In the time of COVID-19 crisis, the players and fans are keeping themselves busy by interacting on social media and surfing their interests. Former players and stalwarts of game are also having a good time by conducting question answer sessions, naming best possible XI’s.
Recently, Former West-Indian player Ian Bishop and Cricket Analyst Freddie Wilde invited Tom Moody – former international cricketer and coach of SRH, on their podcast named ‘The Pitch Side Experts’.
In the podcast the two legends along with Freddie Wilde picked the best T20 batting order comprising players from all-over the World. The first name in the list was David Warner proposed by Freddie and to Partner him at the top, Moddy picked Rohit Sharma- the limited overs legend of current generation.
“I’m not disagreeing with that, he (Warner) is certainly opening the batting, and I would have Rohit Sharma as his partner. I think Rohit Sharma for a long period of time has proven that he is a match-winner, he has played in many successful teams and he brings the right and left-hand combination as well, so I’m throwing Rohit as Warner’s partner,” Tom Moody justified his pick.
For No. 3 and No.4 position, Tom Moody picked possibly the best two players of Modern era in the form of Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers. However, having a strong batting order has its own consequences as Tom Moody kept the No.3 and No.4 position flexible depending on the situation of game.
“If I’m Kohli in my top-order then I’ve got Kohli at three and ABD at four and a game depending on circumstances, if we are getting off to a flyer then I’m having a very challenging conversation with Mr Kohli saying, ‘Virat, AB is going in now’,” Moody added.
After a World Class top order, the trio picked a rookie in the form of Rishabh Pant to provide the much needed impetus and versatility (Left-handed batsman) in the middle order. For a while, Tom Moody also fret over the name of Caribbean Nicholas Pooran before the trio finalized Rishabh Pant.
For the last two slots England Wicketkeeper batsman Jos Buttler and the devastation ‘de-russ’ Andre Russell pick themselves for their exploits in T20 cricket.
Tom Moody & Ian Bishop’s T20 batting order:
David Warner, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Rishabh Pant, Jos Buttler and Andre Russell