IPL 2014 review June 2, 2014

The team of the tournament

ESPNcricinfo picks its team of the 2014 season, with a limit of only four foreign players in the XI
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Agarkar, Isa Guha pick their IPL XIs

Picking the tournament XI is among the most anticipated activities at ESPNcricinfo the end of a long tournament, and IPL 2014 was no different. Fourteen members of ESPNcricinfo's editorial team who watched the tournament closely sent in their votes, and after the numbers were tallied, we ended up with a well-balanced and dynamic XI that ticks all the boxes, even if it has more wicketkeepers than it needs.

Several names were automatic picks - a reflection of a season where some players were consistent and impactful right through the tournament. Robin Uthappa and Sunil Narine were unanimous picks. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Suresh Raina came next, dropping just one vote each. So did Glenn Maxwell, whose slump in the latter half of the tournament would seem to have not impacted his popularity. Akshar Patel and Mohit Sharma were shoo-ins as well, with 12 votes each out of a possible 14. Wriddhiman Saha (9 votes), who capped an outstanding tournament with a century in the final was another straightforward choice in the middle order.

The last remaining specialist bowling spot went to Lasith Malinga (6 votes), who was predictably effective for Mumbai until his departure for England. That left one more overseas slot to fill. David Warner (6 votes) beat competition from Dwayne Smith and Lendl Simmons to make the grade as an opener.

One spot remained, and that selection proved to be the most contentious. The side needed a finisher and it had to be an Indian player, which ruled out JP Duminy and Kieron Pollard, both of whom had only one vote each in any case. It came down to Delhi Daredevils' Kedar Jadhav and one of the usual suspects in IPL XIs - MS Dhoni. The spot eventually went to Dhoni (4 votes), whose ability to finish off games without a fuss helped Super Kings in their march to the play-offs. Dhoni's selection gave the team it's third wicketkeeper, but more importantly, gave it a captain.

Shakib Al Hasan is the twelfth man, and a good choice since he fields well and can replace a batsman or a bowler as required. If team balance wasn't a criterion, he would have made the starting XI. The most notable miss was David Miller, who made a strong case for a fifth overseas spot. Harbhajan Singh and Virender Sehwag, who both showed signs of a second wind during the tournament, missed out narrowly as well, as did Sandeep Sharma.

The team has six batsmen, one spinning allrounder, three seam bowlers and a mystery spinner.

Team of the tournament

1. Robin Uthappa (Knight Riders) - 660 runs, average 44, strike-rate 138

2. David Warner (Sunrisers) - 528 runs, average 48, strike rate 141

3. Suresh Raina (Super Kings) - 523 runs, average 40, strike rate 146

4. Wriddhiman Saha (Kings XI) - 362 runs, average 33, strike rate 145

5. Glenn Maxwell (Kings XI) - 552 runs, average 35, strike rate 188

6. MS Dhoni (Super Kings) - 371 runs, average 74, strike rate 148

7. Akshar Patel (Kings XI) - 17 wickets, average 24, economy rate 6.13

8. Bhuvneshwar Kumar (Sunrisers) - 20 wickets, average 18, economy rate 6.65

9. Mohit Sharma (Super Kings) - 23 wickets, average 20, economy rate 8.39

10. Lasith Malinga (Mumbai Indians) - 16 wickets, average 16, economy rate 6.45

11. Sunil Narine (Knight Riders) - 21 wickets, average 19, economy rate 6.35

12th man: Shakib Al Hasan (Knight Riders) - 227 runs, average 30, strike rate 149; 11 wickets, average 30, economy rate 6.68

Nitin Sundar is social media manager at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets @knittins

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  • lloyee on June 5, 2014, 5:16 GMT

    1. Uthappa 2. Dwayne Smith 3. Manan Vohra 4. Raina 5. Maxwell 6. Miller 7. Yuvraj 8. Akshar Patel 9. Bhuwaneshwar Kumar 10. Narine 11. M Sharma

    12th Man Naman Ojha Bench: Lendl Simmons, Sanju Samson, Malinga, Tambe

  • on June 4, 2014, 12:36 GMT

    1) Utthappa 2) DR Smith 3) Raina 4) Maxwell 5) Yuvraj 6) MS Dhoni 7) Shakib 8) Akshar Patel/Umesh Yadav (a/c to condition) 9) Mohit Sharma 10) B. Kumar 11) Sunil Narine Akshar Patel or Umesh Yadav will be 12th man according to condition.

  • on June 3, 2014, 17:19 GMT

    1. Uthappa (w) 2. Sehwag 3. ABD 4. Bailey (c) 5. Miller 6. Duminy 7.Umesh Yadav 8. Akshar Patel 9. Malinga 10. Narine 11. Bhuvaneswar Kumar & 12th man: Harbajan

  • on June 3, 2014, 16:43 GMT

    I really don't understand the logic in picking Dhoni in the team when you have already picked Saha, who for me played two remarkable innings in the tournament. Warner should not have been in there, Vohra was exceptional, but still not my first choice. ABD replacing warner for overseas player. AND FINAL THING is who are they going to play??

