IPL 2012

The team of the tournament

A shoo-in at the top, a shoo-in at the bottom and plenty of match-winners in between

George Binoy

May 28, 2012

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Here's our dream IPL XI for 2012. We've chosen only four foreign players, and tried to pick players in the roles they performed most during the season


MS Dhoni shakes hands with Gautam Gambhir, Kolkata Knight Riders v Chennai Super Kings, IPL 2012, final, Chennai, May 27, 2012
Gautam Gambhir and MS Dhoni both make our XI, but it's Gambhir who's captain © AFP
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1. Chris Gayle
Runs 733, strike rate 161, sixes 59
A no-brainer at the top of the order. Let's move on.

2. Gautam Gambhir (capt)
Runs 590, strike rate 144, 50s 6
Edged out Virender Sehwag, Shikhar Dhawan and Ajinkya Rahane for the other opener's slot because of his consistency and ability to score on difficult Eden Gardens pitches. Gambhir's passion trumped MS Dhoni's cool, so he's our captain. Also because of this legendary line, "We did it for Balaji."

3. Suresh Raina
Runs 441, strike rate 136, wickets 2, economy 7.50
Had an average season before a blitz in the final, during which he pulled bouncers and successfully attacked Sunil Narine. Made the cut because he can chip in with a couple of overs of spin if one of our bowlers has an off day. Raina was expectedly exceptional at cover.

4. Jacques Kallis
Runs 409, strike rate 107, wickets 15, economy 7.46
The dearth in quality Indian allrounders meant this role had go to an overseas player - Kallis, Dwayne Bravo, Shane Watson, Kieron Pollard and Azhar Mahmood were the contenders. Kallis won because he was in better bowling form than the rest, and that majestic extra cover drive off Bravo in the final was the highlight of an innings that captured Kallis at his reliable best (in the T20 format, of course).

5. Rohit Sharma
Runs 433, strike rate 127, best 109*
Played one of the innings of the tournament on a not-so-easy pitch at Eden Gardens. Didn't have a spectacular season but still was one of the better Indian middle-order batsmen going around. Pairs up with Raina to strengthen the off-side field.

6. MS Dhoni (wk)
Runs 357, strike rate 129
Overseas players are more useful as bowlers or allrounders - unless you're Gayle - so this spot had to go to an Indian, ruling out AB de Villiers and Kumar Sangakkara. Among the Indians, Dhoni did not have much competition. Dinesh Karthik, anyone? While his keeping was top notch right through, Dhoni's batting was ordinary until the playoffs, and then he brought out the helicopter shot and everything else.

7. Ambati Rayudu
Runs 333, strike rate 132
The finisher in our team. Rayudu often had to speed up innings after Mumbai Indians' top order took its time, and he performed the role admirably. Good to watch too, played almost no cringe-worthy shots.

8. Dale Steyn
Wickets 18, average 16, economy 6.10
Perhaps the toughest spot to fill because Morne Morkel and Lasith Malinga were worthy contenders. Both of them, however, flagged towards the end of the season but Steyn left with the spell of the tournament. His 3 for 8 that knocked out Royal Challengers was unmatched for its hostile accuracy and frightening pace. It takes someone special to rattle Gayle.

9. Parvinder Awana
Wickets 17, average 22, economy 7.91
With quality Indian fast bowlers in short supply, Awana was one of the best on show in the IPL. A vital cog in the Kings XI attack, he bowled at brisk pace and moved the ball away consistently.

10. Umesh Yadav
Wickets 19, average 24, economy 7.42
The highest Indian wicket-taker, although Umesh did play five more games than Awana did. Vinay Kumar also claimed 19 but his economy rate was poor. Umesh found the Kotla pitch to his liking - it was fast and had bounce.

11. Sunil Narine
Wickets 24, average 13.50, economy 5.47
Another no-brainer, and he has a mohawk too. No other spinner came close.

12th man Steven Smith
Because he fields like superman would have.

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Posted by   on (May 30, 2012, 19:23 GMT)

Gayle Sehwag Gambhir(C) Watson Rohit Dhoni(W) Pathan Steyn Dinda Yadav Narine

Posted by Zycr9 on (May 30, 2012, 19:23 GMT)

In 2007 when none of the seniors were ready to be part of playing X1 then Dhoni showed the world that a bunch of youngsters can play like tigers and win the T20 WC , and then with seniors WC 2011 and there are so many Cups in the cupboard of team india in 50 over format in last few years ever since Dhoni has been captain. This year too CSK did not play upto their potential and yet they achieved 17 points and 4th spot. Where as teams like RCB and Royal challengers had enough opportunities to kick out CSK but they couldnt . So who in the right frame of mind can say that CSK dependent on other teams? Did CSK ask RCB and Royal challengers and punjab X1 to lose all matches? Think properly. It is simply a case of other teams not able to achieve what CSK could till the end of league. Thats it. Nothing less or more. It was fair. CSK got through to play offs because they did enough. And KKR they have been consistent bcoz of Sunil Narine. Gambhir was good but not great or terrific like Dhoni.

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (May 30, 2012, 10:35 GMT)

@Sebastian Joseph, the competition is not between Rohit Sharma and Bisla. Dhawan and Rahane instead of Rohit and Raina. Bisla instead of Dhoni. Coming to how many matches Bisla has won as opposed to Rohit - how many chances did Bisla get to even talk about such a comparison? Rohit is a wonderful 'talent' even after nearly 5 years. Nuff said about him and Raina. Time to move on and look beyond Rohit and Raina. It took us 10 years to drop an over-hyped cocky Harbhajan Singh. Let's not repeat the same mistake with Rohit and Raina and in the process hurt other lovely young batsmen in our country.

Posted by Sanjeevtiwary on (May 30, 2012, 9:25 GMT)

My pick will have: 1. Gayle 2. Sehwag (for his 5 consecutive fifties) 3. Gambhir 4. Kallis 5. Raina 6. Dhoni (Captain) 7. Rayudu 8. Sunil naraine 9. Umesh Yadav 10.Nadeem / Bhatia (depends on pitch for slow indian pitch spinner) 11.Morkel 12. Rahane/Dhawan & Steyn/White

Posted by   on (May 30, 2012, 9:04 GMT)

Sorry, for a change this team doesn't look good to me. You seem to have given a lot of importance to the final / playoffs only. Kallis has bowled well, but if he must play, then he should open with Gayle. There is no way Kallis can come at no.4 if the 2nd wicket goes at about 10 overs or later. One thing that KKR was lucky about was that McCullum and Kallis didn't bat together in the final. Unless there is a blazer in the other end, both are spoilers. There are other all rounders to consider. Albie Morkel, Bravo both are good. Why not Shakib-Al-Hasan? He would have been far more effective than Kallis if he batted at no.3 all the way. Kallis and McCullum have been way too much pampered this time.

I also think Raina, Dhoni and Rohit Sharma are doubtful.

Posted by SasiGladi on (May 30, 2012, 7:34 GMT)

Fifth bowler will be weaker, dont say kallis will always take the load no doubt he is a legend cant trust him all the time in T20 format...raina will be good but not all the time...Albie or Bravo will be perfect spice in place of Kallis will add more variety and balance in the team...

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (May 30, 2012, 4:20 GMT)

@SIVAN 1980 . THEN WHY DID YOUR CSK SIDE WAS SO DEPENDENT ON OTHER TEAM TO REACH FOR PLAY OFFS . @BEING ARYAN . WHAT SPECIAL JADEJA HAS DONE IN THIS IPL ? CAN YOU PLEASE TELL ME ? SUCH A USELESS PLAYER .

