Team India currently boasts of a good Men’s and Women’s Cricket Team. Yes, the women’s team may not be in form but there are some talented cricketers in the unit and it is just a matter of time before they strike form. In this article, we discuss the current best mixed-gender T20 XI for Team India.
To compile this mixed-gender XI, we have considered the current form and the best possible balance that the squad can have. Hence, we have had to drop a few talented players. Nevertheless, this team looks strong and if there is ever a mixed-gender competition, Team India will be a top participant.
Openers In This Mixed-Gender T20 XI: Rohit Sharma and Shafali Verma
Backups: KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan
Well, this will be a blockbuster opening combination, to begin with. Rohit Sharma is one of the best limited-overs batsmen in the game. When he gets going, even the most competent bowlers tend to have a forgettable day. On the other hand, we have the future and the rising star of the women’s team – Shafali Verma. She is the No.1 batsman in the ICC T20 chart right now. Hence, she is an automatic inclusion here.
Middle-Order: Smriti Mandhana, Virat Kohli (C) and Rishabh Pant (WK)
Backups: Jemimah Rodriques, Shreyas Iyer and Suryakumar Yadav
Smriti Mandhana is an opener but due to the powerful combination at the top, we have her at the No.3 slot. She is a versatile cricketer and can make adjustments to be at her best in this slot. In the other positions, we have Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant from the men’s team. Virat is undroppable across formats and in the current circumstances, even Pant belongs to the same category. While Virat captains this squad, Pant will take care of the wicket-keeping duties.
All-Rounders In This Mixed-Gender T20 XI: Ravindra Jadeja, Harmanpreet Kaur and Deepti Sharma
Backups: Hardik Pandya and Washington Sundar
It is a difficult decision to drop Hardik Pandya from this team. However, since he is not bowling, this seems to the best all-rounders’ unit. Ravindra Jadeja and Harmanpreet Kaur lend the experience to this department. Depending on the game situation, they could switch their batting positions. Jaddu will also have an important role to play in the spin department. Deepti Sharma is the best-rated all-rounder in the women’s team right now. She is a right-arm offie and will form a potent spin combination with Jadeja.
Bowlers: Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, and Shikha Pandey
Backups: Poonam Yadav, T Natarajan, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Radha Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal
Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah will form the core of this team’s bowling attack. Coming to Shikha Pandey, she is an experienced option in the seam-bowling department. Depending on the pitch, Poonam Yadav can come into this XI as the spin option. Radha Yadav and Rajeshwari Gayakwad are the other options from the women’s team. Considering both experience and variety, this bowling attack looks complete.