In a much-anticipated event, the Star Sports expert panel, on Tuesday, revealed their picks for the all-time best Indian Premier League (IPL) XI, sending cricket enthusiasts into a frenzy of discussions and debates. The lineup boasts an array of cricketing legends who have left an indelible mark on the cash-rich league over its illustrious history.

The Dream Team

The dream team assembled by the expert panel featuring legends such as Matthew Hayden, Wasim Akram, Tom Moody and Dale Steyn epitomizes the pinnacle of cricketing excellence in the IPL. Each member of this formidable lineup brings a wealth of experience, skill, and match-winning prowess, making them a force to be reckoned with on the field.

From the explosive batting to the lethal bowling, and from the dynamic all-round performances to the strategic leadership, every aspect of this dream team is finely tuned for success. With a perfect balance of talent and temperament, this lineup symbolizes the epitome of cricketing greatness, ready to captivate fans and dominate opponents with their collective brilliance on the grand stage of the IPL. Let’s delve into the formidable squad assembled by the experts.

Top order

David Warner: The explosive Australian opener has consistently been a thorn in the side of opposition bowlers with his aggressive batting style and remarkable consistency in the IPL.

Rohit Sharma: A stalwart of the Mumbai Indians franchise, Rohit’s leadership skills and ability to anchor innings make him an invaluable asset to any team.

Virat Kohli: The epitome of batting excellence, Kohli’s records in the IPL speak volumes about his prowess as a batter, making him an automatic selection in the all-time best XI.


AB de Villiers: Revered as one of the most innovative and destructive batters in modern cricket, De Villiers’ ability to score runs at an astonishing rate across all formats solidifies his place in this elite lineup.

Suresh Raina: A dynamic middle-order batter and an exceptional fielder, Raina’s contributions to the IPL over the years have been instrumental in his inclusion in the dream team.

MS Dhoni: Renowned for his calm demeanor under pressure and astute captaincy, Dhoni’s impact on the IPL transcends statistics, making him an indispensable member of this formidable XI.

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All-rounders and bowlers

Hardik Pandya: A dynamic all-rounder capable of turning matches with both bat and ball, Pandya’s explosive performances have earned him a well-deserved spot in the lineup.

Ravindra Jadeja: A versatile cricketer known for his electrifying fielding, economical bowling, and handy batting, Jadeja’s all-around skills make him a valuable asset to the team.

Rashid Khan: The Afghan leg-spinner has taken the cricketing world by storm with his mesmerizing bowling performances, earning him a reputation as one of the most lethal spinners in the IPL.

Jasprit Bumrah: Widely regarded as one of the best death bowlers in the world, Bumrah’s ability to deliver under pressure makes him a crucial component of this star-studded XI.

Lasith Malinga: The master of yorkers and a veteran of the IPL, Malinga’s ability to dismantle batting lineups with his lethal pace and accuracy earns him a well-deserved spot in the dream team.

Impact substitutes

Yuzvendra Chahal: A crafty leg-spinner with a knack for picking up crucial wickets, Chahal provides valuable support to the team’s bowling attack.

Chris Gayle: The ‘Universe Boss’ needs no introduction, with his explosive batting and ability to single-handedly dismantle bowling attacks making him a formidable impact substitute.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar: A skilled swing bowler capable of troubling even the best batters, Bhuvneshwar’s ability to strike early blows with the new ball adds depth to the team’s bowling lineup.

Andre Russell: A powerful hitter and a dynamic all-rounder, Russell’s ability to turn matches on their head with his explosive batting and wicket-taking abilities make him a valuable asset off the bench.


Stephen Fleming: The master tactician behind the Chennai Super Kings’ success in the IPL, Fleming’s strategic acumen and ability to nurture talent make him the ideal choice to helm this star-studded lineup.

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