The veteran Bangladeshi all rounder and one of the greatest white ball all rounders of this era in Shakib Al Hasan has picked an all time IPL XI which only includes players that he have played alongside. The genuine all rounder has been a part of 2 successful IPL campaigns with KKR. He missed to win the trophy for the 3rd time with SRH in 2018 where they lost to CSK in the finals.
One of the successful captains in the Indian premier league is Gautam Gambhir. He has 2 IPL trophies and one of the shrewd captains in the history of IPL. He is a highly underrated captain and Shakib had no doubts is giving the captaincy to Gautam Gambhir in his all time XI. Two of the prolific run getters in Robin Uthappa and David Warner will be opening in Shakib's all time XI. Robin Uthappa will also handle the wicket keeping duties in the team.
The captain Gautam Gambhir will bat at #3 which is not his preferred position but any player would be happy to play after 2 brilliant openers up front. The middle order will be taken care by Manish Pandey, Shakib Al Hasan and Yusuf Pathan.
The lower middle order will be manned by the superman from West Indies in Andre Russell. One of the best in the business at the moment in the shortest format of the game. The pace attack comprises of Umesh Yadav, Laxmipathy Balaji and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Sunil Narine will handle the spin department along with Shakib Al Hasan.
The team has as many as 7 quality bowling options which is a dream for any captain of a T20 team.
Shakib Al Hasan’s IPL XI: Robin Uthappa, David Warner, Gautam Gambhir (C), Manish Pandey, Shakib Al Hasan, Yusuf Pathan, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Laxmipathy Balaji, Umesh Yadav.