Indian Premier League 2010 April 26, 2010

The IPL XI

Cricinfo staff
Now that the IPL is done and dusted, Cricinfo picks its IPL XI, and it's a Chennai-Mumbai-Bangalore oligopoly
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1 Jacques Kallis (Bangalore)


Stats: 572 runs, 115.78 strike-rate; 13 wickets, economy-rate 8.35.
Best performance: 89 off 55 balls v Punjab.
Key role: Kallis was consistent and aggressive in the first half of the season. He was unbeaten until his fifth innings and played a crucial role in Bangalore's four-match winning streak. His ability to bowl the heavy bouncer helped Bangalore target batsmen with short deliveries on the quick Chinnaswamy pitch.

2 Sachin Tendulkar (Mumbai)


Stats: 618 runs, 132.61 strike rate.
Best performance: 89 off 59 balls v Rajasthan.
Key role: Tendulkar's isn't the first name on the team sheet only because he doesn't take strike. His calming consistency while opening the innings helped Mumbai become the first semi-finalist and top the league stage. He did not have to change his approach to score the most runs in the season, and at one stage had a strike-rate of 155.75 after four matches despite not having hit a single six.

3 Suresh Raina (Chennai)


Stats: 520 runs, 142.85 strike-rate, 6 wickets, economy-rate 7.46
Best performance: 83 off 52 balls v Mumbai
Key role: In IPLs past, Raina had the luxury of coming in after Matthew Hayden had given Chennai a powerful start. Not this time. Hayden's miserable form meant Raina had to shoulder much of the burden, and he did. His fielding was among the best in the IPL, he was the Man of the Final, and a strong contender for the Player of the Tournament.

4 Ambati Rayudu (Mumbai)


Stats: 356 runs, 144.71 strike-rate
Best performance: 55 off 29 balls v Deccan
Key role: Rayudu was the best of the former ICL players and played a vital role in the middle order. He provided a seamless link between Tendulkar's strong starts and Pollard's brutal finishes and could revive the innings when needed as well. Rayudu's not a wicketkeeper but he performed the role competently in the interests of team balance.

5 MS Dhoni (capt & wk) (Chennai)


Stats: 287 runs, 136.66 strike-rate
Best performance: 54 off 29 balls v Punjab
Key role: Dhoni was average with the bat until Chennai couldn't afford it anymore. In a must-win game against Punjab, he pulled off an improbable chase with the most brutal hitting Dharamsala is likely to see. He contributed on a difficult pitch to ease Chennai through the semi-final and kickstarted the acceleration in the final too. No other wicketkeeper came close to surpassing his form, and few captains matched his leadership skills either.

6 Robin Uthappa (Bangalore)


Stats: 374 runs, strike-rate 171.55
Best performance: 51 off 21 balls v Punjab
Key role: Cries of "Hodiyo, hodiyo, Uthappa" (Hit it, hit it, Uthappa) rang round the Chinnaswamy when Robin Uthappa strode out busily to bat. He was Bangalore's game-changer, tearing into the bowling attack at pivotal moments, and finished the tournament's highest six-hitter, with 27.

7 Kieron Pollard (Mumbai)


Stats: 273 runs, strike-rate 185.71; 15 wickets, economy-rate 7.40
Best performance: 33 off 13 balls and 3 for 17 v Bangalore, first semi-final
Key role: Pollard is a near-perfect Twenty20 cricketer. Mumbai relied on him to boost totals by 30-odd runs in the last two overs of the innings, and Pollard delivered strike rates of 200-plus often. His medium-pace bowling fetched wickets and he covered ground faster than most with his long strides on the boundary line and between the wickets.

8 R Ashwin (Chennai)


Stats: 13 wickets, economy-rate 6.10
Best performance: 3 for 17 v Kolkata
Key role: His ability to bowl with discipline with the new ball, during the fielding restrictions, was instrumental in Chennai's resurgence in the latter half of the league. Ashwin gave his team the perfect start to their defence of 168 in the final - bowling a maiden over to Shikhar Dhawan.

9 Anil Kumble (Bangalore)


Stats: 17 wickets, economy-rate 6.42
Best performance: 4 for 16 v Deccan, third place playoff
Key role: Kumble bowled himself in tough situations, during the Powerplay and in the last six overs, and exercised control on the run rate, conceding fewer than six an over during these periods. His performance in the third-place match was crucial in Bangalore securing a berth in the Champions League Twenty20.

10 Lasith Malinga (Mumbai)


Stats: 15 wickets, economy-rate 7.02
Best performance: 2 for 22 v Rajasthan
Key role: Malinga was a death bowler par excellence, unleashing a flurry of accurate yorkers towards the end of an innings. In the Mumbai-Rajasthan match, where over 400 runs were scored, Malinga was the only bowler to concede fewer than six an over.

11 Doug Bollinger


Stats: 12 wickets in eight games, economy-rate 6.67
Best performance: 4 for 13 v Deccan, second semi-final
Key role: The turnaround in Chennai's campaign, which saw them rise from No. 6 and 7 to champions, was largely due to Bollinger - his bluster and his exceptional left-arm seam bowling. Before he joined the side, Chennai didn't have a new-ball attack worth mentioning, and after he arrived, they needed to win most of their games to reach the semis. In his first match, against Rajasthan, Bollinger took 2 for 15 and caught Yusuf Pathan superbly on the boundary. The revival had begun.

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  • POSTED BY on | April 30, 2010, 4:54 GMT

    Guys, please note that this is an IPL-XI. According to IPL format there should be 7 Indian and 4 foreign players. I think according to IPL-3 form, the current team is the best chosen team for IPL-XI. Also, remember Ganguly played as an opener not as a middle-order batsman, so Rayadu scores over him in the middle order as no other Indian batsman has done better than him except S. Tiwary. Therefore, Rayadu can be replaced by S. Tiwary.

  • POSTED BY assu on | April 29, 2010, 16:53 GMT

    Only three changes we need , M.Vijay, I.Pathan and P.Ojah in for Kallis , Uthappa and Kumble ;-)

  • POSTED BY Daaadaa on | April 29, 2010, 8:06 GMT

    Guys.. Its getting crazy out there.. How can Cricinfo leave out Sovrav Ganguly! Look at al the responses for this IPL-IX post and how many have talked about Ganguly's inclusion..! Its time the change is shown in the list above.. Also Yuvraj, when on song can be devastating.. Maybe an in-form Yuvi, in place of Pollard here...

  • POSTED BY DonX1 on | April 28, 2010, 18:10 GMT

    How did Rayudu come in and Ganguly is not there? Really don't understand this team. Uthappa? Didn't you find Warnie good enough?

  • POSTED BY glavsdada on | April 28, 2010, 12:16 GMT

    Dear cricinfo.com where's Mr. Sourav Ganguly?? So, u feel he haven't scored runs..Remember he's 4th top run scorer.... Do u feel he haven't been good at field? Remember he got 4 great catches..hav a look at them... Do u feel his captaincy is not so good... everyone knows the answer for this... So, y da hell u haven't included Mr. Dada? This is bullshit.... U even considered rayudu and so n so... So, Dada can't even compete with Rayudu.... Just this is a crap.... Please post some genuine ones.... Viewers wud be happy then..