  • GuruKirpa on June 3, 2014, 14:05 GMT

    My Perfect XI for T20 ;)

    1. Lendl Simmons 2. Manan Vohra 3. Suresh Raina 4. Rohit Sharma 5. AB De villers(w/k) 6. Yuvraj Singh (Part time Bowler) 7. James Faulkner (All Rounder) 8. Ravindra Jadeja (All Rounder) 9. Michael Starc 10. Harbhajan Singh 11. Parveen Tambe

    12. Jean Paul Duminy / Rajat Bhatia / Ishwar Pandey/ Ben Hillfenfaus Naman Ojha

  • HasanSohel on June 3, 2014, 12:07 GMT

    First Team- 1. Uthappa 2. Smith 3. Warner 4. Maxwell 5. Miller 6. Shakib 7. Dhoni (W&C) 8. Akshar Patel 9. Malinga 10. Narine 11. Bhuvaneswar Kumar & 12th man: Raina Second Team- 1. Sehwag 2. Gambhir (C) 3. Sanju Samson (W) 4. Corey Anderson 5. ABD 6. Duminy 7. Faulkner 8. Jadeja 9. Steyn 10. Harbhajan 11. Mitchell Starc & 12 man: Watson

  • konde007 on June 3, 2014, 11:15 GMT

    My Best IPL XI:1.Robin Uthappa 2.Dwayne Smith 3.Suresh Raina 4.ABD 5.Glenn Maxwell 6.Yusuf Pathan 7.Akshar patel 8.Bhuwenswar Kumar 9.Umesh Yadav. 10.Pravin Tambe 11.Sunil Narine. 12th Player:Manish Pandey.

  • on June 3, 2014, 10:17 GMT

    No doubt duminy played better than Saha throughout tournament but when they made team they took only 4 foreigners as per IPL rules. And sakib undoubtedly played better than Malinga but to make the team balanced they included Malinga ( a fast bowler needed )who could not make impact this time. But keeping Warner ahead of Dwayne Smith can't be explained by any logic

  • westindiesupporter on June 3, 2014, 9:41 GMT

    Sehwag should have been there instead of Saha. Dhoni is already there as a wicketkeeper.

  • on June 3, 2014, 9:33 GMT

    AB de Villiers must have been included in the playing XI

  • lloyee on June 5, 2014, 5:16 GMT

    1. Uthappa 2. Dwayne Smith 3. Manan Vohra 4. Raina 5. Maxwell 6. Miller 7. Yuvraj 8. Akshar Patel 9. Bhuwaneshwar Kumar 10. Narine 11. M Sharma

    12th Man Naman Ojha Bench: Lendl Simmons, Sanju Samson, Malinga, Tambe

  • on June 4, 2014, 12:36 GMT

    1) Utthappa 2) DR Smith 3) Raina 4) Maxwell 5) Yuvraj 6) MS Dhoni 7) Shakib 8) Akshar Patel/Umesh Yadav (a/c to condition) 9) Mohit Sharma 10) B. Kumar 11) Sunil Narine Akshar Patel or Umesh Yadav will be 12th man according to condition.

  • on June 3, 2014, 17:19 GMT

    1. Uthappa (w) 2. Sehwag 3. ABD 4. Bailey (c) 5. Miller 6. Duminy 7.Umesh Yadav 8. Akshar Patel 9. Malinga 10. Narine 11. Bhuvaneswar Kumar & 12th man: Harbajan

  • on June 3, 2014, 16:43 GMT

    I really don't understand the logic in picking Dhoni in the team when you have already picked Saha, who for me played two remarkable innings in the tournament. Warner should not have been in there, Vohra was exceptional, but still not my first choice. ABD replacing warner for overseas player. AND FINAL THING is who are they going to play??

  • GuruKirpa on June 3, 2014, 14:05 GMT

    My Perfect XI for T20 ;)

    1. Lendl Simmons 2. Manan Vohra 3. Suresh Raina 4. Rohit Sharma 5. AB De villers(w/k) 6. Yuvraj Singh (Part time Bowler) 7. James Faulkner (All Rounder) 8. Ravindra Jadeja (All Rounder) 9. Michael Starc 10. Harbhajan Singh 11. Parveen Tambe

    12. Jean Paul Duminy / Rajat Bhatia / Ishwar Pandey/ Ben Hillfenfaus Naman Ojha

  • HasanSohel on June 3, 2014, 12:07 GMT

    First Team- 1. Uthappa 2. Smith 3. Warner 4. Maxwell 5. Miller 6. Shakib 7. Dhoni (W&C) 8. Akshar Patel 9. Malinga 10. Narine 11. Bhuvaneswar Kumar & 12th man: Raina Second Team- 1. Sehwag 2. Gambhir (C) 3. Sanju Samson (W) 4. Corey Anderson 5. ABD 6. Duminy 7. Faulkner 8. Jadeja 9. Steyn 10. Harbhajan 11. Mitchell Starc & 12 man: Watson

  • konde007 on June 3, 2014, 11:15 GMT

    My Best IPL XI:1.Robin Uthappa 2.Dwayne Smith 3.Suresh Raina 4.ABD 5.Glenn Maxwell 6.Yusuf Pathan 7.Akshar patel 8.Bhuwenswar Kumar 9.Umesh Yadav. 10.Pravin Tambe 11.Sunil Narine. 12th Player:Manish Pandey.

  • on June 3, 2014, 10:17 GMT

    No doubt duminy played better than Saha throughout tournament but when they made team they took only 4 foreigners as per IPL rules. And sakib undoubtedly played better than Malinga but to make the team balanced they included Malinga ( a fast bowler needed )who could not make impact this time. But keeping Warner ahead of Dwayne Smith can't be explained by any logic

  • westindiesupporter on June 3, 2014, 9:41 GMT

    Sehwag should have been there instead of Saha. Dhoni is already there as a wicketkeeper.

  • on June 3, 2014, 9:33 GMT

    AB de Villiers must have been included in the playing XI

  • on June 3, 2014, 9:19 GMT

    not a great selection..look how it looks R Uthappa G Gamvir S Raina ABD D Miller S Hassan P Tambe B Kumar L Mainga S Narine M Sharma

    bcz in T20 Bowlers win the match...

