IPL 2021: Strongest XI of all eight teams without overseas players
While the overseas stars surely are a vital cog for what the IPL is today, imagine having an IPL season where there is no availability of these elites?
Updated - Apr 9, 2021 8:07 pm
The availability and the participation of the overseas stars in the IPL is one of the alluring reasons why the tournament has become T20 cricket’s biggest extravaganza. Over the years, because of their vigorous interest in the IPL, the tournament is now the biggest event in the history of cricket, which exhibits one of its kind cosmopolitan arrangement of overseas players. With such a robust amalgamation where the local Indian talent gets mingled with overseas elites, the IPL is now called the master university from where every cricketer should at least once must go and fetch the profound benefits of the sagacious white-ball education.
While the overseas stars surely are a vital cog for what the IPL is today, imagine having an IPL season where there is no availability of these elites? Not only there will be a dramatic downfall in the standard of play, but also a huge loss of IPL’s biggest essence. Only a few bunches of current India players will only be able to exhibit the highest standards of the game, which however will make the overall IPL experience reminiscent of what Indian domestic matches offer.
Hence, in order to just explore how the IPL teams will stand in case such a scenario happens, here’s our list of the strongest XI of all IPL teams without the overseas players
With MI being the most successful franchise in the history of the IPL, a few of its overseas stars are the imperial jewels of this robust franchise. Someone like Kieron Pollard is a legendary name in MI’s sturdy batting order, whose omission from the playing XI does make the overall batting-order look less intimidating. But having a versatile combination of international and quality Indian batters, there’s a compensation in their batting order.
However, if there’s an absence of overseas players from their bowling department, then the overall picture of MI does become bleak. The two overseas pace bowling strategy of MI is one of the prime reasons why the franchise is the best IPL team in terms of defending a total along with winning matches from any situations. Without the presence of Trent Boult and the other overseas pacer, someone like Jasprit Bumrah will eventually feel the most heat.
All in all here’s the strongest playing XI of MI without its overseas stars: Rohit Sharma (c), Aditya Tare, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan (wk), Saurabh Tiwary, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Piyush Chawla, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohsin Khan.