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The IPL 2013 was widely considered to be a success for the sheer quality of cricket it produced to go with the huge crowds at all venues throughout the competition and the record numbers of viewers on television and online.

There were records broken in all three departments of the T20 game and some great innings, bowling spells and catches which stood out at the end of the competition.

Here, we select the best 11 players to comprise the 2013 IPL Dream Team, based on the performances of the players in their respective departments throughout the competition.

Openers : Starting with the openers, it was an easy choice to go with the two most prolific batsmen in the competition. Mike Hussey and Chris Gayle finished first & second in the points table and with their brilliant performances were easily most suitable for the openers slot. Ajinkya Rahane was a close third contender for the slot but missed out due to the superior performances of the other two players.

Middle Order : Suresh Raina and Virat Kohli were both brilliant at the number three spot for the Chennai Super Kings and the Royal Challengers Bangalore respectively with their terrific stroke-play and also added great value to the side with their fielding.

Shane Watson was the automatic choice for third foreign player as an all-rounder owing to his magnificent performances with both bat and ball, over the other contenders Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard , who were not nearly as consistent or prolific in both of these departments.

Rohit Sharma also made it to the squad at number 6 position for his brilliant batting and with his ability to hit sixes, he would make a great option, coming in towards the end of the innings as a pinch-hitter or finisher. He gets the nod over AB de Villers and Stuart Binny for this role.

Wicket-Keeper : MS Dhoni was the best choice for this role in the Dream team and he also gets the captaincy position over Rohit Sharma for being the experienced and shrewd tactician that he his in the T20 format. His batting abilities saw him play some astonishing innings in the competition and he would be the ideal number 7 to come in to bat. He gets the nod over Dinesh Karthik for this role inspite of Karthik out-scoring MSD in the tournament.

Bowlers : With Shane Watson already in the squad, two front-line seamers and two spinners would have given the perfect balance to the bowling line-up. Harbhajan Singh and Amit Mishra were the two best spinners in this competition and with their experience and proven record, were the best choices for this role.They would also compliment each other well during the middle overs.

With only one slot left for a foreign player, James Faulkner, the second highest wicket taker in the competition was the best choice to fill that slot and open the bowling with another brilliant performer Mohit Sharma of the Chennai Super Kings. Faulkner gets the nod over Lasith Malinga and Mitchell Johnson for this role owing to his better record and more consistent performances.

Substitutes :

Dwayne Bravo missed out in the Playing XI to Shane Watson to help fit the balance of the side, but the Purple Cap holder would add value to the side with his all-round abilities and be an automatic substitute to any of the foreign players in the squad.

David Miller also missed out on a spot in the XI but his explosive batting abilities make him another great substitute to any of the foreign players.

The Dream Team : Chris Gayle, Micheal Hussey, Suresh Raina, Virat Kohli, Shane Watson, Rohit Sharma, MS Dhoni (c&wk), Harbhajan Singh, James Faulkner, Amit Mishra, Mohit Sharma.

Substitues : Dwayne Bravo, David Miller