Posted by   on (May 30, 2012, 3:03 GMT)

For every team selection, there will be a million other alternate teams picked by fans.. I think this is a good attempt by cricinfo but Suresh Raina ahead of Dhawan was a bit over the top.

Posted by   on (May 30, 2012, 1:09 GMT)

Dravid_Gravitas: How many matches Rohith won for Mi and how many matches Bisla won for Kolkatta, just one perfomance takes him nowhere

Posted by maddy20 on (May 30, 2012, 1:01 GMT)

I would slot the middle order with Ajinkya Rahane instead of Rayudu. Rahane was more consistent. Dhoni can play the finisher role too! @Sivan180 Can you read? It says IPL 2012: Team of the tournament! Not overall!

Posted by   on (May 29, 2012, 21:19 GMT)

Guys want to have Gambhir as a captain then it makes all sense only to have Bisla as WK. I pitty for your typical avg mentality of just going by recent glory and not the recent past. Instead of ignoring Dhoni's glories of winning ODI WC, T20 WC, Challengers Trophy, 2/5 IPL, No.1 Test team, you could better ignore him in this 11. If only IPL is considered as the performance than I wonder on what basis you ignore the leadership of taking a team all 5 times into playoffs, 4 times into final and twice wining the trophy. I respect Gambhir and believe that he got the potential above all other individuals but NEVER NEVER and will NEVER against DHONI. Do you think someone who said "Team makes successful captain, Successful captain does not make successful team" is a good leader? If so, my question is why then a captain??? just for toss and post match comments???

Posted by   on (May 29, 2012, 20:25 GMT)

George Binoy:

Is winning = good captainship?

Harbhajan wins Champions Trophy, so he is the best captain.

Gambhir wins IPL5, so he is the best captain.

Warne was praised as a captain because he took a bunch on unknown guys and made them excel. Have you checked the performance of Yusuf and Tiwari under Gambhir?

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (May 29, 2012, 18:31 GMT)

The more I look at this team, the more I get perplexed. It has to be Gayle and Sehwag as openers. Our Captain Gambhir comes in at no.3. No disrespects to Gambhir to come as no.3. He is our best batsman. He can blaze away at 180+ or steady the ship at 140+ if needed. Such is his versatility. Then there has to be Rahane and Dhawan. Kallis (allrounder) to follow and then Bisla our wicket keeper. I don't see any place for Dhoni in this team. The other two overseas players will be Malinga and Narine. There's no place for Steyn who gets clobbered all over the park in every other match in this format. One spot goes to Umesh and the last remaining spot can be Awana or Balaji. End of story. I can't see how Raina, Dhoni and Rohit can even be considered for selection in such an elite team.

Posted by   on (May 29, 2012, 17:03 GMT)

Shikhar Dhawan for Suresh Raina...

Posted by   on (May 29, 2012, 16:22 GMT)

gautam ahead of MSD can nevr b accepted...he s best captain ovr d years n has handled mre tougher situations...gauti s gud ,but nt dhoni z alwayz a way ahead]

Posted by Sano27 on (May 29, 2012, 15:44 GMT)

This team selection doesn't make any sense.....Gayle,Rahane,Gambhir,Rohit Sharma,MS Dhoni,A.Rayudu,D.Bravo,S.Narine,Malinga,U Yadav, P Awana/R Ashwin/Balaji........this is a far better side.....i bet u....!

Posted by   on (May 29, 2012, 15:33 GMT)

The other 11 1. Sehwag 2. Dhavan 3. Rahane 4. Watson 5. Piterson 6. ABD 7. Badrinath 8. Ashvin 9. Zaheer 10. Chawla 11. Malinga

Posted by Sivan1980 on (May 29, 2012, 15:28 GMT)

CSK11 is better than this 11. Because the team is selected based only IPL5. So the analyser top is didnt work. Consider all 5 IPL and CLt20. Now u select the team. Ultimately the best 11 will be chennai. Any how all ur problem will be resolved after CLT20 2012 and next IPL. Till than u can write all ur rubbish. Its very clear that analyser hunting the Dhoni place for nothing.

Posted by   on (May 29, 2012, 15:28 GMT)

A Very bad team selection. Not what we have got used to from Cricinfo team.

Posted by coverdrive86 on (May 29, 2012, 13:09 GMT)

Gayle, Sehwag, Gambhir(cpt), Rahane, Dhawan, D Bravo, Dhoni, Narine, M Morkel, L Balaji, U Yadav

Posted by   on (May 29, 2012, 12:59 GMT)

sehwag instead of raina and rahane instead of rohit sharma.... Also, why is rayudu there? doesnt make any sens. It'd have Ravindra jadeja instead

Posted by   on (May 29, 2012, 12:25 GMT)

malinga most be on that team hes the best T/20 bowler

Posted by   on (May 29, 2012, 12:17 GMT)

Who are you to say that Narine and Gayle is a non brainer? They are more brainy than you otherwise they would not get so much success at the top level. By saying "Also because of this legendary line, "We did it for Balaji." " what did you mean to say?

Posted by IssacJ on (May 29, 2012, 12:03 GMT)

My IPL Team: 1. V Shewag (c), 2. S Dhawan, 3. A Rahane 4. V Kholi 5. S Watson 6. AB Devillers(wk) 7. I Pathan 8. R Ashwin 9. Z Khan 10. M Morkel 11. L Malinga..

Your Team vs My Team what do you say?

Posted by   on (May 29, 2012, 11:19 GMT)

I can kill this XI with this team I am picking

V.Shewag (capt) A.Rahane S.Dhawan K.Pietersen R.Uthappa A.B.De Villiers (wk) S.Badrinath R.Jadeja R.Ashwin L.Malinga M.Morkel

Posted by   on (May 29, 2012, 11:01 GMT)

1.Gayle 2. Gambhir 3. Rahane 4. Kaalis 5. Raina 6. Dhoni. 7. Steyn, 8. U Yadav 9. Morkel 10. Nariane 11. Avanna.......Here the problem is we can pick only 4 overseas players and also this IPL not produce high quality Indian players specially in middle order......All leading run scorers are Opener, we can't pick all of them.......as well all leading wicket takers are overseas bowlers there is also same problem....we can choose as rules as player positions that's why I choose above team here 5 overseas player.....

Posted by   on (May 29, 2012, 10:34 GMT)

why Raina ? just because he plays for CSK and why is Dhoni there Bisla should be in the side as the wicketkeeper because he has performed well in the earlier matches as wel whereas Dhoni hasn't

Posted by satish619chandar on (May 29, 2012, 10:22 GMT)

People should understand one thing.. The team is selected with 4 overseas and other players for the positions.. there are only 4 bowlers in it and all rounder is a MUST.. Azhar could have made a better all rounder than Kallis based on IPL5.. you don't need Fast all rounder, 3 pace bowlers.. Better we can skip one of Awana or Umesh and give it to a spinner - Ashwin or Negi.. My 11 would be : Gayle, Gambhir, Rohit, Raina, Dhoni, Azhar, Rayudu, Ashwin, Steyn, Umesh, Narine.. Ash can defend and Narine can attack..

Posted by   on (May 29, 2012, 10:03 GMT)

Balaji should have been an automatic choice..Raina and Rohit didnt perform that well to be in the team..my Xi would be: 1)Gayle,2)G.Gambhir(c),3)Rahane,4)Dhoni(wk),5)Ab Devillers,6)Dwayne Bravo,7)Badrinath/Rayudu(flaoter in the side), 8)Ashwin, 9)M.Morkel, 10)Balaji, 11)Umesh Yadav.

