Former India opener turned veteran commentator Aakash Chopra has picked his best XI for the recently concluded IPL 2022. However, Dinesh Karthik, Umran Malik, Wanindu Hasaranga and Rashid Khan are some of the star players who have failed to make it to his team. He chose four overseas players on the side. He also selected players based on their usual batting positions as well.
While sharing the XI through a video on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra named Jos Buttler to play the dual role of opener and wicket-keeper. He also picked KL Rahul as Buttler’s opening partner prior to the likes of Quinton de Kock and Shubman Gill.
He added: “If you have to pick an opener, close your eyes and think, only one name comes, that’s Jos the boss Buttler. Buttler has to be the No. 1 opener in this entire tournament. He has done an unbelievable job. I have kept him as the keeper. Along with him, I have kept KL Rahul. I thought about Quinton de Kock and Shubman Gill but KL Rahul – more than 600 runs, two centuries. Once again eat, sleep and score 600 runs in the IPL. Form is temporary, KL Rahul is permanent.”
Meanwhile, Aakash Chopra picked Rahul Tripathi and Hardik Pandya to bat at No. 3 and No. 4 respectively as well and also chose Pandya as the skipper of his side. He named Liam Livingstone and David Miller were two of the finishers of his side as well. Moreover, he picked Kolkata Knight Riders all-rounder Andre Russell as another all-rounder in his playing XI as well. He smashed 335 runs at an outstanding strike rate of 174.47 and claimed 17 wickets as well.
He observed: “I had done a poll for No. 3 – Deepak Hooda or Rahul Tripathi. I have picked Rahul Tripathi, about 80% have also voted for Rahul Tripathi. After that, my Player of the Tournament, his name is Hardik Pandya – he is a captain, bowler and batter. He is the captain of this team as well.”
“At No. 5, I have got Liam Livingstone. He is a six-hitting machine and has done amazingly well this year. At No. 6, some thinking was required on who could be kept – DK (Dinesh Karthik) could have been there but I have actually gone with David Miller because he has had a season that is one to remember. At No. 7, I have got Andre Russell. I am sending him slightly down in the batting order but he can go up if the situation demands. You might say that I have fewer bowling options, that’s not the case, I have Hardik Pandya and Liam Livingstone as two other guys who can bowl,” Aakash Chopra continued.
Aakash Chopra also picked Yuzvendra Chahal as the only specialist spinner in his playing XI. As far as the bowling unit is concerned, he chose Avesh Khan, Mohammed Shami and Arshdeep Singh as the frontline pacers of his side as well.
“In my four bowlers, there is one spinner, his name is Yuzi Chahal. He is the Purple Cap holder. Rashid Khan and Wanindu Hasaranga could have also been there here but my four overseas slots are over. Avesh Khan is in my side. I was thinking about Mohsin Khan, Umran Malik and Prasidh Krishna but I am still going with Avesh Khan – fewer bad days. After that, I have gone with Mohammed Shami, he was unbelievable. Last but not the least, at No. 11 is Arshdeep Singh. In my opinion, he has been the standout bowler once again,” Aakash Chopra concluded.
Aakash Chopra’s IPL 2022 XI: Jos Buttler, KL Rahul, Rahul Tripathi, Hardik Pandya (c), Liam Livingstone, David Miller, Andre Russell, Yuzvendra Chahal, Avesh Khan, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh.
Meanwhile, batting legend Sachin Tendulkar too picked his IPL 2022 XI, where he omitted quite a few big names as well. While he named Hardik Pandya as his captain, he chose Jos Buttler and Shikhar Dhawan as openers. He said, “I really like his stability and consistency,” said Sachin about Rahul. At No.4, Sachin Tendulkar picks Hardik followed by the dangerous David Miller to keep the left-right combination going. Miller was followed by Liam Livingstone and Dinesh Karthik, both of whom proved to be hard-hitting in the IPL. He is dangerous as a batter, one has to remember. He gets breakthroughs in the middle over and his success rate is very high. I have no iota of doubt about him at 8.”