IPL 2013 review May 27, 2013

The team of the tournament

ESPNcricinfo picks its team of the 2013 season, with a limit of only four foreign players in the XI
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A best XI of this IPL season, without a limit on the number of foreign players, might look like this: Gayle, Hussey, Kohli, Watson, Miller, Dhoni, Johnson, Steyn, Faulkner, Malinga and Narine, with Pollard as 12th man. A wealthy franchise owner's dream.

Reality, however, dictates that only four foreign players may be on the field at any point of time during a game, and that was the brief for our ESPNcricinfo staff in India while voting for the best XI of 2013. Three foreign players - Chris Gayle, Michael Hussey and Dale Steyn - were in such irresistible form that they picked themselves, but there was a tie in the number of votes for the fourth, between Shane Watson and James Faulkner.

Picking Watson would result in a line up of match-winning batsmen until No. 7, a strategy used by Chennai Super Kings to steamroll into the final, but it would require Watson to bowl a full quota of four overs, which he's done in only six out of 16 games this season. Choosing Faulkner, however, meant a bowling attack comprising five specialists, a tactic used by the champions Mumbai Indians. A specialist batsman at No. 7 is a bit of a luxury in the Twenty20 format, so Faulkner made the cut.

The notable foreign players to miss out on that fourth spot were Kieron Pollard, Mitchell Johnson, Sunil Narine, Lasith Malinga, David Miller, AB de Villiers, and top wicket-taker Dwayne Bravo, who lost out to Faulkner because of a much inferior economy rate.

The Indian players were far easier to pick. Virat Kohli was the only unanimous choice in the XI, and Mohit Sharma the only uncapped player. The only other Indian quicks to get votes were Vinay Kumar, who was too expensive, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who was impressive but not compelling enough.

It was a close-run thing between Rohit Sharma and Stuart Binny, the difference between them being one vote. Rohit, who took over the Mumbai leadership from Ricky Ponting and led them to their maiden IPL title, slotted in as vice-captain, largely because MS Dhoni had more votes. Binny was the 12th man. Had Shikhar Dhawan not been injured for six games, he would have been a strong contender too.

The XI comprises five specialist batsmen, a wicketkeeper-batsman, three fast bowlers, an offspinner and a legspinner.

Team of the tournament

1. Chris Gayle (RCB) - 708 runs, average 59, strike rate 156

2. Michael Hussey (CSK) - 733 runs, average 52, strike rate 129

3. Virat Kohli (RCB) - 634 runs, average 45, strike rate 139

4. Suresh Raina (CSK) - 548 runs, average 42, strike rate 150

5. Rohit Sharma (Mumbai) - 538 runs, average 38, strike rate 132

6. MS Dhoni (CSK) - 461 runs, average 42, strike rate 163

7. James Faulkner (Royals) - 28 wickets, average 15, economy rate 6.75

8. Harbhajan Singh (Mumbai) - 24 wickets, average 19, economy rate 6.51

9. Amit Mishra (Sunrisers) - 21 wickets, average 19, economy rate 6.35

10. Dale Steyn (Sunrisers) - 19 wickets, average 20, economy rate 5.66

11. Mohit Sharma (CSK) - 20 wickets, average 16, economy rate 6.43

12th man: Stuart Binny (Royals) - 293 runs, average 33, strike rate 147

George Binoy is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on May 27, 2013, 17:34 GMT

    I would make 3 changes in the 11 - 1. Watson for Gayle - all rounder, rather than specialist batsman. 2. Malinga rather than Faulkner - Malinga is the more proven of the 2 bowlers. 3. Jadeja rather than Mohit, get a little more depth in the batting & better fielding into the side. 3 quicks - Watson, Malinga & Steyn. 3 spinners - Bhajji, Amit & Jadeja. WK - Dhoni Spl Bats - Hussey, Kohli, Raina & Rohit. For a T20, Bhajji at 8 gives me sufficient batting cover. More than that would make the batsmen reckless.

  • Nicely_Time.Man on May 27, 2013, 15:50 GMT

    Only 4 overseas are allowed Can't ignore GAYLE, HUSSEY but what about Watto ?-- better option than Faulkner. and remember one thing Miller all knocks were while chasing or in very crucial team. Miller don't bat in powerplays as Gayle & Huss bats. Miller belongs to a very poor performer team. judge it- rest yours thinking.

  • on May 30, 2013, 17:05 GMT

    Cannot see how Narine was not in Sadly for him KKR had no support for him so batsmen just tried their best to see him off 4 foreign players mean Gayle, Steyn, Narine definitely in Only one other foreign player allowed So then check Indian players to be in Dhoni (WK) Then Kohli, Raina batsmen Indian bowlers harbajan singh and mohit sharma (4 specialist howlers in) that leaves 3 players. One foreigin player Need someone to keep things stable if wickets fall so Mike Hussey gets in that means two Indian batsmen or allrounders in will say binny and Jadeja in simply as both are really x factors Sad that Watson not in. My opinion is he is 4th best 20/20 player behind gayle Narine and Dhoni who is underestimated. Steyn was just too good not to he left out. Hussey in over Watson because he can play in any circumstances only Indian batsmen to do that is Kohli and Dhoni (who comes in very late)

  • on May 29, 2013, 11:45 GMT

    Gavaskar was quoted as saying Pollard was the player of the tournament. Only, he played for the right team unlike Miller or de Villiers. He'd have at best served as a nuisance for the opponents, if played for any of the 3/4 bottom teams. Match winners like Gayle, Miller, Narine, Faulkner and Watson were emphasizing the fact that even T20 is very much a team game.

  • hailianpak on May 29, 2013, 2:22 GMT

    I think still Shane Watson should have been in the XI. I know Man of Series and best XI is a different thing but still keeping the best player of the tournament out sounds confusing. Man of series player should get direct entry into the XI. Thats my opinion.

