IPL: Team of the Week, Featuring Glenn Maxwell and AB De Villiers

Chris TealeFeatured ColumnistMay 11, 2014

IPL: Team of the Week, Featuring Glenn Maxwell and AB De Villiers

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    The Indian Premier League (IPL) bandwagon has rolled through another week, with teams up and down India playing a barrage of games as the tournament wears on.

    Over the course of the last seven days, players have impressed with bat, ball or both, showing that while cricket is a team sport there is plenty of room for individual talent.

    Read on for a best XI of the week in the IPL.

Honorable Mentions

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    Robin Uthappa: An honorable mention goes to Kolkata opener Robin Uthappa, who has been in good form over the past few days at the top of the order.

    Suresh Raina: Chennai Super Kings batsman Suresh Raina also earns himself an honorable mention for an impressive couple of innings that have helped his side enormously.

    Rohit Sharma: Finally, Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma earns a mention, particularly for his unbeaten 59 against Royal Challengers Bangalore.

1. Dwayne Smith (Chennai Super Kings)

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    As much for his 79 for Chennai, West Indian Dwayne Smith earns himself a place in this team of the week.

    His superb knock came against the Delhi Daredevils, helping Chennai take a comfortable victory.

2. Gautam Gambhir (Kolkata Knight Riders)

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    Alongside Smith comes Kolkata captain Gautam Gambhir, who has looked incredibly impressive in his last couple of games.

    Two half-centuries against Delhi and Rajasthan show he is on form at just the right time.

3. Glenn Maxwell (Kings XI Punjab)

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    In at No. 3 comes the man who looks odds-on to win the award for the most runs—Glenn Maxwell of Kings XI Punjab.

    His 90 against Chennai was a superb effort, especially as his other recent knocks of 45 and 25 seem to show he is finding some consistency.

4. Shane Watson (Rajasthan Royals)

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    Below Maxwell comes another Australian, who has made an impact with bat and ball in recent days—Shane Watson for the Rajasthan Royals.

    His economical bowling gets him in this team as much as anything, while he has made some decent contributions with the bat, also.

5. AB de Villiers (Royal Challengers Bangalore)

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    The South African AB de Villiers joins this team at No. 5 after some brilliant batting performances.

    His unbeaten 89 against Sunrisers Hyderabad seems to have sparked a good run, while his 53 against Punjab carried on his good form.

6. David Warner (Sunrisers Hyderabad)

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    In a team dominated by Australians, David Warner also joins at No. 6, having put together some very good recent performances for Sunrisers Hyderabad.

    He may be a little inconsistent at times, but he is clearly a force to be reckoned with in the IPL.

7. Dinesh Karthik (Delhi Daredevils, wk)

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    Keeping wicket for our best XI is Dinesh Karthik, who has been impressive with bat and gloves despite the struggles of the Delhi Daredevils.

    They may not have been particularly successful in 2014, but Karthik is doing a good job at keeping them competitive at least.

8. Rajat Bhatia (Rajasthan Royals)

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    Rajat Bhatia of the Rajasthan Royals has looked very handy indeed with the ball, showing there is plenty on offer for seamers.

    The 34-year-old was at his best against Sunrisers Hyderabad, when he took 3-23 in four magnificent overs.

9. Pravin Tambe (Rajasthan Royals)

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    Once again looking enormously impressive despite his advancing years, spinner Pravin Tambe has once again been one of the Rajasthan Royals’ most effective bowlers.

    He manages to combine consistency with an ability to take regular wickets and is still key for his side.

10. Bhuvneshwar Kumar (Sunrisers Hyderabad)

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    Bhuvneshwar Kumar has looked impressive this week with the ball for Sunrisers Hyderabad.

    His effort of 4-14 against the Rajasthan Royals was a particular highlight in what was a good few days.

11. Sandeep Sharma (Kings XI Punjab)

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    Youngster Sandeep Sharma has also bowled very well this week, showing he is enormously capable of performing at this level.

    His economy rate has remained decent, while his ability to take wickets regularly should not be underestimated.