  • eng_mdkhan on June 3, 2014, 8:41 GMT

    I do not agree with the panel's selection, this is my XI 1.Uthappa (Wicketkeeper Batsman there is no need for anyone else) 2.Gambhir (The best captain by far and opener, left-right combination as well) 3.ABD (Best No. 3 Batsman + Big hitter #1) 4.Suresh Raina (Big hitter #2) 5.Glen Maxwell (Big hitter #3) 6.Akshar Patel (All rounder #1) 7.Piyush Chawla (amongst all leggies he has been most effective in must win situations) (All rounder#2) 8.Mitchell Johnson (Allrounder #3) 9.Sunil Narine (By far the best off spinner) 10.Bhuvaneshwar Kumar (RMF, Best opening spell bowler) 11.Umesh Yadav (RMF, Bowled some excellent yorkers in crucial matches)

  • on June 3, 2014, 8:24 GMT

    My XI would be:- 1)ROBIN UTHAPPA 2)MANAN VOHRA(324 in just 8 matches) 3)SURESH RAINA 4)DAVID MILLER(more consistent than maxwell) 5)SHAKIB AL HASAN(perfect all rounder) 6)MSD 7)JAMES FAULKNER(a seam allrounder) 8)BHUVNESHWAR KUMAR 9)HARBHAJAN SINGH(more economic) 10)VARUN AARON(16 wickets in just 10 matches) 11)SUNIL NARINE 12th man:WARNER this is a more solid batting line up with ability to accelerate lower down the order,also the bowling line up has variety a left arm,off spinner and a mystery spinner a swing bowler(BHUVI) a wicket taking bowler(AARON) n for death bowling(FAULKNER).WARNER an excellent fielder is the 12th man

  • on June 3, 2014, 8:21 GMT

    Seriously Nitin? Warner instead of Dwayne Smith? Clearly Dwayne Smith has excelled as an opener than Warner. Don't forget he can also chip in a few overs as well. Only criteria that Warner wins is his fielding which really wasn't that great. Remember that dropped catch of Maxwell which was I daresay very costly.

  • on June 3, 2014, 8:12 GMT

    Where is Dwayne Smith.???

  • M.Faheem on June 3, 2014, 7:31 GMT

    How can Mohit Sharma be included with an economy rate of 8.39? All other are well below 7.

  • Chennai_Cricket on June 3, 2014, 7:24 GMT

    MSD- Mohit, Suresh and Dhoni are selected for last year and this year because of MSD captain skills.

  • on June 3, 2014, 7:13 GMT

    Dwayne Smith need rplace for warner am very hapt to see 3 Super king players coninues this year also . thats is good quality of cricket well done super kings and we called #Sreshrina the MR.IPL

  • Naresh28 on June 3, 2014, 7:04 GMT

    In T20 I would also select Yusaf Pathan For WC ODI squad Uthappa and Shewag should be tried out. Well done to Raina for coming out of his recent slump. Other players like Kohli, Dhawan,Yuvi and Gambhir need to work on their game - form slump. Rahane and Pujara should be left to test cricket only.

  • on June 3, 2014, 6:48 GMT

    Dwayne Smith in place of Warner may be.

  • on June 3, 2014, 6:39 GMT

    1)Dwayne Smith 2)Robin Uthappa 3)David Warner 4)Suresh Raina 5)Wriddhiman Saha 6)MS Dhoni 7)Akshar Patel 8)Bhuvneshwar Kumar 9)Mohit Sharma 10)Lasith Malinga 11)Sunil Narine

  • Chennai_Cricket on June 3, 2014, 6:12 GMT

    If Ms Dhoni is not there, we still see the 1983 worldcup Kapil dev pictures in front of the school students note books. MSD is the gift for indian cricket

  • on June 3, 2014, 6:08 GMT

    Why is Saha included?What about Miller,Duminy,de Villiers...

  • Mayank_Saxena1286 on June 3, 2014, 6:07 GMT

    According to me team of the tournament would be 1)Dwayne Smith 2)Robin Uthappa 3)David Warner 4)Suresh Raina 5)Wriddhiman Saha 6)MS Dhoni 7)Akshar Patel 8)Bhuvneshwar Kumar 9)Mohit Sharma 10)Lasith Malinga 11)Sunil Narine 12th Man Shakib Al Hasan I am not including the Glenn Maxwell Because he is not consistent throughout the tournament and should have only 4 foreign players

  • Harman.s on June 3, 2014, 5:58 GMT

    1. Robin Uthappa (Knight Riders) 2. David Warner (Sunrisers) 3. Suresh Raina (Super Kings) 4. Wriddhiman Saha (Kings XI) 5. Glenn Maxwell (Kings XI) 6. MS Dhoni (Super Kings) 7. Akshar Patel (Kings XI) 8. Bhuvneshwar Kumar (Sunrisers) 9. Mohit Sharma (Super Kings) 10. Lasith Malinga (Mumbai Indians) 11. Sunil Narine (Knight Riders) 12th man: Shakib Al Hasan (Knight Riders)

    VS

    1. Manan Vohra (Kings XI) 2. Lynd Simmons (Mumbai Indians) 3. Rohit Sharma (Mumbai Indians) 4. JP Duminy (DareDevils) 5. Yuvraj Singh (Royal Challengers) 6. David Miller (Kings XI) 7. Naman Ojha (Sunrisers) 8. Akshar Patel (Kings XI) 9. Bhuvneshwar Kumar(Sunrisers) 10. Piyush Chawla (Knight Riders) 11. Ishwar Pandey (Super Kings) 12. Manish Pandey(Knight Riders)

  • on June 3, 2014, 5:38 GMT

    Duminy instead of Saha! His form was amazing, even though he ended on the losing side.

  • on June 3, 2014, 5:31 GMT

    Miller can be 13th man, we can replace Dhoni with Miller.

  • VJGS on June 3, 2014, 5:30 GMT

    @RASNA RICARDO, MSD was lucky for 7 years in a row? Even if that was true, then that long-lasting luck he brings to the table is the biggest reason to include him in the squad.