  • POSTED BY Dayanidhisn on | April 28, 2010, 5:12 GMT

    I don't think we need both Kallis and Tendulkar at both ends which will mean that the openers will stay till 15th over and end up with 160 rather than 180 or 200. I would go with M Vijay & Tendulkar for opening.Raina at 1 down followed by Symonds at 2 (Symonds can bowl as well and has performed overall better than Dhoni,also Sachin can still captain the team as he has marshaled the resources very well until the final) Kevin Peterson at 3 is far bette choice than Ambati Rayadu as he can be used as a good floater as well.Robin Uthappa and Kevin Pollard to follow can cause serious destruction.Ashwin,Ojha,Malinga & Bollinger form a tight comibination of pace and spin.Steyn as back up if extra pacer is needed in place of Peterson should be a the right comibination based on IPL form.

  • POSTED BY Sh3Ep on | April 28, 2010, 3:30 GMT

    ashwin and kumble are containing bowlers..we need a wiket taker so ojha without ne doubt... n kallis is reallly slow at the start...replace him by sme1 like murali vijay...or adam gilcrist ..:P kidding no gilly but gambhir... n no gangooly 4 gods sake....he sucks...vijay way better

  • POSTED BY rohan_rajaryan on | April 28, 2010, 0:19 GMT

    ojha anyday better than aswin...

  • POSTED BY on | April 27, 2010, 20:12 GMT

    @SHRi82 ..I don't think there is a place for Yuvraj and u r forgetting jadeja .he wil bowl better than Harbhajan. Murali Vijay is playing better than Sehwag and his fielding is superb as comapred to our lazy, irresponsible Sehwag.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | April 27, 2010, 19:52 GMT

    My Indian squad for T20 world cup: Gambhir, Vijay, Raina, Kohli, Yuvraj, Dhoni, Rohit, Harbhajan, Zaheer, Ashwin, Mishra, Vinay Kumar, Yadav, Uthappa, Karthick & Irfan Pathan. Yusuf Pathan does not have big match temeprment and will be a flop. India need to be cautious of dark horses like Afghanistan by scoring at least 200 and bowling tightly. The fielding will be the Key and absence of stars like Kohli will hurt. Current team sekected does not have bowler like Ashwin & Karthick or good leg spinners, who can tie down the runs. Also there is lack of pace bowlers - Yadav appeared to be the fastest bowler. P.Kumar with his gentle pace is not likely to succeed.

  • POSTED BY on | April 30, 2010, 4:54 GMT

    Guys, please note that this is an IPL-XI. According to IPL format there should be 7 Indian and 4 foreign players. I think according to IPL-3 form, the current team is the best chosen team for IPL-XI. Also, remember Ganguly played as an opener not as a middle-order batsman, so Rayadu scores over him in the middle order as no other Indian batsman has done better than him except S. Tiwary. Therefore, Rayadu can be replaced by S. Tiwary.

  • POSTED BY assu on | April 29, 2010, 16:53 GMT

    Only three changes we need , M.Vijay, I.Pathan and P.Ojah in for Kallis , Uthappa and Kumble ;-)

  • POSTED BY Daaadaa on | April 29, 2010, 8:06 GMT

    Guys.. Its getting crazy out there.. How can Cricinfo leave out Sovrav Ganguly! Look at al the responses for this IPL-IX post and how many have talked about Ganguly's inclusion..! Its time the change is shown in the list above.. Also Yuvraj, when on song can be devastating.. Maybe an in-form Yuvi, in place of Pollard here...

  • POSTED BY DonX1 on | April 28, 2010, 18:10 GMT

    How did Rayudu come in and Ganguly is not there? Really don't understand this team. Uthappa? Didn't you find Warnie good enough?

  • POSTED BY glavsdada on | April 28, 2010, 12:16 GMT

    Dear cricinfo.com where's Mr. Sourav Ganguly?? So, u feel he haven't scored runs..Remember he's 4th top run scorer.... Do u feel he haven't been good at field? Remember he got 4 great catches..hav a look at them... Do u feel his captaincy is not so good... everyone knows the answer for this... So, y da hell u haven't included Mr. Dada? This is bullshit.... U even considered rayudu and so n so... So, Dada can't even compete with Rayudu.... Just this is a crap.... Please post some genuine ones.... Viewers wud be happy then..

  • POSTED BY Dayanidhisn on | April 28, 2010, 5:12 GMT

    I don't think we need both Kallis and Tendulkar at both ends which will mean that the openers will stay till 15th over and end up with 160 rather than 180 or 200. I would go with M Vijay & Tendulkar for opening.Raina at 1 down followed by Symonds at 2 (Symonds can bowl as well and has performed overall better than Dhoni,also Sachin can still captain the team as he has marshaled the resources very well until the final) Kevin Peterson at 3 is far bette choice than Ambati Rayadu as he can be used as a good floater as well.Robin Uthappa and Kevin Pollard to follow can cause serious destruction.Ashwin,Ojha,Malinga & Bollinger form a tight comibination of pace and spin.Steyn as back up if extra pacer is needed in place of Peterson should be a the right comibination based on IPL form.

  • POSTED BY Sh3Ep on | April 28, 2010, 3:30 GMT

    ashwin and kumble are containing bowlers..we need a wiket taker so ojha without ne doubt... n kallis is reallly slow at the start...replace him by sme1 like murali vijay...or adam gilcrist ..:P kidding no gilly but gambhir... n no gangooly 4 gods sake....he sucks...vijay way better

  • POSTED BY rohan_rajaryan on | April 28, 2010, 0:19 GMT

    ojha anyday better than aswin...

  • POSTED BY on | April 27, 2010, 20:12 GMT

    @SHRi82 ..I don't think there is a place for Yuvraj and u r forgetting jadeja .he wil bowl better than Harbhajan. Murali Vijay is playing better than Sehwag and his fielding is superb as comapred to our lazy, irresponsible Sehwag.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | April 27, 2010, 19:52 GMT

    My Indian squad for T20 world cup: Gambhir, Vijay, Raina, Kohli, Yuvraj, Dhoni, Rohit, Harbhajan, Zaheer, Ashwin, Mishra, Vinay Kumar, Yadav, Uthappa, Karthick & Irfan Pathan. Yusuf Pathan does not have big match temeprment and will be a flop. India need to be cautious of dark horses like Afghanistan by scoring at least 200 and bowling tightly. The fielding will be the Key and absence of stars like Kohli will hurt. Current team sekected does not have bowler like Ashwin & Karthick or good leg spinners, who can tie down the runs. Also there is lack of pace bowlers - Yadav appeared to be the fastest bowler. P.Kumar with his gentle pace is not likely to succeed.

  • POSTED BY kool_Indian on | April 27, 2010, 18:46 GMT

    @Gk16 - u r hilarious man - LOL. what tht line in BIG BOLD means is - cricinfo picked best XI and all 11 players r coming frm only these 3 teams. Its not like they dint consider other teams dude. LMAO...!

