The famous Indian squad of the 2008 U19 World Cup in Kuala Lumpur gave India an array of cricketing stars.
The likes of Virat Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja, Manish Pandey, and Siddharth Kaul have represented India at the highest level. Off-spinner Iqbal Abdullah also belonged to the same class of 2008, which brought laurels to the country.
Over the years, Abdullah has been a hot-pick at the auctions of the Indian Premier League (IPL) and has been a part of various franchises.
However, Abdullah did receive adequate opportunities at any of the franchises. Also, he remained unsold since the mega auctions of 2018.
Abdullah, following the recent trend of registering their opinions on social media amidst the quarantine period, named his all-time XI. His teammates from the victorious U19 squad, Kohli and Jadeja get into the 13-member crew in the lineup.
The opening slot is occupied by legendary batsmen, AB de Villiers and Rohit Sharma. The top two run-getters of IPL history, Kohli and Suresh Raina feature at the third and fourth position.
Probably the best all-rounders of IPL, Kieron Pollard, Andre Russell and Hardik Pandya are the finishers in the team, shepherded by talisman MS Dhoni, donning the triple role of wicket-keeper batsman and captain.
Though, as a spinner, Abdullah did not feel the urge to include another specialist pacer barring Jasprit Bumrah. The first-class cricketer who now represents Sikkim included both Ravichandran Ashwin and Rashid Khan in his lineup.
Here’s Iqbal Abdullah’s all-time IPL XI:
AB de Villiers
MS Dhoni (c&wk)
My all time IPL team:
1- @ABdeVilliers17 ✈️
5- @msdhoni C/WK
6- @Russell12A ✈️
8- @KieronPollard55 ✈️
11- @rashidkhan_19 ✈️
13th- @iqqiabdullah #ipl #bcci #icc
— IQBAL ABDULLAH (@iqqiabdullah) March 29, 2020