IPL 2021: Best XI from the second week
Matches 8 to 16 are considered for the article.
Updated - Apr 23, 2021 11:07 am
The Indian Premier League has once again stood up to its reputation. After two thrilling weeks, the competition is heating up. The teams are trying to finalize their best playing eleven as they enter into the middle phase of the tournament. Well, this is what the IPL pressure brings to the table.
Even after finalizing their playing XI for the first match, most of the teams have been forced to make some changes. Some star players have left, mainly because of COVID. But, most of the big names are still there in the competition. Without any doubt, no one would like to miss the IPL extravaganza.
In the recently concluded week of the IPL, we witnessed some stellar matches. A perfect example is a match between the Chennai Super Kings and the Kolkata Knight Riders. After a disastrous start, the KKR batsmen managed to fight back. In a competition like the IPL, nothing is impossible.
Let us have a look at the best possible playing eleven:
1. Shikhar Dhawan
Shikhar Dhawan is the premier opener for the Delhi Capitals. The stylish left-handed batsman has been in supreme form this season. Since last year, the fans have been witnessing a different Dhawan, who picks up the pace from word go. And his form might be vital for the Capitals this year.
Dhawan has played 180 IPL matches with a strike rate of 127.63. But, since the last two years, his strike rate has gone way above 140. In 2020, it was 144.73. And, this year, it is 148.07, which is a pretty good strike rate. He gives a perfect platform for others to take their time.
This week, he played a solid knock of 92 against the Punjab Kings. With a current average of 57.75, he is one of the most consistent batsmen so far. If we do make a team of the best IPL XI for the last two years, Dhawan should make it to the squad with ease. This is a good sign for Team India as they aim to win the T20 World Cup later this year.