With the 2020 edition of the IPL just about a week and a half away, what else would we want our Dream Team panelists, Gaurav Sundararaman, Varun Shetty and Sreshth Shah, to do but pick the best current IPL XI? Do their picks match yours?
Which four overseas players make the final XI?
Is David Warner a shoo-in? And does AB de Villiers make a strong enough case for inclusion?
Let's start with the four foreigners in the XI. What's the combination going to be? One batsman, one bowler and two allrounders? On form, David Warner can't be overlooked. Unless AB de Villiers pips him? Can you leave Andre Russell out? What about a choice between Rashid Khan and Imran Tahir? This is always a problem of plenty.
Does MS Dhoni make the cut for the middle-order?
Would Rishabh Pant find a slot then? Or would it be better to hold out for players who offer bowling options?
After the panelists firm up the openers and a couple of slots in the middle, having made their way through the overseas players' list, they look towards the Indian players for the middle order: is Virat Kohli a must-have? Who would you pick between the in-form Shreyas Iyer and Shubman Gill? And if your team is at 10 for 2, who will you need to lead the recovery? The panelists deal with the problem of many of their middle-order choices not offering bowling options. Is team balance the key or is explosive ability the clincher? Is MS Dhoni an automatic pick? Or has Rishabh Pant done enough to push the veteran out?
Which Indian bowler would you pick to accompany Rashid Khan?
And who gets picked as a pace bowling option between Jasprit Bumrah, Deepak Chahar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Navdeep Saini?
Who will bowl alongside Jasprit Bumrah is the question our panelists tackle first. Deepak Chahar has great powerplay numbers but Bhuvneshwar Kumar is dependable in the powerplay as well as in the death overs. Fast bowler Navdeep Saini, who made his India debut last year, also offers a bit of everything, although he might be still lacking some experience. There's also legspinner Shreyas Gopal, who took 20 wickets for Rajasthan Royals, and can bat a bit too. Would you pick him over the Royal Challengers Bangalore leggie Yuzvendra Chahal?
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