With the end of the third week of the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), it’s still difficult to guess which team is the clear favorite in this season. However, the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) is once again leading the charts with three wins already under their belt. On the batting front, David Warner is still leading the table with 400 runs in 7 innings at a strike rate of 140. While on the bowling front, surprisingly, the fiery pacer, Kagiso Rabada is still donning the purple cap as he has scalped 17 wickets and maintained an economy of 7.7 in the first 8 games.
As an amalgamation of some of the best batting, bowling, and fielding efforts, let us try to make a combined XI from all the teams, considering the individual performances of the players.
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KL Rahul (KXIP) – 189 runs
KL Rahul has reached the purple patch as he impressed one and all in the third week as well. Thus, he manages to hold onto his place in this best XI. He started off the week with an unbeaten 71 off 53 balls against SRH. Then, this was followed by a fabulous century against MI. However, these efforts went in the losing cause. In the last game of the week against RCB, the right-hander failed to make it big and could only score 18 runs.
Chris Gayle (KXIP) – 178 runs
Despite starting the week on a rough note, Chris Gayle made it big in the next two matches but his team lost both. The Jamaican was on fire in the game against MI where he scored 63 off just 36 balls. Again in the game against RCB, he was slightly more cautious and missed out on his century by a whisker. He remained unbeaten on 99.
Virat Kohli (RCB) – 67 runs
The Royal Challengers Bangalore enjoyed a much-needed break before they played their only match this week. This spot was up for grabs between Virat Kohli and Shreyas yer. But the RCB skipper created more impact in one game than what Iyer did in two matches. Kohli’s 67 from 53 balls against KXIP helped RCB win their first game of the tournament.