Former India opener Aakash Chopra is currently one of the hottest properties on social media platforms. He is considered to be one of the best commentators in the country. Recently, Aakash Chopra sat down to pick his all-time IPL XI and made some startling choices.
Meanwhile, Aakash has been in the news with his sharp analysis of the game. He has carved a niche for himself for calling spade a spade and enjoys a massive fan base. The former cricketer from Delhi picked David Warner ahead of Chris Gayle with Rohit Sharma as his partner for the opening slot.
“My first pick is David Warner, the first overseas player as an opener. You will also think of Chris Gayle, but he is not more consistent than David Warner. He [Gayle] has been explosive but Warner is not behind anyone. So, Warner as one of the overseas players. He has been one of the most consistent batsmen ever,” Chopra said on his YouTube channel.
Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, and former South Africa skipper AB de Villiers will complete the middle-order followed by MS Dhoni. Kohli and Raina are two of the highest run-scorer in IPL and have been the most consistent performers.
On the other hand, de Villiers possesses brutal hitting capability and has every shot in his armoury. Chennai Super Kings skipper Dhoni will be leading the side besides guarding the wickets. Aakash Chopra admitted that it was 50-50 for the captain’s role but later settled with the former India skipper.
Meanwhile, Aakash Chopra went with Harbhajan Singh ahead of Ravichandran Ashwin as the spinner alongside Sunil Narine. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Lasith Malinga, and Jasprit Bumrah will complete the squad. Surprisingly, the cricketer-turned-commentator left out big-hitting all-rounder Andre Russell from his squad.
All-time IPL XI of Aakash Chopra:
1. David Warner, 2. Rohit Sharma, 3 Virat Kohli, 4. Suresh Raina, 5. AB de Villiers, 6. MS Dhoni, 7. Sunil Narine, 8. Harbhajan Singh, 9. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10. Lasith Malinga, 11. Jasprit Bumrah