The greatest IPL XI of all time

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    With the comp nearing an end, we have named an all-time great IPL XI, sticking to the IPL rules – no more or less than four overseas players.

    Many of the players selected may not be in form at present, but have scored the runs or taken the wickets to be worthy.

    Chirs Gayle
    The overseas opener spot was out of David Warner and Gayle, and because Gayle has scored more runs, he gets in.

    Gayle has an IPL average of 41.85 at a strike rate of 150.77, and he’s right up there in the all-time run scorers, with 3976 and a whopping high score of 175*.

    He bats with a tree trunk, which most couldn’t even swing, and hardly moves his feet – so don’t ask how he has scored so many runs.

    Virat Kohli
    Virat is a versatile batsman, able to bat anywhere from opener to number five, who has 4932 runs at an average of 38.83 and a strike rate of 131.03.

    He is one of the more subdued T20 batsmen, not noted for his power hitting, but he regularly finds the boundary.

    Suresh Raina
    The IPL’s all-time leading run scorer, as of last week, Raina can also bowl some handy overs and is an exceptional fielder.

    He has an average of 34.19 and a strike rate of 138.83. He can be a bit up and down but he is a special talent.

    Rohit Sharma
    Unlucky not to get the ‘c’ next to his name, because there are so many natural leaders in this side, nonetheless Rohit is a special batsman who cannot be left out of this team.

    He has an IPL average of 32.18 and a strike rate of 131.27, but the most dangerous thing about him is his ability to play some of the most brutal knocks you will ever see.

    Sri Lanka witnessed this first-hand when he smashed a 35-ball hundred, equalling David Miller’s record for the fastest T20 international century.

    AB de Villiers
    With so many players jostling for middle order spots, AB could easily swap with Rohit if needed. He has an IPL batting average of 39.09 and a strike rate of just over 150, is great at building an innings, and brilliant at the death – which makes him a truly all-round batsman.

    Let’s not forget that he is a more-than-handy gloveman if injury occurs. He has three IPL centuries and 26 fifties to his name.

    MS Dhoni (c)
    You simply cannot have an all-time IPL XI without MS Dhoni. The man is a cricketing legend and his ability to finish an innings or to chase down a total is amazing. He has an IPL average of 40.55 and a strike rate of around 140, with 20 fifties.

    He could make the team for his batting alone but it is his glovework that sets him apart – he is an absolute freak keeper who can take catches that most wouldn’t.

    India's MS Dhoni bats during their ICC World Twenty20 2016 cricket semifinal match against the West Indies at Wankhede stadium in Mumbai, India,Thursday, March 31, 2016.

    MS Dhoni (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

    Dwayne Bravo
    The fifth highest all-time wicket-taker for the comp, Bravo and Bhuvneshwar Kumar are the only pair to receive the purple cap in multiple seasons – Bravo is also a very good death bowler.

    He is also a decent batsman, able to give you a quickfire 30 off 10 at the end of the innings. He has a bowling average of 23.58 and an economy of 6.86 to go with a batting average of 28.48.

    Bhuvneshwar Kumar
    The other bowler to have multiple purple caps to his name, Kumar has made a name for himself for being able to open the innings and close it with his many variations, one of them being the ‘knuckle ball’, which he constantly executes perfectly.

    We have three death bowlers in this side, which is handy in case someone has a bad day with the ball and gets smacked about. Kumar has a bowling average and economy of 21.92 and 6.91 respectively.

    Amit Mishra
    The second-highest all-time wicket taker in the IPL, Mishra just edges out Piyush Chawla because he has more wickets and a better economy.

    He uses his googly and the flight of the ball to trick the batsman, helping him to 141 wickets at an average of 24.72, and an economy of 7.43 with best bowling of 5/17.

    Lasith Malinga
    The all-time purple cap holder, Malinga will give you overs wherever you need them and has an uncanny ability to hit the crease and constrict the batsman with his lower than usual trajectory.

    His slingy action also makes it hard for the batsmen to pick his slower balls, aiding his nice economy rate of 6.86 and average of 19.01.

    Harbhajan Singh
    Harbhajan has the most dot balls in the IPL ever, with over 1100 dots to his name! He also has the fourth most wickets, which shows how constricting and then deadly he can be.

    Harbhajan fooled a batsman with variations, including the ‘doosra’, and that is what you want from your spinner. He has 131 wickets at an average of 26.89 and an economy rate of 7.02 runs per over.

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    • May 18th 2018 @ 3:42am
      KenoathCarnt said | May 18th 2018 @ 3:42am | ! Report

      Lol Harbajan Singh and Suresh Raina I cannot take seriously. They are only in there for the fact they have played the longest there is a long list of players that would be much better for that position.