  • on May 28, 2013, 19:12 GMT

    Its important to know in a t20 format strike rate and runs score is the most important to a batsman and the bowlers been economical and able to take wickets. the different between Gayle and Watson, Gayle was an opener and Watson moved around. a true IPL X1 for position - Gayle, Hussey, Kolhi, Watson, Raina, Dhoni, Johnson, Mishra, Narine, Steyn and Malinga.

  • on May 28, 2013, 17:33 GMT

    very disappointed : "where are watson & bravo"

  • panditharadhya on May 28, 2013, 16:46 GMT

    I would make couple of changes for those 11... n my 11 is - 1. Chris Gayle (RCB) -- Game changer, 2.Shane Watson (RR) -- one of the best IPL allrounder (RH n LH opng combn), 3. Suresh Raina (CSK) -- Excellent IPL player, 4. David Miller (KXIP) -- Great killer of the match, 5. AB DeVilliers -- can turn whole 360 degree n hit six, 6. Mahendra Singh Dhoni (CSK) -- wk n batsmen, 7. Harbajan Singh (MI) -- can bat also n good economical bowler, 8. Amith Mishra (SRH) -- master in hattrick wicket taker n economical bowler, 9. Dale Steyn (SRH) -- one of the best faster of the world, 10. Lasith Malinga (MI) -- great yorker, 11. Mohith Sharma (CSK) -- most consistent bowler. Really sorry for not including James faulkner n michael hussey. because of RH n LH combination. Rohith is not so good at pressure handling while chasing down. Virat is bit okay interms of this but still his strike rate is not so impressed as he is a very slow starter. In my XI first six batsmen strike rate is above 150.

  • on May 28, 2013, 16:16 GMT

    1gyle,2kohli,3raina,4rohit,5dhoni,6jadeja,7pollard,8harbajan,9misra,10styn11,malinga,

  • on May 28, 2013, 15:50 GMT

    How can Rohit Sharma find a place in THE IPL TEAM of the year?!! Let's review his performance here. Rohit's three big innings came against two of the weakest teams of IPL 2013: Delhi and Pune. And two of them came in Mumbai, his home ground. On other occasions he either could not gather momentum or got out at crucial junctures of the game. He had forgettable outings in the two qualifier matches and the final and in all three he had the opportunity to play a captain's knock. Mumbai was lucky to have a strong bowling line up and in play offs it was the two West Indians who rocked the opposition! And the term 'Captaincy' is over-rated when you have a think-tank comprised of Wright, Kumble, Ponting, Tendulkar, Jonty... and the list continues!!

  • on May 27, 2013, 17:34 GMT

    I would make 3 changes in the 11 - 1. Watson for Gayle - all rounder, rather than specialist batsman. 2. Malinga rather than Faulkner - Malinga is the more proven of the 2 bowlers. 3. Jadeja rather than Mohit, get a little more depth in the batting & better fielding into the side. 3 quicks - Watson, Malinga & Steyn. 3 spinners - Bhajji, Amit & Jadeja. WK - Dhoni Spl Bats - Hussey, Kohli, Raina & Rohit. For a T20, Bhajji at 8 gives me sufficient batting cover. More than that would make the batsmen reckless.

  • Nicely_Time.Man on May 27, 2013, 15:50 GMT

    Only 4 overseas are allowed Can't ignore GAYLE, HUSSEY but what about Watto ?-- better option than Faulkner. and remember one thing Miller all knocks were while chasing or in very crucial team. Miller don't bat in powerplays as Gayle & Huss bats. Miller belongs to a very poor performer team. judge it- rest yours thinking.

  • on May 30, 2013, 17:05 GMT

    Cannot see how Narine was not in Sadly for him KKR had no support for him so batsmen just tried their best to see him off 4 foreign players mean Gayle, Steyn, Narine definitely in Only one other foreign player allowed So then check Indian players to be in Dhoni (WK) Then Kohli, Raina batsmen Indian bowlers harbajan singh and mohit sharma (4 specialist howlers in) that leaves 3 players. One foreigin player Need someone to keep things stable if wickets fall so Mike Hussey gets in that means two Indian batsmen or allrounders in will say binny and Jadeja in simply as both are really x factors Sad that Watson not in. My opinion is he is 4th best 20/20 player behind gayle Narine and Dhoni who is underestimated. Steyn was just too good not to he left out. Hussey in over Watson because he can play in any circumstances only Indian batsmen to do that is Kohli and Dhoni (who comes in very late)

  • on May 29, 2013, 11:45 GMT

    Gavaskar was quoted as saying Pollard was the player of the tournament. Only, he played for the right team unlike Miller or de Villiers. He'd have at best served as a nuisance for the opponents, if played for any of the 3/4 bottom teams. Match winners like Gayle, Miller, Narine, Faulkner and Watson were emphasizing the fact that even T20 is very much a team game.

  • hailianpak on May 29, 2013, 2:22 GMT

    I think still Shane Watson should have been in the XI. I know Man of Series and best XI is a different thing but still keeping the best player of the tournament out sounds confusing. Man of series player should get direct entry into the XI. Thats my opinion.

  • on May 28, 2013, 19:12 GMT

    Its important to know in a t20 format strike rate and runs score is the most important to a batsman and the bowlers been economical and able to take wickets. the different between Gayle and Watson, Gayle was an opener and Watson moved around. a true IPL X1 for position - Gayle, Hussey, Kolhi, Watson, Raina, Dhoni, Johnson, Mishra, Narine, Steyn and Malinga.

