Gujarat Titans won the 2022 Indian Premier League by beating Rajasthan Royals in the final on Sunday. The tournament witnessed jaw-dropping performances with bat and ball in an action-packed span of just over two months. The likes of Umran Malik and Mohsin Khan made an immediate impact with the ball while Jos Buttler, KL Rahul and David Warner impressed with their consistency atop the order.
The middle phase of the game saw consistent and helpful contributions from Hardik Pandya, Deepak Hooda, Rahul Tripathi and David Miller and Dinesh Karthik were belligerent to the death. The focus will now soon shift to the next edition of the T20 World Cup, as all teams will be looking to secure their suits just before the start of the multi-team event in Australia later this year. Before the action and attention turn to the World Cup, at Firstpost Sports we have selected the players who have left a lasting impression in the Indian Premier League.
The tournament team: Jos Buttler, David Warner, Deepak Hooda, Hardik Pandya (c), David Miller, Liam Livingstone, Dinesh Karthik (WK), Kagiso Rabada, Mohsin Khan, Arshdeep Singh, Yuzvendra Chahal, Wanindu Hasranga (12th man)
Left right: Jos Buttler (863 carries) and David Warner (432 carries) were the automatic selections at the top of the order. While KL Rahul (616 points) was also impressive for Lucknow Super Giants, but Warner being a southpaw with the ability to explode at will gave him the edge over Rahul. The LSG skipper looked in fine form in the competition, but many questions were raised over his intention at the start of the heats. With Hardik expected to beat deep in this XI, having someone like Warner with Buttler at the top only allows Hardik to do what he has done well this year and be the crucial link between the upper and lower order. .
The Hardik could: Powerful Hardik Pandya (487 carries) has been a class apart this year with the bat. It was not a role he played for his previous team, Mumbai Indians, but the right-hander took on the responsibility with Gujarat Titans. Unlike Mumbai, Hardik had to beat deep for Gujarat to allow the likes of David Miller and Rahul Tewatia to explode into the dead. Also in this team, Hardik is expected to play a similar role with Liam Livingstone, David Miller and Dinesh Karthik to follow.
Firepower: Livingstone (437 runs), Karthik (284 runs) and Miller (481 runs) form a formidable trio of finishers in this XI. The presence of a left-hander would only pose more problems for the opposition. In Livingstone and Karthik, we have two players who can innovate, differently, and not allow any bowler to settle in the endgames. Both Miller and Karthik have had one of their best seasons in the IPL so far and Livingstone has definitely arrived in style.
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Penetration with the new ball: Rabada (23 wickets) and Mohsin (5.97 saving) are different fast bowlers and have the ability to make early forays with the ball. While Rabada can continue to fend off batters with his pace and accuracy, Mohsin can ask the tough questions with the ability to move the ball at a decent pace, from the right areas. Hardik Pandya can also contribute with a few overs with the ball and he is more than a practical client with the new ball.
Twirl!: Yuzvendra Chahal (27 wickets) is the only spinner specializing in the XI and his ability to roll him through all phases of the game makes him a one-man army. The presence of Liam Livingstone gives the skipper another option to exploit matches as the versatile England has the ability to roll both leg spin and spin with similar control and has a knack for picking crucial wickets.
Death : Arshdeep Singh (saving 7.58 in the dead) was found out of the season in the dead as he operated with utmost precision under immense pressure. He has his Punjab Kings teammate Rabada, LSG designer Mohsin and skipper Hardik for company this time around. Together they give any captain enough options to dictate terms in the crucial period of play.
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