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My next pick will be Syed Mushtaq Ali
The Indian domestic T20 competition is named after him for good reason, his aggressive style of play was way ahead of his generation.
He scored India's first overseas hundred and did it in 150 minutes which really shows the skill and his style of play.

Neptune's 11

1. :nz: :wkb: Brendon McCullum
2. :ind: :bat: Syed Musthaq Ali :slvo:
3. :ind: :bat: Suresh Raina
4.
5. :ind: :ar: Yuvraj Singh
6.
7. :ind: :ar: Kapil Dev :slvo:
8.
9.
10. :ind: :bwl: Yuzvendra Chahal
11. :pak: :bwl: Waqar Younis :slvo:

@Parth D is next

Damn it, he was supposed to be my next pick. You are a special player when Keith Miller out of all people praise you.
 

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:wkb: Ambati Rayadu


You don't need to be three dimensional if you are exceptional at one. May be two.

Years gone by, long before the time we witnessed Suryakumar Yadav, there was Ambati Rayadu,
who used to safe guard the middle order for Mumbai Indians for almost a decade.

He can slog. He can anchor. He can smash. He can defend.
He is the batsman a team deserves.


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:arwk: @Parth D 's ALL TIME IPL XI
  1. ?
  2. :wi: :os: :ar: Sunil Narine
  3. ?
  4. :ind: :local: :wkb: Ambati Rayadu
  5. :wi: :os: :ar: Sir Garfield Sobers :slvo:
  6. :wi: :os: :ar: Kieron Pollard
  7. ?
  8. :pak: :os: :ar: Wasim Akram :slvo:
  9. :ind: :local: :ar: Bhuvaneshwar Kumar
  10. ?
  11. :ind: :local: :bwl: Javagal Srinath :slvo:
@Bevab resume.
 

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He is a bit of a forgotten name these days (rightfully too, one would say) in comparison to his stupendous achievements, but at the peak of his powers few Indian cricketers enjoyed the sort of adulation and praise from both Indian and overseas names as :ind::bat:Mohammad Azharuddin did. His ODI strike-rate does him no justice given his role in the Indian lineup and that he hit the fastest ODI century of his time against a more than competent New Zealand side in just 62 deliveries. He has numerous other legendary knocks to his name such as the 121 of just 111 deliveries at Lord's in that test where Gooch hit 333 and Dev hit four 6s while Azhar hit zero of them, a performance many call one of the greatest the ground has ever seen. There was the followup century at Manchester where he struck 179, the 192 at Eden Park prior to all of it that was even better.

The second part of his career before his fall was when he presented a slightly different Azhar after the infamous 96 World Cup semi-final loss. Gone were the sinewy wrists and graceful strokes, replaced by a brutal aggression coupled with anger that led to a number of brilliant counter-attacking innings with a few other performances where the old, experienced and graceful Azhar resurfaced. People who watched him play compare him to the very best of graceful entertainers with him being capable of playing any line across the leg-side with his nimble footwork. As a fielder, Azhar was peerless in an Indian side that was yet to catch up to the modern standards and Azhar was also one of the pioneers of modern ODI batting with his aggressive running in the middle overs and his intention to finish his innings on a high note aggressively. Only three of his 90 and above scores in ODIs have a strike-rate of less than 90, an outstanding record given the era he played in and his century is one of the only three to rank in the top 25 fastest ODI centuries even today (limit that to the 80s, and he is the only one!).

How well would he have suited T20s? His biggest and most notable weakness was the short ball issue that plagued most of Indian batsmen in the 90s. I might add that this was overblown due to his poor record in West Indies and Australia and being star of the team with a place in the world class batsmen list of the day shining more spotlight on him than it normally would have for a domestic batsman today. Would he have fared better at tackling it with the better coaching and more professional setups available today? Quite possibly. However, T20s have only one bouncer per over which helps him. Azhar was also extremely good at tackling spinners, particularly leg spin due to his footwork and his style of play which makes him the ideal candidate to rotate strike constantly and get those boundaries effortlessly in the middle overs without conceding the initiative to even the best wrist spinners of this day.

In my team, I have him in at four at the moment in a sort of 'rich man's Badrinath' like role. Azhar normally would bat there and dominate the middle overs phase, either forcing a fast bowler to return to try and dismiss him (no guarantee!) or risk a spinner being expensive and him getting settled for the death overs unless the phase of the game is nearing the death overs already, in which case he could be demoted in place of any of the power hitters in my lineup. However, given how he tended to play in the death overs himself, it wouldn't be a bad idea to have him in at the other end if one of the top three batsmen fall as security. He will be one of the best outfielders in this team and will also add to the team's already strong leadership group given his glowing captaincy record despite his shenanigans throughout the later part of his career.

