Indian Premier League 2011 May 29, 2011

The IPL XI

Firdose Moonda picks her best XI of the fourth season of the IPL
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Chris Gayle 12 matches, 608 runs, average 67.55, two 100s, three 50s, eight wickets, economy-rate 6.77

The Jamaican juggernaut crashed into town by complete accident, but after he propelled Bangalore into the final, virtually single-handedly, it will be tough to find someone who will say his inclusion was a mistake. He was the architect of a complete turnaround for Bangalore, and changed a three-match losing streak into a record seven-match winning one. Gayle showed the bowling no respect, fearlessly smashing whatever he could. He played fewer matches than most others, but took the orange cap, and had a strike rate of 183.13. He scored centuries against Kolkata and Punjab, but it was his 89 in the play-off against Mumbai that was his most destructive knock of the competition. He was also handy with the ball, his offspin capturing eight scalps for Bangalore.

Sachin Tendulkar 16 matches, 553 runs average 42.53, one 100, two 50s

Tendulkar's insatiable appetite for runs has not dried up, even after India's successful World Cup campaign, and he scored over 500 runs in the IPL. He opened the batting with his usual combination of solidity and flair, and a main contender for the orange cap until the Gayle force blew in. Tendulkar marshalled the top order of Mumbai Indians with such aplomb that eight games into the competition, Kieron Pollard had only faced three balls. He also achieved another first - his maiden IPL hundred, which he scored against Kochi Tuskers Kerala. His captaincy didn't go unquestioned, but he remained the glorious batsman he has been for the last two decades.

Shaun Marsh 14 matches, 504 runs, average 42.00, four 50s

Shaun Marsh was one of the chief reasons Kings XI Punjab remained in contention for the play-offs until the dying stages of the tournament. His 95 against Delhi Daredevils and unbeaten 79 against Bangalore were his two standout knocks but he had other, smaller contributions at No. 3 which were just as important. Marsh is one of the cleanest and most elegant strikers of the ball, and he showed he is not an IPL one-season wonder after claiming the orange cap in 2008.

Virat Kohli 16 matches, 557 runs, average 46.41, four 50s

Tipped to be the future captain of India, Virat Kohli showed that consistency is one of his biggest assets, batting with maturity through the league. Kohli paced his innings' well, finishing second on the run-scorers' chart. Although he often was just a spectator to Gayle's fireworks, he played his part to perfection, both as the standout supporting actor and stand-in captain when needed. In Daniel Vettori's absence, he was handed the reins and led the side with distinction.

S Badrinath 16 matches, 396 runs, average 56.57, five 50s

A man for all occasions, Badrinath performed in situations where he was needed to consolidate after a top-order failure and when he was sent down the order after a solid start. His yo-yo functioning in the batting order did not upset his sound temperament. His technical superiority was on display during crucial knocks like his 63 not out against Pune, his best knock of the tournament. Badrinath also established himself as one the best fielders in the Chennai side.

MS Dhoni 16 matches, 392 runs, average 43.55, 2 fifties

Quickly becoming the best leaders of his generation, MS Dhoni's ability to guide teams to champion status is now almost legendary. The face of calm under pressure, Dhoni's role as tactician and planner is unmatched. He was particularly impressive with the way he used his bowlers, allowing the spinners and fast bowlers to share centre stage, and kept faith in players - Chennai fielded an unchanged XI in six consecutive matches at the league's business end. While technically Dhoni may not be the best wicketkeeper in the tournament or world cricket, he is one of the most trusted. His skills with the bat came out in the 70 he scored against Bangalore. He promoted himself up the order in the final, in a move reminiscent of his World Cup final strategy, and although he didn't accumulate nearly as many runs, his handy 22 was not wasted.

Rahul Sharma 14 matches, 16 wickets, average 17.06, economy-rate 5.46

The fairytale story of this IPL, Rahul Sharma recovered from a problem which affected the nerves around his eye, Bell's Palsy, to become one of the most eye-catching players of the tournament. A legspinner, whose height helps him achieve extra bounce on almost any wicket - drawing some comparisons with Anil Kumble - he was a threat to the opposition whenever he bowled. He maintained a tidy economy-rate, the best among all bowlers who had played more than two matches. He impressed with his 3 for 13 against Rajasthan and 2 for 7, one of the standout players for the new franchise, Pune Warriors.

Iqbal Abdulla 15 matches, 16 wickets, average 19.06, economy-rate 6.10

This young left-arm spinner is one of the chief reasons for Kolkata emerging as one of the top four sides this year. Abdulla has been around the block a few times, playing for India's under-19 side and on the club circuit in Mumbai, but came to the fore in this competition, with his aggressive performances. He took the new ball four times in the tournament, showing no fear in bowling in the Powerplay overs, breaking early partnerships as a result. He was awarded Man of the Match awards twice - and eventually named under-23 player of the IPL - when opening the bowling, once for his 2 for 19 against Punjab and 1 for 15 against Chennai.

R Ashwin 16 matches, 20 wickets, average 19.40, economy-rate 6.15

The ever-impressive R Ashwin was one among a galaxy of star performers from the Chennai team, and once again used the IPL to stake his claim for more regular place in the national XI. An experienced hand at opening the bowling, Ashwin is now comfortable in this role and achieves early breakthroughs with regularity. His most impressive one came when it mattered most, in the final, when he removed Chris Gayle for a duck. Ashwin is also a man for big occasions and he performed at crucial times, claiming 3 for 16 in the final to break the Bangalore's back.

Doug Bollinger 13 matches, 17 wickets, average 19.35, economy-rate 7.00

Bollinger's aggression and accuracy made him one of the most fearsome fast bowlers in this edition of the tournament. The left-armers' consistent lines and lengths often saw him create early breakthroughs for Chennai, but that wasn't the only stage he was effective at. He was one of the best death bowlers in the league, mixing up bouncers and slower balls, to prevent a late burst from the opposition on many occasions. His performance in the play-off, where he took 1 for 20, was key to Chennai's progression to the final.