  • POSTED BY anantshruti on | April 27, 2010, 18:14 GMT

    Even though Ojha was not part of the top 3 teams, I would still pick him as he is part of IPL and part of the semifinalist team. Doesnt make sense to leave the highest wicket taker.

  • POSTED BY on | April 27, 2010, 17:31 GMT

    My IPL 2010 XI is: 1.KALLIS 2.TENDULKAR 3.VIJAY 4.RAINA 5.PETERSEN 6.UTHAPPA (WKT) 7.POLLARD 8.KUMBLE 9.OJHA 10.STEYN 11.BOLLINGER

  • POSTED BY upendradixit on | April 27, 2010, 16:58 GMT

    What? No purple cap holder in team. Must get Pragyan Ojha in for Ashwin. Also Bhajji for Kumble provides batting support as well. Based on pure overall performance, Dhoni cannot be in. Uthappa keeps and Dhoni replaced by one of A.Symonds or Rohit Sharma. I would bring Symonds in for Kallis allrounder for allrounderand replace Kallis at the top with Mahela Jayawardene or Saurav Ganguly. My IPLXI ream based on tournament performance would be: Saurav, Sachin(capt),Raina, Rayudu, Symonds, Uthappa (wk), Pollard, Harbhajan, Bollinger, Ojha, Malinga.

  • POSTED BY vish515 on | April 27, 2010, 16:27 GMT

    T SUMAN & N.OJHA deserve a mention .They consistently bailed out DC and RR.Because they belong to "unglamorous" franchises their contributions goes unnoticed and remain unsung .

  • POSTED BY salim on | April 27, 2010, 15:53 GMT

    Surely gotta have Bhajji ahead of Kumble. Don't get me wrong, they're very neck and neck as far as bowlers go but Bhajji can swing a few over cow corner if needed. And by evidence of wickets, Bhajji had a better tournament compared to Jumbo!

  • POSTED BY Ganes.V on | April 27, 2010, 15:45 GMT

    OMG! This is a very good team. Givenme an opportunity, I would have preerred to pick up a squad rather than a team! There are others who played well and who would have been better choices against specific bowling attacks. There are a few who would have done better if they consistantly were allowed to retain their position in the batting line up. So this is definitely worth debating. But overall a good team. I would like to see more of M Vijay in the team! ALL THE BEST.

  • POSTED BY Samarpan_Das on | April 27, 2010, 15:33 GMT

    I can not understand how Ojha was omitted from the list.Not only he got the purple cap but he was the one who got maximum purchase from the wicket too.

    I will replace Kumble with Ojha and retain Ashwin in the squard .. I agree with rest of the guys.

  • POSTED BY on | April 27, 2010, 15:27 GMT

    How come Pragyan Ojha is missing? Did his maiden over to Shikar Dhawan in the final turn it for him? That is a going a bit too far....Ojha over Ashwin for me...

  • POSTED BY Daaadaa on | April 27, 2010, 15:20 GMT

    How can anyone leave out Sovrav here?! 3rd highest run getter this season till league.. Common atleast one from KKR.. Ojha in place of Ashwin.. Tiwary in place of Rayudu.. Yuvraj in place of Pollard.., Pollard was too much hyped this season..

  • POSTED BY Indike on | April 27, 2010, 15:01 GMT

    This eleven is utter rubbish. No Mahela, no KP, no Ganguly. Work of same old Cricinfo.

  • POSTED BY SupercreativenamesWealleans_is on | April 27, 2010, 14:51 GMT

    @Gk16 The heading "Cricinfo picks its IPL XI, and it's a Chennai-Mumbai-Bangalore oligopoly" Is vastly different from "Cricinfo picks its IPL X1 from the top 3 teams. The fact it is an oligopily just means it is incidental that players from these 3 teams were picked, it does not mean they were selected from a imited 3 team pool. Let people enjoy their specultion.

  • POSTED BY on | April 27, 2010, 14:29 GMT

    @ GK16, it is just mentioned that the list is a chennai-mumbai-bangalore oligopoly. It means that other players couldn't make it to the list. If this is the case, then I am sure there will be case for people like Ojha (wicket taker) over Ashwin (run saver). I would personally like to see some one like Gautam Gambhir instead of Ambati Rayudu. Kieron Pollard is definitely over rated but I was hard pressed to think of a replacement.

  • POSTED BY on | April 27, 2010, 14:27 GMT

    It's cool to see Anal Kumble show them where to put the balls

  • POSTED BY NALINWIJ on | April 27, 2010, 14:07 GMT

    you have done a better selection than the Australian T20 side which failed to pick Bollinger and Harris who are in form unlike LEE.

  • POSTED BY Dhoni_fan_from_a_dada_era on | April 27, 2010, 13:56 GMT

    Ashok Dinda definitely deserves mention..he was the only Indian bowling with genuine pace. all others PK, VK, Umesh Yadhav etc can't even come close to him. I think he bowled better than Ashish Nehra

  • POSTED BY CharuTiwari on | April 27, 2010, 13:44 GMT

    I would pick Pragyan Ojha instead of kumble. Ojha has done well in all the three IPLs. I don't understand why kumble is in the team. He is a liability on the field.

  • POSTED BY Rohan0309 on | April 27, 2010, 13:26 GMT

    Malinga's best performance was 4 for 22 vs Kings XI Punjab.

  • POSTED BY on | April 27, 2010, 13:25 GMT

    I agree with somebody like removing Kallis and adding Vijay as opener .. Dont tel about Aswin .. Great blower in that IPL ... Economical

  • POSTED BY hemant.brar on | April 27, 2010, 12:48 GMT

    Ahhhh....sad to see Ojha out of the XI.

  • POSTED BY on | April 27, 2010, 12:24 GMT

    its a well balanced team but is it the best team??? i would have symonds for rayuddu...he won deccan 3-4 games single handedly..had to change his game because the team demanded otherwise his strike rate would have been far better

    and well stastically kallis might be the most valuable player but that is beacuse he got opportunities..bowled 4 overs and batted at top..but this team doesnt require a bowler while playing with 4 specialist bowlers..i would have vijay instead of kallis..just that 1 innings is good enough to get him in the team

    and talking about spinners i will have bhajji n ojha instead of ashwin and kumble ojha simply bcoz he is a wicket taker n bhajji bcoz his performance was at par with ashwin n his batting gives him the edge

    good choice for pacers althugh its diff to chose between bollinger n steyn..

  • POSTED BY aryaman1994 on | April 27, 2010, 12:12 GMT

    what about kevin pietersen? i think i would have taken him over rayudu or tiwary even though both had fabulous tournaments. or does the 4 overseas players rule apply here?

  • POSTED BY 123fac on | April 27, 2010, 11:48 GMT

    I wasvery much there when "Hodiyo, hodiyo, Uthappa" was scremed around Chinnaswamy and robin responded by sixers in punjab match well done robin keep it up.

  • POSTED BY rahul543 on | April 27, 2010, 11:43 GMT

    Team needs some firepower at the top of the order. I'm afraid, even though both had a phenomenal tournament, Tendulkar and Kallis can't be the openers for a T20 team. Both are too orthodox. You just need someone crazy at the top. Warner didn't have too bad a tournament. Scored a century and had other good contributions as well.

