The year 2019 is coming to an end. And, while all three formats have seen many memorable performances, T20Is have been significant for all teams as they build up to the World T20 to be held in Australia next year. Former champions India and current champions West Indies are presently battling it out in a three-match series, which is locked 1-1. As the teams build towards the 2020 World T20, we put together the World T20I XI of 2019.

Openers: David Warner, Babar Azam

David Warner has had an excellent year in T20Is. In six matches, he has 287 runs to his name at an exceptional average of 287, since he has been dismissed only once in the year. In the T20Is against Sri Lanka at home, he registered scores of 100 not out, 60 not out, and 57 not out. Warner has a strike rate of 145.68.

Pakistan’s Babar Azam, who has been in amazing form, will open with Warner. In 10 matches, he has amassed 374 runs at an average of 41.55, and a strike rate of 136.99. His best of 90 came off 58 balls against South Africa at Johannesburg in February.

Middle-order: Virat Kohli (Captain), Dawid Malan, Eoin Morgan, Glenn Maxwell

Indian captain Virat Kohli will lead the World XI. Just like Tests and ODIs, he has been in great form in T20Is as well. In nine games, Kohli has 396 runs to his name at a strike rate of 138.46, and an average of 66. His best of 94 not out came against West Indies at Hyderabad in a chase of 208.

England batsman Dawid Malan has played only four games, but has smashed 208 runs at a strike rate of 163.77, and an average of 69.33. His most memorable performance was the unbeaten 103 from 51 balls against New Zealand at Napier in November.

English skipper Eoin Morgan also has had a good year. In nine matches, he has 268 runs to his name at a strike rate of 172.90, and an average of 44.66. He hit 91 from 41 balls at Napier against New Zealand.

Aussie Glenn Maxwell, before he took a break for mental health issues, had an amazing year. In four matches, he smashed 231 runs at a strike rate of 183.33 and an average of 115. His scores in the year read — 56 from 43, 113 not out from 55, and 62 from 28.

Wicket-keeper: Quinton de Kock

South Africa’s T20I captain Quinton de Kock will keep wickets for the team. In three matches, he has 144 runs at a strike rate of 135.84, and an average of 72.00. His best of 79 not out from 52 balls came against India at Bengaluru in September as Proteas squared the series.

All-rounders: Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner

New Zealand all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme has had a consistent run with the bat. In matches, he scored 301 runs at a strike rate of 156.77 with three fifties. While de Grandhomme has starred with bat, Mitchell Santner has been impressive with the ball. In 12 matches, he has claimed 20 wickets at an average of 15.40, and strike rate of 12.6 with a best of 3 for 12.

Bowlers: Chris Jordan, Lasith Malinga

England pacer Chris Jordan has claimed 14 wickets in eight matches at an average of 12.85 and a strike rate of 10.2. His best of 4 for 6 came against West Indies at Basseterre. Veteran Lankan Lasith Malinga continues to impress at the T20 level. In 10 matches, he has 14 wickets with a best of 5 for 6. The sensational performance against New Zealand at Pallekele saw Malinga claiming four wickets in four balls.

12th man: Andile Phehlukwayo

With 13 wickets in seven matches at a strike rate of 12.0, South African pacer Andile Phehlukwayo can come in as replacement if needed.

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