The 11th season of IPL is finally completed and it’s time to rollback the time and look at some of the best performers from the season gone by. Let’s have a look at the IPL’s team of the year.
Kings XI Punjab’s opener and their most impressive player makes our list at the top. KL Rahul played like a beast in this season and carried the burden of the team on his shoulder. He scored 659 runs in the season from 14 games at an average of 54.92 and strike rate of 158. It was a shame that his team couldn’t reach playoffs despite being in a commanding position at half way stage. Some of his top knocks went in vain because of their poor middle order.
You can’t keep the player of the tournament out of your squad. Although, you can use Narine only for bowling too but he can be best utilized as an explosive opener with Rahul. Narine scored 357 runs from 16 games at a strike rate of 190 which was highest for a certain criteria. He also picked up 17 wickets at the average of 27.
Tournament’s orange cap holder makes his place in our team at number 3. SRH captain Kane Williamson was certainly a revolution in this season. Nobody had expected him to perform so well throughout the season. Kane Williamson ammassed a total of 735 runs at an average of 52 with his best coming against RCB while chasing a big score. He didn’t let SRH miss their regular caotcap Warner. His heroics helped SRH to play the finals.
The man who received Emerging player and most stylish player of the season award gets his place at 4. Rishabh Pant definitely had a great time bashing some highly skilfull bowlers in the season. Pant was the only ignition in DD’s jet which had literally no fuel. Pant was sensational for Daredevils as he scored 684 runs in the season, only behind Williamson in the list. He hit the most number of sixes too. His 128 against SRH was one of the finest T20 knocks you’ll see.
MS Dhoni (C)
After a couple of dull season, MS Dhoni redeemed himself in this season as we got to see a different avatar of Dhoni in this season. The Dhoni who didn’t play a lot of dot balls in the middle overs, the Dhoni who maintained a very good strike rate throughout the season. Dhoni scored a total of 455 runs at the strike rate of 150 even after a slow start to the tournament. On top of that, his decision making was spot on on most occasions and thus he is our captain of the team.
Not often you see so many keepers doing well altogether but we got to see everything in this season. This is why Dinesh Karthik is the fourth keeper to be featured in our list. Karthik, who is in the form of his life was brilliant in this season as he scored 498 runs at the strike rate of 148 and did his job brilliantly as a finisher. He was quite calm and composed even in tough situations.
Hardik Pandya as a batsman didn’t have the best of the seasons but what impressed people about him was his bowling. Pandya picked up 18 wickets in the 13 matches he played. Most of those wickets were big fishes. However, he had an average season with bat but still he played a couple of fine innings to get a place in this team at 7.
A T20 team nowadays can’t be completed without the world’s number 1 T20 bowler Rashid Khan who was absolutely magical in this season. Rashid Khan picked up 21 wickets and played an instrumental role in SRH’s final campaign. None can forget his heroics against KKR in Qualifier 2 where he single handedly thrashed KKR at Eden. Rashid did contribute with bat too. He played some good cameos and a memorable one against KKR.
Andrew Tye is our 4th overseas pick for the team. Tye who played for Punjab was the purple cap holder with 24 wickets at an unbelievable average of 18 only. Tye with ball for Punjab was what Rahul was with bat for them. He completely justified his price tag.
Perhaps the best Indian fast bowler, Umesh Yadav had a breakthrough season this time around as he picked up 20 wickets from 14 games. Apart from numbers, it was his effectiveness which was good to see this season. He was definitely the best power play bowler. Every time RCB asked him to provide a breakthrough, he did it on almost all the occasions. One drawback even from his best season has to be his inability to bowl at death.
One of the many underrated bowler this time, Jasprit Bumrah did have a good IPL season this time, though might not be as per his standards but he picked up 17 wickets from 14 games at an average of 21 and economy under 7. He was brilliant in the last phase of the tournament when MI was seeking a comeback.
Jos Buttler (12th man)
Jos Buttler took the fans by storm when he started opening the inning for Rajasthan Royals. He scored 5 50s in a row with a total of 548 at an average of 54.80. Jos Buttler can be used as an opener in this team if Sun Narine’s form dips.