Lasith Malinga 16 matches, 28 wickets, average 13.39, economy-rate 5.95

Lasith Malinga was head and shoulders above any other bowler in the tournament, and that's not even when taking his curly, blond mop into account. Besides the unusual action, which has now been around long enough for batsman not to be alarmed by, Malinga is as accurate as it gets, landing the yorkers perfectly almost every time. He had batsmen's toes crying for mercy and stumps being uprooted with regularity. His 5 for 13 against Delhi was the most destructive spell of the IPL and one that will be remembered for being as lethal as it was precise. More than 50% of the wickets he took were bowled, an incredible feat on its own.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • R8omanch4 on June 1, 2011, 19:08 GMT

    This is very bad team in my opinion.... Badrinath doesnt deserves d place, and all of people forgetted the odd innings of Virender Sehwag...... my overall IPL team 1. Virender Sehwag 2. Sachin Tendulkar 3. Gautam Gambhir 4. Suresh Raina 5. Yusuf Pathan (All-Rounder) 6. Mahendra Singh Dhoni (C & wk) 7. Shane Watson (All-Rounder) 8. Irfan Pathan (All-Rounder) 9. Lasith Malinga 10. Dale Styne 11. Amit Mishra and My team according to IPL 2011 1. Virender Sehwag 2. Chris Gayle 3. Sachin Tendulkar 4. Shaun Marsh 5. Michal Hussy 6. Yusuf Pathan (All-Rounder) 7. Mahendra Singh Dhoni (C & wk) 8. Irfan Pathan (All-Rounder) 9.Iqbal Abdulla (All-Rounder) 10. Lasith Malinga 11. Munaf Patel

  • dbk86 on June 1, 2011, 17:15 GMT

    what!!?? iqbal abdullah???even shakib was better than him..

  • rasiramesh on June 1, 2011, 16:44 GMT

    The Best Choker Award: 1st Place: RCB (2008 IPL - 7th place, 2009 IPL- loser of final, 2009 CLT20 - Eliminated in 2nd league stage, 2010 IPL- loser of semifinal, 2010 CLT20 - loser of semifinal and again 2011 - loser of final. 2nd Place: MI (2008 IPL - 5th place, 2009 IPL - 7th place, 2010 IPL - loser of final, 2010 CLT20 - Not even qualified for knock out stage, 2011 IPL- 3rd place. 3rd Place: DD (2008 IPL - loser of semifinal, 2009 IPL- loser of semifinal, 2009 CLT20- Eliminated in 2nd stage, 2010 IPL - 5th place, 2011 IPL -10th place!!!

  • Shamils on June 1, 2011, 7:33 GMT

    I love 20-20 internationals...ipl is artificially created to exploit the viewers..if the authorities didn't change there attitude then end of ipl is near.... My dream 20-20 INTERNATIONAL XI is this.... 1) V.SEHWAG 2) C.GAYLE 3)S.AFRIDI 4) M.JAYAWARDENE 5) K.PETERSON 6)S.WATSON 7)B.MCCULLUM 8)D.VETTORI 9)D.STEYN 10)Z.KHAN 11) L.MALINGA WHATS URS ??? senior players are not included.Shahid Afridi has been send up the order as a pinch hitter..:)

  • TeamRocker on June 1, 2011, 6:42 GMT

    @VVJ-7 out of your playing XI are foreigners and just 4 are Indian. It's supposed to be the other way around, man!

  • sysubrceq0 on May 31, 2011, 23:28 GMT

    @VVJJ - "VJ's XI (Can you beat this???) Chris Gayle Shane Watson Virat Kohli Shaun Marsh A.B. De Villiers M.S. Dhoni (Wk+Capt) Johan Botha Yusuf Pathan Ashwin Lasith Malinga D Bollinger Reserves - K Pollard, Albie Morkel, Rohit Sharma"

    Your team will be discarded, an IPL team will be with only 4 foreign players not with 4 Indian players.... dont forget the rules

  • karan1609 on May 31, 2011, 20:33 GMT

    To all the ppl who feel Sachin shouldn't be in this side: Agreed that his strike rate wasnt the best around for 20-20, but you guys seem so cricket fools as to not look at the role he had to play in the side.He had to stable the innings for the other stroke players.He played that role to aplomb..without a doubt. Hence he is justifiably in the IPL XI. To fools who say his 100's r in the losing cause...chck d stats..over 75% of his 99 international 100's r in India's victory. To tht aussie who feels Hussey is better...I can only offer condolences...:-)

  • chad_reid on May 31, 2011, 19:56 GMT

    LOL WAT IS SACHIN DOIN IN THE SQUAD IF THEY WANT A STABLE PLAYER WHO CAN BUILD THE INNINGS AND UP THE ANTE WHEN NEEDED WITH THE EXPLOSIVE GAYLE THAN NO ONE COMES CLOSE TO M.HUSSEY WHO IS ALSO A MATCH WINNER UNLIKE SACHIN

  • brohitb on May 31, 2011, 17:58 GMT

    @ M_Jackson ... sachin fired against pakistan in semis dude ... eat ur words

  • Ganesh_Singh on May 31, 2011, 14:13 GMT

    Any team under the captaincy of dhoni will surely excel

  • R8omanch4 on June 1, 2011, 19:08 GMT

    This is very bad team in my opinion.... Badrinath doesnt deserves d place, and all of people forgetted the odd innings of Virender Sehwag...... my overall IPL team 1. Virender Sehwag 2. Sachin Tendulkar 3. Gautam Gambhir 4. Suresh Raina 5. Yusuf Pathan (All-Rounder) 6. Mahendra Singh Dhoni (C & wk) 7. Shane Watson (All-Rounder) 8. Irfan Pathan (All-Rounder) 9. Lasith Malinga 10. Dale Styne 11. Amit Mishra and My team according to IPL 2011 1. Virender Sehwag 2. Chris Gayle 3. Sachin Tendulkar 4. Shaun Marsh 5. Michal Hussy 6. Yusuf Pathan (All-Rounder) 7. Mahendra Singh Dhoni (C & wk) 8. Irfan Pathan (All-Rounder) 9.Iqbal Abdulla (All-Rounder) 10. Lasith Malinga 11. Munaf Patel

  • dbk86 on June 1, 2011, 17:15 GMT

    what!!?? iqbal abdullah???even shakib was better than him..

