IPL 2022 – CricketInsta’s Best Indian XI

The IPL season is going to arrive soon and everyone has started making their fantasy teams and commenting on how the mega auction has gone for their favourite franchises. We, at CricketInsta cannot wait for the season to begin and with the mega auction causing some major shake-ups among the teams, we thought this would be a great opportunity to put together our best Indian XI from the new lineups.

However, in order to avoid bias, we put together two simple rules to make our best Indian XI side –

  1. Since there are 11 players and 10 teams, we can pick two players from any one franchise, while the remaining slots will be filled by one player from the remaining franchises
  2. The choice of players are our own and completely unbiased. Yes, there are some big names who can make up certain positions but thats where the challenge lies – to make a complete team of eleven players across all the franchises. So, if you don’t find your favourite player or some obvious names in our sides, it is because we are bound by this rule.

With the rules taken care of, we set about making our team.

Opener 1 – Rohit Sharma (Mumbai Indians)

 

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This was an obvious choice considering how immense he has been for the Mumbai Indians. He is currently the highest run scorer in the T20 format and also one of the most successful captains in the league. He loves scoring and giving his team the big starts that it needs. It will be interesting to see how he manages his all-new lineup this season.

Opener 2 – Ishan Kishan (Mumbai Indians)

 

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Partnering Rohit Sharma in our team is Ishan Kishan. He was the most expensive purchase in the mega auction, and it is clear to see that the Mumbai Indians rate him highly and want him to get mentored by Rohit Sharma for the long run, maybe even as captain. The latter half of the IPL 2021 season was very good for Ishan and the ongoing series against Sri Lanka has seen him dig deep and put together strong opening stands for India.

Batter No.3 – Virat Kohli (Royal Challengers Bangalore)

 

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The ex-Indian skipper relieved himself of this skipper responsibilities to take focus a bit more on his game and while the past 2 years have been a bit of a see-saw for him, one cannot deny that his presence on the field is a morale victory for any team. He still has the magic and its only a matter of time before we start seeing vintage Kohli knocking them all over the park.

Batter No.4 – Shreyas Iyer (Kolkata Knight Rider)

 

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He is player who is in red hot form at the moment. He was announced as the captain of the KKR and is also doing very well for the national team, scoring crucial runs and playing an immense role in the field. He brings a stability to the middle order and has a match winning personality.

Batter No.5 – Wicket Keeper – Rishab Pant (Delhi Capitals) – 

 

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He was retained by the Delhi Capitals after a string of great performances for the franchises over the years. He is now the skipper of the side and is getting mentored by Ricky Ponting himself, which will definitely make him a force to be reckoned with this season. He has been polishing his wicket keeping skills as well his shot selection, making him a great asset for the Capitals.

All-Rounder No. 1 – Ravindra Jadeja (Chennai Super Kings)

 

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He is an experienced campaigner and lightning fast in the field. He has a tendency to pick up wickets, create run-outs and smash some big scored down the order. There have been many situations where the top order has failed and Jadeja has actually mounted a fight back and salvaged the situation for CSK as well as the National Team.

All-Rounder No. 2 – Hardik Pandya (Gujarat Titans)

 

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He is probably a player who will not feature on most best XI teams because of his injury prone nature and an unnaturally long recovery period. There has been a question mark over his position in the National Team, but the coaches in the Gujarat camp have comnfirmed that Hardik is indeed fit to play and has been practising his bowling as well. He is a game changer and on his day, he can cause some serious damage.

Bowler No.1 – Ravi Bishnoi (Lucknow Super Giants)

 

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He recently earned his India cap and performed extremely well against the West Indies. He is young and has great skill and a wicket taking tendency. He needs to be backed with a run of games, and we believe that the IPL will make him even better in the T20 format.

Bowler No.2 – Yuzvendra Chahal (Rajasthan Royals)

 

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He was neither retained nor attempted to be bought back by the RCB camp, indicating that he was no longer a part of their long term plans. However, he has been a key reason for RCB’s limited success in the IPL and he is all set to carry all that experience to Rajasthan. He can adapt well to conditions and is a player who will hit the ground running for his new team.

Bowler No.3 – Bhuvneshwar Kumar (SRH)

 

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He was totally out of form last year and only had a few good games. He then went into a shell and seemingly went back the drawing board. He made his return recently and scalped a lot of wickets and showed signs of his previous best, reassuring the selectors and fans that he was finally back to form and we have decided to persist with him for our lineup.

Bowler No.4 – Arshdeep Singh (Punjab Kings)

 

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Finally, we have the youngster Arshdeep Singh. He is a player how needs to be given a run of games to see exactly how food he is and while he is not a big name player, he is one of those high potential players, who can leave an impact. He has represented India in the World Cup Winning Under-19 lineup of 2018, but since then, has only had some domestic exposure. Punjab has built a squad with some great youngsters and Arshdeep is definitely a good pick.

So, here it is, our best Indian XI for the upcoming IPL 2022 season. We would love to know yours, so give it a go in the comments section below.