Former Australia captain Brad Hogg has picked his all-time Indian Premier League XI team which includes many surprising names. Hogg has chosen his team in the same manner as the IPL franchise selects 11 players in his team. On the lines of the IPL, Hogg has also included 4 foreign players in his team. Hogg has included David Warner of Australia and Rohit Sharma of India as an opener in his IPL’s Best Play-XI team. After this, India captain Virat Kohli has been replaced at number 3.
Hogg said on his YouTube channel, ‘David Warner is the best choice as an opener. Excellent strike rate and excellent average, always, give his team a good start. He is a quality batsman. Rohit Sharma is opening with him. It is followed by captain Virat Kohli at number 3 who is consistently the best performer in the IPL.
The former Australian all-rounder has chosen Rishabh Pant as the number 4 batsman. He said, “Rishabh Pant bats well in the middle overs which entertains the spectators a lot.” Hogg has added AB de Villiers and MS Dhoni to his team for number 5 and number six respectively. “I would like to see AB de Villiers at number 5. I like him to control the game in the middle overs and then bat brilliantly in the last five overs. Sixth in the team On the bar I would like to replace MS Dhoni. He is the best finisher in the world. I have included him as a wicketkeeper in the team which Pant will have to field. “
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Apart from this, Hogg has included five bowlers in his team, in which two spinners and three fast bowlers have got place. He said, ‘I am going with only six batsmen, because I want five quality bowlers. The first bowler on my list is very economical in the powerplay with the ball, but also very useful with the bat, and is Naren. He comes in at number 7. Leg spinner Rashid Khan is placed at number 8. He is a very economical bowler and he takes wickets. “
The Hogs have chosen fast bowler Munaf Patel at number 9 and Bhuvneshwar Kumar in their team at number 10. Finally, he has named India’s fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah in his best IPL team. There were also three players who missed out on a slight margin from being selected in Hogg’s team. He said, “Suresh Raina, Lasith Malinga and Dale Steyn are three players who could not join my team. Malinga and Steyn are the best bowlers in the IPL and I can use them anytime in the match. “
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