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IPL 2008's best XI: Where are they now?

A look into the best XI from the first IPL and their respective careers.

Top 5 / Top 10 28 Nov 2017, 22:12 IST

Rajasthan Royals won the inaugural IPL

In 2008, the IPL launched amidst great fanfare as the world's first major T20 tournament. 

The competition started with a group stage where each of the eight teams played a home match and an away match against every other team. The top four then progressed into two semi-finals and a final to decide the ultimate winner. 

The tournament was won by Rajasthan Royals in a final against Chennai Super Kings at the DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai.

Here is a look at the best combined XI from the tournament and what they are doing now.

#1 Shaun Marsh (Kings XI Punjab)

Following impressive form for his state side Western Warriors, the Australian was contracted for the first Indian Premier League.

He missed the first four games of the competition but ended the tournament as the leading run scorer meaning that he was awarded the Orange Cap. This included a century in the final league stage match against the Rajasthan Royals.

Marsh's IPL stature has gone from strength to strength and he is still an important part of Kings XI Punjab. He has starred for the Perth Scorchers since the start of the Big Bash and also represented Glamorgan and Yorkshire in the English T20 competition.

The batsman has also had an extensive international career since being named in the IPL best XI in 2008. Making his ODI debut later that year, he has gone on to play a total of 53 ODIs.

He debuted in Tests three years later but has failed to establish himself as a regular in the side. The Western Australian has played 24 Tests and has scored four hundreds at an average of 36.35.

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