Hardik Pandya picks all-time IPL XI

Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya picked his all-time XI from the cash-rich Indian Premier League wherein he picked the players based on their records in the tourney. Hardik picked his playing XI during a candid chat with Harsha Bhogle in ‘Cricbuzz in Conversation’.

Hardik Pandya picks all-time IPL XI
Hardik Pandya

Hardik Pandya picked Chris Gayle and Rohit Sharma as his openers and after which, he picked friendly duo Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers. Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni follow next on the list as middle-order batsmen.

Pandya had also picked himself as the sole all-rounder in the squad. The bowling department has two spinners namely Sunil Narine and Rashid Khan and then two pacers – Jasprit Bumrah and Lasith Malinga.

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Hardik picked MS Dhoni as captain ahead of Rohit Sharma despite the fact that the latter bagged a record four IPL titles.

Hardik Pandya’s all-time IPL XI:

Chris Gayle, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (C & WK), Hardik Pandya, Sunil Narine, Rashid Khan, Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga.

Previously, in an interview, Hardik Pandya spoke about his IPL team Mumbai Indians’ former coach Ricky Ponting for backing him through the tough phase of his life. “In 2015, someone who looked after me the best was Ricky Ponting. He looked after me as a child. I felt like he was a father figure for me. Learned so much,” he said.

“Ricky taught me situations, mindsets. He used to sit with me before I went into bat. I would sit near boundary rope and call Ricky. He would sit with me and tell me what’s happening. So I grasped and learned quickly,” he revealed.

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