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IPL 2022 – Top 5 Indian Players from the fourth week of the tournament

Week 4 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 concluded with a high-octane dramatic conclusion between the Rajasthan Royals (RR) and the Delhi Capitals (DC), with the Royals advancing to the top of the points table. Gujarat Titans have the same point but are second in the standings due to net run-rate. Only the Mumbai Indians (MI) appear to be far behind in the playoff race, with the other clubs separated by only a few points.

As has been the case in the past, Indian players appear to be performing better than their international colleagues. From KL Rahul’s magnificent century to Yuzvendra Chahal’s hat-trick, there was enough to celebrate for among the Indian-origin players. Let’s take a look at the Best XI made up entirely of Indian players, based solely on matches from Week 4.

In this article, we are going to talk about the Top 5 Indian Players from the fourth week of the tournament.

 

Number 1. Shreyas Iyer

 

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In seven games this season, the Kolkata Knight Riders captain has scored 236 runs at an excellent strike rate of 148.43. He was on the verge of a tremendous run chase against the Rajasthan Royals if it hadn’t been for Chahal’s four-wicket over at the end.

Iyer had to come out to bat as early as the second ball of the run chase, as he was chasing 218. He finished with a stunning 85 (51), consisting of seven fours and four towering sixes. As long as he was on the crease, KKR had a good chance of winning until Chahal trapped him LBW, triggering a collapse.

Nonetheless, Iyer would like to have a 500-run season to increase his chances of being selected. Although he has almost certainly clinched a spot in the 15-man team, he may have to compete with Suryakumar Yadav for a spot in the eleven.

Number 2. KL Rahul

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This week, the Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) skipper stroked his way to a breezy century against the Mumbai Indians (MI), his third in IPL history. His 103*(60) knock included nine fours and five sixes, and he helped LSG reach their target of 200 runs.

KL followed it up with a solid 30 (24) against the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), but he couldn’t help his team win. Nonetheless, he has been a standout with the bat this season and will be eager to give Jos Buttler some competition for the Orange Cap.

He has been chosen to head this team after impressing everyone with his calm and effective captaincy. His form is essential not only for his franchise, but also for his national squad, as the Indian T20I vice-captain will be crucial later this year in Australia.

 

Number 3. Tilak Varma

 

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Tilak Varma, a teen phenomenon, has been one of the season’s discoveries. A free-striking middle-order batsman from Hyderabad who can also roll his arm over for a few overs, making him a captain’s dream.

In seven games, he scored 234 runs at an average of 46.80, which is impressive for a player in his maiden season in the IPL. This week, he produced his second half-century of the season against the Chennai Super Kings, a 51*(43) knock that included two sixes and three fours.

MI were in trouble when he came to bat due to some early wickets, but he stabilised the innings with Suryakumar Yadav at the other end and helped MI achieve a respectable total. Tilak Varma, a young player, will be trying to rack up more runs in the remaining games and help his team start winning games.

 

Number 4. Bhuvneshwar Kumar

 

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Due to frequent injuries, Bhuvneshwar Kumar has seldom played many matches in a row in the recent few years. However, he appears to have put his fitness issues behind him this year and is fit and firing for Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH).

He was very impressive against the Punjab Kings this week. He first took out Shikhar Dhawan with the new ball, then returned later in the innings to take out the dangerous Livingstone and Sharukh Khan. The veteran fast bowler recorded statistics of 3/22 in the four overs he bowled that day.

With Deepak Chahar also struggling with injury, Bhuvneshwar Kumar appears to be in the lead for the new ball in the T20 World Cup later this year, but he would need a successful IPL season to augment his chances.

 

Number 5. Yuzvendra Chahal

 

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If there is a discussion about missed retentions, Chahal’s name would be near the top of the list. The Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will be regretting themselves for not only failing to retain the shrewd leg spinner, but also for failing to bid for him during the auction.

The leg-spinner from Haryana is far ahead in the Purple Cap competition, having taken 18 wickets in just seven games. He’s been on fire this week, as he single-handedly got his team out of a bind against the KKR. With both Iyers on the crease for the Kolkata club, Chahal picked up four wickets in the over, including a hattrick, to derail the two-time IPL champions.

He continued his strong play against the Delhi Capitals, finishing with figures of 1/28 in a game in which both teams scored 200 runs. With such achievements, a spot in India’s T20 World Cup squad is all but guaranteed.