Parthiv Patel and Dwayne Smith to open for The National’s IPL XI
1 Parthiv Patel (wicketkeeper, Royal Challengers Bangalore)
Looked like a child batting with his dad when he went out to bat with Chris Gayle in RCB’s final game in Dubai. Outshone his more illustrious colleagues, though, with 118 runs altogether.
2 Dwayne Smith (Chennai Super Kings)
Released by the Mumbai Indians after their title-winning campaign last summer. Error. The West Indian opener was in prime touch in the yellow of Chennai, hitting 240 runs at a strike-rate of nearly 144.
3 Ajinkya Rahane (Rajasthan Royals)
The highest-ranked Indian batsman in the run-scoring charts. The Royals batsman made two half-centuries, scoring 182 runs overall from the 151 deliveries he faced in their five games in the UAE.
4 Glenn Maxwell (Kings XI Punjab)
May be lucky to retain his place in the side when they return to Mohali, since he has been average in the past two games. Before that, the Australian was otherworldly, with innings of 95, 89 and 95.
5 JP Duminy (Delhi Daredevils)
Delhi’s campaign here was headlined by a South African-born batsman, who does a sideline in off-spin, and is best known by his initials. But Kevin Pietersen missed most of it through injury, so Duminy stole the show.
6 Manish Pandey (Kolkata Knight Riders)
Briefly wore the orange cap as the leading run-scorer following scores of 64 and 48 in his first two matches. Was virtually batting as an opener, since he was coming in after run-shy Gautam Gambhir.
7 Varun Aaron (Royal Challengers Bangalore)
Bowling seamers at a friendly pace is a precarious occupation in the UAE, but a number of that ilk thrived here. With eight wickets at a thrifty economy rate, Aaron was the leader of the pack.
8 Sunil Narine (Kolkata Knight Riders)
First name on the team sheet. Opposition sides often select their batting order based on when they reckon the West Indian spinner will be bowling. Some insist they have players who can read him. As if.
9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar (Sunrisers Hyderabad)
The most impressive and skillful Indian seamer on display here. His three for 19 against Kings XI, when Maxwell was savaging all the other bowlers in Sharjah, was a mini-masterpiece.
10 Pravin Tambe (Rajasthan Royals)
Edges Yuzvendra Chahal for the second spinner berth – although both had great success to go with compelling stories. The 42-year-old leg-spinner’s Indian summer continued with seven wickets in the UAE.
11 Sandeep Sharma (Kings XI Punjab)
Back-to-back man-of-the-match awards. Bowled Chris Gayle first ball. Seven wickets in three games and an economy well under six. Uncapped Indian players rarely have it so good.
Seven Indians plus four overseas players, in keeping with Indian Premier League selection criteria.
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Published: May 1, 2014 04:00 AM