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IPL: Greatest left-handed XI of all time

Praveen Nvs
ANALYST
Top 5 / Top 10
Timeless

Middle order:

#3 Suresh Raina


Suresh Raina is the epitome of consistency in the IPL
Suresh Raina is the epitome of consistency in the IPL

It took 158 games for Suresh Raina to miss an IPL match for Chennai Super Kings. That is a testament to his fitness and the faith the Super Kings think-tank possess in him. He breached the 400 run mark more often than not, placing Raina among the most consistent batsmen in the tournament's history.

Barring the run-machine Virat Kohli, no batsman has scored more runs than this left-hander and his Strike Rate of 139 makes him one of the most dangerous batsmen to bowl to. A perfect no.3.

#4 Yuvraj Singh

Yuvi can smack the ball a long long way
Yuvi can smack the ball a long long way

Considering his exploits in T20 internationals for India, it is fair to say that Yuvraj Singh never set the IPL stage alight in the manner expected of him. However, his IPL record is pretty decent. His average of 25 may be on the lower side, but his Strike rate of 130 is impressive.

On his day, Yuvi can clobber the bowlers to all corners of the park and can score runs at a breakneck pace. His left arm spin can be handy and apart from just breaking partnerships, it can win matches too.

#5 Shakib Al Hasan (overseas)

Shakib Al Hasan is a highly valuable player in any format
Shakib Al Hasan is a highly valuable player in any format
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Prior to Shakib Al Hasan, Bangladesh never had a truly great player and all they could boast of was the presence of some talented players who failed to live up to the initial promise. In Shakib, they have the world's best allrounder at the moment. He is the first great to emerge from Bangladesh and when he hangs his boots, he will have become one of the greatest ever.

Shakib is a brilliant left-arm spinner who does not leak too many runs and takes wickets regularly. He may not bludgeon the ball but can set the scoreboard ticking with a collection of dazzling strokes.

#6 David Miller (overseas)

If the ball is in his zone, it will disappear
If the ball is in his zone, it will disappear

There was a time when Kings XI found themselves neck-deep in trouble but miraculously recovered to win the contest. David Miller was the architect of many such rescue acts for Punjab. When Miller is on song, he wallops the bowlers without an iota of mercy and no target is impossible for him to chase.

His average of 36 and Strike Rate of 140 scream for his inclusion in this side.

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