IPL 2022 ended on 29th May in front of a completely packed Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. Gujarat Titans and the Rajasthan Royals – the two best sides of the season locked horns to win the IPL Trophy. Gujarat Titans convincingly defeated Rajasthan Royals in the final match to win the trophy in their maiden IPL season.
This edition of the IPL had everything that entertained the fans throughout these two months. It had spectacular batting shows, magnificent bowling performances, unbelievable catches, and mind-blowing fielding efforts. There was a new twist and turn on the points table after the completion of every game that made this tournament even more interesting. In this article, we take a glance at the Best possible XI for the IPL season 2022.
1. Jos Buttler
Jos Buttler was the star performer of this season with the bat and he convincingly takes the place of the opening batter on this list. The English player left no stone unturned to come up with one of the best and most unbelievable batting shows ever seen in the history of IPL. Buttler equaled Virat Kohli’s 2016 record by smashing 4 centuries in a single season. He also slammed 4 half-centuries in IPL 2022.
The right-handed batsman also ended as the top run-scorer of the tournament with 863 runs in just 17 games. He held an excellent average of 57.53 and owned a strike rate of 149 plus.
2. KL Rahul
KL Rahul is the second opener on this list as he continued his outstanding batting performance in IPL. The Lucknow Super Giants captain took his side to the playoffs in their first-ever season. Although his new side finished in the 4th spot, Rahul managed to come up with yet another magnificent batting display in the IPL. The right-hander smashed 616 runs in 15 matches at an impressive average of 51.33. The 30-year-old also slammed 2 centuries and 4 half-centuries in this edition of IPL.
3. Rahul Tripathi
Rahul Tripathi will bat at the one-down position in this lineup. He was the most consistent performer at the No 3 position in IPL 2022. The right-handed batsman scored 413 runs in 14 matches at an average of 37.55 this season. He won many games for his side with his excellent batting at the one-down position in IPL 2022.
Playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad, Tripathi smashed 3 fifties and owned a good strike rate of 158 plus in the tournament.
4. Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya had an excellent season with both bat and bowl and he takes the captaincy post on this list. Pandya led Gujarat Titans to win the IPL Trophy in their first-ever IPL season.
Gujarat Titans also won the most number of games (12 out of 16) this season under his leadership. The Indian all-rounder supported his team with both bat and bowl as scored 487 runs and also picked 8 wickets in 15 matches this season.
5. David Miller
David Miller was one of the best finishers of this season and he takes a spot in the middle order of this lineup. He played for the new side Gujarat Titans where he got enough chances to showcase his value and he smashed many outstanding knocks for his side in the final overs. The left-hander scored 481 runs in 16 matches at an excellent average of 68.71 and with a strike rate of 142 plus. Miller also slammed 2 fifties for Gujrat and remained unbeaten in 9 games.
6. Dinesh Karthik
Dinesh Karthik had a dream IPL season and he should be picked as the wicketkeeper-batter on this list. Karthik smashed many quickfire and match-winning knocks in the tournament that also helped him to make a comeback to the Indian team after 3 long years.
The right-handed batter played for Royal Challengers Bangalore this season where he featured in all the 16 matches and slammed 330 runs. The 37-year-old registered an average of 55.0 and a strike rate of 183 plus. Karthik also hit one half-century and many crucial knocks for his side in the death overs.
7. Andre Russell
Andre Russell takes the spot of all-rounder on this list. He was the standout performer with both bat and bowl for Kolkata Knight Riders this season. Kolkata Knight Riders failed to qualify for the Playoffs but Andre Russell’s performance as an all-rounder was worth praising. The right-hander smashed 335 runs in 12 innings at an average of 37.22 and owned an exceptional strike rate of 174 plus. Russell also slammed many crucial knocks for his side. The medium-pacer picked up 17 wickets in 13 matches at an average of 16.35.
8. Yuzvendra Chahal
Yuzvendra Chahal and Wanindu Hasaranga were the two top spinners of IPL 2022 but Chahal gets a place on this list due to his consistency. The right-arm leg-spinner played Rajasthan Royals this season and he finished as the purple cap holder of IPL 2022.
Chahal picked 27 wickets in 17 matches. The right-arm spinner held an average of 19.51 and a decent economy of 7.75.
9. Rashid Khan
Rashid Khan is added to this list as an all-rounder due to his impressive batting with both bat and bowl this season. He played a vital role in the success of Gujarat Titans in IPL 2022. The right-arm legspinner had 19 wickets from 16 games at an average of 22.1 and an economy rate of just 6. 59. He was one of the most economical bowlers of this season. Rashid Khan also played some crucial and match-winning cameos with the bat in the death overs.
10. Umran Malik
Umran Malik made headlines all around in IPL 2022 due to his express pace bowling. The right-arm pacer bowled with real fire throughout the tournament. He also leaked a lot of runs and that’s why his economy rate is a bit high but he picked up wickets at regular intervals for his side. He troubled the batters with his consistent 150-plus deliveries. Playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad, Umran Malik scalped 22 wickets in 14 innings at an average of 20.14 and an economy of 9.03.
11. Muhammed Shami
Muhammed Shami takes the last spot in this lineup. The right-arm fast bowler represented Gujarat Titans in IPL 2022 and played a leading role for the side in the tournament. He helped Gujarat Titans to get early wickets in the powerplay overs and block runs in the final overs. The experienced Indian pacer picked 20 wickets in 16 innings this season at an average of 24.40 and an economy of 8.0. He was also the highest wicket-taker for Gujarat Titans in the tournament.
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