Posted by   on (May 29, 2012, 10:02 GMT)

"because he fields like superman would have." - Awesome saying.. I can't stop laughing. Good one :)

Posted by   on (May 29, 2012, 9:52 GMT)

Without ABD IPL team or International team can't be completed,He is a Legend....

Posted by   on (May 29, 2012, 9:40 GMT)

what a poor selection!! no abd? no malinga?

rahul and rayadu ahead of rahane? kallis ahead of watson?

Posted by rajatmehra on (May 29, 2012, 9:36 GMT)

If you are considering just IPL V then Raina and Rohit Sharma certainly don't deserve a place just because of of 1 or 2 credible performances. Mandeep Singh, Rahane. How about getting Sehwag in as an opener and Gambhir coming at # 3. Just the thing that India does in ODI's.

Posted by   on (May 29, 2012, 9:33 GMT)

Useless line-up. The bowling especially.

Posted by   on (May 29, 2012, 9:32 GMT)

I would say a very good team selection, as this is the team of IPL 2012, and not based on past performances..yeah i agree to some extent to the ppl here that Rahane/Balaji/Dhawan and even Sehwag are missing from the list, but the author has certainly given his reasons for the same and they seem perfectly valid. The only strange entry is of Raina as he never looked his prominent best up until the finale. But, even then the side is pretty balanced and Gauti as the captain is the perfect choice considering how well he manages to lead KKR but also how well he manages the expectations of the craziest cricket loving city of India.

Posted by   on (May 29, 2012, 9:17 GMT)

Senseless team selection.. Kudos George Binoy!!

Posted by AllwinJ on (May 29, 2012, 9:06 GMT)

The media seems to be hunting for Dhoni's captaincy.

Posted by Romanticstud on (May 29, 2012, 8:53 GMT)

It is a pity that only 4 Overseas players are allowed in the team ... why not take the overseas players out and play them vs the Indian Team ... Rahane ... Ghambir ... Raina ... Sehwag ... Tendulkar ... Sharma ... Dohni ... Rayadu ... Pathan ... Awana ... Yadav ... vs ... Gayle ... Watson ... Kallis ... Dwane Bravo ... KP ... AB ... Steyn ... Morne Morkel ... Malinga ... Narine ... Doing 12th man on each side Bisla ... and Albie Morkel ...

Posted by   on (May 29, 2012, 8:50 GMT)

Where is Malinga? What about Morkel? Balaji should come in place of umesh yadav..why the hell Rohit sharma is in the team? Where is Mike hussey ? No Sehwag?

Posted by Abaa on (May 29, 2012, 8:43 GMT)

How can Suresh Raina (441 runs) or Rohit Sharma (433 runs) be preferred in the middle order over S.Dhawan (569 runs) or AM Rahane (560 runs) who were the epitomes of consistency in their respective teams' seasons ??? Defies all logic ... And despite Kallis easily being the best all-rounder ever in world cricket today, he was definitely not at his best in this tournament (it was still enough to culminate in a match winning partnership with Bisla to win the final). M.S.D also doesn't deserve to be picked with only 350 odd runs. Kallis and Dhoni could be replaced with I.Pathan and De Villiers (the latter for keeping duties plus easily the best finisher in the tournament). With Sunil Narine in the side, there is no need for any other spinners. He wasn't the player of the tournament for nothing! Hard to choose between Malinga, Morkel and Steyn for the fast bowling slot. Steyn or Malinga for the X factor or Morkel the top wicket-taker? Tough choice. Hard to pick one over the other two.

Posted by Rahul_Acharya on (May 29, 2012, 8:17 GMT)

No Rahane, M Morkel? What are Raina and MSD doing?

Posted by   on (May 29, 2012, 8:14 GMT)

My team: 1. Gayle 2. Gambhir/Rahane 3. Watson 4. AB 5. R. Sharma 6. Rayudu 7. Dhoni (Wk/Capt) 8. IK Pathan 9. Yadav 10. Narine 11. Mishra (spinning track) /P. Kumar (Otherwise)

Posted by   on (May 29, 2012, 8:13 GMT)

Stupid team..without Malina in the team or even Balaji was better than Umesh Yadav..Where is Dwayne Bravo..And i still feel, Dhoni is much better captain than Gambhir..U forgot to mention how dhoni charged up the time in playoffs and put it in final!!!!

Posted by RyanHarrisGreatCricketer on (May 29, 2012, 8:04 GMT)

really meaningless team. This is the best xi: Rahane , Gambhir, Rohit , De Villiers , Shakib Al Hasan , Dhoni (wk) ,Rayudu , Narine , Ryan Harris , Yadav ,Amit Mishra

Posted by praveen4honestremark on (May 29, 2012, 8:03 GMT)

@ George Binoy.. Gambhir's passion trumped MS Dhoni's cool, so he's our captain. Also because of this legendary line, "We did it for Balaji."..Hey man how do you make a kid as a captain??, looking his passion and only some words. Quite funny you are. This Gambhir kid has only one IPLT20 and that's by luck because no body expected even in wildest dreams that Bisla would play( even though he is a good player than Gambhir) as he was not given chances and in final match people fall under pressure. Dhoni is Mount everest by friend Binoy and you know where is Gambhir?? He is at the bottom of the Mount everest, and even he climbs by winnings IPL 100 times he will be called as iil-tempered, arrogant captain we had ever. Still you want him as captain?, make a choice Binoy.

Posted by   on (May 29, 2012, 8:01 GMT)

Good to see Awana in the list. Though I bemoan the omission of Rahane.

Posted by ArunM70 on (May 29, 2012, 7:34 GMT)

Not fair to have MSD & Raina in based on one innings - remember this is 'team of the tournament' list. If so, Bisla should have walked in instead of MSD as he played a more impactful knock. As for Raina - I believe Rahane has done more to be in this team based on this year's performance.

Posted by   on (May 29, 2012, 7:33 GMT)

Rahane,Gambhir,KP,Raina,Rohit,Dhoni(WK),Irfan,Styen,Malinga,Awana,Narine... Now dnt tell me this is not the best team?? i took into consideration 4 overseas players :)

Posted by cricfanraj on (May 29, 2012, 7:32 GMT)

Guys , Just remember only 4 foreign players when you are chosing your 11. I see 5 ,6... :-)

Posted by ameen85 on (May 29, 2012, 7:24 GMT)

No AB,Malinga, and Shikkar.... r u kidding????????? poor selection

Posted by   on (May 29, 2012, 7:22 GMT)

Worst Team.. Dhoni should be the Captain..

Posted by   on (May 29, 2012, 7:17 GMT)

1 Cris Gayle 2 T M Dilshan/Shewag 3 Mahela Jayawardena (C) 4 Jacques Kallis 5 Piertersen 6 de villiers 7 MSD (WK) 8 Watson/Bravo/polad 9 Shakib/Steyn 10 Morkal/ Mallinga 11 Murali

12 Steven Smith

Posted by ub_prasa on (May 29, 2012, 7:16 GMT)

I will make a better opposition with these players. 1.Rahane 2.Shewag 3.Watson 4.KP 5.AB(Capt & WK) 6.Dhawan7.R Jadeja 8.Ashwin 9.Malinga 10.Zaheer Khan 11.Balaji 12th man- TM Dilshan More balance team than suggested in the article.

Posted by   on (May 29, 2012, 7:06 GMT)

Gambir capt.......??????????????very bad option....capt must be cool lik MSD MSD is always the best captain....

Posted by   on (May 29, 2012, 6:57 GMT)

No Balaji, I thought he bowled well enough to be in the team......

