IPL 2018 : The best Overseas XI of this season
- Compiling a playing XI of the best overseas player who did wonders for their teams in this season.
Jos Buttler (wk) (Rajasthan Royals)
While all the limelight was on Ben Stokes before the start of IPL 2018 because of his high auction price, it was his fellow English teammate who managed to steal the limelight from right under his nose. It would be an understatement to say that Jos Buttler was a one-man army who single-handedly took Rajasthan Royals to consecutive wins and ensure that they qualify for the playoffs.
A push to the top of the batting order was all that Buttler needed in order to bring out the best of him. Part of playing XI in all but two matches that Rajasthan Royals played in this season, Buttler went into a beast mode in the second half of the tournament, scoring five 50+ scores on the trot. His total of 548 runs at an average of 54.8 and strike rate of over 155, along with his tremendous skills behind the stumps, warrant a spot in this line up.
Kane Williamson (c) (Sunrisers Hyderabad)
IPL 2018 will forever be remembered as the tournament that not only changed fans' perception about Kane Williamson as a captain but also as a player in the shortest format of the game. Could anyone tell you that Kane would win the Orange cap in 2018 before the start of the season, you would have laughed at that person. However, Williamson has been the perfect replacement for not only Warner 'The Captain', but also for Warner 'The Batsman'.
Easily the best batsman in the longest format of the game, Williamson brought a completely different side of his in IPL 2018. The proud owner of the Orange cap, Williamson accumulated a gargantuan total of 735 runs in 16 matches that he played, that also at a whopping strike rate of 142 and with eight 50+ plus. With his impeccable leadership skills, Kane took SRH to their 2nd IPL final in three years.
AB de Villiers (Royal Challengers Bangalore)
AB de Villiers left the whole cricketing world stunned when he announced his retirement from International cricket at the end of IPL's league stage. It was the last thing that fans were expecting from Mr. 360 at the time when he was playing his best game for Royal Challengers Bangalore. Even though RCB failed to make it to the playoffs yet again, ABD won a number of matches for the franchise in this season.
Along with Virat Kohli, ABD was the only bright spot in the overall disappointing RCB batting line up. Part of the playing XI in 12 fixtures in the league stage, ABD accumulated a staggering 480 runs. His average of almost 54 and a strike rate in excess of 170 were both among the best from this edition. And it's better we do not talk about his profess in the field, where he took, arguably the best catch of the season.Published 28 May 2018, 12:40 IST