The fifteenth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) came to an end on Sunday. It was the Hardik Pandya-led Gujarat Titans who beat former champions Rajasthan Royals in the summit clash to lift the trophy in their first season. The world’s largest cricket stadium – the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad – bore witness to the grand finale and as the season has drawn to a close, it is time to reflect on some of the spectacular performances witnessed in this season.
While Jos Buttler finished as the leading run-scorer in this season, it was Yuzvendra Chahal who finished as the leading wicket-taker and despite the two of them playing for the same team, Rajasthan Royals finished as the runners-up.
Here in this article, we present to you SportsTiger’s Best XI of IPL 2022. The side has been picked keeping in mind that a maximum of four overseas can be selected in the team with the remaining spots to be filled by Indian domestic players.
1. Jos Buttler (overseas)
The Orange Cap winner of IPL 2022, Jos Buttler, walks into SportsTiger’s Best XI of the tournament. The Englishman opened the innings for Rajasthan and dominated the opposition bowlers ending the season with 863 runs, scoring 4 hundreds and averaging 57.53 with a strike rate of 149.05. In addition to equaling Kohli’s record of most hundreds in a season, Buttler smashed four half-centuries. He finished with the maximum sixes this season as well as the maximum fours and deservingly clinched six end-of-the-season awards after the final.
2. KL Rahul
KL Rahul will open the innings along with Buttler in this XI. What a combination that promises to be. While Buttler finished as the leading run-getter, Rahul’s tally of 616 runs from 15 innings was the second-best this year. Much like Buttler, Rahul also smashed four half-centuries. The Lucknow Super Giants captain scored two hundreds, both of them coming against Mumbai Indians as he averaged 51.33 and scored runs at a strike rate of 135.33 in the competition.