Another season has gone past, another reason for us to make a dream team from what was an enthralling season of T20 cricket. Normally when you look for these best XI possible, the first names on the team sheets are the Orange and Purple cap winners. This season saw Punjab’s skipper KL Rahul stack up the most runs in the competition and Delhi’s Kagiso Rabada cause the most damage to the batting line-ups of various teams.
Apart from the award winners, we’ve looked at the outliers in their respective roles and who grabbed all the headlines with match-winning performances. Here’s a look at SBOTOP’s best XI of Indian T20 League 2020.
KL RAHUL (Wicketkeeper)
Innings – 14 | Runs – 670| Average – 55.83 | Strike Rate – 128.34 | 100s – 1
This was a personal best season for KL Rahul and one which he’ll look back as a major learning curve in his career. He led a franchise for the first time in the Indian T20 League but the pressure of captaincy didn’t seem to disturb his batting form. He finished the season as the Orange cap winner and will hope that he continues this form in the series down under.
Innings – 17| Runs – 618 | Average – 44.14 | Strike Rate – 144.73 | 100s – 2
There were murmurs at the start of the season that Shikhar Dhawan will struggle in low and slow pitches in the UAE. He started the season slowly but when his team needed him the most he came good. He became the first player in the history of the competition to score back-to-back centuries in the Indian T20 League.
Innings – 15 | Runs – 480| Average – 40.00 | Strike Rate – 145.01 | 50s – 4
The great Brian Lara called Suryakumar Yadav as the best number three batsman in this season’s Indian T20 League and he deserves this tag every bit. He looked calm and composed at the crease at almost every innings and his celebration after the win against Bangalore emphasised on this. It was a season to remember for him and he can consider himself unlucky to have missed out on the upcoming tour of Australia.
SHREYAS IYER (Captain)
Innings – 17 | Runs – 519 | Average – 34.60 | Strike Rate – 123.27 | 50s – 3
If we were to talk about the standout leaders in this year’s tournament then Shreyas Iyer’s name should be right up there. He was outstanding as the captain of Delhi and led the franchise to its very first final in this competition. With the bat, this was the first time Shreyas broke the 500-run barrier in the Indian T20 League and was his personal best season. His strike rate could’ve been a touch higher but more often than not he was doing a job for his team.
Innings – 13 | Runs – 516 | Average – 57.33 | Strike Rate – 145.76 | 50s – 4
The pocket-dynamite as people call him, this was a coming of age season for the former Under-19 captain Ishan Kishan. He was one of the young players to look out for ahead of the season and he didn’t disappoint. He led the charge when it comes to run-scoring for the five-time champions Mumbai and was versatile enough to bat anywhere in that solid batting line-up.
Innings – 12 | Runs – 268 | Average – 53.60 | Strike Rate – 191.42 | 50s – 1
Polly kaka as he is fondly remembered in Mumbai was yet again brilliant for Mumbai. He was in great touch with the bat leading up to the tournament having been named as CPL 2020’s Player of the Season. He was too lethal as a finisher for them and even contributed massively with the ball especially when Hardik Pandya didn’t bowl a single over this season. He even led the team in the absence of Rohit Sharma and was inspirational with his captaincy.
Innings – 16 | Wickets – 20 | Average – 17.20 | Strike Rate – 19.20 | Economy – 5.37
Considering the injury issues Hyderabad sustained this season, this was an outstanding campaign for a team with limited resources. The Afghan Rashid Khan had a pivotal role to play in this successful campaign. Most teams were content with just playing out his overs and that tells us the impact he has had on this tournament.
Innings – 14 | Wickets – 20 | Average – 18.25 | Strike Rate – 16.70 | Economy – 6.55
Jofra Archer was arguably the most lethal bowler in this year’s Indian T20 League. He was too quick for the batters at the top of the order and equally good at the death as well. It seemed like he was a single man’s army for Rajasthan with the ball and he picked up as many wickets as the other Rajasthan bowlers did in this campaign. He smashed some lusty blows with the bat and was acrobatic in the field as well.
Innings – 15 | Wickets – 21 | Average – 19.28 | Strike Rate – 16.33 | Economy – 7.08
The willy leg-spinner showed his class yet again this year. For another season running, he was Bangalore’s best bowler and whenever Virat Kohli needed a breakthrough he handed the ball to Chahal and he delivered almost every time. He was a key reason why Bangalore made it to the playoffs after three years and finished fifth in the Purple cap race.
Innings – 17 | Wickets – 30 | Average – 18.26 | Strike Rate – 13.13 | Economy – 8.34
There are talks going on that they should just measure the size of Rabada’s head and hand him the Purple cap at the beginning of the next season again. He was brilliant for Delhi yet again and his partnership with his fellow South African, Anrich Nortje helped Delhi reach their first-ever final. He picked most of his wickets at the death and was hard to get away at the back end of the innings.
Innings – 15 | Wickets – 27 | Average – 14.96 | Strike Rate – 13.33 | Economy – 6.73
India’s best bowler and best death bowler going around in the world, Jasprit Bumrah didn’t disappoint yet again. It was a slow start to the season for him personally but once he gained his momentum it was impossible for the batters to score big against ‘Boom Boom’. Regarded as the best T20 bowler in the world, Bumrah lived up to that tag and had the best average with the ball amongst the top ten wicket-takers this season.
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