  • Chennai_Cricket on June 3, 2014, 4:51 GMT

    raina, dhoni and mohit are selected in IPL XI 2013 also. CSK rocks

  • on June 3, 2014, 4:50 GMT

    i want this team to play against ipl champions.Similar to ranji champion against rest of the world

  • shoebmirza on June 3, 2014, 4:35 GMT

    Gambir was excellent as captain, saha as wk

  • Chennai_Cricket on June 3, 2014, 4:18 GMT

    Only 4 foreign players allowed in this team. so the team is perfect

  • British_North_America on June 3, 2014, 3:40 GMT

    There is not a single genuine allrounder in the XI.I think Shakib Al Hasan should replace Akshar Patel.Both are left arm spinners with almost identical economy rate.Akshar played 4 matches more than him so he got 6 more wickets.However, Shakib would also add batting option.Then the bowling would be Malinga, Naraine, Shakib, Bhuvneshwar, Mohit with Raina and Maxwel as part timers.Otherwise, there are only 6 specialist batsmen(Uthappa,Warner,Raina,Saha,Maxwell,Dhoni) which is not feasible in T20 cricket.

  • Jahanzaib.Hyder on June 3, 2014, 3:40 GMT

    Just As I Want All In One

  • Chennai_Cricket on June 3, 2014, 3:28 GMT

    Dhoni deserves place in this team. He is a captain for this team. CSK team is having a mediocre bowling attack even though CSK reached the 3rd position in this tournament because of the great captain MSD. So definitely he deserves is place in this team

  • on June 3, 2014, 3:28 GMT

    The team is not balanced anyway without any all-rounder.I never saw any T20 team with 5 specialist bowlers who don't have any ability to bat.

  • on June 3, 2014, 3:24 GMT

    really surprised...sehwag should be in place of saha...saha was good in just 1/2 matches but sehwag gave rocking start at almost every matches...other change should be with playing miller in place of warner..killer miller is real match winner...

  • Ozcricketwriter on June 3, 2014, 2:39 GMT

    On stats alone Saha was very lucky to make it. Final aside, overseas players dominated the IPL and Miller surely should have been there in Saha's place. Not to mention that Shakib al Hasan was desperately unlucky to miss out too. Even James Faulkner had a pretty decent tournament.

  • baba6660 on June 3, 2014, 2:03 GMT

    Malinga & Dhoni didn't make a big impact in this tournament. Mitchell Starc and Yousuf Pathan could replace them.

  • on June 3, 2014, 1:43 GMT

    @indianzen Oh rly? Luk at the stats frst then tlk here..

  • on June 3, 2014, 1:28 GMT

    MS dhoni name is absurd in this list… He is staying with his luck, and when luck gets experience it can create miracles… Praveen Tambe/Bailey are the best fit instead of Dhoni…

  • Sinhabahu on June 3, 2014, 1:16 GMT

    @indianzen hahaha good one. Yeah I also like how Ashwin keeps bowling the yorker and blocking runs in the final few overs! *sarcasm*

  • on June 3, 2014, 1:12 GMT

    So where's dwyane smith he desrve to b there maxwell.statyed hot but colspse

  • Jaggadaaku on June 3, 2014, 1:00 GMT

    Saakib could be the No.9 and Mohit would be at 12th position. Saakib is an alrounder and has a better economy rate in bowling department.

  • on June 3, 2014, 0:57 GMT

    Apart from utapa raina and sunil this team has no real match winners Poor selection here I'd bet against that team any day

  • IndianInnerEdge on June 3, 2014, 0:46 GMT

    Meanwhile in the cricket that really matters overseas opposition 12 India 0.....by next month people would have forgotten about the 2014 IPL team of the tournament. My gripe specifically is about the over hype given to a tournament that the people who are sponsors and owners really benefit.....surely some of that media attention can be given to TC......From an indian perspective, the pathetic state of our pitches, practice facilities, training methods, the age old bugbear-lack of real quick pacemen.......etc etc etc.....

  • xtrafalgarx on June 3, 2014, 0:35 GMT

    @Shane Nicholas Geoffrey: Warner got 528 runs at an average of 48 and strike rate of 140 with 5 fifties. Miller is so overrated.

  • on June 3, 2014, 0:30 GMT

    I like the following post. I had exactly the same team, for BCCI to pick and send on overseas tours as "India Colts", for experience and (a)a pool of standbys for any injuries or absences from the main team; and (b) to build an India team for the future. My only problem was to pick a Captain....Jose Puliampatta.

    POSTED BY ANDROID_USER ON JUNE 2, 2014, 15:20 GMT In my view: 1.Manan Vohra 2.Karun Nair 3.Sanju Samson 4.Manish Pandey 5.Kedar Jadhav 6.Suryakumar Yadav 7.Akshar Patel 8.Sandeep Sharma 9.Ishwar Pandey 10.Yuzvendar Chahal 11.Jaspreet Bumrah

  • sifter132 on June 2, 2014, 23:55 GMT

    Why are there 3 wicketkeepers in the team? Did Saha and Dhoni have better tournaments than Dwayne Smith or David Miller with the bat? I can't argue that they did, and both those guys would be much more useful in the field. My top 6 would be: Uthappa, D.Smith, Warner, Raina, Maxwell, Miller. That's 3 righties and 3 lefties, good versatility. Smith, Raina and Maxwell can bowl as well. Agree with 7-11 though! Maybe one of Mitch Johnson or Starc could sneak in there at #8 to give a bit more batting depth.

  • jambee36 on June 2, 2014, 23:31 GMT

    Vivek Patel - A Mumbai Indians fan perhaps..?