  • on May 28, 2013, 17:33 GMT

    very disappointed : "where are watson & bravo"

  • panditharadhya on May 28, 2013, 16:46 GMT

    I would make couple of changes for those 11... n my 11 is - 1. Chris Gayle (RCB) -- Game changer, 2.Shane Watson (RR) -- one of the best IPL allrounder (RH n LH opng combn), 3. Suresh Raina (CSK) -- Excellent IPL player, 4. David Miller (KXIP) -- Great killer of the match, 5. AB DeVilliers -- can turn whole 360 degree n hit six, 6. Mahendra Singh Dhoni (CSK) -- wk n batsmen, 7. Harbajan Singh (MI) -- can bat also n good economical bowler, 8. Amith Mishra (SRH) -- master in hattrick wicket taker n economical bowler, 9. Dale Steyn (SRH) -- one of the best faster of the world, 10. Lasith Malinga (MI) -- great yorker, 11. Mohith Sharma (CSK) -- most consistent bowler. Really sorry for not including James faulkner n michael hussey. because of RH n LH combination. Rohith is not so good at pressure handling while chasing down. Virat is bit okay interms of this but still his strike rate is not so impressed as he is a very slow starter. In my XI first six batsmen strike rate is above 150.

  • on May 28, 2013, 16:16 GMT

    1gyle,2kohli,3raina,4rohit,5dhoni,6jadeja,7pollard,8harbajan,9misra,10styn11,malinga,

  • on May 28, 2013, 15:50 GMT

    How can Rohit Sharma find a place in THE IPL TEAM of the year?!! Let's review his performance here. Rohit's three big innings came against two of the weakest teams of IPL 2013: Delhi and Pune. And two of them came in Mumbai, his home ground. On other occasions he either could not gather momentum or got out at crucial junctures of the game. He had forgettable outings in the two qualifier matches and the final and in all three he had the opportunity to play a captain's knock. Mumbai was lucky to have a strong bowling line up and in play offs it was the two West Indians who rocked the opposition! And the term 'Captaincy' is over-rated when you have a think-tank comprised of Wright, Kumble, Ponting, Tendulkar, Jonty... and the list continues!!

  • on May 28, 2013, 15:44 GMT

    How can Rohit Sharma find a place in THE IPL TEAM of the year?!! Let's review his performance here. Rohit's three big innings came against two of the weakest teams of IPL 2013: Delhi and Pune. And two of them came in Mumbai, his home ground. On other occasions he either could not gather momentum or got out at crucial junctures of the game. He had forgettable outings in the two qualifier matches and the final and in all three he had the opportunity to play a captain's knock. Mumbai was lucky to have a strong bowling line up and in play offs it was the two West Indians who rocked the opposition! And the term 'Captaincy' is over-rated when you have a think-tank that MI had! For me Watson should be at No. 4 on that list without any doubt! He's as important and explosive as any other in that list! Plus he can be another bowling option. And the 12th man should be Dwayne Bravo. Though expensive, you cannot underestimate his wicket taking abilities, death bowling and FIELDING!!

  • SanjuPrabu on May 28, 2013, 15:34 GMT

    I would like to replace either Steyn or Mohit Sharma with Dwayne Bravo.

  • on May 28, 2013, 14:16 GMT

    based on what i have seen in this Ipl my eleven will be like this: 1.chris gayle-because of his game changing ability. 2.shane watson-player of the tournament 3,suesh raina-king of ipl 4.virat kohli-geat form and aggresion 5.rohit sharma-potential match winner 6.ms dhoni-captain and wicketkeeper 7.kieron pollard-cant keep him out of a t20 team. 8.lasith malinga-lethal deliveries in final overs. 9.harbhajan singh-bowling form and late hitting ability. 10.amit mishra-economical 11.mohit sharma-great temperament in debut season.

  • Chetan007 on May 28, 2013, 14:08 GMT

    It's a shame that only 2 Indian player were included if there's no limit on foreign players. Anyway I am happy for both two.

  • Harshmeswanirafanadal on May 28, 2013, 14:08 GMT

    I hear some wanting Pollard in this team. I mean cummon, that guy has played just 3 substantial innings this year. Him batting at No6 is only reason for high average. There are definitely many players who are not in but deserve it more than Pollard! Narine watson bravo karthik johnson dwayne smith binny devilliers warner finch uthappa miller kallis perera sammy All deserve it more than pollard. Not saying hes a bad player but just reminding you all!

  • Harshmeswanirafanadal on May 28, 2013, 13:55 GMT

    Sunil Narine could have been in instead of steyn but they hav two spinner already so its ok. Miller probably unlickiest however. Surprising that binny got so many votes! He was good but not that good.

  • Harshmeswanirafanadal on May 28, 2013, 13:50 GMT

    Perfect team although a few top performers like watson and miller missed out! Mohits choice was brilliant looks like future prospect. I would imagine the captain to be Dhoni obviously!

  • AKS286 on May 28, 2013, 13:26 GMT

    Good squad by CricInfo XI. How you all fan forget Rahul Dravid's performance in IPL. He should replace Rohit Sharma. Every player in CricInfo are strong hitters but this squad need Dravid for more consistency. the forgotten performer Sunil Naraine should replace Steyn because his economy & wickets column is more balanced than Steyn.

  • Tamimfan on May 28, 2013, 13:20 GMT

    Dhawan, Gayle, Kohli, Raina, Rohit, Dhoni, Pollard, Harbhajan, Mishra, Steyn, Mohit

    Only 3 overseas players in my team ;)

  • sweetiepaper on May 28, 2013, 13:03 GMT

    How could you not have the Purple Cap and record-breaker of most wickets in an IPL in this squad. Dwayne Bravo. Really people. You'll are so biased its blinding.

