IPL 2018: The invincible all-rounders XI
T20 is a format which is most conducive to the playing style of all-rounders. Although the age-old adage that an all-rounder is someone who should be able to make the team as a specialist batsman or bowler as well still remains, players with ‘a bit of this and a bit of that’ are also in vogue as they add a lot of value to the side.
As far as the IPL is concerned, who do you think are the most coveted players in the cash-rich league – the brawny, explosive batsmen; the big, booming pacers or the impeccable, wily spinners? How about a mocktail of all of them packed together in one team!
Here’s presenting the all-rounders XI of IPL 2018, a team with so much firepower that it would be almost impossible to beat.
Note: The rule of having maximum 4 overseas players has not been followed and some heavyweights have been objectively left out.
Shane Watson (c)
One of the few players to have a career batting average over 30 and bowling average under 30, Shane Watson would open the batting for the side. His captaincy experience at Rajasthan Royals would come in handy as he would lead this year’s IPL all-rounders XI.
Following Chris Lynn’s shoulder injury in last year’s IPL, Sunil Narine came out all guns blazing when he was entrusted with the responsibility of opening the batting for Kolkata Knight Riders. If his bowling action is ratified by the West Indian cricket board, Narine’s mystery deliveries would also prove to be a handful for the opposition batsmen.