It is not an unusual sight for the fans of the NBA to see their favorite players in action during the All-Star matches, where all the best players come together and compete against each other. In cricket or football, however, there is seldom a chance to see the players competing in such matches.
Nevertheless, there are always exhibition matches in cricket and football, where the stars from the world of these two most popular games either play with each other or compete against their own teammates. In the following lines, we will look at one such ensemble of cricketers, combining together to form a World XI with only left-handed players to complete the lineup.
The destructive opener from Australia will be an automatic choice at the top of the order in this World XI of southpaws. On his day, he can take on any attack in the world and can turn into the nightmare for the bowlers on the other end of the pitch.
The Indian opening batsman can turn into a problem for any bowler in the opposition if he starts middling a few balls at the start of the match. Though he has not been in the best of forms of late, we can certainly expect fireworks when he and Warner combine together at the top of the order of the World XI lineup to take the bowlers to the sword.
The young Pakistani batsman has both grace and poise while he is batting and has a rather calm approach towards the game, building each one of his innings from the scratch. He can play the sheet anchor role at number three if any one of Dhawan or Warner departs.
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This South African batsman has the tendency to dominate the bowling attack and shift gears according to the need of the hour. He is also quick with his glovework and can fly himself around to take a few stunners and help his side achieve triumph.
One of the most talented young prospects of West Indian cricket, Hetmyer can play big shots and can push the ball around to rotate the strike at will. He can play the role of a finisher as well for the World XI of lefthanders.
He showed what he can do when he single-handedly won the third Test of the 2019 Ashes series as he played an innings for the ages to come against Australia to draw the series 1-1 at Headingley. He is also a very handy bowler and can pick up important wickets with his right-arm medium pace.
The southpaw from Saurashtra, India is a very difficult customer to read and can come handy with a few meaty blows towards the end of the match. Not to forget his unique “swordplay” celebration.
The left-arm orthodox spinner from New Zealand can turn a match on its head with his mesmerizing spin bowling. He can also prove his worth with the bat as well.
Santner’s teammate and fast bowler Boult is a wily customer as he brings in variation in pace to fox the opposition batsmen, both with the new as well as the old ball.
His yorkers are just too hot to handle for any batsman. He will be an automatic choice to start the bowling attack alongside Boult for the World XI.
This young Bangladeshi bowler has the knack of picking up wickets whenever he is brought into the attack, someone who can be depended upon by the skipper to provide the World XI with crucial breakthroughs.