IPL 2018: Best XI of Indian players

IPL 2018: Best XI of Indian players

These were the top Indian players in the IPL this season.

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Siddarth Kaul of Sunrisers Hyderabad. (Photo by Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

The Indian players are crucial for any IPL team. They usually form the majority of the core team for any franchise. Given the fact that only four foreigners are allowed to be fielded in the XI, it is very important for any IPL team to have good Indian players. These players often tend to be the difference between the sides and play an important role in the tournament.

Even the franchises are realising the importance of these Indian players and are investing in quality players. In fact, seven out of the eight teams this year have Indian players as their skippers as these guys can also communicate with the local players easily. Some of the Indian players have performed exceptionally well this season.

Here is the Best XI of Indian players this season:

1. KL Rahul | Kings XI Punjab

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Kings XI Punjab’s Lokesh Rahul celebrates his half-century. (Photo by IANS)

KL Rahul was not retained by the RCB this season. As a result, he moved to the Kings XI Punjab after they paid him a hefty paycheque of INR 11 crores. Rahul definitely paid back the faith the franchise had in him. After having missed the IPL in 2017, he came back strong this year. He was one of the most elegant players to watch this season. He combined class with aggression to churn out the best possible results for himself and his team.

KL is a definite choice open the innings in the Best XI team. Although many don’t regard him as a great T20 player, his stats speak for themselves. KL has scored 659 runs in 14 games this season at an average of 55. He has tried staying in the middle for as long as possible to extract the most out of the opportunity in hand.