IPL 2019: Best XI from the tournament
IPL 2019 final went to the wire as Mumbai Indians defeated defending champions Chennai Super Kings by one run and won its fourth IPL title. CSK did exceptionally well to restrict Mumbai Indians to a modest total of 149 but they failed to chase the target and lost the match on the final ball of the match. This was also a fitting end to a fabulous tournament that had a lot of tight finishes.
Talking about IPL 2019, we witnessed yet another season of intense cricket. From last over finishes to mankading, IPL 2019 had everything in it. The tournament was extremely competitive as all the teams looked evenly matched. The battle for the spots in the playoffs was so tight that the final spot was sealed only in the last match of the league stage. Talking about individual performances, there were some eye-catching performances from foreign as well as Indian players. And before departing to kickstart their World Cup preparations, the likes of David Warner and Jos Buttler lit up the tournament with some sparkling batting.
There were some fabulous individual performances in the tournament and on those performances we have selected the best XI of IPL 2019. Here is the IPL 2019 XI.
Disclaimer: The composition of the team is based on the four-foreigner rule that is followed in the IPL.
#1 David Warner (Matches - 12, Runs - 692, Average - 79.20)
After missing out IPL 2018, David Warner returned in IPL 2019 with style. Despite being out of cricket for some time, Warner did not look rusty and started the season with a 53-ball 85 against Kolkata Knight Riders. He did not look back and ended the tournament with 692 runs at an outstanding average of 79.20.
The former Sunrisers skipper gave blistering starts to SRH and formed a deadly opening combination with Jonny Bairstow. And despite featuring in just 12 matches, Warner won the Orange Cap in the season.
#2 KL Rahul (Matches - 14, Runs - 593, Average - 53.90)
There were a few questions about KL Rahul's form coming into IPL 2019 and considering that Rahul wasn't a surety in India's World Cup squad, it was imperative for him to score big runs. And Rahul responded brilliantly by hitting 593 runs in 14 matches at an average of 53.90. Rahul batted with responsibility and was the backbone of Kings XI Punjab's batting. His terrific show in the IPL paved way for his selection in India's World Cup squad.
#3 Shreyas Iyer (Vice-captain) (Matches - 16, Runs - 463, Average - 30.86)
The way Shreyas Iyer led a young Delhi Capitals side was appreciated by one and all. Iyer was impressive with the bat too as he played some mature knocks in the middle order. Despite playing half the matches on the slow pitch of Delhi, Iyer managed to score 463 runs in 16 matches.
#4 Rishabh Pant (Matches - 16, Runs - 488, Average - 37.53)
Rishabh Pant continued his fabulous run in the IPL in 2019. With that, he also made people question his non-selection in India's World Cup-bound squad. Nonetheless, the maverick wicket-keeper batsman scored 488 runs in 16 games for Delhi Capitals with a strike-rate of 162.66. Pant's mind-blowing innings of 78 runs against Mumbai Indians is rated as the best innings of the season.
#5 MS Dhoni (C & WK) (Matches - 15, Runs - 416, Average - 83.20)
CSK's batting struggled to get going in the major part of the tournament which meant extra responsibility for MS Dhoni. Dhoni didn't disappoint, scoring 416 runs in 15 matches at a phenomenal average of 83.20. Dhoni looked most threatening in the death overs where he used the long handle to good effect.
#6 Andre Russell (Matches - 14, Runs - 510, Average - 56.66, Strike-rate - 204.81, Wickets - 11)
Andre Russell was Kolkata Knight Riders' one-man army. The big Jamaican played some unbelievable innings and helped KKR snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. No boundaries seemed big enough for the West Indies maverick as he plundered 52 sixes at a strike-rate of over 200. He was effective with the ball too, picking up 11 wickets.
#7 Hardik Pandya (Matches - 16, Runs - 402, Average - 44.66, Strike-rate - 191.42, Wickets - 14)
Hardik Pandya came to his own in IPL 2019. The 25-year-old played crucial cameos for the Mumbai Indians, especially in the death overs. In the 16 matches that Hardik played in IPL 2019, he scored 402 runs at an average of 44.66. His high strike-rate of 191.42 added extra runs to Mumbai Indians' innings that made a huge difference for them.
#8 Shreyas Gopal (Matches - 14, Wickets - 20, Average - 17.35, Economy - 7.22)
Shreyas Gopal was a bright spot in an otherwise disappointing season for Rajasthan Royals. Gopal troubled most of the opposition batsmen and got some big wickets like Virat Kohli and Ab de Villiers. Gopal picked up 20 wickets, including a hat-trick and was Rajasthan Royals go-to bowler. He also played a couple of useful cameos in the lower order.
#9 Kagiso Rabada (Matches - 12, Wickets - 25, Average - 14.72, Economy - 7.82)
Kagiso Rabada was exceptional for Delhi Capitals this year. The Proteas speedster's menacing pace made life difficult for the opposition batsmen. Rabada took 25 wickets in just 12 matches at an average of 14.72. His economy was brilliant too as gave away runs at the rate of 7.82 runs per over. Rabada was the holder of the Purple Cap for a major part of the tournament.
#10 Jasprit Bumrah (Matches - 16, Wickets - 19, Average - 21.52, Economy - 6.63)
There might be bowlers who might have taken more wickets than Jasprit Bumrah but the impact that Jasprit Bumrah has made is certainly incomparable. The man has bowled most of his overs in death and despite that, he managed an excellent economy of 6.63. He also took 19 wickets in the season. It was Bumrah's spell that paved way for Mumbai's win in the finals against CSK.
#11 Imran Tahir (Matches - 17, Wickets - 26, Average - 16.57, Economy - 6.69)
Imran Tahir had a dream IPL season this year. Pitches in Chennai, where CSK played half of its matches, assisted spin bowlers and Tahir made full use of it. The leg-spinner from South Africa picked up wickets whenever his team needed. He strangled the batsmen in the middle over and provided crucial breakthroughs to CSK. He ended the tournament as the Purple Cap holder.