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Wednesday, June 01, 2011

IPL4 - Best of the rest

The IPL4 is over and CSK defended their crown successfully. RCB were not good enough in the final but which team would have been? Let me come up with a team of eleven consisting of players from the other teams who

  • have done well in the latest tournament
  • have 4 overseas players (just like the tournament guidelines)
  • have players who are not veterans or injured or rested
What did the team look like? See below
  1. Chris Gayle - any doubts on this gentleman, even though his national selectors are not interested in him.
  2. Paul Valthaty - stand-out performance in the IPL that helped Punjab defeat CSK
  3. Jacques Kallis - the best all-rounder in today's age
  4. Virat Kohli - I would make him the captain of this team as well
  5. Shaun Marsh - The best opening batsman that Australia never chooses
  6. Ambati Rayudu - Wicket-keeper for the team as well as last-over specialist (a la Javed Miandad)
  7. Shikhar Dhawan - 400 runs in the tournament without anyone noticing it!
  8. Iqbal Abdulla - Best performance by a youngster
  9. Lasith Malinga - again, no more arguments
  10. Rahul Sharma - A definite future Indian spinner maybe not in test matches to start but definitely in the shorter version.
  11. Sreenath Aravind - Left-arm opening bowler in contrast to Malinga's pace.
What do you think of this team? Any thoughts? Will they beat CSK? 

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