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        May 18th 2018 @ 4:21pm
        Barry & Zac said | May 18th 2018 @ 4:21pm | ! Report

        I see where you are coming from but… Harbhajan is 4th on the all-time wicket-takers list which is why he gets in and Raina is currently the second leading all-time run scorer of the IPL so he is a must-have in any IPL side and his nickname is Mr IPL 😎.

        • May 18th 2018 @ 5:10pm
          KenoathCarnt said | May 18th 2018 @ 5:10pm | ! Report

          I see your point. Was Shane Watson in your thoughts I’m not sure of his exact stats but he is a very valuable player and has proven again this year.

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            May 18th 2018 @ 5:17pm
            Barry & Zac said | May 18th 2018 @ 5:17pm | ! Report

            yeah, we had a few people in the honourable mentions category that didn’t get published we had players like Uthappa, Gambhir and Narine among others in there.

            • May 18th 2018 @ 7:28pm
              KenoathCarnt said | May 18th 2018 @ 7:28pm | ! Report

              Yea you couldn’t ask for a better player to have in your team then Narine. Takes wickets keeps it tight and can pile on quick fire runs which are so painful for the opposition.

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                May 19th 2018 @ 1:23pm
                Barry & Zac said | May 19th 2018 @ 1:23pm | ! Report

                Yeah, Narine was extremely unlucky to miss out on a spot but could come in for someone if needed

    • May 18th 2018 @ 7:35pm
      BrainsTrust said | May 18th 2018 @ 7:35pm | ! Report

      You have put Bravos economy rate as Malingas.
      The real figure is 8.32.
      Kohli has the most runs according to my stats.
      If you look at average plus strike rate and 2000 runs minimum.
      A trade off of 2 runs in average for 10 in strike rate result in the following 5 batsman.
      Dhoni would be no 4 but will be excluded.
      1. Chris Gayle 41.6 150.83
      2. AB de Villers 39.39 150.92
      3 David Warner 40.54 142.13
      4. Shaun marsh .39.95 132.74
      5.Virat Kohli 38.64 130.96

      • Roar Pro

        May 19th 2018 @ 12:47pm
        Barry & Zac said | May 19th 2018 @ 12:47pm | ! Report

        Wait, I got my stats from the official IPL website, and Malinga had that economy. Also, I wrote “The IPL’s all-time leading run scorer, as of last week” as in he was the leading run scorer last week but isn’t now. That is a good idea doing the Runs scored x s/r idea, might use it in my next article 😉.

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      May 18th 2018 @ 10:13pm
      Ronan O'Connell said | May 18th 2018 @ 10:13pm | ! Report

      Watson is one of the 1st players picked in an all-time IPL XI as the only guy ever to win Player of the Tournament twice.

      • May 18th 2018 @ 11:24pm
        KenoathCarnt said | May 18th 2018 @ 11:24pm | ! Report

        Frustrating about his age he would be the king juel in the T20 side. A 6th of 5th bowling option depending on setup of team a seriously underrated all rounder the amount of times he picked up a crucial wicket was uncanny.

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          May 19th 2018 @ 1:11pm
          Barry & Zac said | May 19th 2018 @ 1:11pm | ! Report

          Yeah, too bad he was never really consistent in the test arena… he could have been one of the all-time great all-rounders.

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        May 19th 2018 @ 1:10pm
        Barry & Zac said | May 19th 2018 @ 1:10pm | ! Report

        this team was mostly stats based not based on how they helped the team. Yes Watson is a gun at T20 but there are also many other outstanding IPL players and I was following the IPL rules of no more than 4 overseas players if i made an XI without rules then he would surely be in it.

    • May 19th 2018 @ 10:28pm
      BrainsTrust said | May 19th 2018 @ 10:28pm | ! Report

      Of the allrounders the following have 50 wickets and 1000 runs.
      Dwayne Bravo bat 24.07 129.06 bowl 23.97 8.37
      Shane Watson bat 31.54 139.85 bowl 29.15 7.93
      Jadeja bat 23.92 122.92 bowl 30.53 7.79

      Jadeja is a clear third.
      Watson is better with the bat with both average and strike rate.
      Bravo is better with the ball but while he takes more wickets he is also more expensive.
      That gives Watson the edge.

    • May 19th 2018 @ 10:40pm
      BrainsTrust said | May 19th 2018 @ 10:40pm | ! Report

      For the bowlers I would consider a trade off of 5 in the average for ever 1 in the economy.
      For bowlers with more than 100 wickets that gives the following.
      1. Malinga 19.01 6.86
      2. Narine 21.92 6.51
      3. Kumar 21.77 7.17
      4. Ashwin 26.61 6.70

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