Posted by Inspector_Clouseau on (May 29, 2012, 6:53 GMT)

This team needs another quality spinner.

Posted by   on (May 29, 2012, 6:20 GMT)

WHERE IS THE PURPLE CAP ?? RAINA - ROHIT - DESERVE A PASS...!!!!

Posted by venkat4018 on (May 29, 2012, 6:14 GMT)

This does not seem the best Team considering this IPL Season:

1. Gayle 2. Watson 3. Gambir 4. KP 5. AB Devillers 6. Rohit 7.MSD - Captain 8.Zaheer 9. Umesh10. Awana 11. Naraine This team will be batting dominant but now great bowling but

1. Gayle 2. Dhawan 3. Watson 4.Rohit 5. AB Devillers 6.MSD - Captain 7. PK or BK 8.Steyn 9. Umesh10. Awana 11. Naraine

Kallis is a legend but in this format watson would be a better al rounder. If gambir is not able to fit in first 3 then he is of less use. so dhawan is ahead in this format.Even though morkel is purple cap holder, steyn can be unplayable

Posted by RogerC on (May 29, 2012, 6:13 GMT)

AB Devillers for Kallis. Dhawan for Raina. Rahane for Rohit Sharma. Actually the max-four foreign players limit in this team is not good as the key performers in all teams are foreigners.

Posted by   on (May 29, 2012, 5:59 GMT)

No DeVillers r u kidding me?????? he was the best finisher of the tournament. can easily draft him ahead of Kallis.

Posted by   on (May 29, 2012, 5:57 GMT)

Gayle, Shewag/Dhawan, Gambir(C), Piertersen, de villiers, Watson, Bravo, Steyne, Malinga/Morkel, Narine, Murali/Ashwin

Beat this team he he

Posted by natmastak_so-called on (May 29, 2012, 5:28 GMT)

where is ricky ponting ? and alastair cook ? ;-)

Posted by   on (May 29, 2012, 5:23 GMT)

My Team 11 would be :

Gayle, Rahane, Gambhir(C), Raina, Ab de(wk), Rayadu, Shakib, Steyn, Morkal, Mallinga, Narine

A Team: Sehvag, Pietersen, Mahela, Kallis, Rohit, Y.Pathan, Jadeja, Ashwin, I.Pathan, U.Yadav, Awana

Posted by FoollyFedUp on (May 29, 2012, 5:17 GMT)

Rayudu, Raina, Umesh Yadav, Awana...are you serious? Remove the 4 overseas players and this team will get shredded by a Zimbabewean B team. Thank god for small mercies, you did not select Kohli.

Posted by   on (May 29, 2012, 5:06 GMT)

Best round up ever. No disagreements. wish others had stood up, but didn't. 10/10 for George Binoy. And Steve Smith WAS Superman a couple of times there!

Posted by   on (May 29, 2012, 4:57 GMT)

barring some names its a good selection. I object on certain names though , first of all , how can raina earn a place in team based on merely one notable inning in finale ! Rahane and dhawan both are as good fielders as raina and their batting performances had been more consistent this season . So Raina replaced with Rahane / Dhawan . secondly , Kallis replaced with Bravo. though watson had been a worthy contender, it will make an overload at top order.bravo had been CSKs one of the best performers this season , coming handy with both bat n ball when others flopped . I am also doubtful about overseas top bowler slaught with 3 worthy candidates,Morkel /malinga /steyn .rather than awana whos a pacer I would go for Nadeem, spinner, he had been lethal at times . so it makes, 1.Gayle 2. gambhir 3. Rahane/dhawan 4. R sharma 5. Dhoni(WK) 6. bravo 7.Rayudu 8.steyn/morkel/malinga 9.Narine 10.yadav 11.Nadeem

Posted by   on (May 29, 2012, 4:47 GMT)

virat kohli deserves to be at no 3. suresh raina seriously

Posted by   on (May 29, 2012, 4:44 GMT)

get in your leading wicket taker ...

Posted by   on (May 29, 2012, 4:43 GMT)

my worst ipl team. 1)ganguly( cap) 2)james franklin 3)daniel christian 4) sangakkara 5)uthappa(wk) 6)ravindra jadeja 7) piyush chawla 8)harbajan singh 9)manpreet goni 10)vettori 11)munaf patel 12) michael clerk.

Posted by   on (May 29, 2012, 4:38 GMT)

So Here is the final 11 Players Gayle > Rehane > Gambhir(C) > Raina > Ab de (W)> Jadeja > Narine > Morkel > Malinga > Balaji > Yadav > Dhoni (12) yes this is final thanks

Posted by   on (May 29, 2012, 4:36 GMT)

Instead of selecting three IPL teams in the CLT20, we should select only the top two teams and the third team should be Rest of the IPL. This way, the best players will still be available and the CLT20 will take further momentum with tough contenders for the title. Will BCCI, CA and CSA will look in to it?

Posted by   on (May 29, 2012, 4:34 GMT)

worst team i would say ..!! i would rather go with . batting order : 1 . gayle 2. sehwag 3. kohli 4. pietersen 5. ab de villiers 6. pollard 7. msd(wk/capt) 8. jadeja/raina (depending on the opponents) 9. zaheer 10. irfan pathan / awana / umesh yadav 11. ashwin / ojha

every one would fit the slot perfectly .. ! if viru n gayle go beserk .. probably u can imagine the carnage .. kohli n pietersen can provide perfect anchoring to the innings .. abd .. pollard .. msd and jadeja/raina can turboprop the team's total beyond the horizon .. when it comes to bowling .. zaheer will be the frontline paceman with his experience (yorkers/knuckle balls ) .. irfan or awana or umesh can work with zaheer to destroy the opponents .. ashwin/ojha perhaps the best t20 spinners in india .. pollard will chip in with his medium pacer and will remove the pace of the ball .. jadeja / raina / gayle / viru can provide the 5th bowling option ! NOTE : current form doesnt count .. only d impact on d game does !

Posted by wiseshah on (May 29, 2012, 4:30 GMT)

gayle, dhawan, gambhir, watson,kallis, de villiers, pollard, bravo/shakib, morne morkel, malinga, narine-- extra: rahane, shehwag, pietersen,steyn

Posted by   on (May 29, 2012, 4:22 GMT)

Gayle, Rahane, Gambhir (C),Raina, Ab de (W),Jadeja, Narine, Steyn,Malinga/Morkel, Balaji, Umesh, Murali/Dhoni/Watson(12),,mmmmm okkkkk looks better

Posted by joseyesu on (May 29, 2012, 4:17 GMT)

Gayle, Gambir, Kallis, Rohit, Dhoni, Rayudu, Ashwin, Yadav, Awana, Steyn, Narine be a team of my choice

Posted by   on (May 29, 2012, 4:12 GMT)

what? no dada? you must be joking!

Posted by Sulaimaan91 on (May 29, 2012, 4:03 GMT)

Steyn can never be in this team.a few brilliant performances propped up his figures for the tournament.As the worlds best fast bowler he was expected to contribute more to his team.There were at least 2/3 matches where he in fact contributed a lot to the teams defeat.A T20 team needs a very good death bowler and Steyn definitely isnt one.Malinga/Morkel should replace Steyn in this line up.The rest of the team is fine

Posted by   on (May 29, 2012, 3:47 GMT)

1) Gayle 2) Sehwag 3) Gambhir 4) Watson 5) MS Dhoni (capt) 6) Rohit Sharma 7) Raina 8) Ashwin 9) Steyn 10) Awana 11) Narine

Posted by   on (May 29, 2012, 3:47 GMT)

gayle,gambhir,KP,raina,dhoni,kohli,irfan,morkel,narine,Umesh Yadav,awana...12th and 13th must go to Steve Smith and Malinga....

