The eleventh edition of India’s flagship T20 tournament, the Indian Premier League, drew to a close on Sunday with Chennai Super Kings defeating Sunrisers Hyderabad by eight wickets in front of a full house at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai to clinch their third title.
Like every other season, IPL-2018 was witness to some scintillating performances by players both young and old, as 19,901 runs were scored and 720 wickets taken over the course of its sixty matches.
The fours, the sixes and the dot balls apart, one thing that stood out about this particular season was that none of the two finalists have had an easy road to the final, since as many as five teams stayed in contention for two playoff berths (after SRH and CSK had already qualified) till the very last round of the league phase, and the gulf separating the league toppers from the team finishing bottom was a mere eight points.
What it did was, it made the task of picking the team of the season doubly difficult. But we have embraced the challenge and compiled a line-up comprising eleven impactful players who took the tournament by storm, albeit at the cost of leaving out some equally talented players for the sake of the right combination.