You have seen Dada in the IPL, you have seen Dravid and you have seen Sachiiiiiiiiiin-Sachin. And you have seen these cricketing legends play alongside foreign greats including the Rawalpindi express and the King of spin. For a cricket fan, almost nothing matches up to watching these legends play together, against more legends.
Over the years, the IPL has delivered some serious fan service with names like Ricky Ponting, Kumar Sangakkara, Adam Gilchrist, Jacques Kallis playing alongside and against our own greats.
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However, there are a lot of retired cricketing geniuses who we couldn’t catch in the IPL but we would have loved to see play the tournament. Here’s our own wishlist of players who we would have loved to see in one of the IPL jerseys and of course, on our Fantasy Cricket Team.
Jonty Rhodes – Chennai
You know him as one of the most athletic fielders in the history of cricket or the player with one of the highest number of run-out dismissals. Jonty Rhodes is the fielding coach of the South African national team, which explains the insanely athletic catches we consistently get to see from the Proteas. Although Rhodes currently coaches the Mumbai team, he’d perfectly fit in with Chennai’s insanely athletic fielding.
Brian Lara – Punjab
The Punjab team is generally known for its powerful batting line-up and Brian Lara would fit right in. The team’s batting hasn’t really fired this season which makes you wish it were a real possiblity for the Trinidadian legend to lend some firepower.
Glenn Mcgrath – Hyderabad
The Hyderabad team is unlike other IPL teams in that it relies on the bowling more than batting for firepower. Glenn Mcgrath is one player that could make the team even more intimidating to batsmen.
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Kapil Dev – Mumbai
Kapil Dev’s name usually reminds Indians of the 1983 world cup and the name that will forever be engraved in cricketing greats. Dev was one of the greatest all-rounders in cricket and it would be interesting to see him play together with Sachin.
Arjuna Ranatunga – Rajasthan
Another world cup winning captain – Ranatunga was one Sri Lankan player who could get into the skin of the opposition. The aggressive batsman has been known for his run-ins with Shane Warne, which would make it interesting to see him alongside the Australian spinner with the Rajasthan Royals.
Inzamam-Ul-Haq – Pune
This big man consistently delivers for his team and is also the second player to reach 10,000 runs. Inzy’s style of calm, controlled and effective captaincy is similar to the style of MS Dhoni’s captaincy which he is himself a fan of. These are two formidable captains anyone would want in their team, and to watch them play alongside would make for fantastic fan service.
Richard Hadlee – Kolkata
Richard Hadlee may not be a big fan of the T20 format of cricket, but we still would surely have loved to have seen him bat in the shorter format. The Knight riders could be good company for the New Zealand all-rounder.
Steve Waugh – Pune
Steve Waugh not only has the most enviable captaincy success records, but is also great with the bat. We figure Pune might be a good team for the World cup winning captain.
Aravinda de Silva – Bangalore
Aravinda De Silva is a Sri Lankan superstar who had a lot to do with Sri Lanka’s 1996 world cup victory. With his aggressive batting, Bangalore would probably feel like home to De Silva.
Joe Root- Rajasthan
Joe Root is, without a doubt, the best batsman on the planet. Root is also a long-time member of the ODI squad. With a lack of batting options, Joe Root will be the best fit for the Rajasthan Royals team!
Wahab Riaz- Chennai
Wahab Riaz is one of Pakistan’s best fast bowlers. The mercurial cricketer has been a constant presence in the Pakistan squad. Over the course of his career, Riaz has taken over 200 wickets.
As Chennai Super Kings struggle with their primer overseas pacer, Wahab Riaz will be a precise fit for the team.
Stuart Broad- Punjab
As Punjab Warriors lack in their Bowing game, Stuart Board is another fast bowling legend that the team needs. He has been England’s premier pacer alongside James Anderson for more than a decade and is perfect fit to play for Punjab. The fact that both of these bowlers are still at the top of their games speaks much about their ability.
James Anderson, Delhi
Jimmy Anderson, the fast-bowling legend, has always kept his intentions clear. In terms of consistency and longevity, this Englishman has set the bar for fast bowlers all around the world. Since overseas gamers haven’t performed well this year, Jimmy Anderson is a prime candidate to maintain consistency with the Delhi Capitals.
Tamim Iqbal- Hyderabad
Tamim Iqbal is one of Bangladesh’s all-time great players. This brilliant batsman is the only Bangladeshi to score a century in each of the three formats. As SRH in 2021 had a dreadful batting lineup, Tamim Iqbal would be an absolute fit for the Hyderabad Sunrisers!
Think this list misses any of your old favorites? Let us know who you’d want to add to your Fantasy Team.