IPL 2020: Best XI from CSK, RCB, MI and SRH for the All Stars game
It's a combination that is set to make every cricket fan around the globe sit up and take notice.
Published - Jan 29, 2020 9:43 am | Updated - Feb 17, 2020 1:56 pm
For the first time in the 13-year history of the Indian Premier League (IPL), fans will be treated to a one-off all-star fixture which is slated to be held three days before the 13th edition of the annual extravaganza kicks off on 29th March. This idea is reportedly the brainchild of BCCI president Sourav Ganguly and the chairman of the IPL governing council Brijesh Patel.
Considering the plethora of superstars who have graced all the teams in the IPL, this all-star encounter is going to be a fresh departure for fans, who can discount their franchise-based loyalty for one game and simply be witness to the spectacle which will unfold. It’s a never before opportunity to see the likes of MS Dhoni, David Warner, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli in the same team as far franchise cricket is concerned.
As per news reports that came in regarding this recent development, two teams will take to the field in the all-star game. One team will comprise of players from four franchises in the North and East of India – Kings XI Punjab, Delhi Capitals, Rajasthan Royals and the Kolkata Knight Riders.
The remaining four teams from the West and South Zone- Chennai Super Kings, Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore, and Sunrisers Hyderabad- will contribute to the formation of the second team.
This, in particular, sets up some breath-taking combinations that is set to make every cricket fan around the globe sit up and take notice. Imagine the prospect of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni and AB de Villiers lining up in the same colours. On the other hand, watching Andre Russell take to the field alongside Ben Stokes, Steve Smith, Jofra Archer and KL Rahul is also a spine-tingling proposition.
Here we take a look at the possible best playing XI from the second team from the West and South Zone:
1. Rohit Sharma (Mumbai Indians)
Rohit Sharma has been a fulcrum of the Mumbai Indians over many years now. He is the most successful skipper in the T20 championship with as many as four titles in his kitty. The veteran has done exceptionally with the bat. Last year, he scored 405 runs in 15 games at an average of 28.92.
Though Mumbai haven’t won back-to-back titles thus far, Rohit can bring the same to reality in 2020. Rohit has carved a niche for himself in the IPL and it’s unlikely that MI will ever release him of his services. In 188 games in the IPL, Sharma has 4898 runs at 31.6 with 36 half-centuries and a century.
Rohit would want to commence IPL 2020 on a flying note when he takes the field for the All Stars game. He is after all going through the best phase in his cricketing career with him dominating in all forms of cricket for India off late. He narrowly missed out on getting the ICC Cricketer of the Year for 2019 to Ben Stokes.