Dhoni is one of the most successful IPL captain while Kohli's RCB are yet to win their maiden title © BCCI
Dhoni is one of the most successful IPL captain while Kohli’s RCB are yet to win their maiden title © BCCI

As Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 enters the all-important final between Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) and Mumbai Indians (MI) in Hyderabad, former India pacer Ajit Agarkar has revealed his all-time IPL XI. Agarkar’s team featured big names such as Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers and Suresh Raina, picking Virat Kohli as the captain. Interestingly, MS Dhoni, one of the finest captains in the league, found no place in the XI, with de Villiers being the wicketkeeper. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) vs Mumbai Indians (MI) – Final

Agarkar stated the XI to ESPNcricinfo, following the basic rule of IPL: pick a maximum of four overseas players — Gayle, de Villiers, Sunil Narine and Lasith Malinga. Among the former players, only Virender Sehwag earned a spot in the XI. The team has in it a blend of experience as well as youth: Harbhajan Singh, Ashish Nehra and Jasprit Bumrah bring in that balance. Another big Indian name to miss out on the list is Yuvraj Singh, whose heroics have won many a match for India as well as the franchises he played for in IPL.

Here is Agarkar’s all-time IPL XI: Chris Gayle, Virender Sehwag, Virat Kohli (C), Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, AB de Villiers (wk), Lasith Malinga, Jasprit Bumrah, Ashish Nehra, Sunil Narine, Harbhajan Singh

It does not come as a surprise that Agarkar picked Sehwag, Harbhajan, and Nehra, given he played as well as won matches with them for their country.

All in all, Agarkar played 42 IPL games, taking 29 wickets at 39.68.