  • POSTED BY jonesy2 on | April 27, 2010, 11:02 GMT

    kallis? are you kidding me? he is a liability with his slow batting. warner in for kallis. the fact pollard is in there is pretty hilerious how over rated is he? roy to replace him obviously. steyn in for malinga.

  • POSTED BY on | April 27, 2010, 10:47 GMT

    I would have Jayawardene instea of Rayudu. Jayawardene is someone who has sound technique and can carry an inning by his own..

  • POSTED BY on | April 27, 2010, 10:03 GMT

    i wud have loved to see saurab tiwaryz name here... too bad nt even one player frm knight riders here

  • POSTED BY gandhala on | April 27, 2010, 9:47 GMT

    @ yrajeash on (April 27 2010, 07:11 AM GMT) : Dude 11 players make a side in cricket , ur team has just 10

  • POSTED BY jeevan on | April 27, 2010, 9:40 GMT

    My IPL 2010 XI is: 1.KALLIS 2.TENDULKAR 3.VIJAY 4.RAINA 5.S TIWARY 6.UTHAPPA (WKT) 7.POLLARD 8.KUMBLE 9.OIJHA 10.MALINGA 11.BOLLINGER

  • POSTED BY Gk16 on | April 27, 2010, 9:21 GMT

    All the guys who are shouting "Where is ganguly/ojha/watson/mahela" etc, first read the sentence below the BIG BOLD IPL XI heading.... the eleven players are taken only from chennai-bangalore-mumbai and no other teams... Without reading anything clearly some guys have started talking like there is some conspiracy by Cricinfo to sideline some players... Open ur eyes people...

  • POSTED BY on | April 27, 2010, 9:20 GMT

    No PURPLE CAP holder in the team? Are you serious? Definately ojha instead of ashwin.. And if you dont follow the 4 foreigner rule then put symonds instead of robin...if you follow it then put ROHIT sharma instead of ROBIN

  • POSTED BY Shri82 on | April 27, 2010, 9:12 GMT

    I will pick the Indian squad for the World Cup: V Sehwag, G Gambhir, S Raina, Robin, Yuvraj, Rohit, Rayudu, Dhoni, Harbhajan, Ojha, Zaheer, Pathan, Yusuf, Praveen and Ashok Dinda. And the 11 should have 4 Batsmen, 1 WK, 2 All rounders and 3 Bowlers. Rotate the batsmen accordingly in the matches.

  • POSTED BY xonoxiler on | April 27, 2010, 9:04 GMT

    no...vijay doesn require that spot.n v cant hav sachin n kallis both in same team,that would slow the rate in powerplays..we need a hard hitter like watson or vijay,but with the best 11,i would fit watson wu can also bowl and is an much more aggressive player..and Rj harris(14wkts in 8 mtchs with strike rate of 16.3) is better than malinga...well my best for perfect t2o would be- 1.shane watson/ Muralivijay, 2.sachin tendulkar, 3.Suresh raina, 4.jayawardene/uthappa 5.symonds, 6.Ms dhoni, 7.Pollard, 8.Ashwin/anil kumble/bajji 9. pragyan ojha, 10.Rj Harris, 11.dough bollinger,

  • POSTED BY on | April 27, 2010, 8:56 GMT

    "No other wicketkeeper came close to surpassing his form" Which form are you talking about???Sangakkara scored more runs than Dhoni and looked to be in a better form in the latter stages of the tournament...Though you have selected Dhoni of the aspect of captaincy,cant agree with aforemntioned statement.

  • POSTED BY on | April 27, 2010, 8:51 GMT

    Kallis also should be there, Mahela also should be there, Symonds also should be there, Murali also should be there, Bollinger also, Steyn also, Malinga also .... guys, guys, guys .... never knew one can have such short memory .... its not even 48 hours the IPL has concluded .... there can be only 4 overseas players .... forgot???

    The above team is perfect but for 2 changes .... Tiwary instead Rayudu and Ojha instead of Ashwin/Kumble.

  • POSTED BY prashantbhurke03 on | April 27, 2010, 8:35 GMT

    @anubhav.sarathy: team has only one wicketkeeper, other two are make shift ones and they have proved their mettle in the power packed performances delivere....

  • POSTED BY RomanNoseJob on | April 27, 2010, 8:29 GMT

    I have to say I might have just been inclined to pick Mumbai's Tiwary over Rayuda, I liked him very much.

  • POSTED BY kumar_jp on | April 27, 2010, 8:26 GMT

    Please Please read the title..

    Cricinfo picks its IPL XI, and it's a Chennai-Mumbai-Bangalore oligopoly Cricinfo picks its IPL XI, and it's a Chennai-Mumbai-Bangalore oligopoly Cricinfo picks its IPL XI, and it's a Chennai-Mumbai-Bangalore oligopoly Cricinfo picks its IPL XI, and it's a Chennai-Mumbai-Bangalore oligopoly

    Its only three teams...

  • POSTED BY on | April 27, 2010, 8:21 GMT

    Where is Ojha?!?!?!?

  • POSTED BY gandhala on | April 27, 2010, 8:08 GMT

    Excellent 11 . Good to leave out Murali Vijay .He should have been in t20 wc squad .RU deserved a place there , he would have been good replacement for sehwag.

    Support : I agree Dhoni should be there as a captain,keeper,finisher.Kallis should be there as an allrounder.He and KPollard should be doing the 5th bowler option,raina can add to it . Remember only 4 overseas players can be played , this selection is based on that.Ashwin desevers a place too,he is the most economical bowler in the series.With kumble,aswin,malinga bowling u can easily defend 130s

    Differ: With respect to Rayudu,i feel Rohit must be there in rayudus place to give some solidity to the team.Have to send him only if some couple of wickets goes quickly.This will give make the team with some solid batsmen in sachin,kallis,rohits- bit hitters in kp,robin,dhoni - raina can be fall in both.

  • POSTED BY JanabAli on | April 27, 2010, 7:48 GMT

    - Where is Habajhan excellent with ball + good with bat replace with Ashwin - Where is Rohit Sharma put him in no. 6 instead of robbin uthappa because uthappa is not a finisher and rohit is a best finisher and he proved.

    Other are perfect...........

  • POSTED BY on | April 27, 2010, 7:47 GMT

    I feel the team is balanced with all experience and potential. vg0706, your team is not balance according to the IPL terms, remember there should be only 4 overseas players and 7 indian players. so the IPL XI listed is so perfect. Two steady masters Kallis and Sachin make a perfect opening, and with uthappa, raina and pollard who can hit long with rayudu and dhoni who play a sensible innings, its a perfect combination. Kumble can take wickets and ashwin can create pressure to the batsman's. Doug's bouncers and Lasiths yorkers are too good and both have very good knack of picking wickets. I dont see anything as perfect as the above

  • POSTED BY on | April 27, 2010, 7:47 GMT

    Tiwary instead of Rayudu & Ojha instead of Ashwin/Kumble .... rest of the team is ok .... for those arguing on symo instead robin, well robin was much better .... and the team already has many batting all rounders in kallis, raina and pollard to go with 2 seamers & 2 spinners.

    here's my ine-up: Kallis, Tendulkar, Raina, Tiwary, Dhoni, Uthappa, Pollard, Kumble/Ashwin, Ojha, Malinga & Bollinger.

