The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 is upon us, with fans and pundits equally excited to see some of world cricket‘s big stars back in action after a long time. Leading up to the tournament, experts started to analyze each team’s strengths and weaknesses and also the players to watch out for. Former Australian spinner Brad Hogg joined the trend and also came up with his ‘Best XI of IPL 2020’, which lacked some of the big names – most notably MS Dhoni, AB de Villiers and Chris Gayle. Hogg explained the reason behind their exclusion, saying they are “a little old”. However, he added that they could prove him wrong with their performance and maybe find a place in his last XI at the end of the tournament.
“I don’t have MS Dhoni or AB de Villiers or Chris Gayle there. They are a little long in the tooth. A little old. But they can turn things around and be in my last XI at the end of the tournament.”, “Said Hogg in his YouTube vlog.
Another surprising choice in Hogg’s XI was to give the captain to New Zealand based Kane Williamson, who is not a regular skipper of his SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) franchise.
“Good head on his shoulders and great ambassador for the game,” described Hogg Williamson, calling him the captain of his IPL 2020 XI.
He chose Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma to open the innings with SRH skipper David Warner, while choosing RCB skipper Virat Kohli to hit number three, followed by Williamson at number four. He entrusted Rishabh Pant with the wicket-keeping duties and the number five role.
The Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) duo of Andre Russell and Sunil Narine found a place as all-rounders along with CSK’s Ravindra Jadeja.
Indian bowling trio Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal and Jasprit Bumrah entered his team as specialist bowlers.
In addition to his best XI, Hogg also named three young Indian players who have great potential to do well in this year’s IPL.
“The other players I’d like to lift and kick some of these older players are youngsters like Shubman Gill, Prithvi Shaw and Kuldeep Yadav. I think they have a lot to offer in this year’s IPL,” Hogg said in the video . .
IPL 2020 kick-start with defending champion Mumbai Indians taking on Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in Abu Dhabi on September 19.
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