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IPL 2020: Aakash Chopra picks ideal playing XIs of each side

The IPL 2020 is here and all the experts have donned the prediction hat to predict the ideal playing XI for each IPL franchise. The latest to join the list is the former Indian opener and the popular broadcaster Aakash Chopra who predicts ideal playing XI for each of the 8 IPL teams.

IPL 2020: Playing XIs of each side

Mumbai Indians
Aakash Chopra has gone for a tried and tested players as far as Mumbai Indians are concerned. The defending champions have pretty much a settled unit when compared to other 7 teams and as usual, looking rock solid on paper.
Aakash Chopra’s Ideal playing XI
Rohit Sharma ©, Quinton de Kock (wk), Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult, Rahul Chahar

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Chennai Super Kings
The runners up will be taking the field without Suresh Raina for the first time in their IPL history as Suresh Raina has played each and every IPL games of CSK to date except one game. Hence Aakash Chopra picked Faf du Plessis to cover up the loss of Mr. IPL.

Aakash Chopra’s Ideal playing XI
Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Faf du Plessis, MS Dhoni (C & wk), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Piyush Chawla, Deepak Chahar, Imran Tahir/Mitchell Santner, Shardul Thakur

Delhi Capitals
They have one of the strongest spin bowling attacks under their disposal to go with a gun top order batting line-up. They have added Shimron Hetmyer to their armory for this season who is a mad hitter of the cricket ball.
Aakash Chopra’s Ideal playing XI
Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer (c), Rishabh Pant (wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Alex Carey, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Sandeep Lamichchane, Kagiso Rabada, Ishant Sharma

Sunrisers Hyderabad
They have one of the exciting bunch of youngsters and there is no doubt that one or two youngsters are sure to impress the world with their performances.
Aakash Chopra’s Ideal playing XI
Jonny Bairstow (wk), David Warner (c), Manish Pandey, Vijay Shankar, Virat Singh, Abdul Samad/Priyam Garg/Abhishek Sharma, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Siddarth Kaul/Sandeep Sharma

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Kolkata Knight Riders
A team that boasts of an explosive batting line-up that is second to none. They have roped in Pat Cummins and Eoin Morgan for big bucks and this might just be their year.
Aakash Chopra’s Ideal playing XI
Shubman Gill, Sunil Narine, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan, Dinesh Karthik (c & wk), Andre Russell, Rinku Singh/Siddhesh Lad/Rahul Tripathi, Pat Cummins, Kuldeep Yadav, Prashidh Krishna, Shivam Mavi/Kamlesh Nagerkotti/Sandeep Warrier

Kings XI Punjab
One of the less exciting teams in the IPL in terms of results but they have managed to assemble all the missing pieces for this year and their team is looking solid as ever and can be the real underdogs in this season.
Aakash Chopra’s Ideal playing XI
KL Rahul (c & wk), Mayank Agarwal, Sarfaraz Khan, Nicholas Pooran, Glenn Maxwell, Deepak Hooda, Chris Jordan, Krishnappa Gowtham, Mujeeb-Ur-Rahman, Ravi Bidhnoi, Mohammad Shami

Rajasthan Royals
The champions of the inagural edition of IPL haven’t made the IPL finals even once since then. They have grabbed all the young guns in the auction to go with a solid core of overseas players. They have 3 U19 stars in Karthik Tyagi, Akash Singh and Yashasvi Jaiswal in their squad and they can use them as a surprise element as the tournament progresses.
Aakash Chopra’s Ideal playing XI
Jos Buttler (wk), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson, Steve Smith (c), Ben Stokes, Robin Uthappa, Riyan Parag, Shreyas Gopal, Jofra Archer, Jaydev Unadkat, Ankit Rajpoot/Karthik Tyagi

Royal Challengers Bangalore
One of the star studded teams and the perennial underachievers in the history of IPL, RCB. Their fans have waiting for long now and Virat Kohli should have said enough is enough and will be looking to go all the way through in this year. Make no mistake, RCB have all the resources to become a champion side for once.
Aakash Chopra’s Ideal playing XI
Aaron Finch, Devdutt Padikkal/Parthiv Patel (wk), Virat Kohli (c), Ab de Villiers, Moeen Ali, Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Chris Morris, Yuzvendra Chahal, Navdeep Saini, Umesh Yadav/Mohammad Siraj

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