The IPL has been around for ten years and players from different countries have managed to become household names. The Indians of course have benefited the most, with players like Raina, Jadeja and Ashwin finding the spotlight because of the IPL.
In this post, Rohit Nair lists the best ‘Indian XI’ in IPL history.
Rohit Sharma is one player who has the ability to play the big innings whenever required. He has also won 4 IPL titles and captained the Mumbai Indians to 2 of them. He is an absolute match-winner.
Gambhir is the darling of the Kolkata faithful and is an amazing batsman with a sound technique. He is another one who has scored more than 4000 runs in the IPL and is respected by fans and players alike.
The player who has earned the nickname, “Mr. IPL” from many quarters, Raina is the highest run-getter in the history of IPL. He is someone who can start demolishing the opposition from the word “go” and is a real legend of the T20 game.
The current Indian captain is regarded as one of the best batsmen of all time and is still only 28. He had a superb IPL in 2016, with a mind-boggling 973 runs and 4 centuries and is a sure legend of the IPL.
Dhoni is one player who is synonymous with the IPL. With 7 finals in 10 years, Dhoni is someone who has led his teams by example and played some exceptional innings on the way.
Jadeja is best known for his time at Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings as a young, fresh faced batsman who could bowl a bit. He has reversed the roles now and is a more effective bowler.
The Chennai-based spinner may have missed IPL 2017 due to injury but he has played a crucial role in the past for CSK and RPS for a year. He is a bowler who mixes it up well and is very hard to hit.
A bowler who has a hat-trick in a T20 game is very rare. Mishra has the ability to contain batsmen really well and ensure that they do not get too ahead in the game.
For a bowler who was ridiculed for his funny action to bowling superb Yorkers and winning Mumbai Indians IPL titles, Bumrah has come a long way.
A bowler who is missed these days, RP Singh was a real challenge to face back in the day. His in-swinging balls were really tough and he could pick wickets at whim.
Two purple caps in a row speak for themselves. Bhuvi is an excellent bowler who can pick up wickets at crucial junctures and put the brakes on the opposition score.
By Rohit Nair