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IPL 2021: Our Best XI so far, big names missing, newcomers dominating?

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Amidst all the negative vibes and difficult situations during India’s tough times due to the COVID 19 pandemic the Indian Premier League 2021(IPL) had been a breath of fresh air. It was not only bringing positivity and smiles to everyone but is also helping people stay at home in the evening times.

Talking about team performance, we have CSK, Delhi Capitals, and RCB with 5 wins from 7 games. CSK at the top of the table. Mumbai Indians have had a tough time in this IPL. But then they have 4 wins from 7 games with a positive NRR unlike RCB, who have a negative NRR. Meanwhile, PBKS, KKR, RR, and SRH are all strangling in the bottom half with SRH at 8th. 

From the individual performances, every team has seen 2-3 strong performances, but the best performances have come from DC, CSK, and RCB. So, looking at the performance of all the players, which are the top 11 players that would form the mid-tournament best playing 11 for IPL 2021? Let’s find out in this article.

IPL Midway Best 11: Batsmen

Shikhar Dhawan (Delhi Capitals):

Shikhar Dhawan started the IPL 2021 with two superb knocks but then had to settle for a couple of failures and a couple of 40s. Ignoring his International form, Dhawan has been in excellent touch in the IPL in the last few years. 

Dhawan is the highest run scorer for DC in IPL 2021

Overall, Dhawan has scored 311 runs at an average of 44.4 and a strike rate of 131.8.

Prithvi Shaw (Delhi Capitals):

Inspirational is the perfect word to define Prithvi Shaw’s comeback in IPL 2021. The guy had a poor IPL 2020, was dropped from the Indian team. But a stunning performance in the domestic Vijay Hazare Trophy and tremendous self-belief has yielded positive returns for Prithvi Shaw.

Shaw has managed to better his partner Dhawan with a superb strike rate of 165 for the 269 runs he managed to score from 7 innings. 

KL Rahul (Punjab Kings):

The orange cap holder at the halfway stage, KL Rahul has become synonymous with IPL. Year on year, he comes, and plays to his full potential. The year 2021 has been a lot better than the previous two years.

Not only his strike rate has been better, but his consistency has also increased to 57.1%. Overall, KL Rahul has a total of 331 runs from 7 innings at an average of 66.2 and a strike rate of 136.2 in the first half. 

Faf du Plessis (Chennai Super Kings):

Faf du Plessis has started the IPL 2021 in the same way he had started the IPL 2020 campaign. While in IPL 2020, Faf hit 307 runs at a strike rate of 147.6, in IPL 2020, Faf has 320 runs at a strike rate of 145.5.

Faf is the highest run scorer for CSK in IPL 2021

He has once again been CSK’s main batsman at the top and has contributed to the team with a superb consistency of 85.7%.

AB de Villiers (Royal Challengers Bangalore):

The only player who has looked comfortable on difficult pitches. Be it Chennai or Ahmedabad, Abd has been able to do well in 3 of the 6 innings he has batted. All the knocks that he played well came in a difficult situation, and were a key differentiator why RCB were able to win those matches. Overall, ABD has a total of 207 runs from 6 innings at an average of 51.8 and a strike rate of 165.   

Chris Morris (Rajasthan Royals):

The bowling all-rounder of the team, Chris Morris is the second-highest wicket-taker so far in the tournament. He has 14 wickets from 7 games at a decent economy rate of 8.6.

Overall, Morris has gone wicket-less only once in the tournament, and he has only improved match-on-match. Barring the wickets, Morris has contributed decently with the bat scoring 48 runs at a strike rate of 154.8.

Ravindra Jadeja ( Chennai Super Kings):

If there’s one player who can be called the Most Valuable Asset for any team, it would be Ravindra Jadeja. Be it quick runs down the order, wickets in the middle overs, or stunning fielding in the outfield, Ravindra Jadeja has contributed in all three departments.

Jadeja was outstanding in bowling batting and fielding

Overall, Jadeja has 131 runs at a strike rate of 161.7 with 5 not-outs. In addition, he has 6 wickets to his name, which is again a good effort.

IPL Midway Best 11: Bowlers

Rashid Khan (Sunrisers Hyderabad):

Be it powerplay, middle overs, or death overs, SRH have asked their key bowler to bowl in all phases of the match. Did he deliver? Yes, he has. He managed to take wickets in the death and powerplay overs and managed to contain runs in the middle overs. Overall, with a consistency of 100%, Rashid has managed to take 10 wickets from 7 innings at an economy rate of just 6.1.

Rahul Chahar (Mumbai Indians):

The best bowler and player for Mumbai Indians as Rahul Chahar looked a completely different bowler this season. He was extremely impressive in the Chennai leg and had a decent outing in the Delhi leg taking 2 wickets in 2 games. Overall, Rahul Chahar has taken 11 wickets so far from 7 innings at a good economy rate of 7.2. 

Harshal Patel (Royal Challengers Bangalore):

The purple cap holder at the halfway stage has to be named in the playing 11. Except for the last match, where he gave away 53 runs without any wicket, Harshal has taken wickets in bulk in all the matches.

Harshall is currently the purple cap holder

Starting with 5/27 in the first match vs MI, Harshal’s other spells read 2/25, 2/17, 3/47, 3/51, and 2/37. Overall, Harshal has bowled the toughest overs – the death overs, and he has been really good overall.

Avesh Khan (Delhi Capitals):

Even though Harshal Patel has more wickets, to me, Avesh Khan has been the best bowler of the tournament so far. The control over his line and length, and the use of pace to perfection has made Avesh Khan a difficult bowler to handle.

He has a total of 13 wickets from 7 innings at an economy rate of 7.4. These are excellent figures for a bowler who mostly bowls in death overs. 

Hemanta Adhikary
A young, enthusiastic sports lover and passionate about cricket.

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