  • rasiramesh on June 1, 2011, 16:44 GMT

    The Best Choker Award: 1st Place: RCB (2008 IPL - 7th place, 2009 IPL- loser of final, 2009 CLT20 - Eliminated in 2nd league stage, 2010 IPL- loser of semifinal, 2010 CLT20 - loser of semifinal and again 2011 - loser of final. 2nd Place: MI (2008 IPL - 5th place, 2009 IPL - 7th place, 2010 IPL - loser of final, 2010 CLT20 - Not even qualified for knock out stage, 2011 IPL- 3rd place. 3rd Place: DD (2008 IPL - loser of semifinal, 2009 IPL- loser of semifinal, 2009 CLT20- Eliminated in 2nd stage, 2010 IPL - 5th place, 2011 IPL -10th place!!!

  • Shamils on June 1, 2011, 7:33 GMT

    I love 20-20 internationals...ipl is artificially created to exploit the viewers..if the authorities didn't change there attitude then end of ipl is near.... My dream 20-20 INTERNATIONAL XI is this.... 1) V.SEHWAG 2) C.GAYLE 3)S.AFRIDI 4) M.JAYAWARDENE 5) K.PETERSON 6)S.WATSON 7)B.MCCULLUM 8)D.VETTORI 9)D.STEYN 10)Z.KHAN 11) L.MALINGA WHATS URS ??? senior players are not included.Shahid Afridi has been send up the order as a pinch hitter..:)

  • TeamRocker on June 1, 2011, 6:42 GMT

    @VVJ-7 out of your playing XI are foreigners and just 4 are Indian. It's supposed to be the other way around, man!

  • sysubrceq0 on May 31, 2011, 23:28 GMT

    @VVJJ - "VJ's XI (Can you beat this???) Chris Gayle Shane Watson Virat Kohli Shaun Marsh A.B. De Villiers M.S. Dhoni (Wk+Capt) Johan Botha Yusuf Pathan Ashwin Lasith Malinga D Bollinger Reserves - K Pollard, Albie Morkel, Rohit Sharma"

    Your team will be discarded, an IPL team will be with only 4 foreign players not with 4 Indian players.... dont forget the rules

  • karan1609 on May 31, 2011, 20:33 GMT

    To all the ppl who feel Sachin shouldn't be in this side: Agreed that his strike rate wasnt the best around for 20-20, but you guys seem so cricket fools as to not look at the role he had to play in the side.He had to stable the innings for the other stroke players.He played that role to aplomb..without a doubt. Hence he is justifiably in the IPL XI. To fools who say his 100's r in the losing cause...chck d stats..over 75% of his 99 international 100's r in India's victory. To tht aussie who feels Hussey is better...I can only offer condolences...:-)

  • chad_reid on May 31, 2011, 19:56 GMT

    LOL WAT IS SACHIN DOIN IN THE SQUAD IF THEY WANT A STABLE PLAYER WHO CAN BUILD THE INNINGS AND UP THE ANTE WHEN NEEDED WITH THE EXPLOSIVE GAYLE THAN NO ONE COMES CLOSE TO M.HUSSEY WHO IS ALSO A MATCH WINNER UNLIKE SACHIN

  • brohitb on May 31, 2011, 17:58 GMT

    @ M_Jackson ... sachin fired against pakistan in semis dude ... eat ur words

  • Ganesh_Singh on May 31, 2011, 14:13 GMT

    Any team under the captaincy of dhoni will surely excel

  • vikzrb on May 31, 2011, 13:01 GMT

    where the hell is sehwag???? cmon guys wat u don check out d strike rate side huh??? sachin's is 117 n sehwag's is 178....sachin plays for himself.....t20 needs players who score runs at a strike rate above 150 guys.......urghhhhhhh

  • on May 31, 2011, 11:04 GMT

    Why not Shakib (7 match 11wkts)?

  • M_Jackson on May 31, 2011, 11:02 GMT

    A pretty good line up except a one name. Why blame her? She simply can't pick a IPL team without SRT and not face the wrath of thousands. Coming back to the team, Raina is ideal replacement. His all round capabilities will ensure the balance in team, allowing inclusion of one seamer (Steyn or others) in place of either Sharma or Abdullah (these 2 were wonderful this IPL though). Raina with Marsh, Kohli and Badrinath will provide enough solidity. Would love to place Sehwag in this as well, but how? About Dhoni, with 5 "major" tournament wins, he is undoubtedly the most 'impactful' person in Indian cricket. Sorry Sachin fans, I respect the man a lot. He is the best player in India, but is still a human and not God. We could been waiting for another 10 years for WC, for Sachin to fire in Semis and Finals, which was never going to happen. The man who rises to the occasion is the real warrior, like Dhoni for us & Waugh, Gilly and Ponting, in past for Australia.

  • NIM-AL-ASHFAQ on May 31, 2011, 10:35 GMT

    IF THERE ANY POSITION IQBAL ABDULAAH CAN EARN THEN I MUST SAY, SHAKIB AL HASAN MUST NEEDED TO BE THERE. HE WAS NOT PROPERLY USED BY KKR, THEY MISUSED HIM, NEVER EVEN GIVEN A BETTER CHANCE TO BAT, ONLY TWICEW HE GOT THE PACE, 1 HE LOST, OTHER HE WON. SO THE SUCCESS ARTE IS 50%. BUT WHENEVER HE GOT CHANCE WITH THE BALL, HE ENSURED THAT HE IS ONE OF THE BEST LEFT-ARMERS IN THE GLOBE.

  • rsd11 on May 31, 2011, 10:26 GMT

    My IPL4 XI : Chris Gayle(All), Mike Hussey(Bat), Shaun Marsh(Bat), Virat Kohli(All), S Badrinath(Bat), MS Dhoni (C)(WK), Ravi Jadeja (All), R Ashwin(Bowl),Doug Bollinger(Bowl), Munaf Patel (Bowl), Lasith Malinga (Bowl)

  • monis11 on May 31, 2011, 8:11 GMT

    Gayle, Sehwag, Sachin, Kholi, Dhoni, Raina, S Marsh/S Watson, Aswin, Iqbal Abdullah, Munaf, Mallinga; This is my team. IPL Season 4 was lost its color by some SLOW PITCHES. If you dont invest anything you dont get anything. An interest for IPL was missing from the administrators. The skin of the cheering girls does not make interest, "ITS ULTIMATELY THE GAME WHICH IS PLAYED WITH GOOD COMPETITIVE SPIRIT IN EACH TIME" - it was not so. The players who ended up on the lead table had shown there class, but still failed to bring it as a group. Its largely happened to the shuffle by BCCI last year.

  • on May 31, 2011, 7:32 GMT

    raina???????munaf??????

    its very difficult to pick XI of IPL because so many players give excellent performance

  • Amarjitmadan on May 31, 2011, 6:43 GMT

    It is a very balanced side based on performance with some good hitters like Gayle,Marsh and Dhoni and others like Sachin,Virat and Badri who can play controlled innings if required and accelerate at the right time .The bowlers can cause problems to the best of batsmen

  • on May 31, 2011, 6:14 GMT

    shyam iyer... u mean to say that yusuf has been consistent thruout this year tournament?? its hardly once in a blue moon he gets runs... anyways u cant expect yusuf to take the team out of hurdles which badri has done when it was only upto to him...he shows the way out of difficult situations... yusuf just luks to hit all the balls out of ground not thinking about the situation.. his place in IPL XI is really lame...

  • on May 31, 2011, 6:06 GMT

    but where is raina here... the crucial member of the core of the team who can turn matches by not only with his hard hitting abilies.. but by bowling some importants overs in the middle... reaslly surprising...

  • Ronsars on May 31, 2011, 5:57 GMT

    Sachin???Give me a break guys any XYZ-XI he has to be a natural pick is it?Rest looks good but please no SRT & unfortunate Vettori,Paul & Sehwag didnt make it there

  • on May 31, 2011, 5:40 GMT

    Msny of the commenter folks forget that a IPL 11 shd contain only 4 overseas players!! My 11 would be, Gayle, Sehwag, Kohli, Raina, Badrinath, Dhoni, Albie Morkel, Ashwin, Munaf, Bollinger, Malinga..

  • on May 31, 2011, 5:40 GMT

    Why there is no all rounder in the teamm

  • mak0786 on May 31, 2011, 5:19 GMT

    i will pick sehwag insted of sachin and munaf patel for iqbal abdullah,and probably usuf pathan for badrinath

  • on May 31, 2011, 4:38 GMT

    Dan Vettori should be in there - A useful lower order bat, economical bowler and inspirational captain!

  • AjaySridharan on May 31, 2011, 4:19 GMT

    I'd leave Sachin out, promote Shaun Marsh to open with Gayle, replace Kohli with Raina, replace Adbulla with Vettori and maybe bring in Symmonds (he can bowl as well)

  • rakessh on May 31, 2011, 4:13 GMT

    my IPL XI........1) SEHWAG 2) GAYLE 3) SACHIN 4) KOHLI 5) DHONI 6) RAINA 7) WATSAN 8) ASHWIN 9) MUNAF 10) MALINGA 11) BOLINGER............... best of three fast bowler and spinner, watsan and gayle 5th bowling option

  • on May 31, 2011, 4:02 GMT

    My XI would be: 1)Chris Gayle 2)Jacques Kallis 3)Shaun Marsh 4)Albie Morkel 5)Yusuf Pathan 6)Shakib Al Hasan 7)Ms Dhoni 8)Iqbal Abdulla 9)Ravichandran Ashwin 10)Doug Bollinger 11)Lasith Malinga

  • on May 31, 2011, 3:13 GMT

    My best IPL eleven would be team CSK - they cover all three aspects pretty good and the best fielding unit by a distance..........even Jakati stepped up the plate when it mattered and the team spirit is all about the flavour of Chennai.......Play hard n Play FAIR!!!!

  • on May 31, 2011, 2:55 GMT

    my team is GAUTHAM GAMBHIR(CAPT),RAHUL DRAVID,YUSUF PATHAN,DINESH KARTHIK,ROSS TAYLOR,VIRENDRA SEWAG,BRET LEE,RAHUL SHARMA,AMIT MISRA,PAUL VALTHATY,ADAM GILCRIST

  • on May 31, 2011, 2:35 GMT

    Why the hell is sachin out there with a strike around 110 damn its a shame bloody patriotic playing XI.......what a joke

  • on May 31, 2011, 2:27 GMT

    What about Daniel Vettori? He was quite often pretty economical.

  • 9ST9 on May 31, 2011, 2:25 GMT

    someone forgot to mention Tendulkar's Strike Rate.

  • div09 on May 31, 2011, 1:27 GMT

    My IPL XI would be 1) Sehwag 2) Sachin 3) Gayle 4) Kohli 5) S Badrinath 6) Dhoni 7) K Pollard 8) R Ashwin 9) Munaf Patel 10) Zaheer Khan 11) Lasith Malinga. Unbeatable Team.

    Dhoni - Captain / Keeper.

    4 Pacers. 2 Spinners.

  • Karthi_2K11 on May 31, 2011, 0:55 GMT

    Firdose's IPL XI is fine, but when he talks about an IPL XI that has to do well at the "business end," he is forgetting the need for fearless "big match" players, and there is none better than, Suresh Raina, for that. It is a mistake to not select him in the IPL XI based on just what the number crunchers tell you. Did Virat justify the faith reposed in him by Vettori in the play-off stages as Raina has consistently done for Dhoni ? The answer is an emphatic "no." One needs someone who can control jangling nerves, and is not overawed by the occasion. Suresh Raina fits that bill perfectly, and he has proved it by powering CSK to consecutive, back-to-back IPL titles (besides consistently bringing CSK to the knock-out stages on four consecutive occasions from the time of IPL's inception, and also has brought CSK to the finals on three out of the four IPL finals we have had so far, not to mention bringing the CL T20 cup home for CSK last year.) What better person does one need than that ?

  • on May 30, 2011, 20:38 GMT

    Sudhir's IPL XI : Chris Gayle+ Sachin Tendulkar, Shane Watson, Virat Kohli, Shaun Marsh , Badrinath, M.S. Dhoni (Wk+Capt), Rahul Sharma, Ashwin, Lasith Malinga, D Bollinger Reserves - K Pollard, Yusuf Pathan/Manoj Tiwari, Rohit Sharma

  • Saqib_Sheraz on May 30, 2011, 20:16 GMT

    first and the last are reasonable picks, but not others.

