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IPL Rewind: Pakaugiri’s all time IPL XI

We all are missing out on some needed cricketing action! Staying away from cricket in summer, which is the season of cricket, has truly been hard. Not just for us, but also for all the cricketing fans out there reading this. So we thought, when we cannot really do something about the live cricketing action, why not relive the old memories of the world’s largest T-20 league-the Indian Premier League.

In this article of IPL rewind we will make an all time XI according to what we think. If you think otherwise, please let us know in the comment section.

Now, since the IPL has such a rich history, it is really hard to choose an XI from this. There can be so many combinations which could work, but we can just have one.

Before we start off with the first player, we would like to list some honorable mentions who just missed out by a tiny whisker

  • Chris Gayle
  • Gautam Gambhir
  • Harbhajan Singh
  • Ravichandran Ashwin
  • Andre Russell
  • Sunil Narine
  • Piyush Chawla

Without further ado, lets get started.

1. David Warner

The flamboyant Australian opener would walk into most IPL XI’s. He started his IPL career with the Delhi Daredevils for 5 seasons. He did look deadly in glimpses but wasn’t really matching the Warner like standards we had shown the world. In 2014, he joined Sunrisers Hyderabad and since then his journey has been going upwards and there is no stopping it. He has scored 500+ runs in 5 off the last 6 seasons of the IPL. The season in which he couldn’t was of course the season he had to miss due to sanderpapergate. However, when he came back he stamped his authority on the t20 world scoring 692 runs from just 12 games. He also captained SRH to their maiden IPL trophy in 2016.

Total Runs: 4706, Strike Rate: 142.39, Average: 43.17, 50s: 44, 100s: 4

2. Rohit Sharma ©

After seeing the captain symbol next to his name, it would have definitely sparked a debate between his fans and MSDians. But, considering only IPL records, Rohit has the edge over MS Dhoni considering the number of titles won as captain and also the win percentage. Now lets come to Rohit the batsman. Rohit Sharma is one player who has been very consistent with his runs during the entire span of the IPL. Every year he has managed to get 330+ runs. For MI, his role has been to anchor run chases and to lay a foundation while setting a target. He stands 4th in the list of most not outs, only behind finishers: MS Dhoni, Yusuf Pathan and Kieron Pollard. His delightful strokeplay makes him walk into this side. He is also a big match player: he won the man of the match award in the 2015 final against CSK.

Total runs: 4898, Average: 31.60, Strike Rate: 130.82, 50s: 36, 100s: 1, NO’s: 28, 6s:194

3.Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli was one of the contenders for the captaincy slot as well, however, looking at RCB’s track record under him, it didn’t really make his case stronger. On the other hand, Virat Kohli the batsman has been by far the best batsman in the history of the IPL. He is the leading run getter across all seasons combined. In the last 5 seasons, we have seen the best of Virat Kohli. His glorious strokeplay and delightful timing is what every true cricket fan would awe at. His best season was in 2016, where he scored 4 swashbuckling 100s and a total of a mammoth 973 runs. He has continued to be the beast we have known him to be. Lets hope he continues his mastery in the upcoming seasons as well.

Total Runs: 5412, 50s: 36, 100s: 5, 4s:480, 6s:191, Strike Rate: 131.61

4. Suresh Raina

Mr. IPL is what he is known as due to the immense amount of consistency he displays in each season of the IPL. He has managed to amass 350+ runs in each season of the IPL. He has also turned up and played most of the matches and is the player to miss the least matches in the IPL. Pressure brings the best out of him and CSK have definitely counted on him in big matches. He has many different gears and tends to shift those with ease looking at the team’s requirement. One special innings of Raina is the one he played in Mumbai-Qualifier 2 vs KXIP, 2014. He hit 87 of just 25 balls before he was run out. He is also a part time bowler and his off breaks often tend to trouble batsmen. He is also a livewire on the field. He has shown us glimpses of the old Raina in 2018, but we are waiting for his old form to show up soon. His selection was not much of a headache.

