Indian Premier League 2021 has been concluded successfully with Chennai Super Kings emerging as the winners of the biggest franchise cricket league. CSK achieved this remarkable feat by defeating another super gun Kolkata Knight Riders. This was CSK’s 4th IPL Trophy and they all have came under MS Dhoni’s captaincy. They just need one more IPL trophy to equal the record of Mumbai Indians with five trophy wins. This season was quite different from those in the past because it happened in two phases.
The edition also trends in the individual awards because the Orange cap and Purple Cap were won by uncapped Indian players, Ruturaj Gaikwad and Harshal Patel respectively. This has been a very good news for Indian cricket. This season definitely belonged to uncapped players. After analyzing the overall performance of all the players, we have made a best playing 11 of the tournament for IPL 2021. The Sports Burnout’s IPL 2021 team of the tournament is as follows:
1) Ruturaj Gaikwad – Chennai Super Kings
The hero of the tournament, young man Gaikwad won the Orange Cap of the tournament. He scored 635 runs at an average of 45.35 with a strike rate of 136.26. He also scored one hundred and four fifties in IPL 2021. He is the opener of our IPL 2021 team of the tournament.
2) KL Rahul – Punjab Kings
The skipper of Punjab Kings has been consistent throughout the tournament. Rahul was the lone warrior of his team in this season. In 13 matches, he scored 626 runs with an average of 62.6 and a strike rate of 138.80. He fell short of winning the orange cap by a few runs but he also played 3 less matches.
3) Venkatesh Iyer – Kolkata Knight Riders
This uncapped player was the main reason behind the comeback of KKR in the second phase of IPL 2021. In 10 innings, Iyer scored 370 runs with a strike rate of 128.5. This was his first IPL and his self-confidence was his strength which made him successful. Iyer was also awarded the Power Player of the season.
4) Sanju Samson – Rajasthan Royals
In 14 matches, Samson scored 484 runs with an average of 40.33 and a strike rate of 136.72. Sanju couldn’t help his team to qualify for the Playoffs but he definitely played with maturity. He finished the season being Rajasthan Royals’ leading run-scorer.
5) Glenn Maxwell – Royal Challengers Bangalore
Glenn Maxwell was the perfect solution for the struggling middle-order of the Royal Challengers Bangalore. With his consistent performance, he also overshadowed the best player, AB de Villiers. In 14 innings, he scored 513 runs and also took 3 important wickets. Maxwell ended the season as RCB’s leading run-scorer.
6) Shimron Hetmyer – Delhi Capitals
The West Indies batsman played an important cameo in IPL 2021. In 14 matches, he scored 242 runs at an average of 34.57 with a strike rate of 168.05. Many a times, he provided finsihing touch to the innings of Delhi Capitals. The management will surely give him a chance up the order next year.
7) Ravindra Jadeja – Chennai Super Kings
He is a type of player who can make his way into any playing XI. Once again he stood up for CSK when needed. In 16 matches, he scored 227 runs at an average of 75.66 and a strike rate of 145.51. He also picked 13 wickets with an economy of 7.06. Jadeja was the complete all-rounder who gave the best in the batting and bowling department.
8) Sunil Narine – Kolkata Knight Riders
Sunil Narine played a major role in KKR’s route to the final. He single handedly won the eliminator against RCB. He isn’t quite the pinch-hitter at the top of batting order he once was but still he is one of the toughest to get away against his bowling. In IPL 2021, he took 16 wickets at an average of 22.56 and a economy rate of 6.44.
9) Harshal Patel – Royal Challengers Bangalore
Harshal Patel won the Purple Cap of the tournament. He is just another uncapped player who has dominated the season with extraordinary bowling. In IPL 2021, he picked 32 wickets at an average of 14.34 and an economy of 8.14. It was the combined-highest wickets tally by a bowler in the history of IPL. Harshal was just brilliant against Mumbai Indians in both the matches.
10) Jasprit Bumrah – Mumbai Indians
This is a name which you can see in almost every best playing XI. Although, Mumbai Indians couldn’t made it to the qualifiers this time but Bumrah continued to impress with his performance. Bumrah took 21 wickets from 14 matches at an average of 19.5, an economy rate of 7.5.
11) Avesh Khan – Delhi Capitals
Avesh made his debut for Delhi Capitals in the IPL 2017. This was definitely his breakout season as he finished second in the list of highest wicket takers. Though his performance was lowered in the playoffs matches but he was brilliant throughout the tournament. In this season, he ended with 24 wickets in 16 innings. His economy rate was 7.4.
Sports Burnout’s IPL 2021 Team of the Tournament
- Ruturaj Gaikwad
- KL Rahul
- Venketesh Iyer
- Sanju Samson
- Glenn Maxwell
- Shimron Hetmyer
- Ravindra Jadeja
- Sunil Narine
- Harshal Patel
- Avesh Khan
- Jasprit Bumrah