  • on May 28, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    It would have been nice to see an Indian XI also. My team with Indian players only would be 1 Ajinkya Rahane 2 Shikar Dhawan 3 Virat Kohli 4 Suresh Raina 5 Rohit Sharma 6 MS Dhoni 7 Harbhajan Singh 8 Amit Mishra 9 Bhuvaneshwar Kumar 10 Mohit Sharma 11 Sandeep Sharma 12 Stuart Binny

    Even though Sandeep Sharma has not got much opportunities, he has utilised everything that came his way.

  • maneklal on May 28, 2013, 12:37 GMT

    Best Team Ever , Tell Me if anybody wants to have a match against my Team. 1. Gayle 2. Watson 3. Raina 4.Kohli 5. Rohit 6. Dhoni 7. Binny 8. A.Mishra 9. steyn 10. Narine 11. Mohit Sharma.

    And My 3 Subs - David Miller , Shikar Dhawan , Vinay Kumar.

  • on May 28, 2013, 10:46 GMT

    @Suresh123456 i would add rahane for uthapa over consistancy!!!! than flamboyance !!!

  • Sanghimangi on May 28, 2013, 9:34 GMT

    When you play at Dharamsala or most of other ground, one spinner is enough and additional spinner is needed to be replaced, say Mishra out and Praveen/ Bhuvaneshwar/ Ishant in. The team picked by experts lacks the necessity and just relied more upon individual performances. Any team will prefer to keep one hitter cum match winner for final overs. That is the requirement and needed to include Bravo/ Pollard/ Sammy/ Watson in the side by replacing Faulkner.

  • on May 28, 2013, 9:28 GMT

    @himasa : 6 indian players are there in XI bcos u r forced to pick only 4 overseas players . See the XI which is without overseas player limit. Only 2 Indians have featured in it . Enough said :P :P

  • Mafazrainafan on May 28, 2013, 9:24 GMT

    For me , it would be Gayle hussey raina Watson kohli DHONI miller Mishra mohit Bhuvi Bhajji/Ashwin

  • Sunman81 on May 28, 2013, 9:16 GMT

    Pollard or Watto for James Faulkner would make it a better choice...

  • on May 28, 2013, 8:44 GMT

    Ipl 6 has unearthed many pure talented indian players... very excited about indian cricket future.... my team of new budding indain players would be unmukth(c),mandeep,vihari/vohra,samson(wk),s.tiwary,binny,k.sharma/chahal,p.rasool,unakdat,sandeepsharma,mohitsharma..

  • on May 28, 2013, 8:41 GMT

    Rohit & Bhajji do not deserve to be in this dream team. They were inconsistent. Instead I will include Dhawan and Bhuvaneswar kumar. No issue with one spinner.

    It is good that you did not include Ashwin, who does not deserve to in India squad for CT.

  • Suresh123456 on May 28, 2013, 7:38 GMT

    OK lets have a match between Cricinfo XI and My XI...

    S Dhawan, R Uttapa, S Watson (Allrounder), D Karthik (WK and Batsman), R Dravid (Captain and Man for crisis just in case), Pollard, Stuart Binny (Since he is 12th Man in Cricinfo XI , thought could borrow it) Malinga, Sandeep Singh, Naraine and Karan Sharma...

    I think my team will win 4-1 in a five match series.

  • himasa on May 28, 2013, 7:21 GMT

    Out of 7 indian players in the above list, 6 are in champions trophy. I hope we make to finals.

  • on May 28, 2013, 7:15 GMT

    watson , pollard and devon smith cannot be excluded, infact watson is an all rounder and must be in playing 11. I think Pollard is greatest six hitter and can play long innings as well. Pollard can hit six without taking much risk. hitting six is easy for pollard than any other batsman so i would go for pollard instead of raina. raina is not as good as pollard facing strong bowling line up, Remember pollard played a best inning against sunrise hyderabad( hyderabad has best bowling line up).

  • analyseabhishek on May 28, 2013, 7:02 GMT

    Watson should have been in in place of James Faulkner. Most of the latter's wickets came against a single team or in the first half of the season. That and Watson own glowing performance.

  • on May 28, 2013, 6:31 GMT

    Well I would have picked Shikhar Dhawan as opener and brought in Miller as a destructive middle order batsman.

  • on May 28, 2013, 6:02 GMT

    Wow there are 4 Players in eleven from CSK alone.Its sad that the teams won't be the same next year :(.But yea

  • on May 28, 2013, 5:41 GMT

    I will surely have Shane Watson in my team. That gives more balance and depth in the batting line-up. My XI wud luk like this.

    C. Gayle, M. Hussey, V.Kohli, S.Raina, R.Sharma, S.Watson, M.S.Dhoni (C)(WK), Harbhajan Singh, J.Faulkner, M.Sharma and A.Mishra

  • QingdaoXI on May 28, 2013, 5:26 GMT

    Gayle played welll only at home ground so he doesnt made it to the Xi: My XI: Kohli, Watson, Raina, ABDevillers, Rohit, Miller, Dhoni, Harbhajan, Steyn, B.Kumar, Mishra.

  • fanta_panda on May 28, 2013, 5:18 GMT

    I would easily swap Faulkner for Bravo ... Let's face it, he didn't get the purple cap for nothing. Also, he is a much better batsman at 7 than Faulkner. Would be a far more balanced team.

    Also, I kind of like the idea of an Indian IPL XI vs. World IPL XI exhibition match. Maybe before the next tournament (if it survives the scandal) or maybe before the final (minus players from the two teams competing in the final).

    Would be an interesting match up I think, considering how well some of the foreign signings did this year.

  • adirules on May 28, 2013, 5:09 GMT

    1. Michael Hussey 2. Chris Gayle 3. Virat Kohli 4. Suresh Raina 5. Rohit Sharma 6. MS Dhoni 7. Shane Watson 8. James Faulkner 9. Harbhajan Singh 10. Amit Mishra 11. Mohit Sharma

  • on May 28, 2013, 4:20 GMT

    I think Watson should have been in place of Chris Gayle as Gayle's is a bit less consistent than Hussey and watson can be a good opener and can bowl few overs here and there and m not to satisfied with Dhoni

  • on May 28, 2013, 3:50 GMT

    You guys have not read the write up.. Team needs to have only 4 overseas players. So not all the overseas players can be part of the team. I agree about bravo and watson though. But Only one spot they could have replaced is Faulkner. And may be Dale steyn in few matches. Rest Indian players selected are pretty much correct choices.

  • on May 28, 2013, 3:37 GMT

    Where is dwayne bravo he took da purple cap

  • on May 28, 2013, 3:27 GMT

    clearly half the people who are commenting did NOT read what you wrote above about you following IPL rules and having only 4 Overseas players.....lol

  • on May 28, 2013, 3:12 GMT

    @Amin Mansoori So who do you put Watson in for without upsetting the balance of the team or exceeding the foreign player quota? Gayle and Hussey are better bets as batsmen and Steyn is a vastly superior bowler. Yeah, you could argue Watson as a straight swap for Faulkner and I don't think it would that much of a big deal for Watson to go 5, Rohit 6 and Dhoni 7 BUT, as stated in the written part of the article (which a lot of these commenters seem to have forgone), he hasn't bowled the full quota an awful lot and that is something Faulkner could do with aplomb.

  • TheLastJeed on May 28, 2013, 3:06 GMT

    guess you picked the team using your statistician. Lol. Karan sharma was more impressive than mishra. Malinga would make any team even in his current form. Raina was clueless most of the tournament. Not having watson itself is a huge crime.and as usual biased in choosing the captain who coincidentally lost the finals.

  • on May 28, 2013, 2:54 GMT

    I think Shane Watson & D.Bravo should have been included in place of Suraish Raina & Harbhajan Singh! Sorry to say this team has not allrounder!

  • my_comments on May 28, 2013, 2:52 GMT

    I think Pollard is better option than Miller...

  • Lovetesh on May 28, 2013, 2:38 GMT

    I would pick Watson over Gayle as Hussey can do the job of opener and Watson can be as destructive. Also Watson adds a much required allrounder in the team as they didn't pick Bravo.

  • on May 28, 2013, 1:57 GMT

    Where's the Most Valubale Player? No All Rounders in the Team Though!!

  • on May 28, 2013, 1:22 GMT

    Where is watson ?? Is he injured ;)..

  • DHONI2499 on May 28, 2013, 0:09 GMT

    where is bravo, watson, and miller?

  • Ozcricketwriter on May 27, 2013, 22:04 GMT

    Great team. I don't think that I could have done any better than this.

  • on May 27, 2013, 20:34 GMT

    Harry Jakson its look u agree wid d team n wat u want to say abt Watto who got man of d series but still nt found a place in des so called team.

  • on May 27, 2013, 20:32 GMT

    Where is Azhar Mehmood,,,,,,He should be placed on Harbhajan spot because this team is not having a bowling allrounder,,,,Bhajji played some good knocks but he also went with runs on many occasions

  • on May 27, 2013, 20:30 GMT

    lollzzzzzz cant believe it d man who earned highers mvp points also d man of d series its Shane watto is nt in in ur team ohh its a joke

  • pm_mohsin on May 27, 2013, 19:57 GMT

    Funny.....where is Sunil Narine? Shane Watson? Bravo?

  • 2nd_Slip on May 27, 2013, 19:43 GMT

    lol what a joke of team this is. Miller, Watson,Bravo over Raina,Rohit and Faulkner respectively!!!!!

  • Cricfacts on May 27, 2013, 19:39 GMT

    To me the team is good as it is. The problem with the selection comes mainly because only 4 international players are allowed. Dwayne Bravo may have been the leading wicket taker but he bowled mostly at the death, a period when all batsmen is looking to accelerate. His economy was average and for someone bowling at the death u would want him to be cheaper, so to me he hasn't done anything extraordinary to earn a place in the team. Narine however should've been there but the 4 overseas player rule prevented him to.

  • Slizzle on May 27, 2013, 19:21 GMT

    Steyn is too good for his own good......batsmen are more defensive against him upfront and attack the other bowlers in the team. Until his skill level decreases, he will never be one of the top wicket takers....everyone knows they only have to survive 12 balls upfront so they play more defensively against. how many matches did steyn conceded byes and edges which resulted in boundaries, I can think of quite a few...

  • on May 27, 2013, 19:11 GMT

    32 wickets and runs and Bravo doesnt make the team? BIASED!

  • on May 27, 2013, 19:09 GMT

    whatever happened to Shane Watson?

  • on May 27, 2013, 18:50 GMT

    Tough job to select 11 out of so many wonderful players.. But I personally think you did reasonably good job to pick the team.. The best way would be to decide a combination of 11 like 4-1-3-3 or 4-1-2-4.. then go with the fantasy points they scored.. like combination of the points scored in IPLT20 and Cricinfo.. May b i am still not out of that wonderful fantasy game.. Anyways good job guys

  • tmkkhan on May 27, 2013, 18:45 GMT

    team looks good.. but I would rather have Binny and Watson for Rohit Sharma and Faulkner.. four specialist bowlers and two all rounders who can bowl.. and there is absolutely no worries in the batting dept. :)

  • mana_mishra on May 27, 2013, 18:44 GMT

    i think Watson in place of Gayle... and sunil narine in place of bhaji ....and...rahane replacing James Faulkner ..so rahane can open with hussey than virat,rohit,raina,watson,dhoni,........

