Dhawal Kulkarni picks his current best IPL XI; names MS Dhoni as captain

Dhawal Kulkarni picks his current best IPL XI; names MS Dhoni as captain
Dhawal Kulkarni and MS Dhoni. (Image Source: Twitter)

With no cricketing action for more than a quarter of the year 2020, cricketers are left with nothing much to do and, therefore, have extensively indulged in social media interactions.


Almost all top players from around the world, from past and present, are interacting with each other. Keeping themselves busy as well as interacting with their fans, amid the global pandemic situation.

The cricketers have engaged themselves in banter, recalling hilarious and prominent anecdotes from the past or have elected their best eleven lineups, across all formats and tournaments.


Mumbai and Rajasthan Royals (RR) seamer, Dhawal Kulkarni, also joined the bandwagon and elected his best XI of the Indian Premier League (IPL) amongst current players. Kulkarni made his verdict in conversation with Crictracker.

There, he placed hard-hitter Chris Gayle and his Mumbai teammate, Rohit Sharma, at the opening slot. It was a no-brainer to include Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina in the middle-order. The two dynamic batters are the two top scorers in the cash-rich league.

Coming in to bat between them is Royal Challengers Bangalore’s (RCB) ace batsman, AB de Villiers. Further, Dhawal appointed MS Dhoni for the role of captaincy as well as wicket-keeping.


The Chennai Super Kings (CSK) matador is the most successful captain in the league, which is proclaimed as the best T20 championship in the world.

One of the most effective death-bowlers as well as all-rounders for CSK, Dwayne Bravo comes in at seven. To make Kulkarni’s lineup more formidable as well as balanced, Hardik Pandya was slotted in at number eight.

The bowling lineup consists of Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Rashid Khan, who has been ever-consistent for Mumbai Indians (MI) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), respectively.


Here is Dhawal Kulkarni’s current-best IPL XI:

Chris Gayle, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (C & WK), Dwayne Bravo, Hardik Pandya, Rashid Khan, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar.


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