IPL 2019: Best XI of the group stages

IPL 2019: Best XI of the group stages

While Mumbai finished on the top of the table at the end of group stages, Chennai, Delhi and Hyderabad followed respectively.

Mohammed Shami
Mohammed Shami. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The group stages of the Indian Premier League (IPL) have come to a close yet again on a dramatic note. Till the very last match of the group stages, there was no confirmation as to who will play when in the playoffs, a testament to how close this tournament has been this time.

Kolkata Knight Riders suffered a humiliating defeat in the hands of Mumbai Indians and bowed out of the tournament despite having their fate in their own hands. With KKR’s defeat, Sunrisers Hyderabad managed to sneak into the top four with just 12 points to their name. While Mumbai finished on the top of the table, Chennai, Delhi and Hyderabad followed respectively.

With an entertaining phase coming to a close, we enter another breathtaking segment which includes just four matches but has the capacity to provide entertainment that shall live for a long time. Before we get there, let’s take a look at the best XI of the tournament.

1. David Warner

David Warner
David Warner. (Photo: IANS)

There is already a lot of debate on David Warner being the greatest batsman IPL has witnessed and his outstanding statistics stand by the argument. He has 4,706 runs, closely 700 runs behind the likes of Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina. While Kohli and Raina played over 175 matches in IPL, Warner played just 126 games and even missed a whole season last year.

Well, that debate will not finish in a short period of time but clearly, he has been the best batsman this season. Eight half-centuries, One century, 692 runs, an average of 69.20 and strike rate in excess of 140 – there was literally no individual on the same level with him. Interestingly, this was the fifth consecutive season for the Aussie with over 500 runs.