Total runs: 5368, Average: 33.34, Strike Rate: 137.14, 4s:493, 6s:194, 50s: 38, 100s:1, NO’s:28

5. AB De Villiers

Mr.360 is what he is known as for making use of every single dimension of the ground. There isn’t one corner of the ground to which he hasn’t directed the ball to. He is a package of class and innovation. When required, he plays the support role to his partner. But once this man gets going, it is close to impossible to stop him. He has the capability of making a perfect blockhole delivery disappear into the second tier. Him and Virat Kohli have done the bulk of the scoring for RCB for a while now and they bat brilliantly together. Most hitters nowadays have a brilliant strike rate but fail to play long innings’ in order to make the maximum impact. However, ABD does not throw away his wicket once he starts to hit and plays long innings’ with the same amount of destruction.

Total runs: 4395, Strike Rate: 151.23, Average: 39.95, NO’s:32, 6s:212, 50s:33, 100s:3

6. Mahendra Singh Dhoni (WK)

Dhoni has been synonymous with CSK for almost everyone. He has led CSK from the front and a proof of that is the number of times he has finished games for them. He has 65 not outs in IPL history and the second best is less than half of his number. His wicketkeeping skills need no introduction as he has lightning quick hands behind the stumps and also has quite a few tricks in the armory. With the bat, he is not only an explosive hitter but can also play the role of an anchor in situations such as: early wickets or when his batting partner is batting brilliantly. In recent years, many have doubted his hitting capabilities and have also related it to his age. But, in the last two years of the IPL, he has silenced everyone with a brilliant display with the bat with an average of 75.83 and 83.20 respectively. No question about his place here.

Total runs: 4432, Average: 42.20, Strike rate: 137.85, No’s:65, 6s:209

7. Dwayne Bravo

From his dance celebrations to his death over variations to his striking abilities, the man from Trinidad has litten up the IPL over the years. He has been the go to man for CSK in any arising tough situation. He has so many variations that a batsman can always be fooled. The release point and action for all his deliveries is the same, so it is hard to know what to expect. Bravo the batsman comes with a Caribbean flair. His shots are unique and it is difficult to bowl to him. He has single handedly won CSK matches with the bat. For example, when he smashed 68(30) in 2018 against MI in their comeback match. He has missed couple of seasons but has made it count in the next ones. His crucial not out innings are invaluable as short cameos contribute immensely to the team’s total.

Total wickets: 147 bowling, strike rate:17.59, Average runs per wicket: 24.6, NO’s: 38

8. Bhuvneshwar Kumar

Bhuvi has arguably been one of the best bowlers to ever play the IPL. He is not only economical but is also very consistent in picking up wickets on a regular basis. He has won the purple cup twice, 2 years in a row:2016 and 2017. He generates early swing with the new ball and can bowl tight lines in the death to be the go to man for the job for any captain.

Total Wickets: 133, BBF: 5/19, Economy: 7.24, Bowling strike rate: 19.63, Avg: 23.71

9. Amit Mishra

He is one of the most underrated players in the IPL and the most underrated player in this XI. When making an XI of such caliber, very few would have expected Amit Mishra to make this list. However, Mishra is the second highest wicket taker in IPL history, only behind Malinga. He has had 157 scalps to his name. As we are playing only one spinner in our side, we feel Mishra takes that spot hands down.

Total wickets: 157, BBF: 5/17, Avg:24.19, Economy:7.35, Bowling strike rate:19.75

10. Jasprit Bumrah

The MI scout team must be highly appreciated for finding a talent like Bumrah. He was only famous for his odd action in the initial games he played. But after that, teams started to know how much of a threat he can be to them. In 2017, he bowled a brilliant super over against GL and repeated a similar performance in 2019 against SRH. His masterful variations deceive the batsmen to the next level and is always really calm under pressure. He has played 5-6 less seasons than most players on this team.

Total wickets: 82, BBF:3/7, Avg:26.59, Economy:7.55, Bowling strike rate: 21.12

11. Lasith Malinga

He is easily the best bowler to play the IPL as of now. His action has proved detrimental in bluffing batsman and using disguise to deceive them. He has always managed to pick up wickets throughout the seasons and has delivered in pressure situations like defending runs in the last over. In 2018, he was unsold in the auction and was MI’s bowling mentor. However, in 2019, he showed some form for SL and was bought back by MI ridiculing the ‘age factor’. This move payed off as he defended 9 off the last over in the final against CSK to give them a fourth cup.

Total wickets: 170, Economy: 7.14, BBF:5/13, Average:19.80, Bsr:16.62, 4W & 5Ws:7, Dot balls: 1155

So there was our all time XI, if you agree or disagree please type it out in the comments section.

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