IPL 2020: Best XI from the retained players
This team can give an extremely tough fight for any other team.
Updated - Nov 16, 2019 11:25 am
On November 15, all the eight IPL franchises announced the names of the players they retained as well as released. In both categories, there have been quite a few surprises. Teams have let go high-quality players like Chris Lynn, Dale Steyn and Shakib Al Hasan. But clearly, all the eight sides have tried to retain their core and stick to their strengths.
For instance, CSK didn’t mind going ahead once again with the dad’s army. The RCB, despite realizing the most number of players, managed to back some of the underperformers. SRH and MI retained most of their best performers. There are some new faces in RR, DC and KXIP after all the trades. KKR surprised many by releasing a couple of its important players. Nevertheless, most of the teams look more or less the same in terms of their core players.
Here is what the Best XI could be from these retained players:
1. David Warner
Ever since they signed him in 2014, David Warner has been the face of the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). His consistency levels in the last five years have been at an all different level. The left-hander has been one of the most prolific performers with the bat and seems determined to get a big score every time he walks out to bat.
He has always been in the contention for the Orange Cap and has also won it on three occasions with the SRH. On his return to the league in 2019, he scored 692 runs – the most even though he played fewer games than others. Warner could have easily been in contention for the all-time highest run-scorers in the league had he not missed the 2018 IPL season.
Nevertheless, he is still the fourth-highest run-getter in the history of the league. Compared to everyone else in the top-5, the Australia cricketer played at least 30 games less and still to be there is extraordinary. It is only just to include him this Best XI and he’d easily make it to many other IPL XIs as well.