IPL 2021: Best overseas XI of the tournament so far

The tournament was a witness to some high-quality showings from the overseas professionals.

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AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers. (Photo SOurce: IPL/BCCI)

The 14th edition of the IPL was going smoothly without any hiccups and we were halfway through the tournament till the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic had other plans. Due to a rise in COVID-19 cases in the teams’ bio-bubbles, the current campaign has been temporarily suspended.

In the 29 games that were played, there was no shortage of quality as usual and we witnessed some special performances. As many as three batsmen scored centuries and there were also a couple of 5-wicket hauls. The match between Delhi Capitals and Sunrisers Hyderabad also witnessed a super over and there was plenty of drama in pretty much every game.

Overseas players like Chris Gayle, David Warner and Lasith Malinga are amongst the biggest legends in IPL history and they have entertained fans with their performances on the field. It was no different this season and we saw some high-quality showings from the overseas professionals.

Here’s a look at the best Overseas XI of the season in IPL 2021

1. Faf du Plessis (C)

Faf du Plessis
Faf du Plessis. ( Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

Faf du Plessis was in brilliant form for the Chennai Super Kings this season and was arguably the best batsman in the league. No one expected his team to be anywhere near the top, but his tremendous form propelled them into 2nd place.

After starting the tournament rather poorly with a duck against the Delhi Capitals, he came back strongly with six consecutive scores in excess of 30. Each of his last four innings resulted in half-centuries as well. In seven games, he scored 320 runs at an average of 64 while striking at over 145.

His 95* against KKR was his best innings by far as he pretty much toyed with the bowling attack. With such incredible consistency, while also maintaining a very healthy strike rate, his inclusion in this XI is a no-brainer.

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