  • POSTED BY chaithan on | April 27, 2010, 7:41 GMT

    uthappa has performed well this ipl. but i thought he was a finisher. if he is, then what is the point of him being in the team when pollard is there too. one of them should be replaced. pollard is an all-rounder and contributes with his bowling as well as his brilliant fielding too. whereas uthappa's wicketkeeping is not required seeing that there are 2 other wks in the team. so i think uthappa should be replaced. i cant think of who his replacement should be.

  • POSTED BY Bahcsk on | April 27, 2010, 7:34 GMT

    1. Sachin 2. Shane Wastson 3. Suresh Raina 4. Saurabh Tiwary 5. MS Dhoni 6. Kieron Pollard 7. Robin Uthappa 8. Yusuf Pathan 9. Anil Kumble 10. Lasith Malinga 11. D Bollinger

    Sachin/Raina/MSD will be the back bone around which the other power hitters will play. Bowling will be opened with Bollinger along with Watson/Yusuf/Anil as the situation demands. Malinga will bowl at the death along with Anil/Watson as the situation demands. Anil/Yusuf/Pollard/Watson will complete the middle overs. Raina will be the utility bowler.

  • POSTED BY aavi242 on | April 27, 2010, 7:32 GMT

    this is pathetic...I dun think there was anyone better than Naman Ojha...did any keeper came anywhere near to him?? I can't stop thinking why is media and analysts are so biased with the skipper and keeper role??? How long can the wicket keepers in India will be overlooked despite performing so well even if its just a fantasy team?

  • POSTED BY yrajeash on | April 27, 2010, 7:11 GMT

    here is my XI who deserves the best.....of IPL 1.Sachin Tendulkar (Mumbai) 2.Jacques Kallis (Bangalore) 3.Suresh Raina (Chennai) 4.MS Dhoni (capt & wk) (Chennai) 5.Kieron Pollard (Mumbai) 6.Murali vijay(Chennai) 7.Anil Kumble (Bangalore) 8.Lasith Malinga (Mumbai) 9.Doug Bollinger(Chennai) 10.R Ashwin (Chennai)

  • POSTED BY manasvi_lingam on | April 27, 2010, 6:59 GMT

    Ojha or Mishra deserved a place as well, but picking them ahead of Kumble or Ashwin would be hard. Kumble and Ashwin were more economical and bowled in the Powerplay overs more often. I would not have had Rayudu and Dhoni in my team. Uthappa did well as a keeper, so the remaining two places should have gone to 2 out of the following: 1) Ganguly - His batting was very slow, but he could hold one end up while the others scored freely at the end 2) Jayawardene - After a poor start, he rediscovered himself at the top of the order and his pure cricketing shots prove that class is everything. 3) Andrew Symonds - A very good tournament overall. 4 fifties and 7th highest run scorer. And with the ball, highly economical at only 7 an over. (less than Malinga) 4) Murali Vijay - Only 2 good knocks but what power in them! Mostly however, wasted his starts and should have made more 50s. 3)

  • POSTED BY mjrvasu on | April 27, 2010, 6:45 GMT

    Everyone will have his favorite XI, there is no doubt about that.

    One idea maybe for Cricinfo to promote the concept of the best IPL XI, and have a Charity match with either the IPL Champs or a second IPL XI, which I am sure is as good as the first IPL XI because there are so many performance players to choose from.

  • POSTED BY on | April 27, 2010, 6:31 GMT

    i think instead of rayudu it should have saurabh tiwary. he played much better than rayudu and instead of robin uthappa it should have been kevin pietersen or naman ojha

  • POSTED BY lcewarriors on | April 27, 2010, 6:25 GMT

    @ anubhav.sarathy again ... Ohja dint bowl in the key moments ... OMG ... Dude "when you dont know , dont talk " , how many times has gilchrist turned to Ohja and he ook a wicket for him... to an extent ashwin is ok ,, but kumble and his grumpy attitude .. No way

  • POSTED BY singh89 on | April 27, 2010, 6:24 GMT

    is this the best of all IPL XI this season or just a mix of players from the top 3 teams that qualified for the Champions Trophy becaue i only see players from mumbai bangalore and chennai... there were many other players worth mentioning and i mean the bowler who took the most number of wickets, pragyan ojha, is not even included... symonds should have been in for kallis with vijay opening... and why rayudu?

  • POSTED BY lcewarriors on | April 27, 2010, 6:22 GMT

    @ anubhav.sarathy ... Dude .... this is IPL 2010 .. so it dosent matter wheterh the player lived up to his expectation or not .... Rohith sharma scored 404 runs ... and feilded well and took a few wickets .. i dont know why ppl are so ignorant .. they try and base their selection over a 2-3 year time line .as i told you IPL 3 ... Period.

  • POSTED BY TheOnlyEmperor on | April 27, 2010, 6:15 GMT

    Kallis deserves his place as opening batsman instead of Vijay because Kallis can bowl and Vijay can't. It's about team balance you see!

  • POSTED BY Navin84 on | April 27, 2010, 5:41 GMT

    Ummmm.......i would have gone for M. Vijay or Mahela instead of Kallis. He only starred in the first half, 2nd half nothing much to speak of. I like the others.

  • POSTED BY anubhav.sarathy on | April 27, 2010, 5:28 GMT

    ha ha. nowadays i read the cricinfo articles only for the comments which border on being hilarious to outright ludricious,,,,,, @CricketkaFunda- Young talent losing their confidence because they dint make it to the top XI of a fictional team selected by some website? and pragyan Ojha really never seemed threatning... And he dint bowl in the key moments like Ashwin,Kumble or dougie.. @ICEWARRIORS- maybe u dint notice how rohit was not as consistent as he can be ( by his own standards set last 2 yrs) and pollard is definitely a better finisher then him,..... But why have 3 keepers in the team? u can drop one of them and accomodate symonds or vijay

  • POSTED BY synergy on | April 27, 2010, 5:27 GMT

    I think Symonds should be in the line up instead of Uthappa, this would give the team an extra front line bowler plus he is a good and dependable bat at number 6. I think ignoring him is a big mistake.

