During an interview with cricket commentator and analyst Harsha Bhogle on Cricbuzz, Australia's opening batsman David Warner picked his all-time combined India-Australia IPL XI.
Warner chose himself and Mumbai Indians' captain, Rohit Sharma, as the opening batsmen. Although players such as Sachin Tendulkar, Sanath Jayasurya, Mathew Hayden and Shikhar Dhawan all played as the openers, with Dhawan still going strong, in terms of consistency and longevity, both Warner and Rohit have been exceptional for their respective franchise. This is perhaps the best duo to open the innings in the IPL.
There's no surprise who would come in at no-03 in Warner's IPL XI. It's none other than Indian team captain Virat Kohli, arguably the best batsman in the world at the moment.
At number 4 comes Chennai Super Kings' stalwart Suresh Raina. At 5 we have Mumbai Indians', Hardik Pandya. He will be more than handy with both bat and ball. joining him as the second all-rounder in the team is Glen Maxwell. He was resigned by Kings XI Punjab for IPL 2020. Superstar MS Dhoni is an obvious choice for the wicket-keeping position.
The bowling department will be led by Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc. He had a terrific 2019 World Cup and is one of the best bowlers in the limited-over cricket. Joining him from the other end will be our own Jasprit Bumrah. He is one of the key players in Mumbai Indians' set-up, while Ashish Nehra comes in as the third pacer in the team.
Warner couldn't decide between Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav. Instead, he said he would pick any of them in his side.
Shane Watson's name was a surprise exclusion.
David Warner, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Hardik Pandya, Glenn Maxwell, MS Dhoni (WK), Mitchell Starc, Jasprit Bumrah, Ashish Nehra, Kuldeep Yadav/Yuzvendra Chahal