Posted by   on (May 29, 2012, 3:43 GMT)

1. Gayle 2. G Gambhir(C) 3. D Warner/ V Sehwag 4. AB De Villers(W) 5. V Sehwag 6. S Raina/Steven smith 7. R Ashwin 8. M Morkel 9. D Steyn 10. S Narine 11. P Awanna

Extra

1. C White 2. U Yadav 3. A Rayadu 4. J Kallis

Posted by   on (May 29, 2012, 3:37 GMT)

Gayle , Sehwag , Gambhir, Rohit, Devilliers, Bravo, Dhoni/Rayudu, narine, balaji ,yadav, Nadeem

how can you leave sehwag? 160+ strike rate..... Kallis?? Nadeem was so good in pp..... Devillers best finisher .. Bravo best allrounder of the series... Narine ultimately best bowler..

Team of the ipl should be Rajasthan royals... Only team played above their potential... and Mumbai indians were the under performers.....

Posted by   on (May 29, 2012, 3:19 GMT)

there must me sakib and malinga...

Posted by PVROCKS on (May 29, 2012, 3:13 GMT)

An IPL dream team with only two players from the ipl finalists?

Posted by WiseThought on (May 29, 2012, 3:11 GMT)

Everybody talks about Rayudu's heroics but will he ever get a chance to play for India again? He was excellent all through the IPL's, why not give him a chance to prove his ability in the Indian side, though IPL is not a launch pad for team India but he is worth giving a chance

Posted by   on (May 29, 2012, 3:05 GMT)

I would bring in Sehwag instead for Raina and Rahane instead of Rayudu, Watson instead of Kallis, this being a T20 game. Though it is a top over overload, you want batsmen based on batting and not batting positions they played from. Missing players who could have made into the 11: Dhawan, de Villiers, Morne Morkel, Warner/Pieterson(ENG).

Posted by riaz_7214 on (May 29, 2012, 2:51 GMT)

poor team selection..where is DE villiers..morkel???only one spinner???no spinning allrounder???badddddddddddddd

Posted by TheMeanMachine on (May 29, 2012, 2:12 GMT)

Thats a ridiculous selection. Even with the constraint of 4 foreign players, this should have been done better. Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina were very inconsistent so Shikhar Dhawan deserves a place at number 3 and so does Ajinkya Rahane. If Dhoni is not the captain then its wiser to pick Robin Uthappa as the wicketkeeper who was the only consistent player in the terrible Pune lineup. Kallis's only innings of susbtance was the final so Irfan Pathan could be given the go as the allrounder to fit in Malinga in the team because leaving out Malinga is blasphemy!

Posted by   on (May 29, 2012, 2:06 GMT)

Oh where is KP??? Is there anyone had an exceptional avg. backed by heavy Strike-rate except Gayle??? Come on... ABD, KP , Viru, malinga, morkel in the opposition u not gonna win them for sure...

Posted by   on (May 29, 2012, 1:54 GMT)

Gayle,Gambir,Raina,Rohit,De villiers,Rayudu,Dale steyn,Umesh Yadav,Varun arun,Sunil narine.

Posted by   on (May 29, 2012, 1:04 GMT)

where is M.morkel??????????????????????

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (May 29, 2012, 0:51 GMT)

The team is incomplete without Shikhar Dhawan. It's that simple. Rahane over Raina any day. So, it's got to be Dhawan and Rahane instead of Rohit and Raina. You got it wrong George.

Posted by Ashu_CricketFan on (May 29, 2012, 0:12 GMT)

There you go... Rohit included in yet another list based on ONLY ONE performance. Come on seriously??? How long is he going to be called as the future of Indian cricket even after 5 long years of unproved international performance. Why was Mandeep ignored?

Posted by xenon555 on (May 28, 2012, 23:21 GMT)

This is a terrible team...... Why would you limit 4 overseas players in the 1st place? This is the list of BEST PLAYERS!!!!! A much better team would be: 1) Gayle - No argument 2) Rahane - He helped the RR (not a great team) be in playoff contention 3) Gambhir - Plays one down as well 4) Rohit Sharma - No argument 5) ABDV - wk, amazing finisher, awesome year 6) Steve Smith - well deserving 7) Dwayne Bravo - Really played big all year 8) Morkel - purple cap warrants place 9) Steyn - no argument 10) Narine - No arguement 11) Malinga - He has still been pretty decent

Posted by AnotherCricketFan on (May 28, 2012, 23:12 GMT)

I am surprised at the reader's responses. It is George's XI (and he also a Cricinfo commentator so he is qualified, one trusts).

What puzzles me is the Kallis and justification. There are Pathan brothers who could do the same (and Irfan did perform better). Dhoni (losing his captaincy to Gambhir) is not an automatic choice for Wicket Keeping unless the 4 person rule comes into play and keeps out A B deVilers - purely on batting and keeping merits.

Raina's selection is unwarranted. Rayadu deserves his spot - he is one of the under appreciated players in the league. Raina was picked purely on recognized name.

Posted by   on (May 28, 2012, 23:07 GMT)

best elven without indian player restriction . 1 gayle 2 gambhir 3 kalis 4 devillers 5 dhoni 6 pollard 7 a morkel/bravo 8 steyn 9 m morkel/malinga 10 murlidharan 11 narain

Posted by asraruwant on (May 28, 2012, 23:07 GMT)

Pretty good selection but i will change it and would like to see it this way. 1) Chris Gayle 2) Gautam Gambhir 3) Suresh Raina 4) Rohit Sharma 5) MS Dhoni 6)Ambati Rayudu 7)Rajat Bhatia 8)Dale Steyn 9) Lasith Malinga 10) Umesh Yadav 11) Sunil Narine. The above teams gives the balance to the team because rajat bhatia is a pretty good all rounder with his medium pace on slow wickets he is very good. Steyn and Umesh yadav and Rajat bhatia to bowl the first 12 overs of the innings and the last 8 overs to be bowled by Sunil Narine and Malinga. Wowwwww Now this is what you can call a dream IPL T20 team.

Posted by   on (May 28, 2012, 22:30 GMT)

actually ASHWIN instead of AWANA to give more spin options, his economy rate of 6.54 is more than good enough for an Indian bowler.

Posted by   on (May 28, 2012, 22:23 GMT)

GAYLE, GAMBHIR*, WATSON, SHARMA, RAYUDU, DHONI, POLLARD, NARINE, BALAJI, DINDA, AWANA.

Posted by   on (May 28, 2012, 22:02 GMT)

This is not the team for a slow pitch like Eden or Chepauk !! Gambhir would find it hard to bowl with only Narine as the spinner ! Murali in place of Smith would have made the squad better. CHoosing Smith just because of fielding is weird. Raina also doesn't seem a good choice if you are choosing this team bases on statistics. He was out of form for the whole tournament except the final match. Rahane would have been better there.

Posted by   on (May 28, 2012, 21:51 GMT)

mr. george binoy,this is one of the worst dream team selection.many 1 match players are there and u have gone through names,not with this years performance!kallis was very poor with his batting(strike rate near 100!),did he do too much with the ball to be included in dream team??this team definitely lacking another spinner in place of a seamer and balaji should be in there.ab/kp could be in for kallis or if u want an allrounder- bravo is fit for that or u could also pick shakib to remove the spin weakness.raina,jadob,awana all should be out-and sehwag(gambhir can come at 3),rahane deserves spots there.

