IPL: Best combined XI of Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings

IPL: Best combined XI of Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings

The second phase of IPL starts on 19th September with this El-Clasico rivalry.

MS Dhoni CSK
MS Dhoni. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

There’s absolutely no doubt that Mumbai Indians (MI) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) are the two best teams in the history of the Indian Premier League (IPL). In the 13 seasons so far, these two sides have accounted for as many as eight IPL titles and have played four finals between them. MI has won it five times (2013, 2015, 2017, 2019, and 2020) and CSK has won thrice (2010, 2011, and 2018). 

Marquee players such as Sachin Tendulkar and MS Dhoni led the franchises earlier. With Rohit Sharma and Dhoni as the current skippers, fans expect a cracker of a game every time the two franchises meet. They have met 31 times with Mumbai having a comprehensive lead of 20-13. 

Many top-class players have played for both these sides which is the reason why fans obsess over them. The second phase of IPL starts on 19th September with this El-Clasico rivalry.

Let’s look at the best combined XI of CSK and MI in the history of IPL

1. Rohit Sharma (C) 

Rohit Sharma Mumbai Indians
MI captain Rohit Sharma. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Rohit Sharma is the man who has been the poster boy of Mumbai cricket as well as Mumbai Indians post the great Sachin Tendulkar. The Hitman has been India’s best batsman in all formats for three years and a strong fourth year is quite possible seeing his impeccable form in the series against England. With six IPL titles to his name and five as captain in just eight seasons, it is quite obvious that he will lead the team.

He is a champion player who knows what it takes to perform in pressure situations. He has played 207 matches and scored 5480 runs including 40 fifties and a solitary hundred at an average of 31.49 and a strike rate of 130.51. Surprisingly, he even took a hat-trick way back in 2009 when he was playing for Deccan Chargers against his current team, Mumbai Indians.

Lazy elegance is the term coined by many commentators across the world exclusively for him. He is probably the best player of the short ball India have ever seen. He has been MI’s most expensive buy ever when he bought for a whopping $2.1 million in the 2011 auction. But the Mumbai boy hasn’t disappointed one bit and it would be fair to say that he probably has the biggest role in building a championship-winning team.