Vivo IPL 2021: Former South African cricketer and current RCB batsman AB de Villers names his all-time best IPL XI. The dashing cricketer named 7 Indian players and four overseas in the list just like it happens in the IPL.
In the conversation with Cricbuzz, de Villiers named MS Dhoni as the wicketkeeper and skipper of his best IPL XI. Along with Dhoni, de Villiers also named Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) skipper Virat Kohli and Mumbai Indians (MI) skipper Rohit Sharma in the list.
The South African cricketer was at first dicey to pick himself in the XI but later kept himself at number 4 along with Kane Williamson and Steve Smith as the two replacement of his.
“Last night I was thinking that if I pick my IPL XI and I include myself, how bad would that look. So, opening the batting, I would pick someone whom I started with at Delhi, Viru (Virender Sehwag) at 1 and someone who I think has played some of the best cricket in the world in the last five years, Rohit at No. 2,” De Villiers told Cricbuzz in an interaction.
“Then obviously Virat at No. 3, followed by I’d say either Williamson, or Smith, or myself these are the two replacements. Ben Stokes at 5, MS at six as captain, and at No. 7, I’d put Jaddu, Mr Jadeja. Rashid Khan at 8, Bhuvi at 9, Kagiso Rabada at 10 and Bumrah at 11,” de Villiers said.
AB de Villiers all-time IPL playing XI:
Virendra Sehwag, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers/Kane Williamson/Steve Smith, Ben Stokes, MS Dhoni (Captain and Wicketkeeper), Ravindra Jadeja, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kagiso Rabada and Jasprit Bumrah.