Posted by AncientAstronaut on (May 28, 2012, 21:16 GMT)

A pretty solid team, I have to say. There's reason to pick DeVilliers over Kallis, but that'd leave the team one bowler short. And people who think Dhoni is the better captain, just look at the results in the group stages. I'm not a big Gambhir fan, but in this tournament, he was the better man, because he led bullheadedly from the front.

Posted by   on (May 28, 2012, 21:10 GMT)

GAYLE ,GAMBIR, DHAVAN, SHARMA, VILLERS, DHONI[C&WK] SEVAG, AWANNA, NARINE, STAYEN,YADAV

Posted by   on (May 28, 2012, 20:27 GMT)

Malinga instead of steyn..!! pollard/bravo instead of kallis..!! mandeep singh in place of rohit..!! rest is okk..!! & should have picked ashwin ahead of umesh yadav..!!!

Posted by   on (May 28, 2012, 20:17 GMT)

1 gayle 2 gambhir 3 kalis 4 rohit sharma/kohli 5 dhoni 6 raina 7 ashwin 8 yadav 9 awana 10 malinga/steyn/morkel specialist fast overseas bowler 11 naraine specialist overseas second bowler

Posted by   on (May 28, 2012, 20:14 GMT)

On Al types of wickets ,Gayle/Michel Huseey/Kallis/Raina/Dhoni/Ashwin/Azhar Mahommed or dely steyn OR MONE MORKEL depending who is opposition /Rahul sharma or Praveen Kumar,/Ibal abdulla/Umesh yadav/12th man Smith is perfect,Captian Dhoni If play real cricket with no entertainment element then they can beat any of the teams in ipl 5 ,the back bone of the CSK is in this team (4 players) 2 good all rounders in kallis & azhar,3 batsmen who can turn a match in a few balls gayle/raina/dhoni,the most reliable player be it attack or defend in t20 history it has to be michel hussey he will a legend in t20 cricket ,If Steyn can rattle top orders then match finishes there,Good Spinners in Ashwin & Ibal , PRAVEEN is ideal where ball is seaming around.

Posted by kesri1234 on (May 28, 2012, 19:56 GMT)

You don't win matches for an individual. When you say 'we won this match for so and so', you are putting the individual ahead of the team. Heard a similar story about BigT after World Cup, which was also meaningless. For that reason, Gambhir is way.... behind MS to be captain of a team.

Posted by NYer on (May 28, 2012, 19:38 GMT)

Rahane, Gambhir, Gayle, Dhawan, AB deVilliers, Bravo, Shakib, Malinga, Steyn, Morkel, Narine.

With the 4 foreign player limit : Gambhir, Sehwag, Gayle, Dhawan, Rahane, Mandeep Singh, Rayudu, Malinga, Balaji, Morkel, Narine.

Posted by NVjCC on (May 28, 2012, 19:36 GMT)

Captain Gambhir..............???????????????????????

Some one in there is much much better captain. just because he won the IPL doesn't make him good Captain.

its ALWAYS DHONI.

Posted by   on (May 28, 2012, 19:25 GMT)

First of all,lets be honest.Gambhir is a short-tempered person who cant make better decisions at cruch situations than dhoni.when dhoni brought glories to india and whatever team he captained where all you guys been? gambhir won just one club lvl tournament and u all praising him.yesterday was anybody's game and just KKR got away with it that means not that gambhir is better than dhoni.think of those joyful moments DHONI gave to us.Atleast dont demote him if you cant praise him.he still have a long way to go his careeer as captain and he finishes his career he will be one of the greatest capatins that india had! Hats off to you DHONI.we love you!

Posted by asif3k on (May 28, 2012, 19:18 GMT)

Gambhir captain!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!???????????????????????

Posted by Kalpa007 on (May 28, 2012, 19:09 GMT)

No M.Morkel U must me kidding............The purple cap Holder......COME ON

Posted by   on (May 28, 2012, 19:00 GMT)

what about malinga, morkel, pietersen ??????????????

Posted by   on (May 28, 2012, 18:54 GMT)

An 11 with just 1 specialist spinner on indian conditions .... I wonder how this team would fare at wickets like kolkata pune mumbai .... Need 1 more spinner in the 11

Posted by squarepeg on (May 28, 2012, 18:36 GMT)

Funny, only one spinner, no KP or AB, no place for Shikhar Dhawan, Mandeep and Rehane but one-knock wonders like Rohit Sharma and Raina are in... who makes such teams? Or is there a bias to take players from MI, CSK and KKR for Kallis also doesn't come into the team on this year performance. Thank god varun aaron wasn't put in!

Posted by   on (May 28, 2012, 18:33 GMT)

hahahahahaha......Gambhir is the captain .tell me its a joke.he will cry if he concede 3 sixes in a row. oh i got it... he seemed very fancy b'cause he won the title uh? Dhoni won five titles so far. he the best captain at present.... one last challenge, Can he win one match if both of them swap sides .....he cant without sunil and kallis. Dont get too exited George Binoy. Take a day or two ....calm down a bit and think again,by the way where is Malinga.

Posted by vrn59 on (May 28, 2012, 18:23 GMT)

Steyn is the best Test bowler, but Malinga should be picked in a T20 XI! Raina doesn't really deserve his spot either. For those who have commented about Sachin not being included, how could you seriously expect him to be? He is the greatest batsman of all time but he isn't a great T20 player like Gayle, and also, he's been in bad form this IPL season with only one innings of note. He's also missed some matches due to injury.

Posted by   on (May 28, 2012, 18:15 GMT)

No Morne Morkel or AB ? What a flop team !

Posted by ZiggyMarley on (May 28, 2012, 18:14 GMT)

Guys, they could only pick four foreign players! Good side considering, but any one of Virender Sehwag, Shikwar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane or Mandeep Singh would have been a better option than Suresh Raina (in this tournament), especially since you have Jacques Kallis & Chris Gayle who can already share the 5th bowler duties. Also think Rohit is questionable in that position, but few other options I guess? Unless you bat Sehwag in the middle order?

Posted by chilled_avenger on (May 28, 2012, 18:11 GMT)

Raina and Dhoni both scored one fifty in 19 matches in this IPL and yet they somehow manged to get in the Best XI? And Rohit Sharma? Was he really consistent enough to feature in a Best XI? And by the way,Jaques Kallis was almost a liability as Batsman until the final! This article seems way too much biased!

Posted by rsurya on (May 28, 2012, 17:57 GMT)

Ill make a worst XI of the tournament James Franklin, Sourav Ganguly, Yousuf Pathan, Daniel Christian, Robin Uthappa, MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Daniel Vettori, Harbajan Singh(c), Shaun Tait, Munaf Patel. ???

Posted by KrazyToes on (May 28, 2012, 17:43 GMT)

Gambhir captain ahead of Dhoni ? ROFL. The primary goal of this article is to increase the rift between Gambir/Dhoni because Gambhir was not happy with the rotation policy. The author is aiming to add fuel to that fire but he will not succeed. When Team India plays again, they will play as ONE TEAM. I stopped reading this artcile immediately after seeing Gambhir as captain - give me a break. Gambhir did a good job *this season*. Dhoni has led CSK to 4 finals and 2 championships - enuf said.

