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4 Indians, No Virat Kohli in Cricket Australia’s X1 of 2021


Cricket Australia has laid out their best X1 for the year 2021 and has included four Indians in the list. Rohit Sharma as an opener, Rishabh Pant as wicket-keeper, R.Ashwin and Axar Patel as spinners. But what caught the eyeballs was the absence of Virat Kohli.

Sri Lanka’s Dimuth Karunaratne has been appointed as the captain and opening partner of Rohit Sharma. Another surprising exclusion was the Australian fast bowlers. The likes of Hazelwood, Cummins, and Starc did not find their place in Cricket Australia’s best X1 of 2021.

Marnus Labuschagne was the only player that made it into the playing eleven from Australia. The middle-order is solidified by Joe root, Labuschagne, Fawad Alam, and Rishabh Pant. The bowling lineup consists of Kyle Jamieson, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi, R.Ashwin, and Axar Patel. Rohit Sharma has been in top form through the test series in 2021. He helped India win the 3 – 1 series against England at home and scored his first century abroad against England at Kennington, Oval.

Joe root may have had a disappointing year as captain but has been the run-machine of 2021. He has scored 1,708 runs and is the second-leading run-scorer for England, Rory Burns has not even crossed 600 runs this year. It shows how much of a lone warrior Root had been for his side this year.

Words cannot explain how well Rishabh Pant has evolved as a cricketer. At a young age of 24 years only, Pant has played a no. of significant and match-winning innings, including the all-time famous 89 not out against Australia at the fortress Gabba where India won the test series 2 – 1 in 2021 with a depleted side. His reverse sweep of Jimmy Anderson was one of the most talked-about shots of this year.

R. Ashwin and Axar Patel have become the no.1 choice of spinners for India at home. The duo rattled the England batsmen at home with their arm ball deliveries. Ashwin closed the year with 54 scalps from 9 tests. The numbers could have been more impressive if Virat Kohli-led Indian team would have played him in four tests against England in England.

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