With the group stage, over after a long backbreaking period of 40 days of intense competitive cricket this tournament has reached its knockout stage. Four teams have managed to progress to the playoffs stage of the tournament. The table toppers MI have been the most consistent team compared to the rest of the franchises. They are the team with the most wins to their tally and points as well. And the other three teams RPS, SRH, and KKR that have qualified for the playoffs have played some amazing cricket in the last 40 days to progress to the knockout stage of the tournament. And the remaining four franchises that have failed to prove their worth have some players who have given some great individual performances which have lit up the tournament. The only thing that the teams at the other half of the points table lacked is consistency and team effort. Here is the Best XI from the group stage of this season’s IPL.
The Australian vice-captain has once again proved why he is one of the deadliest openers in world cricket. He is currently the Orange cap holder with the most runs in the tournament so far. He has scored 604 runs in 13 matches that he has played so far at an average of 60.40 with a strike rate of 144.84. He has also become the 2nd player to score 600-plus runs in consecutive IPL seasons. The Australian pocket size dynamite and also SRH captain has led his team from the front, scoring a total of 4 half centuries and a century.
The elegant Indian opener has been in sublime form this season. He is second in the race for the orange cap, giving tough competition to his captain David Warner. He has scored 468 runs in 13 matches at an average of 39.00. His fine form with the bat has earned him a place in the Indian squad for upcoming ICC Champions trophy. He has scored three half-centuries till now.
The South African opener has shut all his critics up who believed that he was not suitable for the shortest format of the game. Though his franchise KXIP have not been able to reach the knockout stage of the tournament but he has made some huge contributions with the bat at the top of the order. He has scored 2 centuries in this year’s IPL most by any player.