Former India all-rounder Irfan Pathan has picked his IPL 2020 team of the tournament. The former cricketer gathered his star-studded squad during a discussion on Star Sports. The thirteenth edition of the tournament arrived between the finals last Tuesday (November 10) Mumbai Indians And the capitals of Delhi.
Mumbai Indians retained their title by defeating the Capitals by five wickets in the title match. Rohit Sharma became the first team to win the IPL five times and became only the second team after Chennai Super Kings to retain the IPL title. Chennai Super Kings retained their title in 2011 after their initial IPL win in 2010.
As soon as Irfan Pathan joined the team, he joined the current rule to include seven Indians and four foreign players in the team. The team did not have any players from Kolkata Knight Riders, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Chennai Super Kings. He named three players from Delhi Capital, Mumbai Indians, two each from Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kings XI Punjab and one each from Rajasthan Royals.
Irfan Pathan’s team
The former cricketer named KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan as their IPL 2020 team openers. He did not include SRH captain David Warner due to the rule of four foreign players. Rahul and Dhawan finished the IPL 2020 as the highest and second highest run scorers respectively. He was the only player to cross the 600-run mark in the just-concluded tournament.
“KL Rahul for sure and Shikhar Dhawan with him. Pathan said that I cannot include David Warner as we can only have 4 foreign players.
At number three, Pathan chose Suryakumar Yadav who scored 480 with the help of four fifties. The former cricketer-turned-commentator praised the right-handed batsman at a fast pace and scored match-winning knocks for the franchise. For the number 4 spot, he went with RCB Superstar AB de Villiers Who scored 454 runs.
He said, “The way Suryakumar Yadav played his innings, we always say his average is very good, but the strike rate he played was the best part, and he was winning them the match, so I was with him Will definitely go, “Pathan.
“AB de Villiers – His strike rate was also very good this year. You expect him to score a lot more runs, but this year too he won RCB matches; You remember the match against Rajasthan Royals where they (RCB) needed 35 runs in two overs, and they won the match from there. Apart from this, he also played some great knock.
For the fifth spot, he chose Mumbai Indians’ Kiron Pollard over Hardik Pandya and also named him the captain of the team before selecting Marcus Stoinis as the seam-bowling all-rounder. They chose Rajasthan Royals Rahul Teotia As an all-round spin-bowling all-rounder.
He said, “I will have Kirron Pollard to bat at No. 5, and he will also be the captain of my team. I had the option of Hardik, but he is not bowling and Pollard will give me bowling as well as captaincy. He is a wonderful fielder, so I will get three-dimensional players, ”said Pathan.
“At number 6, I will have Marcus Stoinis, who will also bowl me. He was in amazing form (during IPL 2020) and also played spin well. I will have Rahul Tewatia at number 7 as he was the only Indian player who took ten wickets in the list of players who scored 200 runs. If we talk about the entire history of IPL, there are only 10–12 Indian players who have achieved this feat. He also won two matches on his own and bowled brilliantly.
For the bowling lineup, Pathan picked three pesers and a spinner. Yuzvendra Chahal was the only specialist spinner in the side while Kagiso Rabada, Jaspreet Bumrah and Mohammed Shami were the three pesers. He picked up Chahal over Rashid Khan due to Tewatia’s presence and preferred Shami over T Natarajan as the former had the ability to bowl with the new ball.
Irfan Pathan’s IPL 2020 team of the tournament
KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Suryakumar Yadav, AB de Villiers, Kirron Pollard (C), Marcus Stoinis, Rahul Tewatia, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kagiso Rabada, Jasmeet Bumrah, Mohammed Shami.