Posted by   on (May 28, 2012, 17:38 GMT)

Just one mistake, an IPL XI cannot have 5 overseas players.. :D

Posted by   on (May 28, 2012, 17:33 GMT)

1. Gautam Gambhir 2. Gayle 3. Jacques Kallis 4. Dhoni (capt) 5. Raina 6. Rohit 7. Avana 8. Dale Steyn 9. Malinga 10. Ashwin 11. Ojha

Posted by   on (May 28, 2012, 17:28 GMT)

raina - r u kidding cricinfo ..?? rahane is as much as a good fielder as raina is n was way better batsman than raina in tis tournament...dhoni again r u kidding ..?? 2 gud innings for entire tournament n raina with dhoni make the cut into team..joke..!!! AB Devillers was a must but he had to fight with allrounders spot so kallis selection tats acceptable..steyn was deadly he din pick up as many wickets as others but he left a major impact along with narine..

Posted by   on (May 28, 2012, 17:23 GMT)

1. c.gayle 2. v.sehwag 3. g.gambhir 4. s.raina 5. r.sharma 6. m.dhoni 7. s.dhawan 8. dale steyn 9. U.yadav 10. L.malinga 11. s.narine 12. AB devilliers

Posted by satzzz on (May 28, 2012, 17:17 GMT)

OMG.. who forms that big slog combo at the death to turn things around? My team would be...

Gayle Gambhir KP (forgot him dude?) Raina Dhoni(C and WK) Rayudu(Flotter thru the batting order) Albie Morkel(can't take his innings against RCB out of the contention) Ravindra Jadeja / Iqbal Abdulla (keeping slow indian tracks in mind and to push in a left armer for variety) Balaji Umesh Yadav Sunil Narine

12th man would definitely be AB. He can open, slog, anchor, keep wickets and what else you want from a 12th man. And man he is a brillian fielder.

Posted by   on (May 28, 2012, 17:13 GMT)

watson,gambhir(C),ab devillers,rohit sharma,raina,mayank agarwal,ravindra jea deja,irfan pathan,sunil narine and malinga. 12-gayle 13-dinesh karthik if ab is not playing i will go with gayle as opener 14-yusuf pathan if wicket is slow i will replace him with mayank agarwal 15- dale steyn i will use him on wickets with some grass.

Posted by   on (May 28, 2012, 17:12 GMT)

Are you kidding me Mr George Binoy ...?

Dhoni, Raina , Rohit in this years best eleven ...???

Get a Life First , we are also watching IPL for 2 months .

where is rising star of the Tournament mandeep singh , rahane, Sehwag or atleast AB Divilliers ...???

Posted by   on (May 28, 2012, 17:12 GMT)

Rahane in place of Raina any day . I am purposefully excluding Dravid from the list as we have to give chance to the youngsters otherwise Dravid is smiling at the No.7 in the run chart and he has made consistent 30s in this IPL

Posted by THESILENTKILLER on (May 28, 2012, 17:07 GMT)

Who dont deserve to be in the team:Rayudu, Awana, Yadav, Raina,Rohit Sharma Who deserve to be in the team: Dhawan,AB,Morkel, Malinga,Rahane

Posted by No.10 on (May 28, 2012, 17:02 GMT)

Which ground would you pick as the home ground, George? I would pick - Eden Gardens, simply because I'd rather have 80,000 spectators hollering for me any day and the team has players who have excelled on that pitch (batting and bowling) - Dharamsala - it's the most gorgeous ground in India and the pitch would have suited the four seamers rather well, and of course Chris Gayle - Chennai, just because it seems to has an X luck-factor

Posted by   on (May 28, 2012, 16:59 GMT)

morne morkel for awana definitely..!!

Posted by   on (May 28, 2012, 16:56 GMT)

team without yorker specialist Malinga??? steyn!! he is vulnerable in last overs of the match!! this team has three length bowlers( yadav,Awanna,Kallis) Should all SLINGA MALINGA for the sake of variety of attack!!!

Posted by   on (May 28, 2012, 16:54 GMT)

Sehwag? AB ? malinga? Awana really?

Posted by   on (May 28, 2012, 16:50 GMT)

DHONI you rock.............................. Despite the loss to KKR. Dhoni is still the better captain than Gambhir. One IPL win does not determine as Gambhir is better than Dhoni. REMEMBER Dhoni has got 1 ODI WC, 1 T20 WC, 2 IPL Championships, 2 times IPL Finalists, 1 CLT20 Champions & No.1 TEST Side (before England's tour). All the best Dhoni!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by rukii on (May 28, 2012, 16:45 GMT)

"where is sachin ? without sachin any XI is incompleted" is missing. :P

Posted by   on (May 28, 2012, 16:41 GMT)

1.Gayle 2.Rahane 3.GAUTHAM (C) 4.Rayudu 5.Rohit 6.Dhoni 7.Albie 8.Malinga 9.Morne 10.Narine 11.Awana

12 Dale

Posted by   on (May 28, 2012, 16:39 GMT)

this is not a good XI.

Posted by   on (May 28, 2012, 16:33 GMT)

C.gayle---G.gambhir---V.Sehwag---V.kohli---Raina---de villers---Dhoni(WK/C)---shakib-al-hasan---S.naraine--U.Yadav---L.Balaji

Posted by bestbuddy on (May 28, 2012, 16:32 GMT)

HUH?? The top wicket taker (Morkel) and best finisher (AB de Villiers) not there - I know you can only pick 4 foreigners on a typical day, but this is the best XI, so why limit it? Also, several players (rahane, dhawan, mandeep singh) performed far more consistently than raina, while rohit did almost nothing in the final half of the season...some bizarre selections

Posted by   on (May 28, 2012, 16:27 GMT)

without malinga? 3rd highest wicket taker..kidding team...

Posted by   on (May 28, 2012, 16:25 GMT)

well BISLA played so many good cameos through out the tournament & final Innings amazingly. Dhoni dont deserve at all for 3 or 4 knock in 19 matches. Rohit may scored a century but he is not reliable at all. so i will go with badrinath - the savior for csk most the time

Posted by shameekdas on (May 28, 2012, 16:22 GMT)

definitely a wise choice of players...........but would hav loved to see a mallinga or morne morkel in place of dale steyn......and as a 12th man AB D'villiers is always a better choice.........though awana was grt this season .....i wud prefer a ravindra jadeja or irfan pathan to give the batiing a better depth.......and we should also keep the slow indianl pitches in mind.....

Posted by   on (May 28, 2012, 16:20 GMT)

Morne morkel should be in this list, he was one of the leading wickettakers

Posted by Parselmouth on (May 28, 2012, 16:19 GMT)

Why pick Kallis and not AB... and why can't we pick a third opener for no. 3 slot... I would rather go with this XI: 1. Gayle 2. Gambhir (c) 3. Rahane 4. Rohit 5. Raina 6. Dhawan 7. AB (w) 8. Awana 9. Steyn 10. Umesh 11. Narine 12. Steven

Three quick bowlers with one quality spinner... and three decent part-timers... Obviously, no doubts about the batting strength!

Posted by   on (May 28, 2012, 16:18 GMT)

My Dream IPL XI.. 1.Gayle 2.Gambhir(CAPTAIN) 3.Rahane 4.Dhoni(WK) 5.Badrinath 6.Rayadu 7.A.Morkel 8.Bhatia 9.Awana 10.Malinga 11.Narine

Posted by   on (May 28, 2012, 16:12 GMT)

i would have given captaincy to Dhoni......

Posted by   on (May 28, 2012, 15:59 GMT)

Can't understand why Rahane is not there. Leave out Rayudu and get in Rahane. Also play Raina at no. 6 where he plays for India. Also you should have a left arm pacer and not go with 3 right arm pacers. Zaheer Khan makes it for me , leaving out Awana... as it adds more experience inthe order. And Bravo for me instead of Kallis , batting bowling evens out.. fielding is far better .. gives Bravo the cut

The batting order : C Gayle A Rahane G Gambhir R Sharma S Raina MS Dhoni D Bravo Dale Steyn Zaheer Khan U Yadav S Narine

12th man : J Kallis

Posted by assu on (May 28, 2012, 15:59 GMT)

I think Shane watson in for Kaliis , Malinga in for styne and Irfan in for awana

Posted by   on (May 28, 2012, 15:53 GMT)

except for dhoni....every one fits the XI ...

