We must have seen or created so many All time XI for test Cricket, ODI XI, our Dream XI, etc. Let us make an All time IPL XI for all the seven seasons that have been played till date. The IPL XI will comprise 4 foreigners, 1 wicket keeper, 1 uncapped player and other Indians same as what an IPL team plays on the field. It would be a heck of a job to select only four foreign players out of so many performers. So here goes our All Time IPL XI:-
CHRIS GAYLE– This guy has made a huge impact since he joined Royal Challengers Bangalore. His 175 against Pune Warriors India, the highest score in a t20 match, his 4 IPL centuries, the most in IPL and brutal hitting gives him our opener’s spot for all Time IPL XI. He hit the most number of Sixes in IPL also.
Matches-68 Runs-2708 Bat Avg- 47.50 S/R – 154.56
SACHIN TENDULKAR– Without him any XI is incomplete. He had been the top scorer in an IPL season and has an average of almost 35 in IPL. This cricketing legend doesn’t need any clarification for his spot. He played for Mumbai Indians all through his career and announced retirement last year.He plays the role of giving stability to the team.
Matches- 78 Runs-2334 Bat Avg- 34.83 S/R -119.81
SURESH RAINA – The best no.3 in IPL must be Suresh Raina. He had played the anchor for Chennai Super Kings for all the seasons and had been a major reason for CSK’s success in IPL. He is the top run Scorer in IPL for all seasons and have a healthy average of 34. He also has the second most number of sixes in IPL.
Matches-112 Runs-3166 Bat Avg-34.79 S/R-139.77
ROHIT SHARMA– The perfect no. 4 in IPL as of now. When he was in Deccan Chargers he used to bowl quite a few times and now in Mumbai he played a vital role in making Mumbai Champions last year. He also have a hattrick in IPL for Deccan Chargers and a century against KKR too. To sum up, he is one of most utility player for any team. His IPL performance also earned him a place in national squad.
Matches-110 Runs-2867 Bat Avg-32.57 S/R- 129.55
AB DE VILLIERS– For him any target is achievable. He can bamboozle any bowling attack comfortably. His 360 degree range to play shots makes him more versatile. He finished some crucial matches for Royal Challengers Bangalore and recently smoked the world’s best bowler,Steyn, for 22 runs. His IPL average is over 35 which proves his consistency.
Matches-87 Runs -2047 Bat Avg-35.29 S/R-138.77
MS DHONI– The world’s best match finisher. He can finish any match from any position comfortably. He has a habit of taking the match to the last over and finishes off in style by hitting a six as if it is scripted. He won so many matches for Chennai Super Kings and his captaincy made this team as the best team in IPL history till date. He made CSK win the trophy twice and also been in the finals for 5 times. One of the highest priced cricketer, the Chennai franchise retained him in all seasons.
Matches- 109 Runs- 2523 Bat Avg -39.42 S/R-141.74
RAVINDRA JADEJA– He can be said as the right hand of MS Dhoni. His ability to play cameo at no. 7 and being a left armer helps him to gain our no. 7 spot. He along with Dhoni made some partnerships and also picked wickets in turning pitches. He made over 1000 runs and took 55 wickets makes him the best allrounder in IPL.
Matches- 91 Runs- 1224 Bat Avg- 24.00 S/R – 125.92 Wickets-55 Bowl Avg- 25.87
AMIT MISHRA– The second most wicket taker in IPL history. In all six seasons he created so much problems with his googly and normal leg spin. But this year he struggled a bit and went for runs. His ability to pick wickets helped Sunrisers to qualify for Playoffs in last season. His strike rate is very impressive and picks up a wicket in every 18th ball. He was also called in tge national squad after hus impressive performance in IPL last year.
Matches- 86 Wickets- 102 Bowl Avg – 22.29 S/R – 18.
RAJAT BHATIA– To be fair, Bhatia is the best middle over bowler who haven’t played an international match. Many of you will think, How come Bhatia? But as per the rules every team must have an Uncapped player. And we feel Bhatia suits the best. His slower ones are very effective and he hardly goes for runs. He had been the part of KKR team who were Champions in 2010.
Matches-80 Wickets -63 Bowl Avg -26.58 S/R – 21.5
SUNIL NARINE– The mystery bowler. He has a habit to keep the Purple Cap every now and then. Nobody dared to hit him as they can hardly read him. His numerous variations makes it so hard to hit him. He is the most important player in KKR squad and have never been dropped from the team. He records goes somewhat like this- He is the most economical bowler who goes less than 6 runs an over. He picked up most number of wickets since he joined IPL. He has the best strike rate in IPL history and so on.
Matches- 44 Wickets -66 Bowl Avg -14.93 Economy – 5.62 S/R – 15.9
LASITH MALINGA– Probably the best seam bowler in t20 history. His lethal Yorkers, slower ones are still unplayable for most of the batsmen. The highest wicket taker in IPL history, he has the best strike rate for Mumbai. His economy is also on the better side. He had been the Purple Cap holder for most of the time and also won the IPL as well as the Champions trophy for Mumbai Indians.
Matches-83 Wickets – 119 Bowl Avg – 17.66 Economy -6.53 S/R- 16.2