The spin wizard from Australia Shane Warne recently picked his IPL all time 11; the team selected by him caused quite a stir amongst cricket enthusiasts and fans of the IPL alike. Warne was the captain of the Rajasthan Royals team who won the inaugural edition of the Indian Premier League.
The team selected by the legendary tweaker included a number of star players with the likes of Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Brendon McCullum , Chris Gayle and MS Dhoni. Warnie awarded the responsibility of captaining his all time IPL 11 to captain cool MS Dhoni!
While most of the names chosen by Warne cannot be disagreed upon there were a few choices which were surprising and caught many on social media in astonishment. Warne made an interesting decision of selecting veteran Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh over Ravichandran Ashwin this was the talking point since what caused Ashwin to come out in limelight and triggered his national selection were his performances in the IPL for the Chennai Super Kings. Moreover, Warne also excluded MR.360 of cricket AB De Villiers from his all time 11 and instead picked the legendary South African all rounder Jacques Kallis. Kallis has been one of the best all rounder cricket has witnessed and has had a decent run in the IPL as well and the numbers totally favour the facts, but AB De Villiers one of the most destructive T20 batsmen who is capable of wreaking a havoc and taking his team home single handedly being excluded was quite a shocker.
What was more surprising was that Warne gave a miss to Suresh Raina who has been one of the top performers in the IPL ever since its inception. Even David Warner who has been in prime form this season and lead the Sunrisers Hyderabad to victory last season faced the axe in Warne’s all time IPL 11.
While choosing the team Warne followed the ground rule of having only four overseas players. Here is the complete list of players in Shane Warne’s all time IPL XI along with their current IPL teams.
— Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) April 22, 2017
- Chris Gayle (Overseas player) – West Indies -(RCB)
- Brendon McCullum (Overseas) – New Zealand – (GL)
- Jacques Kallis (Overseas) – South Africa – (KKR coach)
- Virat Kohli (RCB)
- Rohit Sharma (MI)
- Yuvraj Singh (SRH)
- Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain) (RPS)
- Ravindra Jadeja (GL)
- Harbajan Singh (MI)
- Lasith Malinga (Overseas) – Sri Lanka (MI)
- Umesh Yadav (KKR)