The 13th season of IPL is finally over with defending Champions Mumbai Indians defending their title and winning the championship for the 5th time. The game ended in a heartbreak for the team playing it’s first final but they’d plenty of positives from this season.
With the season getting completed, we picked the best players suited for their roles based on their performances in this season and hence, we decided to come up with the team of the IPL 2020.
Delhi Capitals opener Shikhar Dhawan backed his previous good season with the bat as this turned out to be the best season in his IPL career. Not only he scored 618 runs, he scored them at a strike rate of 145 which never used to be this good. He also scored back to back 100s and became the first player to do so in the IPL history. He finished on second in the tally of this year’s highest run getters.
Much like Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul too had a fabulous season with the bat as he amassed 670 runs in just 14 matches this season. Even though his approach was questionable at times, there is no denying that he was a little unlucky to not see his team in the playoffs but that doesn’t take anything away from his individual brilliance with bat this season.
Suryakumar Yadav was one of the most attractive players to watch in this IPL and his game, particularly against spin impressed one & all. The calmness at which he handled some of the most difficult situations was illustrious for him in the entire season. Surya finished the season at 7th position in top run getters with 480 runs.
AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers was amazing as ever in this season as well and despite Virat Kohli having a substandard season, it was AB who carried RCB batting to the playoffs this year. He scored 454 runs in this season batting at 4 or sometimes below and was well ahead of any other batsman in RCB.
Ishan Kishan came in late this season as he didn’t play first two matches either due to team balance or injury but he stamped his authority right from the first game he played against RCB where he scored a valiant 99. In the season overall, he played a lot of impactful innings including the one in the Qualifier 1. He finished the season with 516 runs at an average of 57 and ended up being the 6th highest run scored this year.
Many did not expect Marcus Stoinis to have a season like this after seeing his performance for RCB last season but he surely was Delhi Capitals’ most valuable player this season. Stoinis has scored 352 runs at a strike rate of 149 batting at different positions. Not only with bat, but he was equally good with the ball as well. He picked up 13 wickets with the ball and his important contributions whether with bat or ball won a few games for Delhi this season.
If setting a benchmark is an art then Rahul Tewatia turned out to be a Picasso in it with the benchmark of comeback he set in this season. Who can forget his inning against Kings XI Punjab in Sharjah where he defied all the odds to pull off one of the greatest comebacks of all time in IPL history. Overall, he scored a total of 255 runs and took 10 wickets with the ball as well which makes him good enough to feature in IPL Team of the season.
Coming down to the fast bowlers now, Jofra Archer was easily one of the best bowlers this season and there is no reason why he shouldn’t make this team. Archer took 20 wickets this season, most of which came in the power play setting up the games for RR. His economy of 6.56 was the best for a fast bowler who played more than 3 matches this season and that is attributed to him bowling most number of dot balls this season. He also contributed with the bat in the initial games.
With Bumrah and Archer being the certainty in this 11, the Toss up for the third pacer was between Rabada and Boult and it was Rabada’s wicket taking abilities in the middle overs along with the death overs which gave him a little edge over Boult whose main strength is to swing the ball and get few wickets in the power play. Rabada was the purple cap holder with 30 wickets this year.
Jasprit Bumrah was arguably the best fast bowler of this season and his records are surely the testimony to this fact. He picked up 27 wickets in this tournament at an average of 14.96 which was incredible going by the standards of T20 format. He bowled in powerplay, during middle overs and at death and was equally good everywhere.
Yuzvendra Chahal completes the team of the season as her emerged to be the best spinner in IPL 2020, or at least among Indian spinners. His closest competition for this place was with Rashid Khan but we went with just 4 overseas players and thus had to exclude Rashid. Chahal picked up 21 wickets in this season at an average of 19.29 and he turned out to be the go to bowler for Royal Challengers Bangalore, not that he wasn’t already but this season he did ease up lot of RCB problems in bowling with his brilliance.