Renowned commentator, Harsha Bhogle has announced his best XI of the IPL 2020. In a video uploaded on Cricbuzz, Bhogle made a couple of eyebrow-raising omissions from his team of the tournament.
Harsha Bhogle started by stating that he will follow the IPL policy of four overseas players in an eleven and also said that the players in his team will play in the same position they play in their respective IPL teams.
Bhogle said that selecting KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan was an easy choice- both of them were the two leading run-scorer of the tournament, and also give the left-right combination. Since David Warner is an overseas player, Bhogle omitted him as there are other 4 foreign cricketers in his XI.
The much-respected commentator picked Suryakumar Yadav at number 3 for playing match-winning innings for Mumbai Indians. Bhogle opted for the RCB stalwart, AB de Villiers. The South-African, on numerous occasions, had to bail out his team from a difficult situation, and he finds a place in Bhogle’s team at number 4. AB can also handle the wicket-keeping duties.
The 59-year-old selected the Mumbai Indians duo of Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya to do the finishing duties. Pollard and Pandya were two of the most destructive batsman in the IPL 2020, having a strike rate of 191 and 178, respectively.
No place for Kagiso Rabada in Harsha Bhogle’s XI:
In the bowling department, according to Harsha Bhogle, three bowlers who were undeniable are Jofra Archer, Rashid Khan, and Jasprit Bumrah, picking 20,20, and 27 wickets, respectively- all three had an economy of less than 7 this season. Having Rashid, Archer, AB, and Pollard meant that Bhogle had to omit Kagiso Rabada, who was the purple cap winner.
The Hyderabad-born commentator believed that since he has secured his death bowling with the likes of Archer and Bumrah, Bhogle opted for Mohammad Shami as the third seamer. Shami, who has been fantastic with the new ball in the powerplay, snared 20 wickets in the tournament.
For the last place, Bhogle included Yuzvendra Chahal over Rahul Tewatia and Ravindra Jadeja as he wanted to have 5 specialist bowlers in his team. The RCB leg-spinner took 21 wickets at a terrific economy of 7.08.
Harsha Bhogle’s IPL 2020 XI: KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Suryakumar Yadav, AB de Villiers(wk), Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Jofra Archer, Rashid Khan, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal.