IPL 2018: Best XI of the League stage

IPL 2018: Best XI of the League stage

Here is a look at the top guns of the league stages of IPL 2018.

Rishabh Pant
Delhi Daredevils’ Rishabh Pant in action. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

The 2018 edition has reached the business end of the tournament. The four teams that have managed to qualify for the playoffs are – Sunrisers Hyderbad, Chennai Super Kings, Kolkata Knight Riders, and the Rajasthan Royals. One thing is for sure, the IPL will not get to see a new champion this season as all of these four teams have won the tournament on one or more occasions in the history of the league.

Interestingly, this season has proved to be the most entertaining one in the history of the IPL when seen on the parameters of the final finishes. The league stages saw numerous last ball thrillers and a lot of games went down the wire. Also, the entertainment across the 56 league games saw some brilliant catches been taken, some humongous sixes been hit out of the park, and the wood work shatter across after meeting the leather.

Some of the big names of the game like MS Dhoni and Shane Watson proved that age is just a number. At the same time, the youngsters like Prithvi Shaw and Sandeep Lamichhane showed they have the mettle to rub shoulders with the big boys. Certainly, the league stage of IPL 2018 was not short on individual brilliance either. Here we pick such top players who dictated the terms in the league stage of the season and made a serious reputation for themselves.

Here is the Best XI of the IPL 2018 League stage:

KL Rahul – Kings XI Punjab

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

KL Rahul made a switch to the Kings XI Punjab for this edition of the tournament. The Karnataka lad finished the league stages as the third leading run getter. He was the best batsman from the Kings XI Punjab camp. Time and again, it was Rahul who stood the ground till the very fighting as a lone ranger in the times of crisis for his side. Rahul played in all the 14 matches for his side and aggregated 659 runs at a staggering average of 54.92.

In the very first game for his side, he smashed the fastest fifty in the IPL history – taking just 14 balls to reach the number. In the later stages of the tournament, he scored an unbeaten 95 against the Royals in a losing cause. Another valiant effort of 94 against the Mumbai Indians also went in a losing cause.