With the 13th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) almost nearing its end, former Sunrisers Hyderabad head coach Tom Moody has picked his IPL 2020 XI. Moody has made some surprising choices picking Suryakumar Yadav ahead of Virat Kohli for the No.3 spot.
The former Australia cricketer went with Delhi Capitals opener Shikhar Dhawan and current Orange Cap Holder Jofra Archer to open the innings. Both of them have scored heavily in the tournament to lead the charge for their respective franchise.
Tom Moody picks Suryakumar ahead of Kohli
Tom Moody went with Mumbai Indians’ batsman Suryakumar Yadav for the No. 3 spot over Virat Kohli. Suryakumar has been excellent with the bat and deservedly made the side. AB de Villiers and Ishan Kishan will shoulder the middle-order responsibilities.
Both the batters have shown their audacity to play high-risk shots, and the capability to clear the fence with ease. Rajasthan Royals’ Rahul Tewatia, who has stunned one and all with his all-round show, is the only all-rounder in the XI. Moody snubbed the likes of Marcus Stoinis and Hardik Pandya to pick Tewatia in his side.
Tom Moody picked Rashid Khan and Yuzvendra Chahal as his premier spinners. Both Chahal and Rashid have picked 21 wickets each. Inarguably, the best three pacers of the season, Jasprit Bumrah, Jofra Archer, and Kagiso Rabada are in Moody’s eleven.
Rabada is 2 wickets ahead of Bumrah, and both the speedsters will have a battle for the purple cap in the final on November 10 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Archer also had an impressive season with the ball and was one of the highlights for Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2020.
IPL 2020 XI of Tom Moody
Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, AB de Villiers, Ishan Kishan, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Jofra Archer, Kagiso Rabada, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah.
1. S Dhawan – DC
2. KL Rahul – KXIP
3. S Yadav – MI
4. ABD* – RCB
5. I Kishan – MI
6. R Tewatia – RR
7. R Khan* – SRH
8. J Archer* – RR
9. K Rabada* – DC
10. Y Chahal – RCB
11. J Bumrah – MI
— Tom Moody (@TomMoodyCricket) November 9, 2020