IPL 2022 – Top 5 overseas players from the seventh week of the IPL
The seventh week of the IPL 2022 has come to an end, with the Punjab Kings defeating the Royal Challengers Bangalore by 54 runs. This outcome has opened up the playoff qualification prospects even more than before, with as many as seven clubs vying for the final three spots. The Gujarat Titans have already qualified for the playoffs.
The two of the most successful teams in IPL history, the Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings have officially been eliminated from the playoff race, but the race is still on for the rest of the teams, and the overseas players are starting to wake up and put in big performances for their respective franchises. In this article, we are going to talk about the top 5 overseas players from the seventh week of the IPL.
Number 1. Faf du Plessis – Royal Challengers Bangalore
Faf du Plessis, a former Proteas captain, has been a good pick for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). He gives stability at the top, can bat through innings, and is an excellent leader. While Kohli has struggled this season, it is du Plessis who has kept the RCB’s batting together.
This week, he delivered yet another strong knock to power RCB’s batting against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). His 73*(50) hit contained two sixes and eight fours. RCB were able to achieve a massive score of 192 thanks to him, which they were able to defend with ease.
Faf du Plessis failed to convert his start against the Punjab Kings and was out for 10 runs. He has proven to be a good captain, which is why he has been named captain of the best abroad playing XI as well.
Number 2. Jonny Bairstow – Punjab Kings
So far, England’s wicketkeeper-batsman has had an on-again, off-again season. Although he has had the majority of his success this season at the top of the order, he has demonstrated versatility by batting in the middle of the order as well. He played two games this week and scored fifty points in both.
First, he scored 56 runs against RR (40). Although it was not a typical Bairstow inning, it was nevertheless significant for his team, as they managed to score 189 runs in a losing cause. Then there was the match against RCB when he totally destroyed Siraj and Hazlewood’s bowling. With a strike rate of more than 227, he smacked seven sixes and four fours in his 66(29).
His ferocious knock against RCB gave Punjab two valuable points and kept their playoff hopes alive. Bairstow has been chosen to keep wickets for this team as well, safe behind the stumps.
Number 3. Liam Livingstone – Punjab Kings
The ferocious Liam Livingstone is finally living up to the expectations that have been placed on him over the years. With nearly 385 runs this season, he is currently striking at a remarkable strike rate of 180.75. Livingstone, a talented part-time spinner, is one of the best T20 players around.
He played a cameo of 22(14) towards the close of the innings in his first match of the week against RR. However, his cameo was insufficient to win the game for his team. He fared much better against RCB. Following in the footsteps of Bairstow, Livingstone hit a magnificent 70(42), comprising of five fours and four sixes.
His innings propelled Punjab Kings to 209/9, allowing them to win the match handily. Livingstone’s form is critical because Punjab only has two games remaining and needs to win both of them with a high net run rate.
Number 4. Daniel Sams – Mumbai Indians
One season with DC, one with RCB, and now he appears to be settled in MI for good. He bowls in both the powerplay and the death overs, and his swing and variations have wowed everyone. He played a good game against KKR, returning with acceptable scores of 1-26.
His greatest game thus far, however, came against CSK. He talked about the new ball and disregarded CSK’s top three (Gaikwad, Conway, Moeen). His stats of 3-16 earned him the match’s player of the match honor. His efforts resulted in CSK being dismissed for 97 runs, a number that MI met with a few mishaps of their own.
Sams, a true all-rounder, was upgraded to number three by MI management to make light work of the chase. But it did not happen because he just went for one run. Still, he’s a good all-around player, and MI should anticipate big things from him with both the bat and the ball.
Number 5. Wanindu Hasaranga – Royal Challengers Bangalore
When RCB chose Hasaranga over Chahal in the auction earlier this year, many people were surprised. Hasaranga has done well to justify his team’s selection, as he sits atop the purple cap leaderboard with 23 wickets, with Chahal himself occupying the second slot with the same number of wickets.
Hasaranga has picked up seven wickets in two games this week alone. He batted through SRH’s middle and lower order, compiling his best IPL statistics of 5-18. He also took a few wickets against Punjab and was fairly economical, allowing only 15 runs in his four overs.
Hasaranga, an energetic batter at number eight, can hit the ball a long way, however, he only got to bat once this week and couldn’t do much. The RCB would like to see him contribute with the bat in the future.