The famous cricket commentator and journalist has picked his IPL 2020 best XI. Bhogle has included only 4 foreign players, as per IPL rules. He has also chosen players with respect to their current playing positions in the team. In the process, Bhogle made some surprising omissions from the team.
Harsha Bhogle has opted for the Orange Cap winner KL Rahul to open for this team. The reason for his selection is simple. He was undoubtedly the best batsman in the season, smashing 670 runs in just 14 matches. With an outstanding average of 44.86, he easily makes it as Bhogle’s first opener.
Partnering KL Rahul in the team is Shikhar Dhawan. Also one of the leading run-scorers in the IPL 2020, Dhawan amassed 618 runs in just 17 matches. Bhogle believes that the left-right combination would be tough to bowl against. He dropped David Warner as he can select only 4 foreign players.
Middle Order Batsmen
The in-form MI batsman, Suryakumar Yadav is at number 3. He is selected due to his match-winning performances throughout this season. Following him at number 4 is the RCB legend AB De Villiers. The veteran batsman has, on several occasions, single-handedly saved his team from defeat. He will also serve as the wicket-keeper for this team.
Bhogle’s last two batting picks are MI duo, Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya. These 2 MI players have been instrumental to their team’s success since they signed up for the franchise. The blistering duo has an insane average strike rate of 189.5. They can also pick up wickets, and hence Bhogle opted for them.
At numbers 7, 8, and 9 are Jofra Archer, Rashid Khan, and Jasprit Bumrah respectively. Archer and Bumrah are lethal bowlers when it comes to the final overs of the innings. Bumrah finished as the second-highest wicket-taker with 27 wickets to his name. Khan was pivotal in SRH’s qualification this season. A surprising exclusion from this team was the current Purple Cap holder Kagiso Rabada. The 25 years old South African was undoubtedly the best bowler this season, picking up 30 wickets in total.
Mohammad Shami and Yuzvendra Chahal are his final picks for the team. Shami managed to take an impressive 20 wickets this season. Chahal, on the other hand, also impressed with the ball, picking up 21 wickets in the entire season. An economy of just 7.08 justifies his selection in the team.