Bangalore, May 22: The league phase of IPL 5 has ended and Tuesday will mark the beginning of play-offs. Over 72 matches, we witnessed some great performances on the field and here we try out select the Best XI of IPL 5. It is always tough to pick only 11 and some good players miss out.
There were so many eye-catching displays with bat and ball, from both Indian and overseas players.
When we pick the Playing XI, we will adhere to IPL rules of having a maximum of four foreign players. The list is dominated by Dehi Daredevils with Virender Sehwag leading the side.
In Batting Order
1. Chris Gayle (Royal Challengers Bangalore): The Royal Challengers Bangalore batsman set IPL 5 alight with his explosive batting. No other batsman could influence the game as the Jamaican left-hander. With 733 runs in 14 innings, he heads the batting charts at the end of the league. A whopping 59 sixes flew out of Gayle's willow. Gayle's name would be first in any team sheet in Twenty20 format.
2. Virender Sehwag (Captain, Delhi Daredevils): The Delhi captain has put his indifferent form in international matches and turned it around in IPL 5. He has scored 484 runs in the league. Sehwag is such a player that he can destroy any bowling.
3. Gautam Gambhir (Kolkata Knight Riders): Though it is tough to choose between Sehwag and Gambhir for the opener's slot, the latter can come in at No. 3 as he has prior experience at this position. Captain Gambhir has single-handedly carried his team to the play-offs with 556 runs.
4. Rohit Sharma (Mumbai Indians): One of the finest young talents of India, Rohit has enjoyed a good run with Team Mumbai. He has scored 419 runs in 16 innings.
5. Ajinkya Rahane (Rajasthan Royals): The young right-hander struck a brilliant century in Bangalore and was a consistent scorer. He, along with his role model and captain Rahul Dravid, gave Rajasthan excellent starts. He finished the tournament with 560 runs in 16 games.
6. MS Dhoni (wicketkeeper, Chennai Super Kings): Though Dhoni had a quiet IPL 5 by his own standards, he has turned out to be the best among the stumpers. He scored more than 250 runs.
7. Irfan Pathan (Delhi Daredevils): Irfan could be handy at No. 7 with the bat and is also good with his medium pace bowling.
8. Morne Morkel (Delhi Daredevils): The paceman from South Africa is the current holder of the Purple Cap with 25 wickets. His pace and bounce have rattle many batsmen. He is one of the main pillars of Delhi's team.
9. Dale Steyn (Deccan Chargers): Steyn was the only bright spot in a dismal Deccan campaign in IPL 5. He was instrumental in evicting RCB out of the tournament in their final league game. He delivered the fastest ball in the league, which was clocked at 154.40 kmph. He finished with 18 scalps in 12 matches.
10. Sunil Narine (Kolkata Knight Riders): Call him the mystery spinner. The offspinner from Trinidad and Tobago has bamboozled batsmen in IPL 5. This year he was signed by Kolkata and what a pick he has turned out to be. He is second in the top wicket-takers after the league phase, with 22. His economy of 5.15, average 11.95 and strike rate of 13.95, all these three are best among the top 10 bowlers of the league.
11. Umesh Yadav (Delhi Daredevils): Umesh has also been excellent with the ball for his team. He, along with Morkel and Varun Aaron, formed a formidable pace attack. Umesh has 17 sticks from 15 games after the league.