  • on June 2, 2014, 23:20 GMT

    The team is slightly ridiculous sorry and you do not have the IPL MVP in the team!!!??? It is one of those 'of the day' teams that gets too carried away with the final's heroes... Certainly, this is in line with the Indian fans' loving of current reputations and always picking names over talent (when comes to the internationals - hence DD did not use Neesham and shot themselves in the foot) when selecting... which is myopic. Saha should not be in the 11 and the tail is too long (no all-rounders?) unnecessarily... which is stupid in t20.... My team would beat the team above and is the IPL's best eleven in actuality and in balance:

    1. Dwayne Smith 2/ Uthappa 3/ Raina 4/ Maxwell 5/ David Miller 6/ MS Dhoni 7/ Anderson / Neesham / Pathan (a hitter and insurance batter as Smith/Maxwell/Miller bowl 1-2 each.. thus actual form of #8 not remotely relevant) then FOUR specialist bowlers: 8/ A. Patel 9/ B Kumar 9/ Narine 11/ Malinga.

    My team has Smith, Miller and an extra batter... GOODNIGHT!

  • MMHS on June 2, 2014, 23:18 GMT

    Quite a good team, though I 'll have 2 changes - Sakib in for Shaha (that's give me a perfect spin bowling option with Patel, Narnie & Sakib), but Shaha remains in the XII. But i would have taken Dhoni out & put AB in that team. Recently, MS is playing entirely to boast his average & the showman he is, often waits till the end to remain not out & take the winning shot.

  • on June 2, 2014, 22:59 GMT

    Thats a rubbish team, Dhoni is overated, he only averaged 74 because he hid at 7 the whole time. BMAC should be in the team instead of him.

  • lovepork on June 2, 2014, 22:55 GMT

    ABD and Umesh Yadav in place of Dhoni and Malinga

  • on June 2, 2014, 22:55 GMT

    This is the Best XI.......... 1. D. Warner 2. R. Uthappa 3. S. Raina 4. G. Maxwell 5. Yuaraj Singh 6. Y. Pathan 7. W. Saha 8. R. Ashvin 9. L. Malinga 10. M. Sharma 11. S. Narine 12. Shakib Al Hassan

  • sapnil2000 on June 2, 2014, 22:43 GMT

    if you really follow IPl 2014; best of Xi should be--1.Uthappa 2.dwayne smith. 3.raina 4.warner 5. lendl simmons/duminy 6.maxwell 7.shakib 8.harbhajan 9.bhuvneshwar 10. mohit sharma 11. umesh yadav--------- dhoni, faulkner, steve smith, brad hodge missed the chance by choosing to bat at lowest order possible.

  • on June 2, 2014, 22:08 GMT

    dwayne smith should have been in, inplace of warner.

  • PFEL on June 2, 2014, 21:29 GMT

    James Faulkner should be in the team. His bowling was crap but his batting alone was freakish, just too bad he kept coming in way too late.

  • on June 2, 2014, 21:08 GMT

    Gr8 selection at 12 for Shakib Al Hassan

  • andrew27994 on June 2, 2014, 20:58 GMT

    It's ridiculous people expect Dhoni to promote himself up the order when there are much more experienced and well-known T20 stars in his team,i.e, McCullum and David Hussey. He understands and reads the game better than most captains would. Yet he gets criticised when the team doesn't win. I'll bet nobody would have criticised him the other night if McCullum performed and took CSK to victory.

  • on June 2, 2014, 20:43 GMT

    I wondered how people comment that Dhoni shouldn't be in the list, it should be AB or Miller or they should have Ashwin instead of Malinga. Didn't they read full article where it is clearly written about TEAM BALANCE CRITERIA. Plus players were voted by persons who watched and monitored each game and player closely before voting for someone.

  • andrew27994 on June 2, 2014, 20:42 GMT

    It's a good side but would rather have Harbhajan in place of Malinga and Miller in place of Saha. Harbhajan performed in every match for MI and turned quite a few matches in favour of them. Miller made too much of an impact to not be noticed. I would pick Warner any day over Dwayne Smith because he can bat even in the middle order and performed better under pressure.

  • on June 2, 2014, 20:37 GMT

    Here's a look at our dream team for the tournament:

    1)Robin Uthappa (16 mts, 660 runs, avg of 44.00, SR 137.78) 2)Dwayne Smith (16 mts, 566 runs, avg of 35.37, SR 136.05) 3)Glenn Maxwell (16 mts, 552 runs, avg of 34.50, SR 187.75) 4)Suresh Raina (16 mts, 523 runs, avg of 40.23, SR 188.39) 5)David Miller (16 mts, 446 runs, avg of 44.60, SR 149.16) 6)Mahendra Singh Dhoni (16 mts, 371 runs, avg of 74.20,SR 148.40) 7)Bhuvneshwar Kumar (14 mts, 20 wickets, avg 17.70, ER 6.65) 8)Lasith Malinga (10 mts, 16 wickets, avg 15.81, ER 6.45) 9)Akshar Patel (17 mts, 17 wickets, avg 23.82, ER 6.13) 10)Pravin Tambe (13 mts, 15 wickets, avg 23.73, ER 7.26) 11)Sunil Narine (16 mts, 21 wickets, avg 19.38, ER 6.35)

  • cricket-india on June 2, 2014, 20:30 GMT

    yuvi for MSD is the only change i'd make; saha can keep, so even the TINA factor can't get MSD into my team.

  • on June 2, 2014, 20:10 GMT

    dhoni in and captain? no comments. maxwell was sorted out by leg spin in later stages.. i'd still count him but not ahead of miller

  • ladycricfan on June 2, 2014, 20:09 GMT

    Dhoni played 16 matches , one match fewer than Saha's 17 matches. But Dhoni's aggregate , average, strike rate were all better than Saha's. Saha's figures were also inflated by his century knock in the finals. Excellent knock it was but if you take that out he averages about 20 in other matches. Uthappa is a part time wk. So Dhoni is the best wk/ batsman in the IPL7. His captaincy skills are best in the buisness.

    Toss between Warner and DSmith for the opening spot. But Smith is also usefull with the ball. All other cricinfo's XI are good choices.