  • POSTED BY Chennai60028 on | April 27, 2010, 5:26 GMT

    how the hell is ashwin is in there he only played the last few games well put in ojha

  • POSTED BY chandau on | April 27, 2010, 5:15 GMT

    Kallis, Sachin, Raina, Raydu, Dhoni, Robin, Pollard, Ashwin, Anil, Lasith, Dougie. there r 3 keepers so Dhoni shud not be there Raydu can keep.. Ohja in for Anil, straight swap. Robin is there as a SIX hitter, like Roy, Y Pathan, Vijay, Rohit, Watson. The decision shud be is Robin a better keeper than Raydu? then the winner is in. Problem for Vijay is he's an opener, which means KAllis/Sachin bats at 3, where performance is not so good. Same for Watson so the need is for 2 game breakers in the middle. Robin, Roy, Pathan and Rohit all fit the bill so choose ur favorite. My team would be Kallis, Sachin, Raina, Raydu (WK), Rohit, Roy, Pollard, Ashwin, Ohja, Lasith, Dougie. Pacies: Dougie, Lasith, Kallis / Cutters: Roy, Pollard / Spin: Ashwin, Ojah, Raina, Rohit. This team bats upto Pollard at 7 and has 9 bowlers for any surface. Vijay, Robin, Murali and Steyn the reserves. cheers from Sri Lanka

  • POSTED BY on | April 27, 2010, 5:08 GMT

    kallis should be repalced by M Vijay

  • POSTED BY Perfect_combination on | April 27, 2010, 5:08 GMT

    I would replace R Ashwin with Pragyan Ojha...and that will make a perfect IPL XI for 2010 :)

  • POSTED BY vg0706 on | April 27, 2010, 4:49 GMT

    My XI based solely on performance/ impact in IPL3: 1. Kallis 2. Sachin 3. Raina 4. Jayawardene 5. Uthappa 6. Dhoni 7. Pollard 8. Bhajji 9. Steyn 10. Bollinger 11. Ojha So no place for Rayudu, Kumble, Ashwin and Malinga

  • POSTED BY OkyaBokya on | April 27, 2010, 4:45 GMT

    Chill Guys...We know we can have just 11 members in one team. We can create 2-3 best teams. Still we can argue on it. Just understand, team's balance is important. There are lot of players to deal with.

    So, take a chill pill.. :)

  • POSTED BY on | April 27, 2010, 4:45 GMT

    yeah u r right pragyan ojha deserved a place ahead of kumbale...& vijay instead of kallis...

  • POSTED BY argof on | April 27, 2010, 4:41 GMT

    i feel the team is just ridiculous. where is ganguly. he showed what a fielder he can be and the talent with the bat is just enormous.

  • POSTED BY on | April 27, 2010, 4:41 GMT

    Guys this is only IPL XI and not IPL XXX, to include all players. Think this is the best composition taking into consideration so many factors and balance of the team. Stop the rubbish queries like where is yusuf or the sharmas. Yusuf will shine once in every 10 or 15 matches and he has his weakness against short stuffs.

  • POSTED BY Batman111 on | April 27, 2010, 4:36 GMT

    Real stupid... why kallis??? what's the use of him??? his strike rate sucks and his bowling double sucks...

  • POSTED BY on | April 27, 2010, 4:34 GMT

    I would not have Kallis and Sachin in the same team as far as I'm concerned Sachin does that anchor/solid of the order better than Kallis. At one point Kallis chocked.

    I would have Murali Vijay with Sachin up the order. May be i would like to see Muralitharan as a back up spinner.

  • POSTED BY atanumitra on | April 27, 2010, 4:20 GMT

    Where is mr. Saurav Ganguly??

  • POSTED BY Gupta.Ankur on | April 27, 2010, 4:20 GMT

    I think this is the perfect T20 team with good mix of bowlers and batsmen...........But i think instead of Uthappa i might include Shane Watson.........

    You dont need another batsman after Dhoni,you need all-rounders and i think then they will have 3 seamers and 2 spinners and ideal batting line-up.

  • POSTED BY on | April 27, 2010, 4:15 GMT

    My X1: 1)M.Vijay 2)Shane Watson 3)S.Raina 4)R.Utthappa(WK) 5)Rohit Sharma 6)Andrew Symmonds 7)Keiron Pollard 8)Irfan Pathan 9)R.Ashwin 10)Doug Bollinger 11)A.Kumble(Capt)

  • POSTED BY sundermagy on | April 27, 2010, 4:02 GMT

    I agree wit the team, but wud opt for Steyn instead of Malinga, the most inconsistent bowler, u will realise it in the Carribaean.....

  • POSTED BY HundredPercentBarcelonista on | April 27, 2010, 3:26 GMT

    Not even a single mention of Mishra. He is doomed to be ignored all his career. I'm glad Harbhajan didn't make the side.

  • POSTED BY on | April 27, 2010, 2:54 GMT

    Maybe Ashwin should have gone instead of raina

  • POSTED BY SupercreativenamesWealleans_is on | April 27, 2010, 2:31 GMT

    An argument could also be put forward for KP: Averaging 59.00 with a strike rate of 150 but he didn't really perform under pressure. As for Mahela while be batted fantastically it was only after his team was all but eliminated, moreover including him would exceed the 4 overseas player limit. Dhoni deserves his place, he didn't get many oppurtunities where he really needed to score runs, but when he was really needed he performed. My X1 would be: Sachin Vijay Raina Uthuppa Symonds Pollard Dhoni Harbajan Mishra (better batsman than Ojha with a better economy rate. Malinga Bollinger (both performed much better than Steyn throughout the entire tournament)

    The main problem with the above X1 is that its purely picked from 3 teams, rather than reflecting the whole 6 weeks of the IPL.

    In saying all that, the IPL was incredibly boring, as most 20/20's are, they have nothing that compares to the pressure or skill that is involved in a test match.

  • POSTED BY WI-NZ-SA-ENG on | April 27, 2010, 2:22 GMT

    this team is only from three teams,chennai,mumbai,banglore

  • POSTED BY Number1CricketFan on | April 27, 2010, 1:23 GMT

    WHERES MAHELA JAYAWARDENE?!! 110not out against the KKR followed up by a 93 then 46!

  • POSTED BY on | April 27, 2010, 1:11 GMT

    among these players Only Dhoni and Raina are in T20 world cup squad ...CSK rocks dude

  • POSTED BY mpcobra on | April 27, 2010, 0:43 GMT

    don't know why author ignored mahela/dada/steyn/zak interstingly purple cap winner is also missing. 1)vijay (not kallis better t20 allrounders to follow) 2)sachin 3)raina 4)jayawardene/Dada 5)symo 6)pollard 7)uthappa keeper 8)kumble/ashwin 9)steyn/zak 10)bolli/lasith 11)ojha

    either of zak/steyn dada/jaya no kallis cos kallis had best 7 games and worse 9 games in a row. Can't help being allrounder but even his allround efforts were bad in last 9 games. Dada/jaya were surprise packages. But Dada u surely belong to middle overs even in kkr and here. No dhoni except for captaincy and 2 knocks not so great.Robin proved a good keeping option for this IPL esp for steyn and kumble.Captain can be anyone from SRT/Kumble/Dada no sequence cos everyone faltered under pressure.

  • POSTED BY on | April 27, 2010, 0:41 GMT

    this is a very good team. the guy who said to play watson in front of pollard, u clearly weren't watching this season's IPL mate, highlights on utube check them out. we could spend hours debating who is the better allrounder, but as far as t20's and this year's IPL goes Watson would have to be pollard's water boy.

  • POSTED BY on | April 27, 2010, 0:14 GMT

    u have missed out kevin pietersen and dale steyn... kevin pietersen 250 runs in just 7 matches at an avg of 59 and a healthy strike rate of 151 gone unnoticed... dale steyn took 15 wickets at an econ of 6.88 is the trump card for rcb... u have missed out this world class players

  • POSTED BY hisham on | April 27, 2010, 0:12 GMT

    Some of the picks boggle my mind. If you prorate Murali's wickets to the number of games Kumble has played, he'd have 20, nevermind Murali's better economy rate.

