Gavaskar picked six-time IPL-winner and the most successful captain in the history of the tournament, Rohit Sharma, and the ‘Universe Boss’ Chris Gayle as his openers in the all-time IPL XI.
While Rohit is one of the four cricketers to notch up 5000 IPL runs, Chris Gayle is the record-holder for the most number of sixes and the most hundreds in the cash-rich league.
The former Indian cricketer picked SunRisers Hyderabad run-machine David Warner at the No.3 spot followed by the highest run-getter in the history of the competition, RCB’s Virat Kohli.
Kohli is followed by his friend and long-time Royal Challengers Bangalore teammate AB de Villiers.
Suresh Raina, who is the second-highest run-getter in IPL history, makes it to the sixth spot in the playing 11 followed by the three-time IPL-winning captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni- who will also lead the team- and all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja.
As far as the bowling department is concerned, Gavaskar picked Kolkata Knight Riders off-spinner Sunil Narine and the Indian pace-bowling duo of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah.
Interestingly, Sunil Gavaskar picked Lasith Malinga, the leading wicket-taker in the history of the lucrative league, as his 12th man.
Gavaskar, who picked his all-time XI on Star Sports, apologized for missing out on any other names.
“I’m sorry if I missed out any players, I’ve never been a selector in my life and I now understand how hard it is to pick a team”
Sunil Gavaskar’s all-time IPL Playing XI-
Rohit Sharma, Chris Gayle, David Warner, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, AB de Villiers, MS Dhoni [C & WK], Ravindra Jadeja, Sunil Narine, Bhuveshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah,
12th man– Lasith Malinga