Gujarat Titans won the IPL 2022 after defeating Rajasthan Royals in the final. The two-month long tournament came to end on Sunday, with several cricketers impressing during the T20 extravaganza. It is difficult to choose the best XI from a tournament in which so many players impressed, but here's the list we at Betwala came up with.
Jos Buttler is indispensable to IPL 2022's team of the tournament. The Rajasthan Royals opener slammed four centuries this season, equalling Virat Kohli's record. The English cricketer finished the season as the tournament's highest run scorer with 863 runs in 17 games at an average of almost 58 and strike rate of more than 149.
The other opening batsmen in Betwala's team of the tournament is Lucknow Super Giants skipper KL Rahul. Much like each season since the last four years, Rahul once again finished the season as one of the top five highest run getters. He scored 616 runs in 15 games at an average of 51.33. This includes two centuries and four fifties.
Batting one down we would prefer Sunrisers Hyderabad's Rahul Tripathi. The no 3 batsman has been among one of the most consistent performers in the IPL over the last few seasons. This year, he scored 413 runs in 14 games at an average of over 37 and strike rate of almost 159. This includes three half centuries.
The IPL winning captain is also our team of the tournament's captain. Not only was Pandya's leadership exceptional, but his personal performances were also instumental to his team winning the trophy. He scored 487 runs in 15 games and also picked up 8 wickets.
Our lower middle order is headed by David Miller, who played quite a few impressive knocks for Gujarat Titans this season. The attacking southpaw piled up 481 runs in 16 games at an average of almost 69 and strike rate of more than 142.
The wicketkeeper batsman in Betwala's team of the tournament is Dinesh Karthik. After being released by KKR, Karthik made an incredible comeback while playing for RCB. He played a few quickfire knocks down the order and ended the season with 330 runs at an average of 55. But what stood out was his incredible strike rate of nearly 184. Karthik's performances in the IPL also helped him get recalled to the Indian team after nearly three years.
Kolkata Knight Riders' MVP for several years, Andre Russell is another of the lower middle order batsmen in Betwala's team of the tournament. He was the lone warrior for KKR in few of the games and ended the season with 335 runs in 12 games at an average of 37.22 and strike rate of more than 174. With the ball, he picked up 17 wickets at an average of 16.35.
After being surprisingly released by RCB, Yuzvendra Chahal put his best foot forward for his new franchise RR. Chahal ended the season as the highest wicket taker of the tournament with 27 scalps in 17 games at an average of 19.51. The right arm spinner took a hat-trick as well.
The pace bowler in our team of the tournament is Josh Hazlewood. Playing for RCB, the pacer took 20 wickets in only 12 games at an average of 18.85.
Another fast bowler who had a good run this season is Gujarat's Mohammed Shami. The senior pacer picked up 20 wickets in 16 games at an average of 24.40.
The last name in our playing XI is Umran Malik. The young speedgun's economy rate was a tad expensive, but he picked up 22 wickets in 14 matches which includes a five wicket haul.