    1. Tendulkar (batsman) 2. Kallis (allrounder) 3. Watson (allrounder) 4. Raina (batsman / allrounder) 5. Dhoni (captain, wicketkeeper) 6. Pollard (allrounder) 7. Harbhajan (spinner) 8. Malinga (pacebowler) or Steyn (pacebowler) 9. Bollinger (pacebowler) 10. Muralitharan (spinner) or Ohja (spinner)

    Not sure of the #11. Maybe Uthappa.

  • POSTED BY on | April 27, 2010, 0:00 GMT

    omg ... where is murali vijay stands in cricinfo's IPL XI ... worst pick ...

  • POSTED BY slippery_ball on | April 26, 2010, 23:58 GMT

    @aditya.chv this team was structured specifically for a real-life scenario of a T20 game... obviously they combined different players of different strengths and personalities to make the team perfectly rounded... the touch and class of SRT, the brute force of keiron pollard... etc... there could have been a number of different combinations to use... my only problem with the team is that there's no pragyan ojha... he shud replace ashwin i think... and btw... Shane Watson shudnt be compared to Pollard... they're similar in that they are both all-rounders... but their roles are different... very different... pollard cant beat watson at what he does, and watson cant beat pollard at his... =]

  • POSTED BY ribhusengupta on | April 26, 2010, 23:53 GMT

    ehhhhhhh, thats all ive got to say, i would like to see naman ojha instead of raydu and where is murlitharana, hes a definite over bollinger because he played more, dougie choked in the finall off of kireon pollard

  • POSTED BY on | April 26, 2010, 23:51 GMT

    Guys...Probably the list is only from Champions League 2010 participants... Chennai-Mumbai-Bangalore oligopoly... So there is no point blaming Cricinfo............

  • POSTED BY y2yakaawesome on | April 26, 2010, 23:33 GMT

    where is Yusuf Pathan? Symonds? M Vijay?

  • POSTED BY amirhamzas on | April 26, 2010, 23:16 GMT

    Total rubbish..You are excluding Ojha, Symmo, Watson..Lol.

  • POSTED BY _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on | April 26, 2010, 23:03 GMT

    Why not let Robin keep? MS Dhoni hasn't been consistent enough and I agree why not ojha and dale steyn?( because evry1 only looks at the surface and not deep enough to notice the many edges for 4....and still he has a decent econ and took some wickets?). Otherwise, good enough.

  • POSTED BY lcewarriors on | April 26, 2010, 22:53 GMT

    kumble and ashwin ahead of ohja is a joke .... and that too a hilarious one ,.. and not to mention Mr.Grumpy's attitude(kumble) ... What about symo and rohith ? 2 of the better finishers and they helped DC with 5 victories .... and M.Vijay ? And why is dhoni there ? just one innings against punjab the bottom team ... the rest looks good .... tough one between steyn and doug

  • POSTED BY Jim1207 on | April 26, 2010, 22:50 GMT

    Vijay should be there in the place of Rayudu. In every way, Vijay is better batsman and fielder. Vijay runs him out many times, but Rayudu tried to run out Pollard in Finale, which is ridiculous. One has to be prudent in pressure situations, in which Vijay proved to be better too.

  • POSTED BY on | April 26, 2010, 22:40 GMT

    M Vijay 15 15 2 458 127 35.23 292 156.84 1 2 1 36 26 (Chennai Super Kings)

    According to me, Robin utthapa selection should be replaced by Murali Vijay, with respect to better technique, most runs, better avg and reasonable strike rate and just 2 sixes short of highest six hitter in the tournament is by far better player than Uthappa, who survived the IPL 3 with lot of chances given by the oppsition team.

  • POSTED BY Deenesh on | April 26, 2010, 21:28 GMT

    Only Bangalore, Chennai and Mumbai players here. lol

  • POSTED BY CricketkaFunda on | April 26, 2010, 21:17 GMT

    No Pragyan Ojha in this list. He is purple cap holder and nobody can argue that he is one of the best left arm spinner right now in India. Poor guy, This is the way how Young talent can lost his confidence.

  • POSTED BY Rake1 on | April 26, 2010, 21:17 GMT

    Best of the Rest to play the Cricinfo 2010 IPL XI : M Vijay, M Jayawardene(c), Naman Ohja(wk), S Tiwary, RG Sharma, Y Pathan, A Symonds, A Mishra, PP Ohja, C Vaas, D Nannes. I throw down the gauntlet.

  • POSTED BY rimpymadhok on | April 26, 2010, 21:05 GMT

    Where is Saurabh Tiwary on that list?? He was one of the best young players in the tournament...Does anyone disagree?

  • POSTED BY shailuv on | April 26, 2010, 20:44 GMT

    Shail's XI:

    1. Sachin (Captain & Opener) 2. Suresh Raina (Opener - Excellent fielder) 3. Rohit Sharma (Vice Captain - Excellent fielder) 4. Ambati Rayudu (Batsman/wk - Excellent in middle order) 5. Robin Uthappa (Batsman - Superb Hitter) 6. Andrew Symmonds (Superb All rounder. Plays short ball well) 7. Keiron Pollard (Superb All rounder. Plays short ball well) 8. Lasith Malinga (Fast Bowler - Very Economical) 9. Ryan Harris (Fast Bowler - Very Economical and wicket taker) 10. Pragyan Ojha (Superb Spinner) 11. R Ashwin (Superb Spinner)

    I would challenge this XI will defeat any team in the world for sure. Franchiser's - if you read this comment make sure you get this XI for 2011. And I am sure you will win the cup.

  • POSTED BY shahbaba on | April 26, 2010, 20:01 GMT

    Would like to see best Indian IPL 11.

  • POSTED BY franken10 on | April 26, 2010, 19:29 GMT

    If you were to pool all these players' best performance figures into one single hypothetical T20 match, then the scores would be thus....

    IPL XI - 211/5 in 20 overs Opponent - 53/10 in 19.3 overs

    A 158-run victory for IPL XI! :)

  • POSTED BY drekilladev99 on | April 26, 2010, 19:28 GMT

    The intersting thing for me is this side has four foreigners and with the ipl's bidding war to come where any side can buy any 1. Maybe a franchise will buy this side.

  • POSTED BY aditya.chv on | April 26, 2010, 19:07 GMT

    Ojha ahead of Ashwin! A BIG NO !

    Why aren't Mahela and Symonds in they performed very very well in the tournament!

    And Shane watson is a better bet than Pollard any day!

    And was there a rule to pick the XI from the top three teams or what! ?

    No wonder its written by "Cricinfo Staff" rather than coming out so the people can know who wrote this! Utter rubbish I tell you!

  • POSTED BY on | April 26, 2010, 18:57 GMT

    I think, Ganguly is missing here...he was the one of most consistent performer in this IPL.

  • POSTED BY aryaman1994 on | April 26, 2010, 18:52 GMT

    completely agree with u @sidlovesindia. ojha shud have been chosen over kumble. i know kumble is a legend and i have every respect for him, but this eleven is based solely on this IPL and i there is no way u can leave out the purple cap holder.

