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jayant   |  2021-06-21

Best IPL XI of All Time: An Absolute Ecumenical List | Updated 2021

Best IPL XI of All Time

1) David Warner

The Australian opener will perfectly compliment Gayle in the opener’s slot with his big-hitting ability to change the game single-handedly when handed an opportunity.

The 34-year-old has a stunning consistency in high-pressure games, and for five consecutive seasons, has scored more than 500 runs in each edition of the IPL and has managed to win the orange cap thrice.

In the 2017 IPL, he scored his career-best 126 runs against KKR and became the fastest player to score 5000 IPL career runs.

In his IPL career, Warner has managed to score 5252 runs in 141 IPL matches at an impressive average of 43.05 and at a strike rate of 142.39.

2) Chris Gayle

At no.2 spot, we will have none other than the ‘Universe Boss’ Chris Gayle taking the spot and destroying the opposition’s bowling.

This legendary batsman has managed to win two consecutive orange caps in 2011 and 2012 and has established his legacy as one of the IPL greats.

Gayle scored his highest-ever T20 score of 175 not out and holds the record for the most sixes in IPL career and most number centuries in the tournament.

Even at the age of 41, he is still going strong and has scored 4,772 runs from just 132 matches with a 41.14 average at a strike-rate of more than 150.

3) Virat Kohli

At no.3, we will have none other than Indian Cricket Captain Virat Kohli for his sheer ability and hunger to score big hundreds.

The aggressive top-order batsman has made the RCB a power to be reckoned with through his temperament and consistency.

So, he will be my pick to finish matches on being both the aggressor and the anchor of run chases.

The 32-year-old became the second player to reach 5000 runs and is the highest run-getter in IPL history, with 5,878 runs.

4) Suresh Raina

At no.4 I would have the Chennai Super Kings’ very own Suresh Raina for his massive impact with both bat and ball.

Over the years, Raina has maintained a remarkable consistency and has played an essential role in CSK’s success.

He was the first player to complete 5000 IPL runs, and in his entire career, he has scored 5,368 runs at an average of 33.34

Not only with the ball, Raina, with his effective right-arm off-spin, has managed to pick 25 wickets with an impressive economy below 7.50

5) AB de Villers

At no.5, we will have AB de Villiers, who has always been very impactful with his batting, not only in IPL but also in every format of the game he played.

In 2011, RCB bought him, and since then, he has single-handedly won his team several matches.

This 360-degree batsman can find runs from every corner of the ground and was involved in some most memorable partnerships Kohli to win matches for RCB

AB de Villiers has managed to score 4,849 runs at an impressive average of 40.41 and has also managed to score three centuries in the due process.

6) M.S. Dhoni (C) (WK)

At no.6, we will have none other than ‘Captain Cool’ himself to captain the side because of his ability to remain calm under pressure and street-smart captaincy.

This man with a sharp cricketing mind and excellent finishing skills down the order has won CSK many matches over the years.

I think there is still nobody who can read the game better than MS Dhoni, and also his calmness and composure are precisely what you need to finish matches.

Former Indian captain Dhoni has won all of his 3 IPL titles with CSK and was also the 3rd highest run-getter in 2013

He has managed to score 4,632 runs and is one of the few batsmen to hit more than 200 fours and 200 sixes.

7) Hardik Pandya

At no.7, I will have Hardik as the fast bowling all-rounder to finish games and change the game in a quick manner.

Hardik made his IPL debut in 2015 and made an immediate impact by soaking pressure in crunch situations to help Mumbai Indians win their second IPL title.

Not only that, his batting partnership with Pollard has often been the winning factor for MI on many occasions.

Pandya shot to fame when he was picked up by an IPL franchise – a license to make his talent well-known on the big stage.

Pandya’s fast bowling, too, over the years, has taken giant strides, and he has managed to pick 42 wickets at an average of 31.26.

In his 79 IPL matches, he has scored 1313 runs with an average of 30.59 and a strike rate close to 160

8) Harbhajan Singh

At No.8, I will have Harbhajan Singh bowling tight middle overs, and with his extraordinary hitting abilities, he can also be used sometimes as a pinch hitter.

Bhajji is a very experienced campaigner with 12 years of IPL experience and has played a crucial part in MI and CSK’s success.

He was an essential member of MI since 2008 and played a crucial role in Mumbai’s maiden title-win in 2013, in which he managed to pick 24 wickets.

Even though MI released him in 2018, he continues to impress cricket fans with his accuracy and ability to flight the ball under Dhoni’s leadership in CSK.

Over the years, Harbhajan has also shown his prowess with the bat, and his 24-ball 64 against Kings XI Punjab in 2015 is a proven example of that.

In his 160 IPL matches, he has managed to pick 150 wickets ( at an economy of just 7.05 ) and has managed to score 829 runs at a strike of 138.17

9) Lasith Malinga

At No.9, I will have the highest taker of this format, Lasith Malinga, with 170 wickets from just 122 games.

Known for his deadly yorkers in the death overs with a slinging action, Malinga played a crucial role in Mumbai’s massive success.

He joined the MI squad in 2008 and has been an inseparable part of their team since then.

Not only has he been a genuine match-winner for them over the years, but he has also mentored bowlers like Bumrah during his long association with the team.

Even though he was put in the 2018 IPL auction, MI picked him in that auction and his worth in that year’s IPL finals to help MI seal their fourth IPL title.

10) Yuzvendra Chahal

At No.10, I will have one of the best spinners of IPL, Yuzvendra Chahal, to compliment Sunil Narine’s off-spin bowling in the middle overs.

Even though Chahal started his IPL career with the Mumbai Indians in 2011, it was under RCB where he finally got to show his true potential

Over the years, Chahal has bowled brilliantly at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, RCB’s home ground, considered a nightmare for spinners.

Even though he lacks a fast and deceptive googly like many other leggies in IPL, he makes up with his accuracy and variation in pace.

He is one of the few spinners who doesn’t fear to flight the ball, and as a result, most of his wickets have come when batsmen try to play aerial shots.

In his 99 IPL matches, he has managed to pick 121 wickets at an economy of just 7.67

11) Jasprit Bumrah

At No.11, I will have the spearhead of the Mumbai Indians bowling attack and one of the best bowlers in international cricket, Jasprit Bumrah, to open the bowling with Bhuvaneshwar Kumar.

Though he was spotted by John Wright in 2013, it was the mentorship of Lasith Malinga, which truly helped him grow into the cricketer he is today.

The 26-year-old, with his short run-up followed by an odd bowling action, has surprisingly made him MI’s go-to bowler in the death overs, even ahead of Malinga.

He has provided many match-winning spells against the opposition teams, most notably in the 2019 IPL finals, where he ended up with 2/14 in his match quota of four overs.

In his 92 IPL matches, he has managed to pick 109 wickets at a miserly economy of just 7.42 and was the 2nd highest wicket-taker in this year’s IPL with 27 wickets to his name.

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