Virat Kohli is current leading run scorer in IPL 2016 © AFP
Virat Kohli is current leading run scorer in IPL 2016 © AFP

Wasim Akram, Pakistan’s former legend, took the opportunity to pick his IPL XI as the finale is the just few hours away. Indian Premier League (IPL) 2016 is handed over to top players David Warner and Virat Kohli this season for their consistent performance throughout the tournament. That has got their respective teams to the final spot for this time as well for achieving their maiden title this season. That brings Kohli and Warner in Akram’s XI. Apart from these batsmen, Yuzevndra Chahal has been pretty impressive this season picking up 20 wickets this season, earned his maiden India call-up for the limited overs tour to Zimbabwe, that adds the spinners in the XI as well. Full Cricket Scorecard: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, IPL 2016 Final

There were some cases of comeback with Yusuf Pathan earning his name, although the team did make the cut this season. He garnered 361 runs from 15 matches at an average of 72.20 and played some crucial knocks to get his team into the Qualifiers. It was not just him from Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) but also Sunil Narine who made a comeback and how after all the criticisms he received. There some failures as well this season. IPL’s all time best captain MS Dhoni for the very first time faced defeat at regular intervals with his new franchise Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS). Blame it to the constant drop outs from RPS this edition. ALSO READ: Kohli praises RCB youngsters

A few bright performances in the teams that struggled went in the shadow of their collective failure, as mentioned in intoday.in. There were notable cricketers like AB de Villiers, Andre Russell also making their way to Akram’s XI for their all-round performance this season. Rohit Sharma and Dhawal Kulkarni were also prominent in boosting the performance of their franchises Mumbai Indians (MI) and Gujarat Lions (GL). Bhuvneshwar Kumar needs special mention for his economical figures and being the Purple Cap holder he will find his way to XI.

Wasim Akram’s IPL XI: David Warner, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers, Yusuf Pathan, Andre Russell, MS Dhoni (wk), Buvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Dhawal Kulkarni, Sunil Narine