  • on May 30, 2011, 20:15 GMT

    CSK can defeat this team !! sadly the best elevens dont consider the team spirit et etc

  • on May 30, 2011, 20:02 GMT

    i think sehwag shud replace sachin the XI

  • ARad on May 30, 2011, 19:42 GMT

    The tail is too long and four spinners (including Gayle) and two pacers makes this an unbalanced side. Shane Watson would have been a great pinch hitter at no 7 and could bat at any position as well as being an accurate and canny pace bowler. He should be in the place of Iqbal Abdulla. If you are limiting the team to four non-Indian players, Munaf Patel should be selected to give the bowling better balance.

  • sweetspot on May 30, 2011, 19:11 GMT

    Basically, everyone seems to agree, Ashwin has replaced Bhajji as India's premier spinner.

  • udhab619 on May 30, 2011, 18:56 GMT

    3 spinners?? i dont think so.it would have been better if munaf was there replacing rahul sharma.abdulla was awesome in this tournament picking up important wickets upfront...

  • on May 30, 2011, 18:53 GMT

    This is based on just avgs. Criteria should be player's role at positions . Raina should replace no on is better than him at No.3 spot int20's. 3 spinners is not Ok, Abdulla can be -ed.Rest squad is good. No powe hitter in the middle except Dhoni.

  • GirishChauhan on May 30, 2011, 18:16 GMT

    This team is good but I think this is not the strongest team which we can select as IPL 11. For me the best IPL11 will be : SRT, Gayle, Watto, Virat, Raina, Yusuf ,MSD (Capt), Albie, Munaf, Malinga, Mishra, (Sehwag Out only coz of injury)

  • xylo on May 30, 2011, 18:12 GMT

    Am I dreaming or was I watching a different IPL? What is Sachin doing in this list? Did anybody care to look up his strike rate? Going by this "technique", Sourav Ganguly should be on the IPL XI for 2010 for his run "amassing". The century came as usual when setting a target and as usual in a losing cause. Spare a thought for Sehwag who single-handedly carried his team full of amateurs in a big chase. And also his "dynamic" captaincy of leading Mumbai Indians to be Mumbai South Africans!

  • Maddy1337 on May 30, 2011, 18:02 GMT

    yeah marsh should be there...my XI would be gayle,sachin,marsh,de villiers,Dhoni(captain),kohli,ashwin,abdulla,malinga,steyn,bollinger. To maintain the balance of the team probably replace abdulla with a spin bowling all rounder or remove bollinger or steyn and put watson

  • AK4700 on May 30, 2011, 17:34 GMT

    Anyone who is questioning the selection of Badri or Marsh haven't watched the IPL completely. Go back, check the stats and under what circumstances those runs were scored. Marsh is the best across all four IPLs. Not just the current one. And in the current one he is right next to Gayle in regular season. Badri is right next to Gayle in avg this time with a strike rate of 125+ (better than SRT, Rayudi etc) that too when batting only on bowling pitches are when the team is in trouble lost too many wickets early. Both of them are pretty good fielders too. While Raina is good, not the best in this season. He will probably make it to alltime IPL ahead of both Badri and Marsh. Not this year though. Rayudu??? Come onnnnnnn. Go check the stats....

  • on May 30, 2011, 17:33 GMT

    Its an awesome team :) but since we had more than 15 cricketers who were exceptional throughout the IPL , complaints are bound to be there... Happy with this 11.. Only drawback is that oly top 6 can bat.. And so either Jadeja can be brought for one between Ashwin/Abdullah (as they have the same role) when the pitch is spin friendly or else Morkel can be brought in for Ashwin/Abdullah and Munaf can replace Bolly as Munaf himself was on par with Bolly :) And Sehwag did as well as Sachin , but since we already have an agressive opener in Gayle i would go with Sachin else it would have been Sehwag ...

  • -VJ- on May 30, 2011, 17:30 GMT

    VJ's XI (Can you beat this???) Chris Gayle Shane Watson Virat Kohli Shaun Marsh A.B. De Villiers M.S. Dhoni (Wk+Capt) Johan Botha Yusuf Pathan Ashwin Lasith Malinga D Bollinger Reserves - K Pollard, Albie Morkel, Rohit Sharma

  • sarga2006 on May 30, 2011, 17:16 GMT

    my team would be Gayle, Sehwag, Marsh, Kohli, Raina,Yousuf Pathan, Dhoni, Ashwin, Malinga, Rahul Sharma, Bollinger. If there were 12 I would have definitely picked Hussey. He truly rocks!!!!!!

  • aravabalaji on May 30, 2011, 16:59 GMT

    Perfectly balanced team! You know what happened to teams with bang-bang flashy players (MI/Pune Warriors). Shooters aplenty but no trouble-shooter! They flopped when their teams were in trouble. That's where Badrinath fits in as a perfect trouble-shooter. Technique and temperament were his forte. He is a class apart where he scored those runs with high-elbow risk-free shots and yet finish with an avg of 57 & strike rate of 126! He is indeed the man for all occasions as he can float anywhere in the batting line and a more dependable bat. As Dhoni said, he is the unsung hero. Every team would love to have such a player.

  • AKMalik on May 30, 2011, 16:55 GMT

    Where is Sehwag????????????

  • evilbipin on May 30, 2011, 16:41 GMT

    Why isn't there name of Amit Mishra??????? He was very impressive in his bowling and also took a hatrick!!.............

  • killboi on May 30, 2011, 16:06 GMT

    What a joke! How can anyone pick 3 spinners in a IPL squad? That too when you have gayle in the team who can throw four useful overs. Morkel/Jadeja would have been better choices considering that they can rool their arms bowling or batting in a decent manner

  • on May 30, 2011, 15:57 GMT

    wheres !!!! ambati rayudu !!????

  • AdityaKumar88 on May 30, 2011, 15:46 GMT

    Rahul Sharma and Iqbal Abdullah in the same team does not look the right way to go. Raina too is missing. My team will have Daniel Vettorii in place of Iqbal Abdulla and Suresh Raina in place of Rahul Sharma.

  • on May 30, 2011, 15:45 GMT

    Dale Styne as thirs pacer in place of Iqbal Abdulla. Raina/Yusuf in place of Badri which will give an extra bowling option. Sehwag/Kallis in place of Sachin. Kallis can provide an additional bowling option. I never agree with 3 spinners in the lineup. Yuvraj should have been a sure shot in this lineup if he bat and bowl at right time for his team.

