IPL 2021 was no short of entertainment despite coming to a premature end due to a couple of potential bio-bubble breaches due to the COVID-19 crisis. In the wake of it, former Australia cricketer Brad Hogg has picked his playing XI of the tournament and named Rishabh Pant as the skipper of the side.
Meanwhile, during the course of the 29 games, there was plenty to cheer for as a lot of close encounters were held, with uncapped players starring for their respective sides whereas some big names continued to impress. However, the likes of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and MS Dhoni failed to impress on the ground.
The former cricketer turned commentator Brad Hogg picked Delhi Capitals’ opening pair of Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw as his openers. Both of them were largely responsible for Delhi’s dominating run in IPL 2021 leading the side from the front. While Shikhar was the highest run-getter with 380 runs, Shaw is the fourth-highest run-scorer with 308 runs.
Rishabh Pant to lead Brad Hogg’s IPL 2021 XI
Rajasthan Royals skipper Sanju Samson managed to steal the No.3 spot followed by Rishabh Pant, who was also picked as the captain. Under the leadership of Rishabh, DC was proudly sitting at the top of the points table with six victories from eight games. Moreover, Pant made some useful contributions for his side with the bat while Sanju started the competition in a blistering fashion hitting a century against Punjab Kings.
Brad Hogg then went with Royal Challengers Bangalore’s AB de Villiers after Rishabh Pant. The former spinner named Ravindra Jadeja and Sam Curran as two all-rounders of his eleven. Both Jadeja and Curran played their trade for Chennai Super Kings and impressed with their conduct with the bat and the ball. SRH’s Rashid Khan and Mumbai Indians’ Rahul Chahar found a place as two spinners on the side. As far as the pace attack is concerned, DC’s Avesh Khan and MI’s Jasprit Bumrah were included.
Brad Hogg IPL 2021 XI: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Sanju Samson, Rishabh Pant (WK) (C), AB de Villiers, Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Rashid Khan, Rahul Chahar, Avesh Khan, Jasprit Bumrah