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A pre-2000 XI that would have been a champion IPL team

S Samaddar
ANALYST
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18.13K   //    05 Feb 2018, 21:44 IST

The Indian Premier League is currently the biggest cricket league in the world and rivals international cricket, as far as importance is concerned. The world's best players battle each other in riveting contests over six weeks and provide compelling viewing for anyone who is even remotely interested in the game. It came into existence in 2008 but it is perfectly normal to wonder how some of the stars of the past would have fared in the tournament had it existed in their heydays.

The cut-off is for players chosen in the list is that they all retired prior to 2000. Also, when selecting the eleven, the IPL rules have been kept in mind and only 4 foreigners have been included. So, here is a look at such an eleven which would have given the best IPL teams a run for their money and would certainly have ended up winning the competition had they played in the tournament.


#1 Opener 1- Kris Srikkanth (India)

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T20 teams need opening batsmen who can take on the opposition from the first delivery and in that regard one need not look further than former opening batsman Kris Srikkanth. He was an audacious batsman, who had the ability to take on the most potent bowling attacks in the world and hit them for boundaries.

Srikkanth could play strokes all around the wicket and in addition to that, he was a savage cutter and hooker, which made the short ball a scoring opportunity for him. Needless to say, his batting style meant that he often did not score big but a career strike rate of 71.74 in ODI cricket in the 1980s is proof that he would have thrived in the IPL. 

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