  • Piyush_Advani on May 30, 2011, 15:41 GMT

    Mate,where is Hussey?He was more consistent than everybody in the batting list

  • psychicsaint on May 30, 2011, 15:35 GMT

    an allrounder/finisher like albie is a must have for a winning t20 team.. i would choose him over lasith or dougie..

  • weirdodan on May 30, 2011, 15:27 GMT

    Where is Sehwag and Raina??? And why three spinners? Also Munaf should've been in the team. Considering the BEST among the lot and for TWENTY20, i guess Sachin should be replaced by Sehwag, Badrinath by Raina and Rahul Sharma / Abdulla by Munaf Patel.

  • on May 30, 2011, 15:14 GMT

    this is disgusting... you can never leave out Sehwag from dis year's IPL.. he was absolutely tremendous

  • on May 30, 2011, 15:12 GMT

    a very fine team selected for the IPL IX.................Sachin's yet another fine performance in ipl 4..........but he haven't played any match winning knock as an opener.....Sehwag has played 2 such match winning knock as a opener.............so maybe he should replace tendulkar............badrinath is just not a consistent performer in the middle.....and it should have been yusuf pathan instead of him...............rest all i compeletly agree with the above selection

  • We_Win_All on May 30, 2011, 14:38 GMT

    Where is Ambatti Rayudu.... Swap Badri and Rayudu. Why Bollinger? Because he is a CSK fast bowler? Munaf would be better. Abdulla is waste in this line up. We can have Raina or Rohit in his place. Even Vettori will be better

  • on May 30, 2011, 14:37 GMT

    Every XI includes Sachin, I think more on reputation than performance. Sehwag - till he was playing - had more runs than Sachin at a much better strike rate, and more than one incredible single-handed, match-winning performances. Sachin's best was a 100 in a losing cause, and none of his other knocks even came close to Sehwag's gems against Deccan and Kochi. So how is he in, ahead of Sehwag?

  • tntn on May 30, 2011, 14:23 GMT

    Have been wondering who this XI (or for that matter any world XI , editors' XI etc ) will play against. Why not pick the best 22 and match one good XI vs the other? Atleast there are opportunities to fantasize a game or run imagination amok.

  • on May 30, 2011, 14:13 GMT

    whre's gilly nd valthaty??? :O nd y rahul sharma when dere's amit mishra??

  • on May 30, 2011, 14:12 GMT

    sehwag can play for gayle if he gets injured otherwise theres no need for him to be in a team already packed with quality, consistent batsmen. also one spinner too many espescially with the likes of gayle for some part-time spin.

  • Ozcricketwriter on May 30, 2011, 14:10 GMT

    5 full-time bowlers, no all-rounder, 3 of the bowlers are spinners. This is not a typical T20 team! I'd think that putting Valthaty in is a must, perhaps at the expense of Bollinger, and also could probably justify putting in Sehwag instead of Badrinath, just for Sehwag's striking power. Raina would also be an option in the batting stakes. If you want to have less spinners, I think that the bowler who finished 2nd on the wickets tally, Munaf Patel, warrants a mention, instead of either Ashwin or Rahul Sharma. You could also consider Zaheer Khan.

  • on May 30, 2011, 14:06 GMT

    Where is Johan Botha??? He should've made it over Iqbal Abdulla for me. I think a lot of people are caught up in the Valthaty craze, he only had 2 or 3 good knocks and isnt the best of fielders, this team is perfectly balanced with a bashing opener in gayle, and guy who will stay there in STR, and an excellent middle over and if need be a guy to stablize an innings if it collapses in Badrinath. I just feel that if one thing is missing its a second guy in the middle who would come in at the end and Bash the ball with Dhoni. However, myself i wouldve just put Sehwag in for Tendulkar just to see GAYLE and SEHWAG opening. Would've been an awesome treat to watch those 2 open.

  • Parthi_nava on May 30, 2011, 13:56 GMT

    My IPL XI will be Gayle, Shewag, Shaun Marsh, Raina,AB, MSD, Yusuf Pathan, Ashwin, Bollinger, Malinga, Iqbal Abdulla.

  • on May 30, 2011, 13:55 GMT

    is there a reason why you have left out sehwag and shakib? sehwag should replace marsh and shakib should replace iqbal abdullah. just check their stats and see if the recommendations are wrong.

  • TRAM on May 30, 2011, 13:52 GMT

    Here is an idea for BCCI: At the end of each year's IPL, please divide the pool of IPL players in to 2 teams - India XI vs Foreign XI. Arrange a 3 or 5 match series between them. Its should be fabulous. It would be a great practice match for the Indians. If India XI beats Foreign XI, then they can beat ANY team in the world.

  • gurussm on May 30, 2011, 13:52 GMT

    guys guys guys csk team itself is the ipl xi

  • on May 30, 2011, 13:45 GMT

    Why Sachin? Very Surprising!! The team should have been Chris Gayle,Virendra Sehwag,Shaun Marsh,Suresh Raina, M S Dhoni (Captain),Munaf Patel, LasithMalinga,R Ashwin,Virat Kohli,Shane Watson and Doug Bolinger,

  • RAJUVIRU on May 30, 2011, 13:45 GMT

    NO VIRU....with out viru any WORLD TEAM XI members cant able to do anything..

  • TRAM on May 30, 2011, 13:45 GMT

    Sehwag in for SRT, Raina in for Badri would be correct. SRT & Badri are great players no doubt but the replacements are more suited for T20.

  • GoKuLBrAvO on May 30, 2011, 13:31 GMT

    no place for an all-rounder!!! weird...

  • yuva19 on May 30, 2011, 13:30 GMT

    Replace Rahul Sharma wit Raina.His off spin comes handy in most of the times.If u hav these no of spinners then can play only at chepauk.

  • Dr.nOrULz on May 30, 2011, 13:04 GMT

    "Firdose Moonda picks ---> her best <--- XI of the fourth season of the IPL" I'm sure this statement is self explanatory. So fancy a your own XI please do summon the blogger that hides within you !

    This XI looks solid!

  • rameshkan on May 30, 2011, 12:59 GMT

    it would have been a more balanced and incisive attack if Ishant sharma or dale steyn are included in place of Bollinger or the extra spinner.

  • on May 30, 2011, 12:51 GMT

    Sehwag deserved a place..!!

