When it comes to cricketing encounters on the field, India-Pakistan duels have increasingly become rare over the last decade. The two Asian giants only play against each other in ICC events or multi-team events like the Asia Cup.
Though both teams have played plenty of Tests and One-Day Internationals against each other, the same can’t be said about the shortest format of the game. Both teams have met 8 times in T20I cricket, with India winning 7 of them, including the most recent one in 2016.
While India are currently second in the T20I rankings, Pakistan are fourth. Nevertheless, players from both India and Pakistan continue being part of fantasy teams of fans on both sides of the border.
And, with the T20I World Cup scheduled to be held later this year in India, both teams could cross path more than once. Ahead of the marquee event, we’ve curated a list of the combined T20I of current players from India and Pakistan.
India-Pakistan combined T20I XI of current players
1. Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma unarguably one of the most decorated batsmen in T20 cricket. He is the third-highest run-scorer in T20I history. So far, Rohit has amassed 2864 runs at an average of 32.54 and a strike rate of 138.9.
The 34-year-old has a total of 4 T20I centuries to his name, which is the highest by any player in T20I history. He will definitely be one of the players to watch out for in the upcoming T20 WC.
2. Mohammad Rizwan
Mohammad Rizwan is a rising star in international cricket. He has been playing well for Pakistan at the top of the order, especially in T20 cricket. So far, Rizwan has played 36 T20Is for Pakistan, smashing 843 runs at an average of 44.3 and a strike rate of over 127.
The wicketkeeper-batsman recently smashed his maiden T20I ton against South Africa (104*) in Lahore. He is expected to play a vital role in Pakistan’s bid to win their second T2o WC title.
3. Babar Azam
Since making his Pakistan debut in 2015, Babar Azam has taken international cricket by storm with his effortless batting, especially in T20Is. He is currently the third-ranked T20I batsman in the world after England’s Dawid Malan and Australia skipper Aaron Finch.
So far in his T20I career, Babar has played 54 games for Pakistan, amassing 2035 runs at an average of 47.3 and a strike rate of 129.7. He also has a T20I ton to his name (122 vs SA). It will be interesting to see whether the Pakistan skipper can lead his side to glory or not.
4. Virat Kohli (C)
Though he is yet to score a century in the shortest format of the game, Virat Kohli is arguably the best T20I batsman ever in the history of cricket. He is the all-time leading run-scorer in the shortest format and the only batsman to score more than 3000 runs in T20Is.
So far, the Indian skipper has played 90 T20Is, amassing 3159 runs at a remarkable average of over 52 and a strike rate of 139. He has also won Man of The Tournament Awards in 2014 and 2016 T20 World Cups. The onus will once again be on him to take India to their second T20 WC triumph.
5. Rishabh Pant (wk)
Considering his recent form, Rishabh Pant will be the wicketkeeper of this hypothetical XI. The youngster is going through a purple in his career and is one of the most destructive players in the world right now.
Though his overall career stats aren’t impressive, his recent exploits make him an obvious choice in our combined XI. He is likely to keep the gloves for India in the upcoming T20 World Cup. He will be one of the players to watch out for in the tournament.
6. Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya is one of the best match finishers in the world right now. Though he might not bowl in the tournament, Hardik’s ‘hard-hitting’ abilities make him an asset to have in the middle-order.
So far, Hardik has featured in 48 T20Is for India, scoring 474 runs at a strike rate of 147.7 and an average of 19.8. He has been pretty handy for Team India down the order and could have a major impact in the tournament.
7. Ravindra Jadeja
Ravindra Jadeja is arguably the best all-rounder in the world across formats. Apart from his match-winning ability with the ball, Jadeja’s recent exploits with the bat make him an obvious choice in any team.
So far, Jadeja has played 50 T20Is for Team India, bagging 39 wickets at a decent economy rate of 7.10. Even if he is not having the best of days with the bat and bowl, Jadeja can punish any opposition with his world-class fielding.
8. Shadab Khan
A prodigious turner of the ball, Shadab Khan has been one of the most consistent performers for Pakistan in the 2-3 years. His ability to take wickets while maintaining an excellent economy rate makes him an obvious threat to the opposition.
So far, the 23-year-old has played 46 T20Is, scalping 53 wickets with a decent economy of 7.28 and a brilliant strike rate of 18.60. Not only that, Shadab can be pretty handy with the bat as well.
9. Hasan Ali
Medium pacer Hasan Ali has been making constant strides in world cricket with his smart and sensible bowling. He has plenty of variations up his sleeves and can trouble any batsman on his day.
Though a bit expensive sometimes, Hasan Ali has the ability to take wickets at any point of the match. So far, the left-arm bowler has played 36 T20Is, notching up 48 wickets with a decent economy of 8.40 and a brilliant strike rate of 15.60.
10. Jasprit Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah is one of the best bowlers, if not the best T20 bowler in the world. A leader of India’s pace attack across all formats, Bumrah is also the all-time leading wicket-taker in the shortest format for his country.
His unorthodox action and his ability to hit the blockhole, more often than not, make him a difficult bowler to target. In the 50 T20I matches he has played, he has picked 59 wickets at a strike rate of 18.20 and an exceptional economy of 6.66.
11. Shaheen Shah Afridi
Still just 21, Shaheen Shah Afridi has already established himself as the leader of Pakistan’s pace attack. He has been in exceptional form for the team in all formats. Afridi has the ability to make the new ball talk with his extra pace and bounce.
In 25 T20Is he has played so far, Shaheen has taken 27 wickets with a decent economy rate of under 8 and a strike rate of 20. He could prove to be an X-factor player for Pakistan in the upcoming T20I World Cup.