IPL 2021: From Faf du Plessis to Trent Boult, check out who made the Overseas XI of IPL in former cricketer’s list

IPL 2021: From Faf du Plessis, Trent Boult to Chris Morris, check out who made it to the Overseas XI of IPL in Aakash Chopra's list
IPL 2021: From Faf du Plessis, Trent Boult to Chris Morris, check out who made it to the Overseas XI of IPL in Aakash Chopra's list

IPL 2021 Overseas XI: India’s COVID-19 crisis definitely played a spoilsport in IPL 2021, leading to suspension of the tournament midway through the season. But in the 29 matches that took place so far, some overseas players made headlines with fine performances. If it was Faf du Plessis’ consistency, Glenn Maxwell’s return to form in IPL or AB de Villiers’ 360-degree dominance, IPL 2021 had many moments to cheer for. Former cricketer turned commentator Aakash Chopra picked his best overseas XI with du Plessis and Jos Buttler as openers. Rajasthan Royals’ Chris Morris made it to the XI with Trent Boult spearheading the bowling department.

IPL 2021 Overseas XI: Aakash Chopra’s best overseas XI so far

Openers: Faf du Plessis & Jos Buttler: Chennai Super Kings’ Faf du Plessis was on fire this season, scoring four consecutive half-centuries including a 60-ball 95 against Kolkata Knight Riders. He put up some fine opening stands with Ruturaj Gaikwad, helping CSK climb to the 2nd spot on points table, winning five of seven matches.

At No 3 Moeen Ali: After being released by Royal Challengers Bangalore, the England all-rounder Moeen Ali found his rhythm in CSK. Batting at No 3, he took on bowlers, giving CSK a solid start. While his bowling took a backseat, he still contributed with five wickets.

At No 4 Glenn Maxwell: IPL 2021 was in a way a turning point for Australia’s Glenn Maxwell. After a string of poor performances in previous seasons, he was released by Punjab Kings with RCB making a big gamble on him by paying Rs 14.25 crore for his services. But he found his form back, helping RCB in multiple matches.

At No 5 AB de Villiers: Mr 360 of cricket was used at No 5 by Virat Kohli’s RCB. While it wasn’t his usual position and he still managed to give RCB the solidity in middle-order. His entertaining knocks kept the scoring rate high, smashing bowlers all over the park.

IPL 2021 Overseas XI: Aakash Chopra’s best overseas XI so far

At No 6 Kieron Pollard: After a slow start in Chennai, Kieron Pollard finally found his rhythm against Chennai Super Kings in a match-winning knock of 87 of 34 balls.

At No 7 Andre Russell: It has been a hit and a miss for Andre Russell in IPL 2021. While he starred with the ball in the opener, bagging five wickets. It took time for him to shine with the bat. His 54 off 22 balls against Chennai Super Kings was the highlight as he kept KKR in the hunt despite the team being down to 31/5 inside the powerplay.

At No 8 Chris Morris: The most expensive player of IPL, a lot was expected from South African all-rounder Chris Morris. But with an all-round show, he was the reason why Rajasthan Royals were in the game in few matches. He shined with the ball and played a match-winning knock against Delhi Capitals.

At No 9 Sam Curran: CSK’s Sam Curran was brought in as a pace bowler, who could bat a bit. While he di shine with the ball, scalping 9 wickets in 7 matches, he did contribute with the bat as well, scoring 34 runs off 15 balls against Delhi Capitals in their opener.

At No 10 Rashid Khan: Arguably the best spinner of T20 cricket at present, he was the only highlight in Sunrisers Hyderabad’s poor campaign. His disciplined bowling and variations kept batsmen guessing.

At No 11 Trent Boult: Mumbai Indians’ death-overs specialist besides Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult was at his best. Trent Boult was the reason why Mumbai won two matches with precision yorkers in death overs.

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