@Bevab's Blasters

  1. :aus: :os: :bat: Don Bradman :slvo:
  2. :aus: :os: :bat: David Warner
  3. ?
  4. :ind: :local: :bat: Mohammad Azharuddin :slvo:
  5. :ind: :local: :wk: MS Dhoni :c:
  6. ?
  7. :ind: :local: :ar: Amar Singh :slvo:
  8. :ind: :local: :ar: Harbhajan Singh
  9. ?
  10. ?
  11. :sri: :os: :bwl: Lasith Malinga

@CerealKiller with a double pick next.
 

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He is a bit of a forgotten name these days (rightfully too, one would say) in comparison to his stupendous achievements, but at the peak of his powers few Indian cricketers enjoyed the sort of adulation and praise from both Indian and overseas names as :ind::bat:Mohammad Azharuddin did. His ODI strike-rate does him no justice given his role in the Indian lineup and that he hit the fastest ODI century of his time against a more than competent New Zealand side in just 62 deliveries. He has numerous other legendary knocks to his name such as the 121 of just 111 deliveries at Lord's in that test where Gooch hit 333 and Dev hit four 6s while Azhar hit zero of them, a performance many call one of the greatest the ground has ever seen. There was the followup century at Manchester where he struck 179, the 192 at Eden Park prior to all of it that was even better.

The second part of his career before his fall was when he presented a slightly different Azhar after the infamous 96 World Cup semi-final loss. Gone were the sinewy wrists and graceful strokes, replaced by a brutal aggression coupled with anger that led to a number of brilliant counter-attacking innings with a few other performances where the old, experienced and graceful Azhar resurfaced. People who watched him play compare him to the very best of graceful entertainers with him being capable of playing any line across the leg-side with his nimble footwork. As a fielder, Azhar was peerless in an Indian side that was yet to catch up to the modern standards and Azhar was also one of the pioneers of modern ODI batting with his aggressive running in the middle overs and his intention to finish his innings on a high note aggressively. Only three of his 90 and above scores in ODIs have a strike-rate of less than 90, an outstanding record given the era he played in and his century is one of the only three to rank in the top 25 fastest ODI centuries even today (limit that to the 80s, and he is the only one!).

How well would he have suited T20s? His biggest and most notable weakness was the short ball issue that plagued most of Indian batsmen in the 90s. I might add that this was overblown due to his poor record in West Indies and Australia and being star of the team with a place in the world class batsmen list of the day shining more spotlight on him than it normally would have for a domestic batsman today. Would he have fared better at tackling it with the better coaching and more professional setups available today? Quite possibly. However, T20s have only one bouncer per over which helps him. Azhar was also extremely good at tackling spinners, particularly leg spin due to his footwork and his style of play which makes him the ideal candidate to rotate strike constantly and get those boundaries effortlessly in the middle overs without conceding the initiative to even the best wrist spinners of this day.

In my team, I have him in at four at the moment in a sort of 'rich man's Badrinath' like role. Azhar normally would bat there and dominate the middle overs phase, either forcing a fast bowler to return to try and dismiss him (no guarantee!) or risk a spinner being expensive and him getting settled for the death overs unless the phase of the game is nearing the death overs already, in which case he could be demoted in place of any of the power hitters in my lineup. However, given how he tended to play in the death overs himself, it wouldn't be a bad idea to have him in at the other end if one of the top three batsmen fall as security. He will be one of the best outfielders in this team and will also add to the team's already strong leadership group given his glowing captaincy record despite his shenanigans throughout the later part of his career.

@Bevab's Blasters

  1. :aus: :os: :bat: Don Bradman :slvo:
  2. :aus: :os: :bat: David Warner
  3. ?
  4. :ind: :local: :bat: Mohammad Azharuddin :slvo:
  5. :ind: :local: :wk: MS Dhoni :c:
  6. ?
  7. :ind: :local: :ar: Amar Singh :slvo:
  8. :ind: :local: :ar: Harbhajan Singh
  9. ?
  10. ?
  11. :sri: :os: :bwl: Lasith Malinga

@CerealKiller with a double pick next.
was literally my next pick.
 

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Kuldeep Yadav and Lord Botham

CerealKiller’s XI

1. :ind: Farokh Engineer :wkb: :slvo:
2. :ind: Rohit Sharma :bat:
3. :ind: Virat Kohli :bat:
4. :pak: Zaheer Abbas :bat: :slvo:
5.
6. :eng: Ian Botham :ar: :slvo:
7.
8.
9. :pak: Abdul Qadir :bwl: :slvo:
10. :wi: Curtly Ambrose :bwl: :slvo:
11. :ind: Kuldeep Yadav :bwl:

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Just edited to denote that Botham's your last old player.