  • on May 30, 2011, 12:49 GMT

    @sandeep: why to replace rahul sharma and badri??much much much better batsman is badri compared to yusuf pathan.. u need some technically good batmen in the list apart from the legendary little master..and rahul sharma is equally effective as munaf.. FYI.. anyone technically sound and a complete batsmen/ player is always the best choice compared to 1 or 2 freak of an innings player like yusuf pathan .. got paid 2 million and gave wht.. this ipl.. was such a waste of money for most of the franchises.. CSK, Bangalore, to an extent MI and KKR were better to avg in return on investment starting from CSK..and Spinners did a better job than fast bowlers in this ipl.. mostly.. perfect example is ashwin nailing Gayle twice in 3 matches and troubling him much in their opening encounter is an example of the spin success in this ipl..than previous ones..

  • oweniit on May 30, 2011, 12:43 GMT

    I dnt think Tendulkar should be there.

  • Sreerang on May 30, 2011, 12:37 GMT

    nobody can come up with a perfect team or a team that satisfies someone else. Its a real tough job. So to each his own.

  • anikbrad on May 30, 2011, 12:35 GMT

    WHY WAS SACHIN THERE AS HE IS GODDD OF CRICKET?? HE SHOULD BE REPLACED WITH PAUL OR SWEWAG, AND ABDULLA WITH MUNAF. SORRY NO UTTHAPA AS HE WAS POOR SAME AS YUVI/POLLARD/ YUSUF/ IRFAN SO THIS TEAM WILL LACK FIRE IN THE MIDDLE.

  • on May 30, 2011, 12:33 GMT

    No sehwag and raina :( . Shaun marsh should not be in this XI

  • Raghuec081 on May 30, 2011, 12:28 GMT

    without sehwag no t-20 team.....

  • amanarora on May 30, 2011, 12:12 GMT

    Sachin has just runs. He made no impact. i

  • on May 30, 2011, 12:12 GMT

    Raina should have been in place of Sachin. He has surely performed better than Sachin

  • Vkarthik on May 30, 2011, 11:49 GMT

    Tendulkar? What did he do. His strike rate is ordinary. Viru should have been there.

  • rustyryan on May 30, 2011, 11:47 GMT

    Jeez. Why he is not there? Why he is there? He should have been there for him.? Hate to see such kind of comments. This is IPL eleven of crcinfo. If ppl are too concerned about the left out players, let everyone post their own eleven like rustyryan eleven, Viper2.0 eleven etc instead of finding fault in every single articles.

  • on May 30, 2011, 11:46 GMT

    Sachin has no place in this list. His slow batting, apart from his captaincy spoiled mumbai's chances.

  • cheeku75 on May 30, 2011, 11:15 GMT

    Rahul Sharma or Iqbal abdulla should be replaced by one more pace bowler say Munaf Patel! then Badri has to make way for Raina and maybe Valthathy for Sachin! Sachin is god of cricket but his strike rate is not great! Even Bollinger can eb traded for Shane Watson! This adds to the batting power!

  • on May 30, 2011, 11:15 GMT

    I think Shakib Al Hasan should be in the IPL XI instead of Virat Kohli or Ashwin - He can bat just as good as Kohli and bowl amazingly better than Kohli and Ashwin

  • on May 30, 2011, 11:13 GMT

    Instead of Sachin, I think Sehwag would be best. He just played 11 matches and scored around 450 runs with strike rate of 170. Why he is not in IPL XI? Nowadays without sehwag, that IPL XI is not complete one. He is consistent throughout the tournment.

  • SachinLara1 on May 30, 2011, 11:03 GMT

    @vinjoy: what abt vettori's performance in 1st playoff n finals...whereas ashwin picked d dangerous n theratening batsman gayle in both matches....also he was consistent throughout the tournament

  • on May 30, 2011, 11:01 GMT

    where is sehwag ??????????? he is a perfect T 20 batsmen,,,,,,,,,,,having st.rate over 165

  • SachinLara1 on May 30, 2011, 11:00 GMT

    also viru r paul should replace sachin...

  • on May 30, 2011, 11:00 GMT

    We can make another 11 that can match with this 11.

    Shewag,Valthatty,Raina,Jadeja,Y Pathan,J Kallis,Raydu,Amith Mishra,Styne,Munaf,Botha

  • SachinLara1 on May 30, 2011, 10:59 GMT

    @Sandeep Singh Chib: what has yusuf done to be in IPL11

  • RogerC on May 30, 2011, 10:47 GMT

    Enough with this blind Tendulkar worship. For all his greatness, he doesn't deserve to be in the XI.

  • on May 30, 2011, 10:44 GMT

    I just can not understand why Sachin Tendulkars name in there in the list... He might have scored plenty of runs playing 15 odd matches but look at his strike rate!!!! We dont really need someone who scores 100 runs in 85 balls :( Manoj Tiwary OR Ambati Rayadu will be the suitable guys...

  • on May 30, 2011, 10:37 GMT

    3 spinners not needed please we can have albie morkel instead

  • Valerio_DiBattista on May 30, 2011, 10:08 GMT

    Of course Tendulkar has made the XI. And I agree with the selection even if it is simply to maintain peace in India and the region. Fair enough. Plus, he is a good man anyway. Also, why is average used to describe the batsman's worthiness. Surely strike-rate is the most meaningful single statistic, perhaps followed by average. Maybe something like they do in baseball, list the batsman's stats as 139.50/38.67 (strike rate/average). The average by itself is misleading, as some batsman carry their obsession with Test and ODI averages into the T20 format. Same as in other formats of cricket, the average is very misleading as to the players worth in a team, probably even more so in T20. And as T20 is more similar to baseball than cricket, perhaps cricket can look to baseball for some more meaningful statistical representations of performance.

  • on May 30, 2011, 9:58 GMT

    What about Paul Valthaty? He helped Punjab a lot with both bat and ball.

  • on May 30, 2011, 9:54 GMT

    3 spinners in the same side ..i don't agree..instead of rahul sharma .we can have munaf patel and in place of badrinath we can have yusuf pathan ...

