Shane Warne, former Australian spinner and one of the greats of all time, is well known for his good relations with India. The legendary spinner was captain of Rajasthan Royals team that won the inaugural edition of Indian Premier League in 2008. After taking the retirement from all forms of the game, the leg spinner also mentored Rajasthan Royals in the upcoming seasons of IPL.
Now, when the world has confined itself amid the fears of COVID-19, Shane Warne, in a live video session on Instagram, has picked the IPL XI consisting of Indian players. Surprisingly, some big names like Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar, Mr. IPL Suresh Raina and Gautam Gambhir could not make the cut in the legendary leg-spinner’s IPL XI.
Shane Warne has picked the dangerous duo of Virender Sehwag and Rohit Sharma to open the innings. Royal Challengers Bangalore Captain Virat Kohli comes in at no.3 for his staggering average and consistency. He is the man with highest runs in the history of the tournament, with 5412 in 177 games at a strike-rate of 131.61. At number 4, Warne has picked Yuvraj Singh, one of the icons of Indian Premier League.
Warne has gone with his Rajasthan Royal’s team mate Yusuf Pathan at No.5. Explaining the reason behind picking Yusuf Pathan, Warne said: “Yusuf scored one of the best hundreds against Mumbai Indians and he also played a great knock in the IPL final in 2008.”
MS Dhoni, the poster boy of the IPL and master finisher, takes the wicket-keeping gloves at Number 6. He has 4432 runs to his name at an average of 42.2. MS Dhoni will be followed by his CSK teammate, Ravindra Jadeja at No.7.
The Spin bowling slot is taken by the legendary Harbhajan Singh. He will be accompanied by Siddharth Trivedi and Munaf Patel alongside Zaheer Khan in the pace department. While Munaf Patel and Zaheer Khan comes in for their experience and good track record. Siddharth Trivedi was part of Rajasthan Royals title winning team in 2008.
Shane Warne’s IPL XI of Indians:
Rohit Sharma, Virender Sehwag, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Yusuf Pathan, MS Dhoni(wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh, Siddharth Trivedi, Munaf Patel, Zaheer Khan