Okay so I need a wicket-keeper, and also a dependable, yet aggressive batsman... Who do I go for?
KANNAUR LOKESH RAHUL
4717 Runs @ 43.67 (38 50s and 4 100s, Best 132*) in 131 innings, at a strike rate of 139
There's no disputing this pick... This guy has been the best batsman in the IPL in the past few years (barring David Warner). Add to that his keeping, and the fact that he has done this with possible the most underperforming middle order in the past few years are just cherry on the cake...
Will keep in my team for now...
Then I need another opening batsman... Let's get arguably the most destructive opening batsman of all-time..
4061 runs @ 26.89 (24 50s, and 2 100s, Best 122) with a strike rate of 147.83 in 157 innings
Has there been a batsman more destructive from ball one who could also go on to play huge innings, than Virender Sehwag in his prime? Maybe there is, but no one who could qualify as a local... Sehwag never feared any bowler, he never thought to back down... He knew only one thing... ATTACK! And that is what he'll do in my team...
There has been only one player who has won the orange cap (leading run scorer) award in three seasons in the history of the IPL. A very significant feat given that said player has won all three of them in the last five seasons, with the only seasons that he missed out on being the one where he was banned (in which his replacement got the award in any case, showing how good a chance he potentially had) and the one where Kohli went super saiyan. Not to blame David Warner though, as he was second in place to him and according to the article on Cricinfo recently examining the impact of a player's performance, his was better than Kohli's given that they came on a tougher pitch for batting.
His sheer consistency is easily shown by the fact that he is the only one in the top five run scorers list in IPL history to have played less than 150 matches and the only one with an average of above forty. He is also the only batsman striking at above 140, an incredible feat given that Hyderabad's batting has often relied on their openers to contribute heavily. And imagine handling the pressure of captaincy beyond all of this. Warner though has not only stood up to the challenge but also thrived on it as shown by a superb 2016 campaign in which he led his side to glory on the back of tactical masterclasses utilizing his squad's resource to the fullest. Off the pitch Warner has also struck an incredible bond with his team's fans, something that will surely translate over to any new side that he happens to play for given how he plays with his heart on the sleeve.
In my side, Warner will continue playing the aggressive role that he frequently does for Hyderabad, getting us off to quick starts in the powerplay. With the cushion of a Bradman who will be incredibly consistent in most games himself and chip in with those powerplay boundaries too, Warner can look to attack after the powerplay and ensure that the scoring rate never falls while Bradman takes on the role of a dynamic accumulator. Expect him to be another strong personality in the leadership group that already includes the likes of Dhoni and Bradman.
Yuvraj Singh was a six hitter, and was dominant at his best. His ability to bowl too makes him very valuable
3. Suresh Raina
5. Yuvraj Singh
7. Kapil Dev
11. Waqar Younis
So my 1st,2nd,3rd choices in this round Warner , Kl Rahul, Yuvraj also Rohit has already gone, I will go for t20s trump cards leg spinner, so who better than Rashid Khan
T20s:352 Wkts, 17.27 Avg, 6.25 Eco
Test stats - 2,131 runs @ 41.78 (7 centuries, best 170) and 45 wickets @ 27.55 (2 5WI, best 7/58) in 35 matches
A top-quality batsman during the second half of his career, and a top-quality spinner during the first - Charlie Macartney would have been more than able to sustain both workloads during the shorter duration of a Twenty20 match. A purveyor of centuries before lunch, including one against Essex in a tour match that was immortalised by the line that "now I will have a hit", after which he scored another 245 runs on top to complete an innings unrivalled in its impact on a single day's play. As a bowler, he relied more on crafty changes of pace and flight than outright spin - essentially making him the prototype Twenty20 left-armer.
Every team needs a good spinner who can control the game in the middle overs, and who else than arguably the best ever spinner to hail from India.
As his Cricinfo profile says, he was a chess player in the disguise of a off spinner as each of his wickets would be well laid traps for the batsmen.. Ian Chappel referred to him as the most difficult spinner he had ever faced...
And he could perform at any pitch, even in the SENA countries. Would be a great partner for REDACTED in my team
Twenty20 stats: 2,387 runs @ 28.41 (SR: 142.59, best 91) and 106 wickets @ 27.21 (econ: 8.20, best 4/38) in 147 matches
Arguably India's hardest hitter at the moment, as well as one of its fastest bowlers, I think he'll fit very well in the finisher and impact bowler role - the sort of job you'd potentially only give to a fully fit Andre Russell ahead of Pandya. There aren't all that many other options in this role, which is why I'm trying to pick him up a bit earlier than I might otherwise.