  • on June 2, 2014, 19:52 GMT

    Malinga is the Man....always... people saying he is over rated and supporting ashwin..huh..ashwin should play carrom instead of playing cricket...

  • on June 2, 2014, 19:38 GMT

    3 wicket keepers in team? Come on.. Dwayene Smith and Miller deserved a place instead of Saha and Dhoni

  • on June 2, 2014, 19:35 GMT

    Wow.. Having saha and robin as specialist wicket keepers, and still opting MSD, as a specialist batsman maybe. I would have preferred vohra, pandey or even samson over him ( bases on MSD's performance in current ipl) or else he's the best finisher in world cricket!

  • on June 2, 2014, 19:32 GMT

    Shakib has permanently silenced his critics by his excellent performance in the IPL.It is weird to find how some ppl still find it difficult to include the man from Bangladesh into cricinfo eleven...

  • on June 2, 2014, 19:07 GMT

    my team: d smith, uthappa, raina, maxwell, miller/duminy, dhoni, sakib, askar patel, naraine, malinga, b kumar. with b kumar and sakib openning the bowling, i have naraine and patel in the middle and malinga in depth, on indian pitches u need to play with 2 fast bowlers and 3 spinners like KKR, they played with naraine, sakib and chawala and WON

  • on June 2, 2014, 19:07 GMT

    Miller should replace SAHA and AB should replace Dhoni.

    1. Robin Uthappa (Knight Riders) 2. Dwayne Smith 3. Suresh Raina (Super Kings) 4. Glenn Maxwell (Kings XI) 5. David Miller 6. Yuvraj Singh 7. Akshar Patel (Kings XI) 8. Bhuvneshwar Kumar (Sunrisers) 9. Mohit Sharma (Super Kings) 10. Sandeep Sharma 11. Sunil Narine (Knight Riders) 12th man: JP Duminy

  • kausum12 on June 2, 2014, 18:56 GMT

    Undoubtedly the best selection. Very bold, balanced and cricketing too.

  • on June 2, 2014, 18:52 GMT

    i think vivek patel is from mumbai ..... as far as selection is concerned i am not too happy on dhoni's selection .... instead of dhoni either ABD or David miller should be selected

  • glen1 on June 2, 2014, 18:48 GMT

    Pretty soon, BCCI selection committee will run into a problem: how to accommodate the successful IPL Indian players into the National T20 side? They can be included, but Dhoni may not play them, instead, prefer the failing seniors. The only way out will be for India to petition for two teams at the World T20, as too many successful youngsters and their aspirations will not see daylight. ICC should look at the talent pool of each country, and crowd involvement, in granting this two-team status.

  • on June 2, 2014, 18:44 GMT

    Faulkner, tambe, brendon Mcculum and Dwayne smith should be there somewhere. Malinga and Dhoni should have not made it

  • prudhvi3009 on June 2, 2014, 18:35 GMT

    How can you have 3 wicket keeper in your team Cricinfo?

  • on June 2, 2014, 18:35 GMT

    The bowling lineup looks great. Going by no.s they would restrict the opposition for an average of ~136/7.

    The batting lineup is decent, but the batting order is not so (again according to stats). The current batting order would return ~172/4 in 20 overs, with maxwell getting just 3 balls to play and dhoni just 1.

    If you tweak the batting line-up a bit, i.e. maxwell coming in at 3 followed by raina, and dhoni (sorry, saha doesnt get a chance to bat according to stats), it would return ~178/3.

    There is a theoretical possibility of not giving Uthappa strike at all to boost up those average score since he has the least strike rate. I'm not going that far.

    Assumptions: Everyone balls and bats at average performance. Batsman at each end get to face equal no. wickets for each partnership

  • PraTan on June 2, 2014, 18:23 GMT

    This team is off by $7.5 mil on fantasy league! Not acceptable... :-)

  • Cricfever_PM on June 2, 2014, 18:21 GMT

    Now Dhoni haters will cry for not having their favorite players in the XI, The squad looks good and balanced team and congrats to Mohit for making in the XI as Most of Indians doesn't like him because he is from CSK and still few questions his selection to team India but they forget the fact that He is purple cap holder and the only Indian seemer making the IPL best XI

  • LIKEUDHEERU on June 2, 2014, 18:18 GMT

    1)Robin Uthappa 2)Manan Vohra 3)Suresh Raina 4)Glenn Maxwell 5)David Miller 6)James Faulkner 7)Akshar Patel 8)Bhuvneshwar Kumar 9)Mohit Sharma 10)Sunil Narine 11)Sandeep Sharma 12)Shakib Al Hasan

    No one can beat this team ;)

  • indianzen on June 2, 2014, 17:56 GMT

    Malinga is being overrated. Ashwin has a better economy and strike rate than Malinga...

  • Lahori_Munde on June 2, 2014, 17:32 GMT

    Dhoni shouldn't even be in the team. He just boosted his strike rate without delivering much to his team's cause. example is the last match against Kings 11. AB or Miller should replace him..

  • iHitWicket on June 2, 2014, 17:17 GMT

    Hmmn .. MSD again in another XI. His wicket keeping skills were never great. But captaincy and finishing role makes him formidable asset to any T20 side. Jack of many trades I guess. Gautam was better captain. Wridhiman and Sanju Samson were better keepers.

  • niazbhi on June 2, 2014, 17:10 GMT

    My 11 to play against cricinfo 11. I did not include cricinfo 11 players (I did take their 12th man). This could be a hell of a match 1] Warner 2] Ojha (SR&avrg) 3] ABD 4) Miller 5) Y Pathan 6) Watson 7) Faulkner 8) Sakib 9) Cooper 10) Harbhajan 11) Johnson/Morkel. Sakib, Harbhajan, Cooper and Watson are chosen as bowlers left after Malinga, B Kumar, Asker, and Narine (its very difficult to hit the first 11 bowlers, its not easy to hit Watson, Sakib, Cooper or HArbhajan). Faulkner, YPathan, ABD, Miller, Ohja, Warner picked themselves for high batting SR and average. As there are too many all rounders in the bowling unit, we need a reputed bowler like Morkel/Johnson to fill in the 11th spot. Ashwin or Bumrah could have got in as well.

