Rajasthan Royals (RR) mentor, Shane Warne has picked his ‘All-Star Team’ for this edition ahead of the finals of this season of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Meanwhile, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) will battle it out in the finals of the league. Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium will host the mega final on May 27 (Sunday).
Although Rajasthan failed to make it to the finals, Warne is keenly following the game. However, there were speculations, as he went back to his country two times midway in the tournament.
However, Rajasthan co-owner backed his team mentor and said Royals roped the Australian legend on weekly basis. As a result, he left after completing his job with the team.
Prior to the finals, he picked his favourite XI from this edition of the T20 extravaganza.
Shane Warne has placed Rajasthan Royals’ Jos Buttler as his first opener.
The England player smashed five consecutive half-centuries to help RR reach the playoffs. However, he had to leave before the playoffs but left a long-lasting impression.
Kings XI Punjab’s, KL Rahul was the best opening batsman in IPL 2018. Rahul scored 659 runs in 14 matches this season. He also scored IPL’s fastest half-century. He had batted brilliantly and will certainly make it to any XI.
Virat Kohli will bat at the important position of one drop. The India skipper didn’t have his best season but still finished with 530 runs at a strike-rate close to 140 for RCB.
Rishabh Pant finished with 684 Runs in IPL 2018 with an average of 52.62 and strike rate of 173.60. The 20-year old smashed 37 sixes and 68 fours leading to five half-centuries and one century.
Meanwhile, it was a pity Delhi Daredevils couldn’t enter the playoffs and we didn’t get to see more of him.
MS Dhoni has been in great form this season. Dhoni has reinvented himself as the finisher this season and is having one of the best seasons in the recent years. It seems like Dhoni will also be the captain of this side.
Hardik Pandya gets picked in the all-rounder slot. He was the leading wicket-taker of Mumbai Indians this season. Moroever, he had also chipped in with crucial contributions whenever the team needed.
The Windies all-rounder, Andre Russell has been instrumental in KKR reaching the playoffs. He was one of the players retained by KKR and he proved his worth this season too.
There is no surprise that Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan features on the list. He has been great for SRH and has even earned the praise of one and all.
KKR wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav fills the other spinner’s slot in the list.
Andrew Tye is leading the list of IPL 2018 wicket-takers. The KXIP pacer finished with 24 wickets this season.
Mumbai Indians’ Bumrah, one of the best death overs bowler, completes Shane Warne’s IPL 2018 All-Star 11. He has grown in stature over the years playing in this league.
The young seamer has an array of variations which is crucial in the middle-overs.