IPL: CSK and MI combined best XI of the decade

IPL: CSK and MI combined best XI of the decade

From Rohit Sharma to Harbhajan Singh, here we form the best combined XI of MI and CSK for the decade.

Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

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 12 seasons so far, these two sides have accounted for as many as seven IPL titles between them. In fact, all of those came in this 2010s-decade itself. While MI won in 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019, CSK lifted it in 2010, 2011 and 2018.

CSK have made it to the playoffs every season they’ve played while MI haven’t made it only twice in 10 seasons (2016 and 2018). Moreover, their rivalry is one of the biggest in IPL cricket. MI have the upper hand when it comes to head-to-head record. Moreover, both teams are filled with superstars.

Thus, as we look back at the 2010s-decade, we form the best-combined XI from CSK and MI that played in the 2010s.

1. Rohit Sharma

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

He may not open as frequently in the IPL as he does in international cricket. But Rohit Sharma is one of the best white-ball openers going around in world cricket at the moment. There are very few who can match him when he gets going and he can change games at the top of the order.

Rohit has not scored too big in the IPL but his contributions have been vital for MI. Despite not having big tournaments with the bat, the Mumbai Indians (MI) skipper has amassed 3728 runs (from 143 games) which is the second-most among MI and CSK players. He has scored 28 half-centuries and one hundred as well.

Moreover, Rohit has been excellent as a leader. In fact, he is the most successful IPL captain as he’s led MI to four IPL title wins in this decade. Hence, he will start in almost every Mumbai Indians (MI) XI.