'Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma are the names which...' - Debate gets intensified over India greats getting picked in IPL's all-time XI

Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma have been in action in the Indian Premier League for the last 16 years since the tournament's inception in the year 2008.

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Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli (File Photo: X)

Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli (File Photo: X)

Just a few days back, the entire cricketing world was centred around the debate after a jury of experts picked the all-time XI of the Indian Premier League after the 16 successful editions of the tournament. The major highlight of this debate was the addition of the Indian skipper Rohit Sharma and former skipper Virat Kohli to the all-time XI of IPL.

A debate ignited just after the names of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma in the all-time XI of the Indian Premier League since the tournament's inception 16 years ago in 2008. However, the excellence of batters is quite a bit justifiable for their inclusion in the all-time XI.

Kohli is the only batter in the tournament's history to cross the 7000-run mark, with 7263 runs so far in the 16 seasons. Besides him, former MI skipper Rohit Sharma has scored 6211 runs in the tournament, he also has 6 titles to his name, 5 as captain and 1 as a player.

Here's what former greats said about Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma

The panel of experts in the jury of the star sports includes former cricketing greats like Mathew Hayden, Dale Steyn, Wasim Akram, and Tom Moody.

“For me, it's a difficult choice because I've got several contenders, two of which are going to be Indian contenders and two are going to be overseas contenders. My top picks are going to be David Warner and Chris Gayle, the Universe Boss. Those two guys catapulted modern-day T20 cricket as we know it as opening batters,” said former Aussie great Matthew Hayden.

“They are both huge boundary hitters, particularly Chris Gayle. David Warner is a more technical batsman, but apart from those two names, controversially the other two names which are Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, I see them as having different roles in this eleven, but first and foremost Chris Gayle and David Warner,” he added later.

Gayle at the top, because he is for me the 'Bradman' of T20 cricket’. He's so far ahead, statistically than any other player that has played the game, and I find it difficult to see anyone catching up with what he has achieved. Joining him at the top of the order would be Virat Kohli,” said former SRH coach and ex-Australia cricketer Tom Moody.

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