  • on May 30, 2011, 9:52 GMT

    Wher is suresh raina??? he is needed in t team

  • shaileshacharya123 on May 30, 2011, 9:35 GMT

    i thnk 3 spinner is not a grt team,,u need to have the 3 seamers,, Munaf has done well with wickets and 6.58(Economy rate) is handy one....so u need to swap up may be ASHWIN/IQUABAL and give MUNAF in that XI... 2 fast bowler in T20s is useless

  • Viper2.0 on May 30, 2011, 9:33 GMT

    Where is Raina?? O_o and only 6 batsman?? u got to be kidding!!

  • on May 30, 2011, 9:28 GMT

    Where is Valthaty? And Why SRT and MSD? Paul had more winning kocks than these 2....

  • on May 30, 2011, 9:16 GMT

    "This young off-spinner is one of the chief reasons for Kolkata ...." Iqbal Abdulla is a left arm spinner not an off-spinner...

  • vinjoy on May 30, 2011, 8:56 GMT

    It is unfortunate that Vettori missed it, he was consistent and miserly. I would rather have Vettori in place of Ashwin.

  • on May 30, 2011, 8:56 GMT

    Quite surprised by not seeing Sehwag's name in the list...

  • arctictern on May 30, 2011, 8:55 GMT

    No Sehwag!? Appears incomplete without him.

  • on May 30, 2011, 8:49 GMT

    Where is Sehwag ??.........................

  • on May 30, 2011, 8:46 GMT

    just think if they make as one team and play against any country!!!!

  • on May 30, 2011, 8:44 GMT

    oh cmon where is sehwag.....he won single handedly the matches with kochi and dc.....gayle cudnt even dream of playing an innings like that of kochi......!!!!!!

  • JohnnyRook on May 30, 2011, 8:36 GMT

    I think Munaf Patel is one of the most unsung heroes in Indian cricket. Here he takes 30% more wickets with 15% better average and 6% better economy rate than Doug Bollinger, but its the latter who catches the author's eye. Dear author, please enlighten us. Might tell us a lot about cricket as well as psychology.

  • me_shoeb on May 30, 2011, 8:32 GMT

    All are good, except for Sachin Tendulkar. I would have replaced him with Kallis anyday. Gives you a better bowling option and is a specialist at the slip.

  • mksunelwala on May 30, 2011, 8:30 GMT

    its a perfect ipl xi except shaun marsh,insted of marsh mike hussey looks better x1.

  • on May 30, 2011, 8:28 GMT

    Nah your a batsman short, plus the guy im thinking of also bowls anyway, and it is PAUL VALTHATY!!!! 1. Valthaty 2. Gayle 3. Marsh 4. tendulkar 5. badrinath 6. kohli 7. dhoni(wk + capt) 8. rahul sharma 9. Ashwin 10. Bollinger 11. malinga. Rohit sharma just misses out to kohli and mike hussey misses out as he starts TOO SLOW

  • on May 30, 2011, 8:06 GMT

    Inspite of being one of the biggest Tendulkar fan i personally feel his place should go to his Indian opening partner Virender Sehwag simply because the tournament is being played on flat sub-continent pitches and you need more of flair rather than someone to bat out 20 overs. The team has enough accumulators in the middle order to even post a good score even if the team is 0 for 2.

    But yeah this is one team I'd probably not have Tendulkar in but yeah when it comes to an Indian XI I'd probably want to see Tendulkar and Sehwag coming out to open and doing what they are best at ...Sehwag dismantling attacks and Tendulkar grafting the innings.

  • BV19 on May 30, 2011, 8:05 GMT

    It would be interesting to see Cricinfo come up with an all Indian IPL XI (+ 2 substitutes) based on IPL 2011 tournament. Would be nice to compare against the National XI.

  • sksinghe on May 30, 2011, 8:00 GMT

    Everything looks fine, except for inclusion of Badrinath ahead of lef hander Raina who could make an all round impact

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  • sksinghe on May 30, 2011, 8:00 GMT

    Everything looks fine, except for inclusion of Badrinath ahead of lef hander Raina who could make an all round impact

  • BV19 on May 30, 2011, 8:05 GMT

    It would be interesting to see Cricinfo come up with an all Indian IPL XI (+ 2 substitutes) based on IPL 2011 tournament. Would be nice to compare against the National XI.

  • on May 30, 2011, 8:06 GMT

    Inspite of being one of the biggest Tendulkar fan i personally feel his place should go to his Indian opening partner Virender Sehwag simply because the tournament is being played on flat sub-continent pitches and you need more of flair rather than someone to bat out 20 overs. The team has enough accumulators in the middle order to even post a good score even if the team is 0 for 2.

    But yeah this is one team I'd probably not have Tendulkar in but yeah when it comes to an Indian XI I'd probably want to see Tendulkar and Sehwag coming out to open and doing what they are best at ...Sehwag dismantling attacks and Tendulkar grafting the innings.

  • on May 30, 2011, 8:28 GMT

    Nah your a batsman short, plus the guy im thinking of also bowls anyway, and it is PAUL VALTHATY!!!! 1. Valthaty 2. Gayle 3. Marsh 4. tendulkar 5. badrinath 6. kohli 7. dhoni(wk + capt) 8. rahul sharma 9. Ashwin 10. Bollinger 11. malinga. Rohit sharma just misses out to kohli and mike hussey misses out as he starts TOO SLOW

  • mksunelwala on May 30, 2011, 8:30 GMT

    its a perfect ipl xi except shaun marsh,insted of marsh mike hussey looks better x1.

  • me_shoeb on May 30, 2011, 8:32 GMT

    All are good, except for Sachin Tendulkar. I would have replaced him with Kallis anyday. Gives you a better bowling option and is a specialist at the slip.

  • JohnnyRook on May 30, 2011, 8:36 GMT

    I think Munaf Patel is one of the most unsung heroes in Indian cricket. Here he takes 30% more wickets with 15% better average and 6% better economy rate than Doug Bollinger, but its the latter who catches the author's eye. Dear author, please enlighten us. Might tell us a lot about cricket as well as psychology.

  • on May 30, 2011, 8:44 GMT

    oh cmon where is sehwag.....he won single handedly the matches with kochi and dc.....gayle cudnt even dream of playing an innings like that of kochi......!!!!!!

  • on May 30, 2011, 8:46 GMT

    just think if they make as one team and play against any country!!!!

  • on May 30, 2011, 8:49 GMT

    Where is Sehwag ??.........................