In a fun exercise, the South African and IPL batting great AB de Villiers picks his all time great IPL XI also Known as Mr 360 degrees for his batting versatility around the ground ABD picked a fabulous team making Dhoni the captain , but it had a couple of glaring omissions.
“Last night I was thinking that if I pick my IPL XI and I include myself, how bad would that look. So, opening the batting, I would pick someone whom I started with at Delhi, Viru (Virender Sehwag) at 1 and someone who I think has played some of the best cricket in the world in the last five years, Rohit at No. 2,” De Villiers told.
Then obviously Virat at No. 3, followed by I’d say either Williamson, or Smith, or myself… these are the two replacements. Ben Stokes at 5, MS at six as captain, and at No. 7, I’d put Jaddu, Mr. Jadeja. Rashid Khan at 8, Bhuvi at 9, Kagiso Rabada at 10 and Bumrah at 11,” de Villiers said.
de Villiers analysed the reason behind Stokes’ inclusion over any other option. “I’d put Stokes because obviously we know what he can do with the bat, but also considering that extra seaming option. Got the two spinners and then Bumrah, Rabada and Bhuvi as fast bowlers. So that pretty much covers everything,” de Villiers mentioned.
This the all time greatest IPL XI chose by the batting great had the four overseas players rule and largely an Indian batting group. However strangely it did not find a spot for two of the greatest IPL legends who had left an indelible mark on the 13 year old mega event, Chris Gayle and Lasith Malinga.
De Villiers ‘ all time greatest XI is as under:
Virender Sehwag, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Ben Stokes, MS Dhoni ( wk & capt), Ravindra Jadeja, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneswar Kumar, Kagiso Rabada, Jasprit Bumrah.