Jos Buttler, Rajasthan Royals opener picked his all-time IPL XI. Jos Buttler’s XI included the likes of Rohit Sharma, MS Dhoni, and Virat Kohli while Chris Gayle and David Warner were some of the notable absentees.
Jos Buttler is a limited-overs specialist and has also created a niche for himself in the Indian Premier League (IPL), representing the Rajasthan Royals (RR) since 2018. In the now-indefinitely postponed IPL 2021 season, the RR opener Jos Buttler wasn’t at his usual best before he came to his own with a scintillating 124 versus Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), just a few days before BCCI suspended the tournament due to Covid-19 threat.
Jos Buttler Reveals His All-Time IPL XI Including MS Dhoni, Rohit Sharma, And Virat Kohli
Recently, after IPL 14’s suspension, Jos Buttler was in a conversation with Cricbuzz Plus, where he revealed his all-time IPL XI.
While the IPL started in 2008, it has created a huge fan-base worldwide, with the likes of MS Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh, Gautam Gambhir, Adam Gilchrist, Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Lasith Malinga, and Jasprit Bumrah being among many star-attractors and superstar players in the cash-rich league’s history.
Thus, he had a hard time picking his IPL XI but he went ahead with some big names featuring in his list. The 30-year-old Englishman’s XI includes some big names in IPL, such as Mumbai Indians (MI) skipper Rohit Sharma, Chennai Super Kings’ (CSK) captain MS Dhoni and Royal Challengers Bangalore’s Virat Kohli and his teammate AB de Villiers.
Jos Buttler Names Rohit Sharma As His Opening Partner While Ravindra Jadeja And Kieron Pollard As All-Rounders
Jos Buttler named Rohit Sharma and himself as his openers. Rohit Sharma is the fourth-highest run-getter (5,480) in the league history whereas Jos Buttler has 1,968 runs in 64 innings. His rest of the batting line-up comprised IPL’s leading run-getter in Virat Kohli (6,076) followed by Mr. 360 AB de Villiers — with 5,056 runs — and MS Dhoni, who has 4,669 runs despite batting lower down the order for most parts.
He named Ravindra Jadeja and Kieron Pollard as his two all-rounders. Both were in sublime form in IPL 14. They remain a livewire on the field, can contribute with key wickets and handy overs besides being aggressive, assaulting from ball one with the bat.
The Englishman’s bowlers were Harbhajan Singh — with over 150 IPL scalps — followed by Bhuvneshwar Kumar (to have won the Purple Cap on back-to-back occasions), Jasprit Bumrah, and Sri Lanka legend Lasith Malinga who has the most wickets (170) in IPL.
Here’s Jos Buttler’s all-time IPL XI: Jos Buttler, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, MS Dhoni (WK), Kieron Pollard, Ravindra Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga.
While Jos Buttler’s XI is surely a daunting line-up, he had no mention of Mr. IPL Suresh Raina. The CSK batter has been a huge hit in IPL, with third-most runs in the tournament history (5,491). In fact, he didn’t even pick the likes of Shikhar Dhawan, Amit Mishra, David Warner, Chris Gayle, KL Rahul, Shane Watson, Steve Smith, Brendon McCullum, Sachin Tendulkar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravichandran Ashwin, Rashid Khan, and Rishabh Pant.