IPL 2019 has been a great success. Mumbai Indians sneaked a one-run win in the final against Chennai Super Kings to win the title. MI won their fourth title under Rohit Sharma. And CSK lost their fifth final, third time to Mumbai Indians. There were few exceptional players in IPL 2019 who rewrote record books with their performances. Cricwizz makes the best XI of IPL 2019. Is your favourite player in the XI?
David Warner – SRH & Quinton de Kock – MI
David Warner never looked he was out of professional cricket for a year as he set the IPL 2019 on fire with his explosive batting. He won the orange cap for being the highest run-getter in IPL 2019. He scored 692 runs @ 69.20 with one ton and 8 fifties in 12 matches. He formed a great opening pair with Jonny Bairstow. SRH missed him terribly in the business end of the tournament.
Quinton de Kock gets to partner Warner in this XI. De Kock was the best batsman for MI in the tournament. He was the third highest run-getter, with 529 runs @ 35.26 with 4 fifties. He held MI innings together even as his opening partner Rohit Sharma flattered to deceive. De Kock’s quick innings gave MI the momentum every time.
Rohit Sharma – MI, KL Rahul – KXIP, Rishabh Pant – DC
Rohit Sharma gets to captain this XI as he has been bang on with his strategy and has instilled self-belief in the team despite being on the back foot numerous times. His plan to hand over the last over in the final to Lasith Malinga despite the Sri Lankan going for runs in his previous three overs struck gold and won MI their fourth title. Although Rohit was not his usual self with the bat, he still managed 405 runs @ 28.92 with one fifty.
KL Rahul was the second-best batsman in IPL 2019 with 593 runs @ 53.90 with one ton and 6 fifties. However, his performance failed to lift his team’s form as they were knocked out early. However, Rahul stood out with his brilliant strokeplay and gets a place in this XI.
Delhi’s success in IPL 2019 was due in part to Rishabh Pant’s performance with the bat. He played a brilliant cameo in the Eliminator to help DC into Qualifier 2. He scored 488 runs @ 37.53 at a strike rate of 162.66 in 16 matches in IPL 2019. He adds solidity to the middle-order and gets a place in the XI.
Shreyas Gopal – RR, Imran Tahir – CSK
Imran Tahir was the standout spinner in IPL 2019, bagging the purple cap with 26 wickets @ 16.57 at an economy rate of 6.69. He was one of the reasons for CSK storming into the final. He brought CSK back into the game regularly with his wicket-taking abilities throughout the tournament. Shreyas Gopal proved he is one of the best spinners in India, bagging 20 wickets @ 17.35 in 14 games for Rajasthan Royals. He took top-order wickets consistently, bagging a hat-trick against RCB. He gets to pair Tahir in this XI.
Andre Russell – KKR, Hardik Pandya – MI
Andre Russell was the most valuable player of the tournament. His big hitting set the IPL on fire and won matches for KKR from hopeless situations. However, he got little support from the other end and KKR have to miss out on a playoff berth. Russell amassed 510 runs @ 56.66 at a strike rate of 204.81 with 4 fifties and also took 11 wickets. Hardik Pandya gets to partner Russell for the second all-rounder’s spot. Pandya’s late hitting gave MI boost throughout IPL. He scored 402 runs @ 44.66 at an economy rate of 191.42 with one fifty and also took 14 wickets. He also executed helicopter shots regularly and got praise from MS Dhoni.
K Rabada – DC, Jasprit Bumrah – MI
Delhi Capitals struck gold with K Rabada who was lethal with the new ball. He picked up 25 wickets @ 14.72 in just 12 games for Delhi Capitals. He had to miss the playoffs for Delhi and the team missed him the most. Imran Tahir just edged past him for the purple cap with 26 wickets in 17 matches.
Jasprit Bumrah gets to partner Rabada in this XI. If MI were dominant in death overs in every match in IPL 2019, it was largely due to Bumrah who was so consistent with his line and length that batsmen find it difficult to score off him. He was deservingly man of the final.
Best XI in IPL 2019: David Warner, Quinton de Kock (keeper), Rohit Sharma (captain), KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant, Andre Russell, Hardik Pandya, Shreyas Gopal, Imran Tahir, K Rabada, Jasprit Bumrah