The England middle-order batsman Liam Livingstone had picked his all-time T20 XI and he excluded some of the stalwarts of the game in the team. What’s most interesting is that Livingstone has not only left out one of T20 cricket’s most flamboyant openers Rohit Sharma who has amassed 4 centuries in T20Is, he has also left out one of the most successful T20 skippers ever, MS Dhoni.
However, Liam Livingstone seems to have done a fair selection. To open the batting, Livingstone has gone with the former Indian T20I captain Virat Kohli and current England’s white-ball captain, Jos Buttler whom Livingstone has also named the captain of his team.
Kevin Pietersen, AB de Villiers, and Kieron Pollard from the middle order in the XI of Liam Livingstone, and it might be the most destructive T20 middle order of all time, given the capabilities of these three batsmen against all kinds of bowling. Andre Russell and Ravindra Jadeja have been picked as the two batting allrounders in Livingstone’s XI and then comes the most surprising pick of them all, Wasim Akram who never played a T20 international game in his career.
Liam Livingston feels Wasim Akram fits the template of modern-day T20 cricket. He could swing the ball both ways early on and could nail his yorkers consistently when needed at the death. Apart from that, he could hit a long ball as well and could have been the bowling allrounder of a modern-day T20 side at no. 8.
Rashid Khan is the specialist spinner Liam Livingstone has paired with Ravindra Jadeja which is hardly a surprise because Rashid is unarguably the greatest T20 leg spinner in modern-day cricket. After Rashid, two lethal fast bowlers, Jofra Archer and Lasith Malinga complete the composition of Livingstone’s T20 XI.
Here is the team that Liam Livingstone:
Virat Kohli, Jos Buttler (C&WK), Kevin Pietersen, AB de Villiers, Kieron Pollard, Andre Russell, Ravindra Jadeja, Wasim Akram, Rashid Khan, Jofra Archer, Lasith Malinga
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