IPL 2018: Best Asian XI of the tournament

IPL 2018: Best Asian XI of the tournament

Here we take a look at the top Asian performers of the season.

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Sunrisers Hyderabad’s Rashid Khan. (Photo by IANS)

The 2018 edition of the Indian Premier League came to an end with the Chennai Super Kings lifting the title for the third time in the tournament history. They beat the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the marquee clash of the season. The 2018 edition of the tournament proved to be a thoroughly entertaining one. For the first time in the history, a lot of matches went down to the wire.

The season saw a lot of young players make a serious impact for themselves in the season. And at the same time, the veteran stars proved it yet again why one can never write off experience in a tournament such as this. All in all, it was a very entertaining season of cricket.

Now that the tournament is over, it is time to look back at how things panned out in the season for different teams and their players. In this segment, we try to pick the best performers from the Asian sub-continent in the season. Players from the following Asian countries participated in the IPL 2018 – India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, and Nepal.

Here is the Best Asian XI of the tournament:

KL Rahul – Kings XI Punjab

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Lokesh Rahul of Kings XI Punjab in action. (Photo by IANS)

The Kings XI Punjab shelled out big bucks on the Karnataka batsman KL Rahul at the auctions this year. All their money looked like amount well spent with the way Rahul fared up in the competition. The stylish batsman scored 659 runs in the season in the 14 matches that he played.

He averaged over 54 with the bat and hit as many as 6 fifties this season. He had a top score of an unbeaten 95, albeit in a losing cause. The highlight of the IPL 2018 for KL Rahul was his first outing in the Kings outfit. In the match against the Delhi Daredevils, he smashed the fastest fifty in the history of the tournament – in just 14 deliveries.