IPL 2018: Here's the best playing XI of IPL 11
IPL 2018 has seen some great performances throughout the tournament, be it from Indian or international stars. The key to success in cricket is a team effort, but some players almost single-handedly changed the fortunes of their team. If all these players came together in one team, it would certainly be the best playing XI.
Here's our best playing XI of IPL 2018:
1. KL Rahul: Kings XI Punjab’s Rahul is a certain choice for the role of an opener. He had a tremendous season, his best ever, where he scored 659 runs at an average of 54.91. The India international also slammed six fifties in the tournament. He along with Chris Gayle was responsible for giving his team sound starts at the top of the order.
2. Ambati Rayudu: Not many have given Ambati Rayudu a thought before IPL 2018 started. However, when he got the chance to open for CSK, he grabbed it with both hands. He led the race for Orange Cap for almost half the season only to falter in the latter half. He also scored his first IPL century this season.
3. Kane Williamson: The Kiwi was handed over the leadership of SRH due to David Warner’s absence. Williamson put his best foot forward and led his team with an example, as he finished as the highest run-scorer in the tournament. In 17 games he scored 735 runs and hit 8 fifties. He emerged as the batting mainstay of the team that had Shikhar Dhawan in their ranks.
4. Rishabh Pant: Though unorthodox, Pant was the most effective batsman for Delhi Daredevils. The 20-year-old in fact was perhaps was the only bright spot in Delhi’s dismal campaign. He ended the tournament with a massive 684 runs, with a strike rate of 173.60. This performance in the IPL has established him as the most promising young keeper-batsman in the country.
5. MS Dhoni (C) (WK): It was a tough ask for Dhoni to lead a side that was coming to the IPL after a gap of two years. But as always, CSK’s captain cool delivered under-pressure. Not only he led his team to third title, but he batted like a champion and scored 455 runs from 16 matches. What is noteworthy is that, after four seasons Dhoni’s strike-rate crossed 150 in the tournament.
6. Dinesh Karthik: Many eyebrows were raised when Kolkata Knight Riders opted for new recruit Dinesh Karthik as their skipper for this season ahead of their loyal soldier Robin Uthappa. However, not only has Dinesh Karthik led his team to the playoffs in his maiden season as a skipper, he has done that in style by emerging as the highest run scorer for his franchise. He played in all the 16 matches and accumulated a grand total of 498 runs. His strike rate of almost 150 and average of almost 50 makes him an easy choice for the finisher slot in this lineup.
7. Hardik Pandya: It was not a very good IPL for Mumbai Indians but Hardik Pandya proved his worth. With 18 wickets and 260 runs, he was the best Indian all-rounder of the season.
8. Rashid Khan: The Afghanistan leg-spinner was termed “best T20 bowler in the world” by Sachin Tendulkar and for a reason. Rashid returned with 21 wickets in this year’s IPL and was the highest-wicket taker for Sunrisers Hyderabad, along with Siddarth Kaul. He showed his batting prowess with a hard-hitting 34 from 10 balls in the Qualifier 2 against Kolkata Knight Riders.
9. Sunil Narine: Sunil Narine is Kolkata Knight Riders' jack of all trades. When Narine was promoted up the order a few season ago, nobody would have thought, he will turn out to be a success. When he started getting quick runs at the top, it was considered that he will be 'found out' soon. However, he has continued to be a revelation. Narine scored 357 runs at a strike rate of 189.89 in IPL 2018. He also managed to shine with the ball picking 17 wickets in 16 matches.
10. Umesh Yadav: The RCB pacer finished as the fourth-highest wicket-taker in the tournament with 20 scalps. He had a decent economy rate of 7.86 this season and was one of the few bowlers who did well for his side. He had cracking spell against Kings Punjab, where he returned with figures of 3/23.
11. Andrew Tye: Andrew Tye was the best pacer of the season and ended with 24 wickets and the Purple Cap for efforts. He picked up 4-wickets hauls in the season. However, his team KXIP only managed a seventh-place finish.
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