  • on May 27, 2013, 18:41 GMT

    Everyone opposed to this line-up seems to be putting players in on their reputation rather than their 2013 performance. This is the form team of IPL 2013. Malinga may well be the best t20 bowler of all time but there were better bowlers than him in THIS tournament. You can't argue with Steyn, Hussey, Gayle and Faulkner - they were absolute collosi this year.

  • Nampally on May 27, 2013, 18:39 GMT

    The team looks good with all stars. I am surprised to see the omission of Dwayne Bravo. Bravo took the most wkts. in the IPL 6 tournament + he is an outstanding fielder & good aggressive batsman. I would also name Dhoni as the Captain of the Team. Apart from these 2 omissions, the XI is based on the performance.

  • Darshi007 on May 27, 2013, 18:38 GMT

    My XI would be : Gayle, Hussey, Kohli, Watson, Raina, Dhoni, Faulkner, Harbhajan, Mishra, Mohit, Vinay Kumar/BBSR Kumar

  • Baundele on May 27, 2013, 18:28 GMT

    Watson did not have the purple cap ONLY because Dravid did not let him open. Bravo's high economy rate is because of his bowling in the last 8 overs. Missing these two in any XI is a sin!

  • on May 27, 2013, 18:27 GMT

    I am very proud of my student. Flagged this lad up a year ago along with Harshal Patel. Great season Mohit bhai... well done

  • A_Soumil on May 27, 2013, 18:24 GMT

    FAIL TEAM OF THE YEAR

    1 prob= forgot to include purple cap winner 2 prob= forgot to include PEPSI ATOM MVP WATTO 3 prob = with raina coming 2 down and sharma 3 down and dhoni 4 down the team would not play the batsmen on their desired place 4 prob= faulkner should not have been included 5prob= all players from the teams which reached playoffs

  • reason-galore on May 27, 2013, 18:21 GMT

    i would put de villiers in for raina... 2 times the talent he is and i would prefer his keeping to dhoni's... and i would omit harbhjan and put pollard in there... no go without pollard

  • reason-galore on May 27, 2013, 18:19 GMT

    as good as raina is... i would put pollard in there for sure... he is more a t20 players than raina being a harder hitter and a good enough bowler... raina is good but pollard would be more effective...

  • on May 27, 2013, 18:19 GMT

    @kapil sama, u cant take rain aout 4 watson as only 4 foreigners r allowed, i would rather take hussey out and put watson. Also I ll replace faulkner with Narine and Harbhajan with B Kumar. Since watto can bowl 4 over so replace Mohit with a specialist batsmen Shikhar

  • on May 27, 2013, 18:17 GMT

    No Watson...and you have Rohit sharma in there!

  • LovedFansofIndianCricket on May 27, 2013, 18:17 GMT

    Many are commented that Bravo, Narine, Watson, etc are not in the XI. Pls note that only 4 overseas players should be there in the XI. So Are you remove Steyn for Narine or Pollard. Faulkner for bravo or Watson.

  • Cpt.Meanster on May 27, 2013, 18:16 GMT

    WOW ! no Thissara Perera ???? What did he do wrong ? This is the problem with these IPL/BPL/SLPL/BBL all star teams. They always seem to get it WRONG !

  • on May 27, 2013, 18:13 GMT

    I think u people have done injustice to Pollard by not picking him in this team. He has proven his worth this season with some of the excellent power hitting fielding and bowling

  • Koalas on May 27, 2013, 18:13 GMT

    My IPL 2013 XI

    Gayle, Hussey, Kohli, Watson, Raina, Miller, Dohni (capt and wk) , Bravo, Narine, Faulkner, Steyn

    12th man - AB de Villiers or Kieron Pollard.

  • on May 27, 2013, 18:07 GMT

    Where is KIller MILLER and BEST T20 player and most valuable IPL 2013 Player Watson...This is not a team selction. Just reselect the team and post please.

  • TheMysteryMan on May 27, 2013, 18:06 GMT

    @Abhishek. You need to look at our logically. Karthik was impressive, sure. No doubt. He was success story for Mumbai in the beginning. But he was a wicketkeeper batsman. Dhoni in that role was better. This is season 11. And Harbhajan deserves gis place. He kept it tight in all matches, took wickets, rescued Mumbai with bat. I think this is pretty much perfect 11. There are other grates of the game. But you must take note that this 11 works best as team. Watson might have made it up there. But at top order the others have done better job and when you have 5 quality bowlers like those on this 11 you pick best players in that role.

  • on May 27, 2013, 18:06 GMT

    this team is going to finish at d bottom or may be just ahead of DD

  • on May 27, 2013, 17:59 GMT

    Watson Hussey kohli Raina Rohit Dhoni Jadeja Mishra Dale Steyn Narine Mohit

  • on May 27, 2013, 17:53 GMT

    Cricinfo might be shut down now, as they forgot to include Sir. Ravindra Jadeja.

  • on May 27, 2013, 17:47 GMT

    Along with no Bravo...where is Narine...Narine was the most economical bowler in the entire tournament,,,,,econ. rate 5.46....avg. 15.90....SR. 17.4....22 wickets...2 4fors...bbm 4-13....Now compare that to Mishra's record who made the team....#shocking

  • on May 27, 2013, 17:41 GMT

    how could you ignore kallis and Dinesh Karthik??..Bhajji has not been that impressive....

  • jimmy_anirudh on May 27, 2013, 17:41 GMT

    No Miller Watson Pollard!... Man your team will lose all 16 matches!...

  • on May 27, 2013, 17:39 GMT

    Forgive me, but are we submitting an Indian team with a few guest players, or an IPL team reflective of a more diverse, performing group?

