We at Crictrendz team listed out our Playing 11 for IPL 2021. The player’s selection in our team is based on the performances from IPL 2021 edition. This year for picking our best 11 the competition among the foreign players is tricky as has always been since we can only include four overseas players, despite having great performance from Maxwell, Jos Butler, Andre Russel, Johnny Bairstow, Hetmyer a few others.

Openers

Prithvi Shaw:  Being dropped from Australia tour despite great performance in IPL 2020 edition the hunger for runs never faded away from this 21-year-old young talent. He continued his red hot form from IPL 2020 which helped Mumbai to win the Vijay Hazare trophy 2020-21 edition. Right from the first match against Chennai Super Kings where he scored crucial 72 runs with a strike rate of 189.47 to chase a mammoth 189 he never looked back. He is the 4th highest run-getter in this tournament with a magnificent strike rate of 166.49. His innings against Kolkata Knight Riders in which he smashed 6 fours in the first over of in-form Shivam Mavi was one of the greatest knocks of this IPL 2021 season.

Shikhar Dhawan:  With consistent performance with the bat, Shikhar Dhawan can truly be labeled as Run-Machine of this IPL edition. He scored 380 runs in just 8 matches on an average of 54.29 with a total of 43 fours which is the highest in the tournament. His performance with 85 and 92 runs against CSK and Punjab kings respectively is splendid to watch for which he got Man of the match in both matches.

Middle Order

AB De Villiers: Every Cricket fan in this cricket world was sad when ABD retires and everyone thought that this is end of an era. But the vintage ABD show continued in IPL 2021 edition with 360 degree batting. ABD and Maxwell performance are the one which made RCB the favourites for this season. ABD knock of 75 and 76 runs with an average strike rate of 164 against Delhi capitals and Kolkata Knight Riders respectively are feast to our eyes. Nevertheless his flexibility to play at any position makes ABD one of our favourites in our team.

Faf du Plessis:  Du Plessis may not always be a regular starter due to the abundance of Match winners CSK possesses previously in the overseas category. This year we have witnessed a very different Faf. He has the most Fifties (4) in this tournament with 320 runs on an average of 64 from 7 matches. His innings of 95 run with 9 fours and 4 sixes against Kolkata Knight Riders is one of the finest matches we saw in this tournament. Not only in Batting he once again proved why he is one of the all-time great fielders. In the fifth delivery of the 18th over of SRH innings, Du Plessis put in a diving effort near the boundary to send back the dangerous-looking Manish Pandey (61 off 46).

K L Rahul:  Despite Punjab kings as a whole team is not providing good performance K L Rahul has been playing as a one-man show for Punjab King. He is the second-highest run-scorer with 331 runs despite playing one less inning due to appendicitis hospitalization. For our team, he is the captain cum Wicket keeper. His brilliant innings of 91 on both Rajasthan Royals and Royal challengers Bangalore gave Punjab kings the required wins.

All-rounders

Kieron Pollard:  If there is one person who is certain in not only our Playing XI but also in every other playing XI is none other than the West Indies giant Kieron Pollard. Since he comes at lower-order batting we didn’t witness his show during the early matches of this season but he was ready with his best for a day when Mumbai Indians needed it most, helping them climb the mountain of total 219 runs (the second-highest chase in IPL history) against Chennai Super Kings with a blazing 87 off 34 balls with eight sixes and six fours. Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma felt it was one of the “Best Innings” that he saw from Polly’.

Ravindra Jadeja:  After surgery, there was a dilemma in fans about what happens to Jadeja’s position in the Indian cricket team when young talent like Washington Sundar and Shardul Thakur were exceptional during the Gabba test in Australia. But now SIR Jadeja has made the selection committee to make their head burst with his unbelievable performance throughout this Season with both Bat and Ball. The cricket world has lost its collective mind when he smashes 37 runs off the final over of Purple cap holder Harshal Patel against Royal challengers Bangalore. Later with the ball also did his magic with figures 3/13 from four overs and we already know Jadeja is the best fielder in the world at present and it was once again proved in this season. He owned the field against Rajasthan royals as he got involved in six of the nine RR’s dismissals.

Moeen Ali:  If there is one player who comes as out of the syllabus then it’s Moeen Ali. Moeen Ali played for Royal Challengers Bangalore last year, but RCB released him ahead of IPL 2021 Auction. It is its Strike rate that impressed most of the fans. He scored 206 runs with a strike rate of 157 with 22 Fours and 12 sixes in the whole tournament. His bowling figures of 3-0-7-3 are one of his best.

Bowlers

 Rahul Chahar: Defending Champions Mumbai Indians were not so in great form during this season but Rahul chahar was exceptional. When star bowlers and Last year purple cap race players like Bumrah and Boult are having bad days with their economy and inability to make breakthroughs it is he who compensates their bowling team with his brilliant spells throughout the tournament. His spell against Kolkata knight riders of 4-0-27-4 and 4-0-19-3 against Sun risers Hyderabad provided a much needed win to their team.

Deepak Chahar: The only player with two 4 wicket hauls this season is Deepak Chahar. His career-best in IPL of 4/13 against Punjab Kings is one of the best anyone has witnessed. He got a lot of variations to play with batsmen with his Out swinger, in swinger, knuckleball, or Yorker balls. The outswinger to Mayank Agarwal is a dream ball for a bowler to swing and hit top of off stump.

Harshal Patel: IPL 2021 opener was a high voltage clash between Royal Challengers and Mumbai Indians. RCB never won a season opener in the history of IPL, and Mumbai Indians didn’t win their first match from the 2013 edition. So both team wants to win desperately to change the history. MI were 128/3 after halfway through of their innings all set to score 200 considering Mumbai Indian’s power hitters. Despite expensive in the first over, Harshal Patel had a different idea to derail Mumbai’s hope, he conceded just 12 runs of his last three overs picking his maiden five-wicket haul in the IPL. He took three wickets in the final over including the wicket of big man Kieron Pollard. Eventually, RCB won the match by two wickets, and the difference between the teams was Harshal Patel’s final over as he conceded just one run.

So here is how our playing XI looks like: