No Malinga, No Russell in Warner’s best IPL XI
David warner is one of the most consistent and prolific batsmen in the history of Indian Premier League (IPL). Going through the trend this time he reveals his best XI in IPL.
He included players like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and former India captain MS Dhoni in his all-time IPL XI on Wednesday.
Warner currently representing Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) franchise as the skipper. Warner holds the records for the most runs by an overseas player (4706). He also hold the record for most half-centuries (44) and the highest individual score by a captain (126) in the IPL.
Warner excluded players like West Indies big-hitter Andre Russell, India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh, his former Australia teammate Shane Watson and Mumbai Indians duo Kieron Pollard and Lasith Malinga in his best IPL XI. Warner chooses himself and Rohit as openers. He kept Kohli at no.3 while CSK stalwart Suresh Raina slots into the no. 4 position in the lineup.
For number 5 and 6, Warner kept big hitting all-rounders, Hardik Pandya and Glenn Maxwell, his fellow teammate. He kept CSK skipper M.S. Dhoni at no.7 as finisher and also the wicketkeeper of the side. In an interview with commentator Harsha Bhogle, he revealed his best side.
About the similarities between him and Virat Kohli, he also talked on the show. “I can’t speak for Virat, obviously, but it’s almost like we got this thing in us when we go (out to the middle) we need to prove people wrong, prove someone wrong,” Warner said.
“If you’re in that contest, and if I’m going at him for example, you’re thinking, ‘Alright, I’m going to score more runs than him, I’m going to take a quick single on him’.”
“You are trying to better that person in that game. That’s where the passion comes from,” he added.
There was a host of names in the bowling department – including the likes of his fellow Aussie pacer, Starc. Alongside Starc, he picked the Indian pace duo of Ashish Nehra and Jasprit Bumrah. While the left-hander was sure about the selection of his pacers, in the spin department, he chose the ‘KulCha,’ combination.
David Warner’s best IPL XI:
David Warner, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Hardik Pandya, Glenn Maxwell, MS Dhoni (WK), Mitchell Starc, Jasprit Bumrah, Ashish Nehra and Yuzvendra Chahal / Kuldeep Yadav.