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IPL: RR's greatest overseas XI of all time

Sai Krishna
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Modified 05 Sep 2020, 13:59 IST
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Middle Order: Steve Smith, Ben Stokes, Brad Hodge, Johan Botha

Steve Smith will captain RR in IPL 2020
Steve Smith will captain RR in IPL 2020

Although Steve Smith will captain RR in IPL 2020, he does not have the honour of leading this all-time XI.

Irrespective of that, the Australian has been one of the team's most consistent performers (both individual and team bans excluded, of course), with 759 runs in 36 games at an average of 33. His incredible international form is expected to translate into another mountain of runs in this year's IPL, and the welcome return of leadership might elevate his game even further.

England all-rounder Ben Stokes' numbers don't justify his place in this XI at all, but his sheer impact and match-winning ability ensure that he makes it in anyway. In 22 games, he has managed only 319 runs and 14 wickets, and he will need to turn these poor stats around in IPL 2020. The 2019 Ashes hero is, of course, a fast-bowling all-rounder, although he isn't mentioned in that section of this article due to his batting position.

One of the most underrated RR players of all time, Brad Hodge adds enviable experience and solidity to this team's middle order. The Australian scored 639 runs in 33 games for the side, at an average of 35.5. He played crucial knocks in some of RR's most important games, but majorly flew under the radar.

Spin-bowling all-rounder Johan Botha is a far better batsman than people make him out to be, and he comes in at No. 6 in this all-time RR XI. The South African scored 335 runs in the 24 games he played for the team in the IPL, along with 19 wickets with the ball in hand. His ability to bowl in the powerplay and his vast array of cheeky shots make him the perfect candidate for this position.

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Published 05 Sep 2020, 13:59 IST
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