at any stage of an innings and Starc’s pace and ability to reverse swing gave him the nod.
This left no place for Rohit Sharma, who is the second highest run-scorer in T20Is behind Virat Kohli.
Brad Hogg’s T20I XI of 2019: David Warner, Babar Azam, Virat Kohli, Eoin Morgan, Glenn Maxwell, Quinton de Kock, Rashid Khan, Mitchell Santhner, Mitchell Starc, Chris Jordan, Jasprit Bumrah.
It’s that time of the year when we pick an XI of the best players in each format of the game. Let’s begin with T20Is. We’ve got Kohli, Bumrah, and 9 others. Find out in today’s episode of #HoggsVlog what the team looks like. Agree with my team? Have you got a better one? pic.twitter.com/3S5mIxjbML
— Brad Hogg (@Brad_Hogg) December 7, 2019