IPL 8 is over and it saw some outstanding contest between the bat and the ball. We at Sportzwiki have made an IPL 11 on the basis of the performances of the player in this IPL, with an obvious restriction of 4 overseas players.
So here is the Best 11 of IPL-8 –
1. Parthiv Patel –
He has been an unsung hero for Mumbai Indians this season. Along with Lendl Simmons, he provided a good start to the side, from where the likes of Rohit Sharma co. could take it forward. Wicket Keepers did not have s good season and Parthiv deserves a place in this lineup ahead of all others. He scored 339 runs at an average of more than 26 and a strike rate of more than 137.
2. Ajinkya Rahane –
He has been consistent for Rajasthan Royals for some seasons now and did repeat it this time around, holding the innings together and scoring big runs. Not that he just scored them, he did that in quick time. He scored 540 runs this season. He scored 540 runs this season, at a strike rate of above 130 and an impressive average of more than 49.
3. David Warner –
Sunrisers Hyderabad’ captain, along with Shikhar Dhawan were the fulcrum of Sunriser’s success this season. Warner went on to win the orange cup. At times, it was almost impossible to stop him. The best part being that he scored those runs in very quick time, hiding the failures of the middle order. He scored 562 runs this season at an average of above 43 and strike rate of above 156.
4. AB de Villiers –
Any team of the tournament and AB de Villiers not being a part of it is very unlikely. Batting for Royal Challengers Bangalore, he again showed why he is the best in the business. Though initially he batted low down the order, but after he was promoted to bat at No. 3, RCB’s batting looked completely different. His innings against Mumbai Indians at Wankhede was arguably the best of the tournament. He scored 513 runs at an average of more than 46 and a strike rate of more than 175.
5. Rohit Sharma –
It was the 2nd time that Mumbai Indians won the tournament, and both the time it has been under the captaincy of Rohit Sharma, so no doubt that he is the captain of this lineup. He was the most important batsman in Mumbai Indians line up, simply because of his ability to adjust according to the situation and the fact that he can score on almost all sorts of wickets. His innings against KKR in the opening match of the tournament is a classic example of this. He scored 482 runs at an average of more than 34 and a strike rate of more than 144.
6. Andre Russell –
Judged as the ‘Most Valuable Player of the IPL 8’, his inclusion here is very obvious. His ability to win games with both bat and the ball makes hm an asset for any side. He won several games for KKR this season single handed. His ability to strike the ball with the power he has just changed fortunes of KKR in many games. He scored 326 runs at an strike rate of more than 192 runs and picked up 14 wickets too.
7. Harbhajan Singh – The Sardar from Jalandhar was to his best in this season, not just containing the batsman but also picking up wickets in the middle overs, when the opposition was looking to score runs quickly or stabilise their innings. With his IPL performance, he made a comeback into the Test side as well. He picked up 18 wickets at an economy rate of 7.82
8. Bhuvneshwar Kumar –
In the past one year, Bhuvneshwar Kumar has made a good reputation as a new ball bowler, running away with the reputation of being only a new ball bowler. He bowler yorkers at the deat with ease and also moved the ball in both ways in the initial overs. He picked up 18 wickets at an economy of 7.87.
9. Mitchell Starc –
He was the reason behind the turnaround in the performance of RCB. Leading the bowling line up, he took wickets in the initial overs, pitching the ball up and then coming back in the death overs to unleash his fast swinging yorkers. RCB’s bowling looked completely different in his presence. He picked up 20 wickets at an economy of 6.76.
10. Ashish Nehra –
Perhaps the most trolled cricketer, he took this IPL by storm, picking wickets and winning the matches for CSK. He looked fit this season and won swung the ball both ways. He received 3 ‘ Man of the Match’ award this season. He picked 22 wickets at an economy of 7.24
11. Yuzvendra Chahal –
Perhaps Starc overshadowed his performance, but he played an important role in RCB’s side, bowling in the middle overs and picking wickets. The most impressive aspect was the control he had, being a wrist spinners. He picked up 23 wickets at an economy of. 8.86