  • mantutoocool on May 27, 2013, 17:35 GMT

    I want to ask only one question...How can one overlook Bravo and Watson? They both are fine all-rounders ..so what is the point of taking 5 bowlers instead of 4 plus one genuine all-rounder.Don't forget that in IPL allrounders value more,but in this team there is no true allrounder (Bravo,Watson, Pollard).Faulkner is not a genuine allrounder rather he is a specialist bowler.Some accounts: Bravo:32 wkts(highest ever in IPL);Watson(Man of the series 543 runs,13 wkts); Narine(16mts 22 wkts ER-5.46)

  • SUMIT-KHULLAR on May 27, 2013, 17:34 GMT

    Where is Watto (Watson)??? This list is incomplete without him. Take Rohit Sharma out of this team.

  • on May 27, 2013, 17:33 GMT

    Seems to be Players Picked only From the 4 Teams From Play Offs.

    Missing Watson, Bravo, Jadeja Instead of Amit and Bravo instead James.

  • on May 27, 2013, 17:31 GMT

    No Watson.U must be kidding..Not interested in your team..Cricinfo should go through before they post something..I would take out raina for Watson..

  • on May 27, 2013, 17:15 GMT

    lol no allrounders?? watson, dwayne bravo,. steyn was not even all that good

  • on May 27, 2013, 17:12 GMT

    Chris Gayle is not a consistent. It is by virtue of his 175 that he has scored a total of 708. Somebody like AB de Villiers can also destroy anything. He can be a good reserve wicket keeper too. Bravo is good at bowling in the final overs.

  • anshumankha on May 27, 2013, 16:53 GMT

    Faulker is a bit expensive.. Narine replaces Faulker Bhuvi replaces Bhajji. Gayle-Hussey-Kohli-Raina-Rohit-Msd-A mishra-Styne-Bhuvi-Narine-Mohit Sharma. Reserve - Watson, AB , Dhavan , Faulker, Binny,

  • Fan1969 on May 27, 2013, 16:53 GMT

    Amazing selection. I have just 1 point. Hopefully the selectors will read.

    Please take MOHIT for Champions Trophy to ENGLAND. Ishant, Umesh have had the worst figures due to Raina and Kohli respectively. Many foreigners play pace better than us, so imagine what will happen! Vinay while a great fighter is always expensive and Irfan hardly takes wickets these days.

    The only automatic selection will be Bhuvnesh Kumar. India has no death bowling at all. 150 runs or more in last 15 overs is easy esp with AB, Miller (SA), Pollard/Sammy/Bravo (WI) etc. Not writing about Pak as we may win in England due to our better batting but India needs to win SA or WI to be in Semis.

    Mohit can take wickets along with BK in first 35 overs. Amit Mishra is a must as he may get 2-3 wickets. Jadeja/Ashwin may be better batsman but wickets will be key else the Indian batsmen may be required to make 320 or more in every game against Dale Steyn, Philander (SA) and Narine/Bravo/Sammy/Pollard(WI).

    Take MOHIT

  • on May 27, 2013, 16:50 GMT

    its worst only 1 man hussey who can bat ob good bowling conditions all others will play rash shots and get out. its dream team for bowlers nightmare pitches only.

  • on May 27, 2013, 16:47 GMT

    No Watson would mean no one is interested in your team Cricinfo. Isn't he the MVP as per the Fantasy Cricket Ranking System which is purely driven by performance on the field?

  • on May 27, 2013, 16:44 GMT

    wat boss where is MILLER

  • on May 27, 2013, 16:35 GMT

    Bravo? Thisara? Narine? Sammy?

  • on May 27, 2013, 16:33 GMT

    strange too see no dwayne bravo and shane watson

  • shivam0011 on May 27, 2013, 16:28 GMT

    well not many allronders here, actually not any !! i would pick jadeja instead of rohit sharma, so that to get watto in place of faulkner !! now what we have 7 specialist batsmen, 6 specialist bowlers , 2 best allrounders !!!

  • on May 27, 2013, 16:28 GMT

    How in the world can you not have BRAVO and WATSON in the Playing XI ?? ..

  • on May 27, 2013, 16:27 GMT

    I can understand that only 4 foreign players are allowed but in any case you cannot keep Most Valuable Player of the tournament out. MVP is like man of the series and Shane Watson surely deserved his place. In fact he should be the first overseas player in this team. Gayle could have been replaced by Watson. When you select a team you would like that all of your resources are properly used. In a 20 over game when you already have several run scorers, then why you need Gayle who scored only 165 more runs then Watto but absolutely nothing to show in bowling department. Watto can open the innings, he can bowl, he can filed well. You have selected 5 bowlers but suppose if one of them had a bad day then who will come to bowl? I am sure captain would not like to go with Rohit, Raina, Kohli or Gayle when your main bowler is hammered all over the park. Watson scores there. As a fielder also quick Watson scores over not so quick Gayle.

  • on May 27, 2013, 16:24 GMT

    Good Team.. Adding Watto and Bravao - Reserved Internationals, Dhawan - Reserved Opener.That makes a good bench of 15..

  • Herath-UK on May 27, 2013, 16:22 GMT

    IPL is a domestic tournament so no need to get frustrated for picking local players over international stars which justifies parochial nature. Missing Malinga, Watson & Bravo in the list tells itself; Thissara Perera was overlooked for MOM for a local lad on a couple of times which was evident in several other instances too. Franchises have to keep the local crowd interested so do not grudge. Ranil Herath - Kent

  • on May 27, 2013, 16:18 GMT

    What did Suresh Raina do to get into the team? How can Amit Mishra and K D Karthik be missed out?

  • getsetgopk on May 27, 2013, 16:17 GMT

    No Srisaanth? thats disappointing.

  • since7 on May 27, 2013, 16:16 GMT

    Comeon.Don't people know that only four foreigners are allowed in an IPL team?.

  • on May 27, 2013, 16:05 GMT

    MY IPL 2013 XI is just like this....

