After what has been an exhilarating IPL 2019 campaign, we have compiled our Dream XI.
David Warner – Sunrisers Hyderabad
A sensational return to the IPL after a one-year absence for the Australian who finished as the top-scorer despite playing only 12 matches. Scored 692 runs overall at a staggering average of 69.20 and a strike-rate of nearly 144.
Shikhar Dhawan – Delhi Capitals
The decision to bring back the India stalwart to his hometown franchise paid dividends with the left-hander showing his class and experience. In all, 521 runs were a handsome return for Dhawan who finished as the second-highest Indian run-scorer.
Rohit Sharma – Mumbai Indians (c)
A decent showing from the Mumbai skipper following a dreadful 2018 campaign. Having returned to his favoured opening slot, Rohit chipped in with 405 valuable runs while leading his side to a record fourth title.
KL Rahul – Kings XI Punjab
The KXIP opener backed up his 2018 displays with another prolific campaign that saw him finish second in the run-scoring charts. Six fifties, one superb ton and a total of 593 runs meant Rahul also booked his World Cup spot.
MS Dhoni – Chennai Super Kings
Although CSK had to content with a runners-up finish, veteran Dhoni continues to go strong in the IPL. The India stalwart averaged over 83 with the bat and bailed out his side on several occasions while his glovework remained top-notch.
Hardik Pandya – Mumbai Indians
The all-rounder was Mumbai’s player of the tournament with several match-winning displays with both bat and ball. His 401 runs came at an astonishing strike-rate of over 191 while he also fetched 14 crucial wickets.
Andre Russell – Kolkata Knight Riders
The most valuable player (MVP) of the tournament, Russell took IPL 2019 by storm in a power-packed display. The KKR man struck 52 sixes while maintaining a strike-rate of over 200 and also chipped in with 11 wickets.
Imran Tahir – Chennai Super Kings
Tahir continues to grow strong at 40 with his 26 wickets in the 2019 edition being the most by any spinner in IPL history. He did it all while maintaining an economy-rate of less than seven.
Kagiso Rabada – Delhi Capitals
Rabada finished just one wicket behind his compatriot Tahir in the wicket-taking charts with the Proteas pacer’s 25 scalps being a major reason for Delhi’s fine campaign.
Shreyas Gopal – Rajasthan Royals
The Rajasthan man outbowled plenty of more illustrious wrist-spinners in the competition with 20 wickets in just 14 appearances. His hat-trick against RCB which included the wickets of Kohli and ABD was sensational.
Jasprit Bumrah – Mumbai Indians
Bumrah’s stellar man-of-the-match display in the final was only a continuation of what he had done all season. The India man showed why he is considered the best limited-overs bowler around with his 19 wickets coming at an economy of 6.63.
Deepak Chahar – Chennai Super Kings
The 12th edition of the Indian Premier League was an incredible season to say the least. Last-over finishes, super overs, ‘Mankading’, and the title decided off the final ball… it had it all.
As the teams that made the cut and those who failed take stock of the season, we look at players who provided the most bang for the buck and also those who performed nowhere near the salary they earned.
For analysis of best bargain buys, only those with a salary of less than $150,000 were considered while those commanding over $1 million were taken into consideration while looking into biggest duds.
Also players like KXIP’s Varun Chakravarthy and CSK’s Dwayne Bravo who had serious injury issues were not considered.
For comparison, the IPL’s most expensive players – Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, and Rohit Sharma – net over $2million.
Best bargain buys
1. Shreyas Gopal (Rajasthan Royals)
Salary: $29,000. Matches: 14. Wickets: 20.
Comfortably the most ‘valuable’ player of not only IPL 2019 but also among all-time best. The leg-spinner turned into a trump card for Rajasthan early on, dismissing RCB star batsmen Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers both home and away. An economy of 7.2 was incredible. Plus looked more than capable with the bat. A dream buy if there ever was one. Finished fourth among top wicket takers.
2. Imran Tahir (Chennai Super Kings)
Salary: $140,000. Matches: 17, Wickets: 26
The resounding success of IPL 2019. The 40-year-old leggie keeps getting better with age and aided by the supremely helpful track in Chennai, put in a monster season. At one tenth the price of many star names, Tahir had the biggest impact of the season as he took his team right to the cusp of IPL title.
