The ODI World Cup is scheduled to take place this year and all the participating teams are set with their best possible players. In this article, we have compiled a list of the World’s best possible playing XI in the ODI format of cricket. The list compiles all the players who are currently active in international cricket.
Shubman Gill, Imam-ul-Haq, Virat Kohli
In recent times, Shubman Gill has come out as the strongest opening batsman from Team India. He has been prolific with his consistency he has been making headlines with his score lines in the ODI format. Gill has a compact and orthodox technique, which allows him to play both pace and spin bowling effectively. He will be the best option to face the first ball of the match. On the other end, Pakistan’s Imam-ul-Haq will be best suited to be partnered with Shubman Gill. Imam-ul-Haq’s technique is based on a solid foundation. He has a still head and a good balance at the crease, which allows him to play with control and precision. One of Imam-ul-Haq’s key strengths is his ability to rotate the strike and build innings which will be helpful to take the pressure off the middle order.
At number three, one of the greatest batsmen of the current generation, Virat Kohli can come up and showcase his magic on the field. After witnessing a significant dip in his performance for two years, Virat Kohli has bounced back in international cricket and he has come out as a much better player.
Steve Smith, Shreyas Iyer, Tim Latham
At number 4, Australia‘s most prolific batsman, Steve Smith can be confirmed. One of the notable aspects of Smith’s batting style is his unusual stance and grip. He stands with a slightly open outlook, with his front foot pointing towards the point rather than towards the bowler. His bottom-hand grip is lower on the handle of the bat compared to traditional techniques. Smith can handle the pressure of scoring runs even if the opening lineup fails in front of the opposition.
At number 6, the rising star of team India, Shreyas Iyer can handle things with his ability to score quick boundaries. Iyer has a solid technique and displays good footwork at the crease. He has a slightly open stance and a high backlift, which allows him to generate power in his shots. His ability to play both front-foot and back-foot strokes effectively gives him the flexibility to adapt to different types of bowling in the middle order.
Tim Latham can be combined with Shreyas Iyer as both players have a similar style of batting and can build partnerships at the lower end. Latham is an opening batter for New Zealand but he is also known for his ability to occupy the crease and play the long innings, he is also capable of scoring runs at a healthy rate.
Ravindra Jadeja, Mitchell Starc, Shakib Al Hasan, Trent Boult, Matt Henry
Bowling is one of the most crucial parts of an ODI team. Ravindra Jadeja is one of the best all-rounders in the world who can pick wickets, score runs, and can be the best fielder at the covers. His spin variation can be combined with Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan. The 35-year-old has been a consistent performer and has helped Bangladesh to win matches in difficult situations.
In the pace section, Mitchell Starc can lead the way for the World XI. His disciplined bowling and aggressive approach can help the team to have a good start in the game. With Starc, New Zealand’s Trent Boult and Matt Henry can handle the pace attack during the middle overs.