    1. Aaron Finch 2. Shaun Marsh 3. Ben Rohrer 4. Virat Kohli 5. Brendon McCullum 6. Thisara Perera 7. Sunil Naraine 8. Dale Steyn 9. Bhuvneshvar Kumar 10. Brett Lee 11. Shaun Tait

  • on May 27, 2013, 16:03 GMT

    Bravo takes wickets but is expensive ! Steyn and Faulkner less far less runs conceded, a lethal combo ! and there is a genuine allrounder in Dhoni he Bats and instead of Bowling he Keeps wickets! for Me Steyn and Hussey Stay!

  • Reececonrad on May 27, 2013, 15:55 GMT

    No Watson MVP of the tournament??????? No Miller????? No Bravo?????????? This does not make any sense. The man who took the most wickets no even in the team. Mohit sharma?????? over Bravo and Johnson????

  • priceless1 on May 27, 2013, 15:55 GMT

    AB not making the cut ? hmm big mistake

  • Shaikhzaid on May 27, 2013, 15:54 GMT

    I will Take Watson in place of Raina or R.sharma

  • Uppi on May 27, 2013, 15:51 GMT

    Surely you need to choose a owner for this team? And surely Gurunath would get the most votes?

  • sanyam_kamat on May 27, 2013, 15:47 GMT

    I get that Pollard may not have been THE BEST in bowling or batting but as far as fielding was concerned he was THE BEST, that itself puts him in strong contention for the 12th man as he wont be batting or bowling...just fielding

  • Barath22 on May 27, 2013, 15:42 GMT

    Good team but most valuable player of the tournament & Purple cap holder are missing from the team. Faulkner and Gayle can win matches on their own but Watson and Bravo should be given preferences as they have performed throughout the season and have been huge contribution to their respective teams.

  • on May 27, 2013, 15:37 GMT

    OMG!!! Where is Watson he is man of the tournament and where is D. Bravo He is a Purple Cap holder

  • ateeqm11 on May 27, 2013, 15:31 GMT

    How can you forget Shane Watson.

  • on May 27, 2013, 15:30 GMT

    No Sunil Narine in the XI.

  • on May 27, 2013, 15:21 GMT

    Strange to see Malinga out of the team. Malinga's wickets of Hussey & Raina was the turning point of the match.

  • on May 27, 2013, 15:02 GMT

    harbhajan singh? you got to be kidding me mahn. dwayne bravo has to be in that team.

  • SajithKrishnaS on May 27, 2013, 15:01 GMT

    No Dwayne Bravo? Seriously? I'll pick him ahead of Steyn/Faulkner. And Watson would be my 12th man!

  • opinion66 on May 27, 2013, 14:57 GMT

    How can you forget Dinesh Karthik. The most confident player in the entire tournament.

  • InfoCrick on May 27, 2013, 14:56 GMT

    I think Pollard should come in instead of Faulkner.. Coz there is no proper all-rounder in this line up! Plus will strengthen the batting further.. Other than that this line up looks awesome!!! A Dream Team!

  • Apocalypse_EX on May 27, 2013, 14:53 GMT

    Man of the Series not in the team of the tournament...hmmmm. The reason given in the article for ommitting Watson is not very convincing. Even if he completed his quota of overs only 6 times he still ended up with 13 wickets which is more than what some specialists have managed. Him and Gayle could easily complete the 5th bowler's overs but ofcourse the opinion is personal.

  • on May 27, 2013, 14:24 GMT

    Wouldn't have Steyn in the team...Johnson was far more lethal up top..

  • on May 27, 2013, 14:22 GMT

    No Thissara Perera?No David Miller?No Dwain Bravo?

  • on May 27, 2013, 14:18 GMT

    no Dwayne Bravo? No Pollard? No genuine All Rounder? Strange!!!

  • on May 27, 2013, 14:18 GMT

    good one . good u dd not mention BRAVO WATSON

  • on May 27, 2013, 14:17 GMT

    You should have a under 23 player in the playing XI, you could have slotted in Sanju Samson in that middle order ...

  • on May 27, 2013, 14:17 GMT

    You should have a under 23 player in the playing XI, you could have slotted in Sanju Samson in that middle order ...

  • on May 27, 2013, 14:18 GMT

    good one . good u dd not mention BRAVO WATSON

  • on May 27, 2013, 14:18 GMT

    no Dwayne Bravo? No Pollard? No genuine All Rounder? Strange!!!

  • on May 27, 2013, 14:22 GMT

    No Thissara Perera?No David Miller?No Dwain Bravo?

  • on May 27, 2013, 14:24 GMT

    Wouldn't have Steyn in the team...Johnson was far more lethal up top..

  • Apocalypse_EX on May 27, 2013, 14:53 GMT

    Man of the Series not in the team of the tournament...hmmmm. The reason given in the article for ommitting Watson is not very convincing. Even if he completed his quota of overs only 6 times he still ended up with 13 wickets which is more than what some specialists have managed. Him and Gayle could easily complete the 5th bowler's overs but ofcourse the opinion is personal.

  • InfoCrick on May 27, 2013, 14:56 GMT

    I think Pollard should come in instead of Faulkner.. Coz there is no proper all-rounder in this line up! Plus will strengthen the batting further.. Other than that this line up looks awesome!!! A Dream Team!

  • opinion66 on May 27, 2013, 14:57 GMT

    How can you forget Dinesh Karthik. The most confident player in the entire tournament.

  • SajithKrishnaS on May 27, 2013, 15:01 GMT

    No Dwayne Bravo? Seriously? I'll pick him ahead of Steyn/Faulkner. And Watson would be my 12th man!

  • on May 27, 2013, 15:02 GMT

    harbhajan singh? you got to be kidding me mahn. dwayne bravo has to be in that team.