Not only was he the highest wicket taker of the season, his economy of 6.6 was brilliant as well. Should demand a raise next season one way or the other.
3. Deepak Chahar (Chennai Super Kings)
Salary: $110,000. Matches: 17, Wickets: 22
Another bowler on the list – which is understandable since it’s a batsman’s game and hence they get the most money. Costing just $110,000, the right arm seamer became the go to bowler for MS Dhoni after frontline seamers Lungi Ngidi, David Willey and later Bravo became unavailable.
At the start of the season, batsmen simply played out his overs in the powerplay overs and even after the opposition started to go after him, Chahar managed an economy of 7.4 to go with the third-best wickets tally.
Most expensive duds
1. Ben Stokes (Rajasthan Royals)
Salary: $1.8 million. Matches: 9, Runs: 123 Wickets: 6. Economy: 11.2.
Sadly, a disastrous season for the Englishman. Among the top five costliest players in the league, Stokes failed with the bat and ball. Not only did runs and wickets desert him, his economy rate was the worst among frontline bowlers.
After a tough 2017/2018 following the infamous Bristol bar brawl and with the 2019 World Cup on the horizon, a lot was expected from the Englishman. But it couldn’t have been a worse outing for him and Rajasthan, who were relying heavily on him. Luckily, he was called back to England for World Cup preparations early.
2. Andrew Tye (KXIP)
Salary: $1 million. Matches: 6. Wickets: 3. Economy: 10.5
Aussie quick Tye was the No1 bowler of 2018 with 24 scalps. But in one year, the Kings XI seamer has had an alarming dip in form. The master of the knuckle ball was carted around in the six matches at an economy of over 10.
Probably the million dollar tag this season got to him, as has happened to Rajasthan seamer Jaydev Unadkat among others over the years. But for a T20 specialist to fail at such a scale jeopardises his opportunities in subsequent seasons.
3. Kedar Jadhav (Chennai Super Kings)
Salary: $1.1 million. Matches: 14. Runs: 162.
The jack-of-all-trades turned out to be a master of none this year. Wasn’t bowled at all this season – probably to shield him ahead of the World Cup. That meant he only had his batting to fall back on and that failed miserably on some tough wickets at the start of the season. MS Dhoni bailed his team out with the bat time and again, which meant at least Jadhav didn’t face the pressure of failure like Stokes.
Hurt his shoulder and was ruled out of the playoffs, which capped a miserable outing. Not good news for a key India player ahead of the World Cup.
Mumbai Indians winning captain Rohit Sharma said he had full faith in veteran seamer Lasith Malinga to bowl a tense last over against Chennai Super Kings in the IPL final despite bowling a poor first three overs.
Malinga gave away 42 runs in his first three overs but the last two overs by the Sri Lankan and fellow quick Jasprit Bumrah, who took 2-14, were as good as they came.
After innings top-scorer Shane Watson was run out in the final over for 80, Chennai needed two runs off the last ball to win. But Malinga bowled a slower ball to trap Shardul Thakur lbw to clinch victory.
Malinga speeds (in KPH) in that final IPL over:— Andrew Fidel Fernando (@afidelf) May 12, 2019
142, 143, 142, 141, 140, 112.
The courage to deliver that slower ball with a tournament on the line. Incredible.
Skipper Rohit said he was confident Malinga could get the job done despite having a poor day with the ball and also in the field, dropping Watson early on.
“About Malinga, that’s what champions do,” Rohit said.
“I had confidence in him despite a poor third over. He also had confidence he could do it,” Rohit added.
“I thought we could use Hardik Pandya for the 20th over, but I wanted to back someone who has done it for us and Malinga has been in that situation and done it.”
The opening batsman said Mumbai’s bowling played a key role in their title run.
“At different stages, our bowlers put their hands up and brought us back in the game. We backed our ability and our skills, and that’s probably why we got rewards.”
Chennai skipper MS Dhoni lauded his bowlers for keeping the team in the clash and said changes in the batting order will be made next season.
The likes of Ambati Rayudu and Kedar Jadhav had a horror season with veteran Dhoni and the likes of Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis delivering.
“It was not a 150 wicket, but the bowlers kept us in the hunt. They kept getting wickets when it was really needed,” said Dhoni.
“To be consistent next year, we will have to really think hard. There is nothing against the bowlers, but the batsmen could’ve done better.”