IPL 2020: Aakash Chopra picks his best XI of the tournament; Virat Kohli misses out
Virat Kohli, Hardik Pandya failed to find place in Aakash Chopra's XI.
Updated - Nov 12, 2020 2:16 pm
The IPL 2020 is over, and experts and cricket pundits are getting vocal about their opinions on related subject matters. In the same light, former Indian opener Aakash Chopra has chosen his best XI of the tournament and picked KL Rahul as its skipper. Virat Kohli, Hardik Pandya, and David Warner are some of the big names that have not made it to Chopra’s hypothetical list.
With his thinking cap on, Aakash Chopra formed the best combination of 11 players from the current season of IPL. As per the norms, he formed his combination while keeping only four overseas players in his squad. His favourite pick was Orange Cap winner of the season, KL Rahul, who would lead the team as well. The wicket-keeping batsman showed some spectacular form while leading KXIP this season.
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“I have kept KL Rahul at the top. He has the Orange Cap and is also an amazing player. It is not easy to score 670 runs in a season, especially when your team does not qualify, and you get to play only 14 matches. He is also going to keep wickets and be the captain of my team,” said Aakash Chopra on his YouTube channel.
The next in line is Shikhar Dhawan, who he has chosen as his other opening batsman with Rahul. His two straight centuries to bolster the Delhi side impressed Chopra a lot. Next in line is Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav, who played some sheer class cricket this season to impress the entire cricket fraternity.
“At No.4, I have Suryakumar Yadav. He has been very very good, consistent, and aggressive throughout the tournament. He played well against pace and spin, in difficult circumstances and with his ability to finish matches and hitting in the powerplay as well,” he added.
For no. 5, Aakash Chopra was confused between Marcus Stoinis or Nicholas Pooran. However, he chose to go with Mr 360 AB de Villiers. De Villiers carried the responsibility of RCB single-handedly many times in IPL 2020. The former cricketer then went with all-rounder Rahul Tewatia at number 6.
Starting his bowling attack, SRH leggie Rashid Khan was his first choice. At no. 8, he got another spinner in form of Yuzvendra Chahal who flaunted absolute heroics while balancing the RCB side. He began his pace section with Jofra Archer, followed by two other star pacers, Jasprit Bumrah and Kagiso Rabada.
Aakash Chopra’s Best XI: KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, AB de Villiers, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jofra Archer, Jasprit Bumrah, and Kagiso Rabada.