IPL 2022 – 5 Best Indian Players from the fifth week of the tournament
We were treated to blockbuster action that had everything- from nail-biting finishes to surprises to spectacular individual performances, both with bat and ball and in both winning and losing causes- in another fascinating week. We take a look at the most potent 11 made up entirely of Indian players who have made significant contributions to their team’s cause.
Some of these players have constantly found themselves in the top 11, while others created a name for themselves for the first time with some significant efforts. As we near the end of the league season and the race to the playoffs heats up, the teams will be looking for more significant contributions.
Let’s take a look at the 5 Best Indian players from the fifth week of the tournament.
Number 1. KL Rahul
KL is the only batsman challenging runaway Jos Buttler for the Orange Cap. Rahul smashed a brilliant 103* against the helpless MI (his second of the season). Rahul’s prolific performances this season have not surprised anyone, reinforcing the high standards he has set for himself. The talisman will be trying to lead his new franchise to their and his maiden IPL title, and he has the necessary backing and depth in his squad to flourish as a captain as well.
Number 2. Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya has been a revelation this IPL season, taking to captaincy like a fish to water and silencing his detractors with outstanding performances with the bat, ball, and as a leader. He’s been talented enough to play both as a batsman and a bowler in a GT squad that was small and inexperienced on paper but is currently sitting at the top of the table well into the tournament’s halfway point. Coming in at number three against KKR, he provided another match-winning contribution of 67, propelling him to third place in the Orange Cap competition.
Number 3. Wriddhiman Saha
Coming in to replace a struggling Matthew Wade, Saha played a magnificent inning that proved to be the match-winning contribution. While not the most flashy, the 37-year-old demonstrated that he still has years of cricket left in him. With GT lacking in wicket-keeping options, Saha has potentially guaranteed his spot in the team, and it would not be surprising to see more such telling contributions in the future.
Number 4. Arshdeep Singh
Arshdeep, who has often flown under the radar, is finally making a name for himself with his consistent and disciplined efforts, particularly in the end. Arshdeep turned in another good and underappreciated performance at the death against CSK, helping Punjab to a narrow victory in a game that was sliding away from them. Arshdeep has virtually always been frugal when he has not been among the wickets.
Number 5. Umran Malik
Umran Malik has stunned everyone with his blistering pace, bowling the quickest ball in every match he has played, but it is his flawless accuracy and maturity that will leave spectators even more delighted. He was at his ruthless best, although in a losing cause, as he took all five wickets in Gujarat’s innings, including four batters, with precise precision and express pace. He has only gotten better as the tournament has proceeded, and he is potentially on the radar of selectors to form a mouth-watering bowling combo with Jasprit Bumrah in the 2019 T20 World Cup.