After plenty of rescheduling, having to deal with a global pandemic, the 2021 Indian T20 League is finally over and we have our conquerors as MS Dhoni’s Team Chennai emerged victorious for the fourth time in the league. The season saw the rise of young talents and at the same time saw the value of experience in clutch situations. We’ve accumulated all the data and impact all players had on the 2021 Indian T20 League and come up with the best XI.
Here’s how it has shaped up.
RUTURAJ GAIKWAD (Team Chennai)
There was no doubt that the Emerging player of the season as well as the Orange cap winner, Ruturaj Gaikwad had to be the first name on the team sheet. There was no opener who had a better impact than Gaikwad and he thoroughly deserves his spot at the top of the order.
VENKATESH IYER (Team Kolkata)
Partnering Gaikwad is Team Kolkata’s sensational find, Venkatesh Iyer. It is odd that Iyer finds his spot in the best XI of the entire season having only played in the second half but such was his impact that you couldn’t look past him. He was one of the biggest reasons for the turnaround of Team Kolkata this season and how they managed to end up as runners up.
RAHUL TRIPATHI (Team Kolkata)
Sticking with Team Kolkata, we had another young bright Indian talent come out of their ranks in Rahul Tripathi. It was a shame that he got injured in the final as he was one of their form batters going into the match. With 397 runs at a strike rate of more than 140, he could be proud of what he achieved in 2021.
SANJU SAMSON (Team Rajasthan)
Sanju Samson may have had a torrid time with the gloves and his captaincy but with the bat, he was all class. Samson finished the season with 484 runs that is his personal best so far in the league. His strike rate was also right up there at 136.
GLENN MAXWELL (Team Bangalore)
Talking about performing at the peak of their powers, finally, we saw what Glen Maxwell can do in the Indian T20 League. It is safe to say that apart from the 2014 season, Maxwell has been below par in every other season but 2021 was a different story for the Big Show. He stepped up big time and ended up as Team Bangalore’s highest run-getter.
SHIMRON HETMYER (Team Delhi)
Now we get into the impact players at the back end of the innings and Team Delhi’s Shimron Hetmyer’s stats stand out in this regard. He may have scored just 242 runs in the season but his average of 34.57 and an extraordinary strike rate of 168.05 tells us the impact of his runs this season.
RAVINDRA JADEJA (Team Chennai)
By far the most complete all-rounder from this season has to be Team Chennai’s Ravindra Jadeja. He delivered some clutch moments with the bat and with the ball he was consistent as ever.
HARSHAL PATEL (Team Bangalore)
The man with the most impactful performance this season has to be Team Bangalore’s, Harshal Patel. The Purple Cap award winner finished with 32 scalps to his name and equalled DJ Bravo’s record of most wickets ever in a single season of the Indian T20 League.
AVESH KHAN (Team Delhi)
A bright young spot from Team Delhi’s camp was pace bowler Avesh Khan. He finished as the second-highest wicket-taker of the season with 24 victims and was one of the contenders for the Emerging Player award.
JASPRIT BUMRAH (Team Mumbai)
Team Mumbai and Jasprit Bumrah may not have been at their world-class best but Bumrah did enough to get a spot in the best XI from the 2021 Indian T20 League. The pacer finished the season with 21 wickets that was the third-highest of the campaign.
VARUN CHAKRAVARTY (Team Kolkata)
Finally, we have the mystery spin of Varun Chakravarthy. He was by far the best spin bowler on display this season and his wicket tally of 18 wickets proves that. He finished the season with an outstanding economy of 6.58 and it was a joy to watch all his variations in this edition of the Indian T20 League.
2021 Indian T20 League Best XI: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Venkatesh Iyer, Rahul Tripathi, Sanju Samson, Glenn Maxwell, Shimron Hetmyer, Ravindra Jadeja, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan, Jasprit Bumrah, Varun Chakravarthy