IPL: M.S. Dhoni to Lasith Malinga, the all-time dream XI

The coronavirus pandemic has made IPL 2020 uncertain, but the excitement still remains. Sportstar looks at an all-time XI based on statistics.

Virat Kohli and Chris Gayle (extreme right) share a light moment on the field; Yuzvendra Chahal looks on.   -  FILE PHOTO/R.V. MOORTHY

 

The coronavirus pandemic has made Indian Premier League 2020 uncertain, but the excitement still remains. The cash-rich would have begun today with Mumbai Indians taking on Chennai Super Kings at the Wankhede Stadium.

With the country witnessing a 21-day lockdown due to the Covid-19 outbreak, the tournament has been suspended till at least April 15. And even after that, there is no clarity whether the IPL will at all happen.

IPL: All you need to know about records and numbers

To keep the spirit alive, Sportstar looks at an all-time IPL XI based on stats and performances.

1. Chris Gayle (West Indies)

- Has six IPL 100s - the most by a batsman

- His 175* is the highest not only in IPL - but in all T20 cricket

- His run aggregate of 4,480 runs is the highest by an opening batsman in IPL

- His hit most sixes (326) in IPL cricket

- Has aggregated 600 or more runs in an IPL season most times (3) - equals with Warner

- Has aggregated 700 or more runs in an IPL season most times (2)

- His run aggregate of 13,296 runs is the highest in T20 cricket

- Has registered 22 100s - the most in T20 cricket

- Has registered 82 50s - the most in T20 cricket

- His hit most sixes (978) in T20 cricket

- His hit most fours (1,026) in T20 cricket

2. David Warner (Australia)

- 4th leading run-getter in IPL with 4,706 runs - the most by a foreign player

- His 48 scores of 50+ is the most by any batsman in IPL cricket

- Has most scores in the 90s (5) in IPL

- His batting ave of 43.17 is the highest by a batsman in IPL cricket with over 600 runs

- On 30 occasions in his career he has scored a 50+ score with a 150+ strike-rate - the most by any IPL batsman

- Has aggregated 500 or more runs in an IPL season most times (5) - equals with Kohli

- Has aggregated 600 or more runs in an IPL season most times (3) - equals with Gayle

David Warner in action for Sunrisers Hyderabad.   -  FILE PHOTO/K.R. DEEPAK

 

3. Virat Kohli (India)

- Leading run-getter in IPL cricket with 5,412 runs

- Has most runs in a single IPL season (973 runs) in 2016 - the only batsman with 900 or more runs!

- Has most 100s in a single IPL season (4 100s) in 2016

- His 11 scores of 50+ in 2016 is the hit in a single IPL season

- Has aggregated 500 or more runs in an IPL season most times (5) - equals with Warner

4. Suresh Raina (India)

- 2nd leading run-getter in IPL cricket with 5,368 runs

- Aggregated 400 or more in an IPL season for nine seasons out of 12 - the most by any IPL batsman

- Has aggregated 350 or more runs in each of the 12 IPL seasons - the only one to do so.

- Has appeared in most IPL matches (193)

- The only fieldsman with over 100 catches (102) in IPL

- Also has 25 wickets as a bowler, with an economy of 7.39

5. AB de Villiers (South Africa)

- His batting S/R of 151.24 is the highest by a batsman in IPL cricket with over 3,000 runs

- Can also keep wickets

A.B. de Villiers in action for Royal Challengers Bangalore.   -  FILE PHOTO/ K. MURALI KUMAR

 

6. MS Dhoni (India) (Capt/WK)

- His batting ave of 42.20 is the second highest by a batsman in IPL cricket with over 600 runs

- Most matches as captain (174) in IPL

- The only player to win over 100 matches (104) as captain in IPL.

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7. Harbhajan Singh (India)

- Has 150 wickets in IPL cricket - the most by a off-spinner in IPL

- Has an economy of 7.05 runs per over, which is the third best among bowlers with 100 or more wickets 

- A useful bat with a strike-rate of 138, with several cameo knocks of high quality

8. Bhuvneshwar Kumar (India)

- Has 133 wickets, which makes him the sixth highest wicket-taker in IPL cricket

- His economy of 7.24 is the second best by a pacer after Malinga, among bowlers with 100 or more IPL wickets.

- His bowling strike rate of 19.64 balls per wkt is second best by an Indian pacer with 100 or more IPL wkts.

9. Amit Mishra (India)

- Has 157 IPL wickets - the second most after Malinga and the most by a spinner in IPL cricket.

- Has claimed three hat-tricks in IPL - the most by any bowler.

Delhi Capitals captain Shreyas Iyer and Amit Mishra (right) during IPL 2019.   -  FILE PHOTO/R.V. MOORTHY

 

10. Lasith Malinga (Sri Lanka)

- Leading wicket-taker in IPL cricket with 170 wickets.

- His bowling average of 19.79 is the highest among bowlers with 50 or more IPL wickets

- His bowling strike rate of 16.63 balls per wkt is best by a pacer with 50 or more IPL wickets

- His economy of 7.14 is the best by a pacer, among bowlers with 100 or more IPL wickets

11. Zaheer Khan (India)

- Has 102 wickets in IPL cricket

- The only left-arm bowler in the side

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