Former South African captain AB de Villiers decided to pick M.S. Dhoni as the captain of his all-time Indian Premier League (IPL) XI. De Villiers also kept New Zealand captain Kane Williamson and Australia”s Steve Smith as options for number four but had to in the end pick himself because of the conditions of picking the team. Also Read - IPL 2020: MS Dhoni-Led CSK Definitely Favourites in UAE, Feels Brett Lee
In a conversation with commentator Harsha Bhogle for Cricbuzz, De Villiers was told that he had to pick himself as one of the four overseas players. “At number four either Williamson or Smith or myself,” said De Villiers in the video chat. “But I have given you the two replacement options.” Also Read - IPL 2020: MS Dhoni, Other CSK Players to Take Part in One Week Training Next Week in Chennai Before Leaving For UAE
De Villiers picked his former Delhi Daredevils teammate Virender Sehwag to open the batting along with Rohit Sharma, who according to him has played “some of the best cricket in the world in the last five years.” Also Read - MS Dhoni Speaks About Retirement Plans to Sanjay Manjrekar: 'As Long as I'm Beating The Fastest Sprinter in Team, I Consider Myself Fit For International Cricket'
His Royal Challengers Bangalore teammate and Indian captain Virat Kohli comes in at number three. England”s maverick all-rounder Ben Stokes comes in at five after De Villiers and the captain Dhoni follows him.
Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja comes after that followed by Afghanistan’s star spinner Rashid Khan. The fast bowlers in De Villiers’ team are Bhuvneshwar Kumar, his former South Africa teammate Kagiso Rabada and Jasprit Bumrah.
De Villiers’ all-time IPL XI: Virender Sehwag, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Williamson/Smith/De Villiers, Ben Stokes, MS Dhoni (c), Ravindra Jadeja, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kagiso Rabada, Jasprit Bumrah
(With agency inputs)