With Virat Kohli currently regarded by many fans and pundits as the best batsman in contemporary cricket, the former India captain will aim to make a good impression in the upcoming IPL 2023 season, in preparation for the upcoming ODI World Cup. But it was a big surprise to see the flamboyant batsman ignored by former players, Suresh Raina, Robin Uthappa, Anil Kumble, Scott Styris, in their All-Time IPL XI, on JioCinema.
The striker’s exclusion was initially a big surprise to Chris Gayle, who was also on the expert panel and also his former RCB teammate. The 34-year-old was later added to the team, replacing former great Virender Sehwag. With Gayle installed as the opener in the All-Time XI, former player Parthiv called Patel his perfect opening partner. “I think Virat Kohli’s numbers are incredible as an opener. The chemistry between Gayle and Virat makes a huge difference. Gayle is Chris Gayle. There can’t be an IPL team without him,” he said.
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Here is the All-Time IPL XI chosen by the former players: Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, AB de Villiers, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Sunil Narine, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga.
After taking over as RCB’s full-time captaincy in 2013, Kohli retired after the 14th running of the tournament. As captain, he led them in 140 games, winning 66 and losing 70. In 223 IPL matches, Kohli has hit 6624 runs, with five centuries and 44 fifties, including a high score of 113. After batting both as opener and down the league for RCB, Kohli recorded 341 runs in 16 IPL 2022- matches, with a high score of 73. He also took two fifty. He hopes to put on a good show next season.