AB de Villiers, David Miller and Dale Steyn have made the cut in an all-time IPL XI nominee list.
After 220 000 votes that were cast on ESPNCricinfo, the nominees have been selected for the IPL all-time XI.
There are no South Africans in the opening batsmen category, despite a strong IPL 2017 from Hashim Amla.
The batsmen category features seven Indian internationals, with De Villiers and Miller the only two foreign players in the category. The Proteas No 1 ODI batsman earned the most votes (19 000) in the category, above India captain Virat Kohli (17 000). Miller received 5 100 votes.
De Villiers’ 3 473 runs @ 38.16 and a strike rate of 148.16 in 129 matches, including 22 fifties and two centuries, in his time for the Delhi Daredevils and the Royal Challengers Bangalore, has made him one of the most popular IPL players in history.
David Miller’s record stands at 1 563 runs (a century and eight fifties) in 66 matches @ 35.52 and a strike rate of 141.44.
The all-rounder’s category was dominated by West Indies players. Jacques Kallis (3 000) and Albie Morkel (1 800) received special mentions, but did not make the final cut.
Kallis racked up 2 427 @ 28.08 and a strike rate of 109.22 playing for Kolkata Knight Riders, Royal Challengers Bangalore. He also picked up 65 wickets @ 35.27 and an economy rate of 7.89.
Morkel scored 974 run @ 24.35 and took 85 scalps @ 27.75 at an economy rate of 8.21 in 66 matches, for Chennai Super Kings, Delhi Daredevils, Rising Pune Supergiants, Royal Challengers Bangalore.
There were no votes for South Africans in the spinners list, but Dale Steyn did manage to bag a bowlers category nominee with 3 200 votes, with Morne Morkel getting a noteworthy omission mention.
Steyn took 92 wickets @ 25.06 at an economy rate of 6.72 in 90 matches for Deccan Chargers, Gujarat Lions, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Morkel played 70 matches for Delhi Daredevils, Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals, picking up 77 wickets @ 27.12 at an economy rate of 7.69.