The mega Cricketing carnival of an year is the Indian Premier League where the best T20 batsmen take on the best bowlers of the format. The quality of cricket is set at unimaginable heights thanks to the rule that allows the participation of as many as four foreigners in a playing 11.
Over the years the IPL has produced many one season wonder players and many players who have done great all throughout the 12 year history of the tournament. If not for the Corona Virus pandemic, the IPL would have taken place as usual during the Indian summer but that’s not the case this time around.
During this quarantine period, a lot of cricketers and experts have picked their own IPL all-time XIs and the Mumbai Indians all-rounder Hardik Pandya has joined that list now. The multiple times IPL winner picked the undeniable GOAT of a T20 batsman Chris Gayle as the first opener in the team which is a no brainer really but to partner him Hardik chose his MI captain Rohit Sharma. Rohit has been a tremendous performer in IPL but he has contributed many runs as a middle order batsman. He has double the amount of matches and runs as a No4 than as an opener.
Hardik picked the middle order batsman and labelled them as straight forward choices. In the chat with renowned cricket expert Harsha Bhogle for cricbuzz, Hardik picked his all time 11. In that he said –“ 3 will be Virat. I am going on pure IPL records. 4 will be De Villiers and No5 will be Suresh Raina”. Suresh Raina is Mr.IPL for many of the experts and fans and it’s hard to ignore him from this elite list.
Hardik Pandya picked the all time great MS Dhoni as his captain and Wk ahead of most successful IPL captain Rohit. Then he himself was an all rounder in the side funnily although it was suggested by Harsha Bhogle to pick himself. Then the two spinners Sunil Narine and Rashid Khan were picked. To finish off the 11 it was the pair of Mumbai Indians fast bowlers who all also all time greats and multiple times champions in Lasith Malinga and Jasprit Bumrah.
Hardik Pandya’s XI: Chris Gayle, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ab de Villiers, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Sunil Narine, Rashid Khan, Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga.