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2020 saw T20 cricket dominating most of the cricket scene as ODIs and Tests took a backseat due to the coronavirus pandemic. If not for the pandemic, the World T20 could have been held in Australia. Nevertheless, every nation is gearing up for back-to-back World T20 in 2021 and 2022. So, here's the best XI of T20Is in 2020.

Openers

KL Rahul (India)

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KL Rahul - Photo courtesy: Rahul's Facebook page

Rahul has had a great year in limited-overs cricket in 2020. He carried his form in IPL to T20Is, helping India seal a 2-1 T20I series win over Australian Down Under. He was the second highest run-getter in T20Is, aggregating 404 runs @ 44.88 with a strike rate of 140.76 with 4 fifties in 11 T20Is in 2010. 

Tim Seifert (New Zealand)

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Tim Seifert (image Credits: Cricshots)

Partnering Rahul is Tim Seifert of New Zealand who has had a terrific year in T20Is in 2020. He struck 4 fifties in 11 T20Is in 2020, aggregating 352 runs @ 50.28 with a strike rate of 140.23.

Middle-order

Jonny Bairstow (England)

Jonny Bairstow T20I
Jonny Bairstow - Photo courtesy: Bairstow's Facebook page

Bairstow is turning out to be a ruthless T20 player, boasting of a high strike rate of 150.91 in 12 T20Is in 2020. He struck 3 fifties, aggregating 329 runs in 2020. 

Dawid Malan (England)

Dawid Malan T20I
Dawid Malan (Image Credits: SkySports)

Dawid Malan was the find of the year in 2020. He was the game changer for England as he won games single-handedly with his consistent batting. He scored 397 runs @ 49.62 with 4 fifties in 10 T20Is in 2020. 

Babar Azam (Pakistan, captain)

Babar Azam T20I
Babar Azam (Image Credits: CricketAddictor)

Azam of Pakistan not only shone with the bat in 2020, but also as the leader in limited-overs cricket. He struck 4 fifties in 8 T20Is in 2020, aggregating 276 runs @ 55.20 and boasts of a strike rate of 144.50 in 2020. His team won 6 games, losing 1 and 1 no result out of 8 T20Is, with a winning percentage of 85.71 – the best among captains of Test playing nations.

Mohammad Hafeez (pakistan)

Mohammad Hafeez T20I
Mohammad Hafeez - Photo courtesy: ICC Facebook page

Hafeez emerged the highest run-getter in 2020 in T20Is, managing 415 runs @ 83.00 and boasts of a strike rate of 152.57. He struck 4 fifties in T20Is in 2020. His highest score was 99 not out – the second T20I batsman after Malan to remain not out on 99 in 2020.

Keeper

Jos Buttler (England)

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Jos Buttler (Image Credits: Cricketlounge)

Buttler of England enhanced his reputation as a hard-hitting keeper-batsman in 2020, coming up with a strike rate of 150.77. He struck 3 fifties in 8 T20Is, aggregating 291 runs @ 55.20. He also had 9 dismissals as keeper. 

Spinner

Ashton Agar (Australia) 

Ashton Agar T20I
Ashton Agar (Image Credits: CricketAustralia)

Agar is a surprise packet in this list, as he has beaten Zampa to this XI for the lone spinner’s spot. Agar took 13 wickets @ 12.46 in just 6 T20Is.

Pacers

Lungi Ngidi (SA), Haris Rauf  (Pak) and Shardul Thakur (India)

Lungi Ngidi T20I
Lungi Ngidi (Image Credits: GulfNews)

The South African pacer was the highest wicket-taker in T20Is in 2020, bagging 17 wickets @ 20.52 in just 9 games. Haris Rauf of Pakistan is the next best bowling star of 2020, bagging 16 wickets @ 23.25 in 11 T20Is in 2020. Thakur has also made it to the list after his consistent show in T20Is in 2020. He bagged 15 wickets @ 18.73 in 10 T20Is in 2020. 

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