  • on June 2, 2014, 16:57 GMT

    Dwayne smith / Robin Uthappa (wk )/ Suresh Raina / David warner / Glenn Mexwell / J P Duminy / Aksar Patel / Mohit Sharma / Sandeep Sharma / Parvin tambe. this should be playing eleven and James Faulkner should be kept as 12th man

  • Lotr3 on June 2, 2014, 16:49 GMT

    Tough XI, maybe Simmons for Warner based on impact made in the games played. Can't argue much with the bowling dept, well taken care off. Other possiblity is Simmons and Warner with Saha out and Warner in the middle where he spent a lot of time this IPL. Saha had 2 good knocks this IPL, not disputing talent but production.

  • Nadeem1976 on June 2, 2014, 16:37 GMT

    i agree with this selection, all the deserving players are selected. MSD played very well throughout the tournament.

  • Chandramouli.G on June 2, 2014, 16:34 GMT

    Dwayne Smith instead of David Warner. No player neither from DD nor from RCB. I feel Duminy should be given a place there. He is a very consistant batsman and also a reliable offie. If he is not even in the 11, then he could atleast be the 12th man, instead of Shakib. JP is far better than the man from Bangla.

  • on June 2, 2014, 16:23 GMT

    two people not suppose to be there.. Dhoni & Warner.. DR Smith & Miller Better Replacements...

  • on June 2, 2014, 16:11 GMT

    My team is M.hussy L.simmons R.sharma(c) W.saha(wk) V.kholi(vc) Y.padhan K.pollard H.sing A.patel M.sharma L.mallinga

  • niazbhi on June 2, 2014, 16:08 GMT

    Stats for players who played significant matches/time. Best economy rates: Asker, Narine, Malinga, B. Kumar, Sakib. Bowling average: Malinga, B Kumar, V aaron, Narine, Mohit, Chawla. Best vatting SR: Faulkner, Maxwell, Y Pathan, ABD, RTD, Manhas, Sakib, Miller, Dhoni, Jadhav. Best Average: Dhoni, Hussey, Simmons, Duminy, Warner, Faulkner, Miller, Uthappa, Vorha.

    Best bowlers: Asker, Narine, Malinga, B. Kumar. Best Allrounders: Sakib, Faulkner, Duminy Best Batsmen: ABD, Dhoni, Maxwell, Y. Pathan, Uthappa (based on total runs)

    These are twelve players. Duminy is my 12th men.. 1] ABD 2] Uthappa 3] Maxwell 4] Y Pathan 5] Dhoni 6] Faulkner 7] Sakib 8] Asker 9] Narine 10] Malinga 11] B. Kumar.

    May be Warner or Simmons in place of Y. Pathan his aggregate is low. I valued SR/economy rate more than average and average more than total runs or wickets.

  • on June 2, 2014, 16:05 GMT

    Simmons played 8 games total runs 394 with an average of 56.28 with 3 50's and 1 100's and he didnt make this 11. WOW. Madness.

  • on June 2, 2014, 15:59 GMT

    No Dwayne Smith? Seriously..

  • on June 2, 2014, 15:35 GMT

    One but rare failure of csk not making it to final under Dhoni,suddenly hell breaks loose. This i say because had csk won the qualifier l then they would not have asked why Dhoni came ahead. Guys! Its not that greats dont make mistake. Its just that their success out number their mistakes. So allow Dhoni to err sometimes. Cricinfo plzzz publish!

  • on June 2, 2014, 15:31 GMT

    David miller should b in there

  • on June 2, 2014, 15:26 GMT

    three wicket keepers in one team amazing.

  • on June 2, 2014, 15:20 GMT

    In my view: 1.Manan Vohra 2.Karun Nair 3.Sanju Samson 4.Manish Pandey 5.Kedar Jadhav 6.Suryakumar Yadav 7.Akshar Patel 8.Sandeep Sharma 9.Ishwar Pandey 10.Yuzvendar Chahal 11.Jaspreet Bumrah

  • Cric-Aus-SL on June 2, 2014, 15:18 GMT

    My team with emerging players except the captain -

    S.Samson, M.Vohara, K.Nair, G.Maxwell, D.Miller, K.Jadhav, R.Dhawan (C), J.Faukner, A.Patel, K.Sharma, S.Sharma

  • meakshaykumar on June 2, 2014, 15:15 GMT

    There are 3 wicket keepers in this team (Saha, Dhoni and Uthappa)...Dhoni and Saha should be replaced by Smith and Miller. Otherwise the selection is OK.

  • on June 2, 2014, 15:15 GMT

    @ESPN cricinfo & cricket lovers : can you guys provide best Indian uncapped eleven (those who have not represented India @ international level)

  • on June 2, 2014, 15:08 GMT

    One word No MSD, there are much better and players than him

  • SalilN on June 2, 2014, 15:06 GMT

    Again Maxwell scores with an avg <10 runs in Indian conditions!!! Here would be my Playing XI IPL team, if it's in India:

    Dwayne Smith, Robin Uthappa (wk), Suresh Raina, David Warner, JP Duminy, R.Jadeja, Akshar Patel, Sunil Narine, B.Kumar, Mohit Sharma, Sandeep Sharma

  • Big_Brother_of_Cricket on June 2, 2014, 15:00 GMT

    Seems there are so many Dhoni-worshippers to include him even he hasn't done anything other than coming at the end when the team cannot win the match and remain not out with a good strike rate with a few sixes when the game is already decided. Better include ABD for that position.