  • POSTED BY on | April 26, 2010, 18:44 GMT

    Hiii I Agree with your Lineup. But why you are picking Dhoni, Bcz of his performance in 1 match, every player in the IPL performed in 1 match, so why not them. If u pick Dhone for his one match what about Pathan. The list will be Symonds, Collingwood..etc 1) J Kallis 2) S Tendulkar 3) S Raina 4) A Rayudu / S Badrinath 5) A Symonds / P Collingwood 6) K Pollard 7) R Uthappa / Y Pathan 8) R Aswin 9) A Kumble / A Mishra 10) L Mallinga 11) D Bollinger / D Steyn / Harmeet Singh

  • POSTED BY Simmy567 on | April 26, 2010, 18:42 GMT

    I'm sorry, but surely there should be a space in this eleven for Dale Steyn! He was arguably the best bowler in the year's IPL, with his pace, control and aggression. I personally think he was the most threatening of all the bowlers without doubt! Other than that, the eleven seems well constructed.

  • POSTED BY Indike on | April 26, 2010, 18:41 GMT

    Instead of Ambati Rayudu I would like to see safe hands of Mahela Jayawardene in the eleven. Mahela is consistent and a very fast scorer and very safe fielder. And on top of that his systematic knowlege of the game how can you keep him out?

  • POSTED BY charanramaswamy on | April 26, 2010, 17:57 GMT

    praghyan ojha not in this list too..:) poor guy..

  • POSTED BY Cricconnoisseur on | April 26, 2010, 17:39 GMT

    Pretty good team, and cannot argue too much. Only change I would make is M. Vijay in for Ambati Rayudu, and Vijay batting at #3, Raina at #4. Vijay scored more runs (458 vs. 356), and at a better strike rate than Rayudu (157 vs. 145).His outfield catching was sensational and cool.

  • POSTED BY SidLovesIndia on | April 26, 2010, 17:34 GMT

    No room for purple cap holder Ojha?? I'd put him above Kumble for this IPL performance.

  • POSTED BY yescharny on | April 26, 2010, 17:20 GMT

    Dougie! What a champion. Should be in Australia's World T20 squad ahead of Lee.

  • POSTED BY on | April 26, 2010, 17:18 GMT

    AWESOME 11 - Can beat ANY TEAM in the world from ANY era in a 5 match series - Ashwin seems like an odd choice but his maiden against Dhavan set the tone for CSK in the final (personally, that is where I believe SRT failed as a captain - he should have taken the first strike, should have sent Duminy in place of Bhajji and Polard in place of Tiwary) but hindsight is always 20-20 :-)

  • POSTED BY on | April 26, 2010, 17:14 GMT

    Look for ICC World twenty 20 matches.We don't want to hear excuses from teams.Good players must come up and lead from front.The young ones should should take up the challenge.Don't let someone to play for a team who is there to let his team down and expect captainship latter on.Through these players from each team( specially asian teams).Take care.

  • POSTED BY Reb73 on | April 26, 2010, 17:06 GMT

    The XI looks about right, with honourable mentions to Murali Vijay, Pragyan Ojha, Ryan Harris, Andrew Symonds and probably Ganguly.

  • POSTED BY Reb73 on | April 26, 2010, 17:02 GMT

    Suresh Raina's batting strikerate is listed as 115.78, which is wrong. Its more than 142

  • POSTED BY LittleFinger on | April 26, 2010, 17:01 GMT

    Interesting that of the 7 Indians here, only 2 are in the T20 WC team. India's prospects look bleak with Sehwag out, Yuvraj in a funk, and the susceptibility to the short ball of most of the youngsters.

  • POSTED BY on | April 26, 2010, 17:00 GMT

    hey! did anybody notice the similarity in Kallis and Rain's figures! strange...

  • POSTED BY on | April 26, 2010, 16:56 GMT

    why ashwin instead of Ojha ? and why both kallis and Tendulkar are selected at the same time..we need only 1 sheet anchor ata time...watson or Ojha are better for this slot

  • POSTED BY on | April 26, 2010, 16:52 GMT

    Why is Ashwin there? What happened to Ojha?

  • POSTED BY Jakelar on | April 26, 2010, 16:49 GMT

    What about KP? The only batsman to have an average above 35 and strike rate above 150, and scored over 250 runs despite only being there half the time. Made a huge contribution to RCB's season. Should have been in ahead of Rayudu.

  • POSTED BY indistar15 on | April 26, 2010, 16:40 GMT

    kinda interesting that 8 of the 11 are from the finalists and the other 3 are from Bang. I would consider Symonds over Rayadu and P. Ojha over Ashwin.. but maybe that's just my Deccan bias ;)

    -Sunny

  • POSTED BY Saikat_Chakraborty on | April 26, 2010, 16:36 GMT

    Aswin ahead of harvajan? Ok,its ok!

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  • POSTED BY Saikat_Chakraborty on | April 26, 2010, 16:36 GMT

    Aswin ahead of harvajan? Ok,its ok!

  • POSTED BY indistar15 on | April 26, 2010, 16:40 GMT

    kinda interesting that 8 of the 11 are from the finalists and the other 3 are from Bang. I would consider Symonds over Rayadu and P. Ojha over Ashwin.. but maybe that's just my Deccan bias ;)

    -Sunny

  • POSTED BY Jakelar on | April 26, 2010, 16:49 GMT

    What about KP? The only batsman to have an average above 35 and strike rate above 150, and scored over 250 runs despite only being there half the time. Made a huge contribution to RCB's season. Should have been in ahead of Rayudu.

  • POSTED BY on | April 26, 2010, 16:52 GMT

    Why is Ashwin there? What happened to Ojha?

  • POSTED BY on | April 26, 2010, 16:56 GMT

    why ashwin instead of Ojha ? and why both kallis and Tendulkar are selected at the same time..we need only 1 sheet anchor ata time...watson or Ojha are better for this slot

  • POSTED BY on | April 26, 2010, 17:00 GMT

    hey! did anybody notice the similarity in Kallis and Rain's figures! strange...

  • POSTED BY LittleFinger on | April 26, 2010, 17:01 GMT

    Interesting that of the 7 Indians here, only 2 are in the T20 WC team. India's prospects look bleak with Sehwag out, Yuvraj in a funk, and the susceptibility to the short ball of most of the youngsters.

  • POSTED BY Reb73 on | April 26, 2010, 17:02 GMT

    Suresh Raina's batting strikerate is listed as 115.78, which is wrong. Its more than 142

  • POSTED BY Reb73 on | April 26, 2010, 17:06 GMT

    The XI looks about right, with honourable mentions to Murali Vijay, Pragyan Ojha, Ryan Harris, Andrew Symonds and probably Ganguly.

  • POSTED BY on | April 26, 2010, 17:14 GMT

    Look for ICC World twenty 20 matches.We don't want to hear excuses from teams.Good players must come up and lead from front.The young ones should should take up the challenge.Don't let someone to play for a team who is there to let his team down and expect captainship latter on.Through these players from each team( specially asian teams).Take care.