Posted by   on (May 28, 2012, 15:50 GMT)

I think AB De villers should make it to the list instead of Kallis. As there is lot of middle order players in the list to play all through to the end. Parvinder Awana is an exciting talent but lower order needs all rounders not who throws the ball fastest and the best all rounder today in indian side I think is ravindra jadeja or Irphan pathan.

Posted by   on (May 28, 2012, 15:50 GMT)

i would like to replace smith with mailnga

Posted by   on (May 28, 2012, 15:45 GMT)

AB devilliers is missing

Posted by   on (May 28, 2012, 15:44 GMT)

How can you guys miss Morne Morkel ha..!!! You can get rid of Kallis and Ambati Rayudu and replace themm with Ajinkya Rahane & Morne Morkel...!!! More deserving Players...!!!!

Posted by   on (May 28, 2012, 15:41 GMT)

At No.7, should be hard hitter. No better than Pollard/Smith.

Posted by Raul786 on (May 28, 2012, 15:38 GMT)

COME ON RAHANE DESERVE PLACE INSTEAD OF RAINA OR MAY BE MANDEEP SING

Posted by   on (May 28, 2012, 15:36 GMT)

I love the fire, passion and old school fast bowling skill Steyn brought to IPL 2012. He had more memorable spells and moments than Malinga and Morkel, but he also had more terrible moments and spells. I would go for Morkel for consistency. Without hesitation.

Posted by   on (May 28, 2012, 15:34 GMT)

Awana over Balaji? Surely it is a misprint!

Posted by   on (May 28, 2012, 15:34 GMT)

wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww GAUTI captain,,but,where is VEEEEEEEEERu????????????? and on wat purpose tis team has been created???

Posted by   on (May 28, 2012, 15:32 GMT)

My Best 11.. 1. Gayle 2. sehwag 3. Gambhir 4. watson 5. Raina 6. Dhoni (Capt &wk).7 Raydu 8. Praveen 9 .Steyn 10. Zaheer 11. Narine....Good luck beating this team :)

Posted by bvnathan on (May 28, 2012, 15:32 GMT)

Well, a good IPL-2012 team selection. Looking at the team composition, the Indian selection committe can look at the Indian prospects to fill the spots occupied by the foreing players for the T20 WC scheduled later this year. Assuming a team of 16 members will be selected, the ideal composition would be 6 batsmen, 2 all-rounders, 2 wicket-keepers, 4 pace bowlers and 2 spinners. From the lst 7 players have been already identified, so it makes the life of selectors to name the remaining 9 is made easy ... GAME ON

Posted by   on (May 28, 2012, 15:32 GMT)

Rohit sharma shouldn't be there. I think u have missed a key player by not including mandeep singh in the squad. His batted better than rohit the whole season. He is as good a fielder as rohit.

Posted by   on (May 28, 2012, 15:30 GMT)

My Xi would be...1 Sehwag 2 gayle 3 gambhir 4 Raina 5 Watson 6 Dhoni (wk and capt) 7. Raydu 8. Zaheer Khan 9. Praveen kumar 10. Narine 11. Steyn

Posted by   on (May 28, 2012, 15:28 GMT)

LOL........!!!!! no place for MORNE or SEHWAG or MALINGA....... u gotta be joking.....

Posted by yoohoo on (May 28, 2012, 15:26 GMT)

Gambhir as captain? really? .... nothing in his captaincy worked in the final. It was pure dumb luck that an Bisla (with a firs class avg of 29) clicked on this one day. He was not even supposed to be in the eleven, it was an accident. KKRs success had more to do with Sunil Narine, than Gambhir's captaincy. Dhoni on the other hand can be credited a lot for their tremendous performance in the Playoffs! It was phenomenal.

Posted by   on (May 28, 2012, 15:25 GMT)

1. Gayle 2. Rahane/ Gambhir/ Shikhar Dhawan 3. Rohit Sharma 4. MS Dhoni 5. Raina 6. Rayudu 7. R Ashwin 8. Dale Steyn 9. Morkel/ Malinga 10. Sunil Narine 11. Umesh Yadav

Posted by   on (May 28, 2012, 15:21 GMT)

dwayne bravo will be a better option than kallis bcos of his strike rate

Posted by   on (May 28, 2012, 15:18 GMT)

where is viru&morney morkel?

Posted by   on (May 28, 2012, 15:17 GMT)

Irfan Pathan is better option than Rayddu.. Anyways in T20 you dont need 7 batsman, 4-5 batsman are more than enough...

Posted by   on (May 28, 2012, 15:17 GMT)

So you'releaving out the top wicket taker (Morne Morkel). And I would have gone with AB de Villiers rather than Raina. Otherwise great team

Posted by   on (May 28, 2012, 15:15 GMT)

My dream IPL team would be: 1) Chris Gayle 2) Sehwag 3) Pietersen 4) Watson 5) Jacques Kallis 6) Sakib Al Hasan 7) Azhar Mahmood 8) MS Dhoni (Capt) 9) Morne Morkel 10) Lasith Malinga 11) Sunil Narine

Posted by Shaikhsters on (May 28, 2012, 15:15 GMT)

Agree with all names on the list apart from Dale Steyn. HOW can you not pick Lasith Malinga ?! That guy would be the first selection in any t20 side along with Gayle. Agreed Dale Steyn had a pretty decent tournament. Barring his 2 spells against MI(on bowler friendly wickets) and his last one against RCB, he didn't do anything special.

Posted by   on (May 28, 2012, 15:13 GMT)

instead of Ambati Rayudu , Shikhar Dhavan is the good choice

Posted by   on (May 28, 2012, 15:13 GMT)

i know CSK lost but Dhoni is definitely a better captain than Gambhir!!!!!

Posted by   on (May 28, 2012, 15:10 GMT)

My XI would be the same apart from 1 change : Watson in place of Kallis.

Posted by   on (May 28, 2012, 15:09 GMT)

Raina hasnt performed that well to be in that place.You could have preferred shikher dhawan over him or maybe ajinkya rahane

Posted by   on (May 28, 2012, 15:06 GMT)

Awana over Balaji? Surely that must be a misprint there.

Posted by frozendilemma on (May 28, 2012, 15:05 GMT)

One good innings on a flat pitch doesn't justify Raina`s inclusion...the same goes for Dhoni as well...

Posted by   on (May 28, 2012, 15:04 GMT)

based on this years IPL i dont think raydu shouldve made this team, and morne should be in this team over kallis kallis didnt have that much of a great year unlike morkel

Posted by phendel on (May 28, 2012, 15:01 GMT)

what about a best XI......this team looks inadequate bcuz of the 4 overseas limit & with only Gambhir (2nd most runs) & Yadav maybe being worth a mention for Indian players....suresh raina??? please......missing Morkel, Watson & ABD (finisher/keeper)

Posted by   on (May 28, 2012, 15:01 GMT)

one of the very few T20 lists without Malinga!!! But true that Steyn was more of an aggressor than Malinga ever was during this season!!!

Posted by sudolabs on (May 28, 2012, 15:00 GMT)

For me CSK team looks much more dangerous than this.. vague?

Posted by   on (May 28, 2012, 15:00 GMT)

good team would be the best

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