  • Ha8rick on June 2, 2014, 14:56 GMT

    Saha is a better wicket keeper than Dhoni so when he is in the team there is no justification of keeping Dhoni as a batsman because there are batsmen who did better than Dhoni in the IPL such as Dwayne Smith or David Miller. I'd even consider Simmons considering how many runs he has scored with the limited opportunity he got.

    Time for ESPNcricinfo to re-pick the team :)

  • MiddleStumpYorker on June 2, 2014, 14:47 GMT

    DHONI ? Why MSD ? Dhoni. Dhoni. Dhoni.. Agreed, he has been a successful skipper/ player. I emphasize on "HAS BEEN" ,cuz he has lost it now. Cant live on past reputation.

    His shadow of the past is better than what he is now.

    my XI :

    Uthappa Dwayne Smith Raina Samson A.B.De (W.K) Miller Binny Bhuvi Mohit Akshar Patel Narine Malinga

    THis is not a super dominant loooking team on paper. but most/all are consistent performers.

  • Narabavi on June 2, 2014, 14:31 GMT

    Dhoni only comes into bat when only his team going well! Only thing he need is end the inning as a "not out" batsman.So Dhoni out - Vohra in.... There's a world cup winning captain in the XI.so he can lead the team! MY XI : Uthappa, Vohra, Raina, Maxwell, Saha (w/k), Warner, Akshar, Bhuvi, Narine, Malinga, Mohit ... D.Smith (12th man)

  • on June 2, 2014, 14:21 GMT

    No karun nair? No sanju samson? What has msd done to make it into the side? He had a very ordinary Ipl both as a batsman and as a captain.. Also Saha has done very little except his heroics in the final match.. Bit harsh on sandeep sharma as well..

  • Destine_Indians on June 2, 2014, 14:20 GMT

    11 players (including 12th man) can be justified here. How can MSD gets place in team. He is real looser, always step backs in crucial run chase, never step up for bat.

  • mshyder on June 2, 2014, 14:20 GMT

    Dhoni's selection is not justifiable, Miller was without doubt a better finisher this season. Sehwag should have been selected in place of Warner thus not disturbing the overseas player ration as well.

  • on June 2, 2014, 14:14 GMT

    I will put Duminy in place of Saha. Reason you dont need three Wicket keepers. It takes away your bowling options. Also Duminy is lefty and give better balance to team.

  • HetalK on June 2, 2014, 14:09 GMT

    I'd replace Dhoni with Ab De or Duminy. At least they wont demote themselves to #9 when need arises.

  • Mr_Anonymous on June 2, 2014, 14:01 GMT

    Instead of David Warner, I would have personally preferred Dwayne Smith. Otherwise, is a decent selection. How about creating a team of the tournament of only uncapped players?

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  • Mr_Anonymous on June 2, 2014, 14:01 GMT

    Instead of David Warner, I would have personally preferred Dwayne Smith. Otherwise, is a decent selection. How about creating a team of the tournament of only uncapped players?

  • HetalK on June 2, 2014, 14:09 GMT

    I'd replace Dhoni with Ab De or Duminy. At least they wont demote themselves to #9 when need arises.

  • on June 2, 2014, 14:14 GMT

    I will put Duminy in place of Saha. Reason you dont need three Wicket keepers. It takes away your bowling options. Also Duminy is lefty and give better balance to team.

  • mshyder on June 2, 2014, 14:20 GMT

    Dhoni's selection is not justifiable, Miller was without doubt a better finisher this season. Sehwag should have been selected in place of Warner thus not disturbing the overseas player ration as well.

  • Destine_Indians on June 2, 2014, 14:20 GMT

    11 players (including 12th man) can be justified here. How can MSD gets place in team. He is real looser, always step backs in crucial run chase, never step up for bat.

  • on June 2, 2014, 14:21 GMT

    No karun nair? No sanju samson? What has msd done to make it into the side? He had a very ordinary Ipl both as a batsman and as a captain.. Also Saha has done very little except his heroics in the final match.. Bit harsh on sandeep sharma as well..

  • Narabavi on June 2, 2014, 14:31 GMT

    Dhoni only comes into bat when only his team going well! Only thing he need is end the inning as a "not out" batsman.So Dhoni out - Vohra in.... There's a world cup winning captain in the XI.so he can lead the team! MY XI : Uthappa, Vohra, Raina, Maxwell, Saha (w/k), Warner, Akshar, Bhuvi, Narine, Malinga, Mohit ... D.Smith (12th man)

  • MiddleStumpYorker on June 2, 2014, 14:47 GMT

    DHONI ? Why MSD ? Dhoni. Dhoni. Dhoni.. Agreed, he has been a successful skipper/ player. I emphasize on "HAS BEEN" ,cuz he has lost it now. Cant live on past reputation.

    His shadow of the past is better than what he is now.

    my XI :

    Uthappa Dwayne Smith Raina Samson A.B.De (W.K) Miller Binny Bhuvi Mohit Akshar Patel Narine Malinga

    THis is not a super dominant loooking team on paper. but most/all are consistent performers.

  • Ha8rick on June 2, 2014, 14:56 GMT

    Saha is a better wicket keeper than Dhoni so when he is in the team there is no justification of keeping Dhoni as a batsman because there are batsmen who did better than Dhoni in the IPL such as Dwayne Smith or David Miller. I'd even consider Simmons considering how many runs he has scored with the limited opportunity he got.

    Time for ESPNcricinfo to re-pick the team :)

  • Big_Brother_of_Cricket on June 2, 2014, 15:00 GMT

    Seems there are so many Dhoni-worshippers to include him even he hasn't done anything other than coming at the end when the team cannot win the match and remain not out with a good strike rate with a few sixes when the game is already decided. Better include ABD for that position.