It so often happens that for most of the time, only a certain set of players that have an impact on a match. These are the players that can turn a contest on its head, decide the outcome of the match in a jiffy. And of course, these are the gems that everyone wants to have in their teams.
With the highly anticipated 13th season of the Indian Premier League right upon us, here are our top 10 All-time favourites in the Dream 11 team:
The swift rise of Mumbai Indians’ Jasprit Bumrah into one of the best fast-bowlers is so baffling. The Indian pacer, who has made a name for himself for his death over deliveries, has amassed 63 wickets in the 61 matches that he has played for Mumbai. Bumrah also boasts of an impressive average of 28.20 matched by a humble economy rate of 7.79. Still only 25-years-old, he is the one pacer you cannot afford to miss.
The most expensive spinner of IPL, Rashid Khan ’s numbers justify exactly why he is so highly-rated. In only 31 matches, the 19-year-old Afghan has scalped 38 wickets. The bowler also boasts of an impressive economy rate of 6.68 while his strike-rate of 19.26 is among the best. Going by his incredible rise in such a short time, Khan is arguably the best prospect for winning this year’s purple cap.
Dwayne Bravo is another unique all-rounder like Shane Watson that has made a name for himself in IPL so far. The experienced West Indian has 136 wickets to his name, the fourth highest in the league so far. Moreover, he has achieved that figure at a low strike rate of 17.06 with an average of 23.90. He has also contributed with his bat, scoring 1379 runs.
Kolkata Knight Riders’ mystery spinner Sunil Narine is one of the most reliable spinning options available around. The West Indian has the league-leading economy rate of just 6.53. In the 98 matches that he has played, Narine has scalped 112 wickets at an impressive average of 22.30. Moreover, the player is good with the bat as well, scoring an impressive a massive 628 runs last season.
Indian pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar is another fast bowler whom you cannot miss in your Dream 11 team. The Sunrisers Hyderabad player has collected 120 wickets only 102 matches. Known for his wicket-taking abilities, Kumar also has a slim economy rate of 7.15 along with a strike-rate of 18.81. He is a crucial part of SRH’s famed bowling attack.
Indian opener Rohit Sharma is one of the most consistent batsmen in IPL so far. The Mumbai Indians player has amassed 4,493 runs in 173 matches, the third best in the league. Moreover, he is known for his ability to stay on the crease for an extended period of time and see off his team’s victory.
Suresh Raina can be imagined as that one underrated player in the world’s richest cricket league who has been consistently proving his doubters wrong. The CSK stalwart is IPL’s highest run scorer at 4,985 and has the glorious chance of being the first player to cross the 5,000 run mark. Moreover, Raina is one of the finest fielders around. The 32-year-old has the distinction of scalping 95 catches, the most by an outfield player.
Australian all-rounder Shane Watson is safely one of IPL’s best players when it comes to performances. After setting the stage on fire in the opening season, Watson has been dazzling year after year with both the willow and ball. In his distinguished IPL career, the all-rounder has scalped 92 wickets, taking him to the joint 14th spot of the league’s highest wicket-takers. The CSK player also has collected 3,177 runs during this time, including 4 centuries, at an incredible run-rate of 141.20.
Indian batsman Virat Kohli is the unsurprising player on our list. The Royal Challengers Bangalore captain, one if the most expensive players in IPL, is also the league’s second-best run scorer of all time (4,948 from 163 matches). Moreover, the batsman also holds the Indian record of scoring the most number of centuries (4). He is that one run machine that you can safely put your money on, no matter what.
Chennai Super Kings skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni can easily be imagined as the poster boy of IPL. After all, he has been one of the most consistent players in the league so far. The Captain Cool has led his side (both CSK and Pune SuperGiants) to finals on 8 previous occasions apart winning the title on three occasions.
The veteran batsman has also scored a humongous 4016 runs in 175 IPL matches that he has played which are appreciable, considering he usually comes late in the innings. If there is one player you want to choose for your Dream 11 team, MSD is the one without a doubt.