He only had to choose four Indian players from Mumbai, including himself, while following the rule of having only four foreign players.
Suryakumar Yadav became a household name after his appearance in the Indian Premier League for the Kolkata riders. The talented Mumbai hitter has spent more than two years playing for them lower in sequence. However, when in 2018 he returned to play for his local franchise, Mumbai Indians, he was given a perfect opportunity to beat in the first order.
Having established himself as one of the league’s top hitters, Suryakumar has now stepped onto the international stage, where he could soon be seen making his ODI debut. In a recent interaction, the right-handed hitter was asked to pick up his IPL XI. However, there were conditions placed on him, one, he had to choose himself, and two, only four Indian players from Mumbai could be chosen.
No place for MS Dhoni
Suryakumar started the batting order with a smart move by including a wicket goaltender in the first order. He chose Jos Buttler to join forces with Rohit Sharma at the head of the order. At no. 3, he included Virat Kohli followed by himself at no. 4. Interestingly, MS Dhoni was not on the squad, despite being one of the most common players in any player’s IPL XI.
In progress, at no. On the 5th, Suryakumar chose retired South African international AB de Villiers. As for the versatile players, Suryakumar picked Hardik Pandya, who was the third Mumbai Indians player to be chosen. Yadav also included Andre Russell and Ravindra Jadeja in the squad as two other all-rounders. It should be noted that Suryakumar spent four seasons with Russell during his time at KKR, which ran from 2014 to 2018.
Rashid Khan, Afghanistan spinner and Sunrisers Hyderabad is also a feature of the team and the fourth foreign player to be included. For the work of the fast bowlers, Yadav included his Mumbai Indians his teammate, Jasprit Bumrah, and the first Indian athlete, Mohammed Shami. This team was selected by the batter during a conversation with Harsha Bhogle on a Cricbuzz Plus show.
Suryakumar Yadav’s All-Time IPL XI:
Jos Buttler (WK), Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, AB de Villiers, Hardik Pandya, Andre Russell, Ravi Jadeja, Rashid Khan, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami