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IPL 2022 – 5 BEST overseas players from the league stage of the tournament

Over the years, the presence of the finest T20 players and the competitiveness of the Indian Premier League (IPL) has piqued the curiosity of overseas players. Furthermore, they have arrived to better grasp the subcontinent’s environment, which bodes well for the individual national teams’ future potential. This year, cricket fans were disappointed by the absence of Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers, who elevated the competition with their six-hitting abilities.

However, some of the typical adventurers maintained their excellent form for their new teams, while others recovered and proved their worth. With the T20 World Cup coming up later this year, overseas players turned out in record numbers this season. This list comprises the majority of the players who have competed in the tournament in recent years and have won matches for their respective teams.

With the league stage of the tournament officially behind us, let’s take a look at the 5 BEST overseas players from the league stage of the tournament.

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Number 1. Jos Buttler

 

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Jos Buttler, one of the finest players to wear the Royals jersey, has been fantastic with his steady scores in the last few IPL editions. He was one of three players retained by the franchise for the 2022 season. He began the season with a 35-ball 28 against SRH and followed it up with a century against his former team, MI.

Buttler hit 70 off 47 balls in his third appearance against the RCB. The following three knocks were 54, 103, and 116, and he quickly became the Orange Cap holder. Apart from the 67, his form deteriorated in the second half of the season.

Buttler’s last three league goals were 2, 2, and 7, which is disappointing for a player of his caliber. He still wears the orange cap, though, with 629 runs at an average of 48.38. The Englishman will be the Royals’ main player in the playoffs.

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Number 2. Faf du Plessis

 

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Faf du Plessis, the past edition’s second-highest run-scorer with 633 runs, was not retained by his franchise, CSK, for the 2022 tournament. He was instead appointed to oversee the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) franchise. Faf scored 88 off 57 balls in his first innings, including seven sixes.

However, he was erratic in his subsequent starts. His 96-run knock-off 64 balls against LSG helped the club win by 18 runs. He was at the crease for the entire 20 overs of his next significant score of 73* against the Sunrisers.

Faf scored 127 runs in the last three games and was a big contributor to the team making the playoffs. He has 443 runs at an average of 34.08 after the league stage and will be crucial to RCB’s first triumph.

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Number 3. Liam Livingstone

 

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Liam Livingstone, an Englishman, has been one of the best players in the game’s shortest format. Except for the IPL, he has scored runs in practically every league before this season. He failed to convert his starts in his first two games for Punjab Kings (PBKS), but he came back with a knock of 60 off 32 balls against CSK.

He replied with 64 off 27 balls against the Titans and 60 off 33 balls against the Sunrisers (SRH). He struck the longest six of the season in the SRH game, measuring 118 meters. He contributed approximately 20-3o runs throughout the majority of the second half.

Livingstone hit 66 off 29 balls against RCB to assist the club win by 54 runs, keeping the team’s postseason chances alive. Despite the team’s loss of a playoff spot, he hit 49* off 22 balls in the last league stage to finish well. The 28-year-old scored 437 runs in 14 games.

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Number 4. Rashid Khan

 

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Rashid Khan, the Afghanistan leg-spinner, was unexpectedly released by his former franchise, SRH. However, he was selected before this season’s auction by the Gujarat Titans (GT). He was economical and put the clamps on the opponents in the opening few games.

He finally contributed with the bat this season, winning a few games for the squad. He led the squad to 40 points from 21 balls in a game against CSK. Following that, he was fantastic against the Sunrisers, hitting sixes on a frequent basis, greatly extending the team’s batting department.

Rashid’s best stats of 4/24 came against LSG, allowing the squad to secure first place in the points standings. With 91 runs and 18 wickets in the league, he has been outstanding for the Titans and will be an important player in the coming years.

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Number 5. Wanindu Hasaranga

 

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Wanindu Hasaranga played only two games for RCB in the previous season. However, he returned as Sri Lanka’s leading wicket-taker in the T20 World Cup 2021, and the management once again trusted his ability. He bowled well and returned with frugal numbers in the opening four games of the season.

He gradually improved his performances against the Royals and Titans, finishing with figures of 2/23 and 2/28, respectively. He was at his best in a game against the Sunrisers, taking 5/18 and perplexing the opponents.

The 24-year-old took three wickets in the past two games and was instrumental in getting the squad to the playoffs. Hasaranga is the tournament’s second-highest wicket-taker, with 24 in 14 games, and has finally done well in the IPL.