IPL 2014: Team of the Week, Featuring Yusuf Pathan and Lendl Simmons
The regular season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) was brought to a close this week after a succession of close games that saw teams battle hard for playoff places.
In the course of those games, some players made an impact with bat, ball or both as they looked to help their teams to success.
With that in mind, read on for a best XI from this week’s action, featuring those who turned in some impressive performances.
Mike Hussey (Mumbai Indians): An honorable mention goes to Mumbai opener Mike Hussey, who hit two half-centuries this week and showed he is still infinitely capable at this level.
Kevin Pietersen (Delhi Daredevils): On three occasions, Delhi captain Kevin Pietersen passed 40 at the top of the order as he ended this year’s tournament on a high.
Shikhar Dhawan (Sunrisers Hyderabad): Two half-centuries in three innings mean this has been a very productive week for Shikhar Dhawan, who is unlucky not to open for our best XI.
1. Lendl Simmons (Mumbai Indians)
West Indian Lendl Simmons started this year’s IPL without a franchise but showed in two innings that he is worth a place in any team.
His 62 against Rajasthan was a superb prelude for what followed—an unbeaten century against Kings XI Punjab that was his first in Twenty20 cricket.
2. David Warner (Sunrisers Hyderabad)
Also at the top of the order comes David Warner, who stroked 59 and 90 in the space of two innings for Sunrisers Hyderabad against Bangalore and Chennai respectively.
The Australian looks in superb form after moving back to open for his franchise.
3. Robin Uthappa (Kolkata Knight Riders, wk)
At No. 3 and also keeping wicket for this team comes Robin Uthappa, who has managed to put together three very good innings for Kolkata Knight Riders.
His unbeaten 83 against Royal Challengers Bangalore will have been a particularly pleasing knock for the playoff-bound Knight Riders.
4. Virat Kohli (Royal Challengers Bangalore)
A run of 67, 38 and 73 means it has been a very productive week for Indian superstar Virat Kohli, who slots in at No. 4 for this team.
Bangalore may not have made the playoffs this year, but Kohli has been a bright spot for them.
5. Yusuf Pathan (Kolkata Knight Riders)
On the strength of one superb innings, Yusuf Pathan makes this team of the week and slots in at No. 5.
His 72 from just 22 balls helped Kolkata Knight Riders handily defeat Sunrisers Hyderabad, and it was one of the highlights of the tournament.
6. Corey Anderson (Mumbai Indians)
One magnificent innings is also enough for Corey Anderson to secure a place in this team, as his 95 not out helped Mumbai overcome Rajasthan and sneak into the playoffs.
It has been an inconsistent year in the IPL for Anderson, but this innings will have been particularly pleasing.
7. Akshar Patel (Kings XI Punjab)
In the team more for his bowling than his batting, Akshar Patel has been incredibly consistent with the ball this week to take six cheap wickets.
He was particularly effective against the Rajasthan Royals as he took 3-24 in a very good display from the 20-year-old.
8. James Faulkner (Rajasthan Royals)
In this side more for his batting than his bowling, James Faulkner has played some special innings for Rajasthan despite coming to the crease late on.
To score runs regularly and aggressively despite limited opportunities has been an impressive achievement for the talented 24-year-old.
9. Sunil Narine (Kolkata Knight Riders)
West Indian Sunil Narine remains one of the most effective spinners in the IPL, and this week he proved that once again.
His 4-20 for Kolkata against Royal Challengers Bangalore combined wickets with a low economy rate and shows that he is still a force to be reckoned with.
10. Imran Tahir (Delhi Daredevils)
Another to have been a little inconsistent in the past but impressive this week is South African Imran Tahir, whose leg-spin was highly effective.
Seven wickets in the space of three games is an impressive return, especially having struggled in the past.
11. Karn Sharma (Sunrisers Hyderabad)
Another spinner to impress was Indian Karn Sharma, whose leg-spin has brought him plenty of wickets in recent matches.
A personal highlight came against Kolkata Knight Riders as he took 4-38, although it was not enough to prevent Hyderabad sliding to defeat.