A little surprised nobody's picked 2004-05 spec Flintoff to be fair
 

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A little surprised nobody's picked 2004-05 spec Flintoff to be fair
he isn't pre-t20 player

he played in IPL as well

once upon a time he was highest paid IPL player alongside KP
 

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Yeah, that's kind of irrelevant to people choosing him or not though imo; he was probably my second choice player for the role I gave to Hardik Pandya
If it were All Time T20 XI, then would have picked him

But we are making IPL All Time XI

So we have to factor in performances in sub continent as the matches and pitches will be from the sub continent
 

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Before the hard hitting expertise of Hardik Pandya and Rishabh Pant, there were two mavericks who were India's best bet at showing other countries that they too had power hitters. One was Sehwag, legendary opener and a cricketer coming to the end of his career but still capable of heroics consistently. The other was one of India's biggest what ifs on the international stage in :ind::ar:Yusuf Pathan, the debutante in the first T20 World Cup final who hit a six in the very first over to give Gambhir breathing space (he was 9(10) at the time Pathan got out for a quickfire 15) to score a match winning 75 and then the Man of the Match in the first IPL final with an excellent fifty and three wickets.

It is forgotten these days just how destructive he was in his heyday but Pathan was right up there as the cleanest hitter the IPL had at that point with Warne comparing him to Symonds in terms of power. And why not? He has the second fastest IPL century and IPL fifty. He is the only player who features twice in the top ten most destructive innings the IPL has ever seen with a cutoff of 18 balls faced (2nd and 7th place) and has the only century on the list. Only three T20 legends (Pollard, AbD and Gayle) have a better strike-rate than him with a filter of 3000 IPL runs and no other domestic batsman can better him in that range. He was never picked for India after 2012 and his decline in the last three IPL seasons was particularly painful as it was clear that he was well past it. There is also the argument that his role in Kolkata changed to him playing more responsibly and bowling very less in comparison to the free spirited brutal hitter he was at Rajasthan with the exception of a couple of seasons, one of which led to Kolkata's second IPL triumph. For a player whose peak was mostly in the earlier days of the IPL, his career numbers at the end of his last productive season reading an average of 30 at a strike-rate of 146 are outstanding and one wonders what else this ruthless hitter could have accomplished if the IPL was established five years earlier.

In my side, he will bat at five usually with a license to be promoted earlier in case the innings needs a boost or if it is time for some slogging (his outstanding numbers at five and four merit this too). In case of an earlier collapse, Dhoni can always bat ahead of him to preserve 7-8 overs of absolute carnage from Pathan. He may not always be consistent but his value as an impact player who can win games for his side on his own is unrivaled. With the ball, he is capable of an over or two at the very least to keep teams quiet.

@Bevab's Blasters

  1. :aus: :os: :bat: Don Bradman :slvo:
  2. :aus: :os: :bat: David Warner
  3. ?
  4. :ind: :local: :bat: Mohammad Azharuddin :slvo:
  5. :ind: :local: :ar: Yusuf Pathan
  6. :ind: :local: :wk: MS Dhoni :c:
  7. :ind: :local: :ar: Amar Singh :slvo:
  8. :ind: :local: :ar: Harbhajan Singh
  9. ?
  10. ?
  11. :sri: :os: :bwl: Lasith Malinga

@Parth D to proceed.
 

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:bat: Ajay Jadeja :slvo:


__________________________________
:arwk: @Parth D 's ALL TIME IPL XI
  1. ?
  2. :wi: :os: :ar: Sunil Narine
  3. ?
  4. :ind: :local: :wkb: Ambati Rayadu
  5. :wi: :os: :ar: Sir Garfield Sobers :slvo:
  6. :wi: :os: :ar: Kieron Pollard
  7. :ind: :local: :bat: Ajay Jadeja :slvo:
  8. :pak: :os: :ar: Wasim Akram :slvo:
  9. :ind: :local: :ar: Bhuvaneshwar Kumar
  10. ?
  11. :ind: :local: :bwl: Javagal Srinath :slvo:
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Brian Lara was probably the best batsman of his generation and has a case for being amongst the best of all time. His naturally attacking style of play will be perfect for t20s. He did play a few charity matches but I don't think it will be counted. Surprised no one has taken him yet, but he will fit excellently in my team

Neptune's 11

1. :nz: :wkb: Brendon McCullum
2. :ind: :bat: Syed Mushtaq Ali :slvo:
3. :wi: :bat: Brian Lara :slvo:
4. :ind: :bat: Suresh Raina
5. :ind: :ar: Yuvraj Singh
6.
7. :ind: :ar: Kapil Dev :slvo:
8.
9.
10. :ind: :bwl: Yuzvendra Chahal
11. :pak: :bwl: Waqar Younis :slvo:

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Brian Lara was probably the best batsman of his generation and has a case for being amongst the best of all time. His naturally attacking style of play will be perfect for t20s. He did play a few charity matches but I don't think it will be counted. Surprised no one has taken him yet, but he will fit excellently in my team
Was a simple choice for me between Lara and Tendulkar. Went with Tendulkar since he was a local.
 

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