Indian Premier League is now towards the end of its 15th edition after giving the audience seven weeks of top-notch cricket entertainment. Now only two matches are remaining for each team. This season has turned out to be so competitive that other than Gujarat, no other team has still confirmed their spot in the top four.
Even now, seven teams are still in contention for the remaining three spots in the playoffs. This season has had a great share of newcomers making it big in the absence of senior players either due to their form or injury. Indian youngsters have especially marked their territory while going full out.
In the seventh week as well, we saw some major upsets and high-scoring games turn into low-scoring chases. Four-time champions Chennai is out of the playoffs race after losing to five-time champions Mumbai Indians in their previous match. Amidst all of this, Indian players have performed greatly this week.
Here is a look at the best Indian XI from the seventh week:
1. Shubman Gill (GT)
Gill has been on and off with his performance throughout this season. But all his knocks have come in situations where the team needed a foundation to build a score upon. Gujarat Titans’ reliance on Shubman is not just limited to his opening role but the way he contributes in the field as well.
He will be one of the best fielders for India in the upcoming years. The effort he has been putting in the field testifies to it. This week, Gill played a slow and steady knock in Pune to help GT put up a defendable target of 144 runs. He scored an unbeaten 63 off 49 balls which eventually ended up in a winning cause.
His knock did not have a single six but he managed to hit seven fours and stood like a pillar at one end for GT. The bowling department of GT ensured this win by plundering LSG on 82 runs in 13.5 overs. With this win against Lucknow Super Giants, Gujarat Titans became the first team to qualify for the playoffs and are still at the top of the points table.
2. Yashasvi Jaiswal (RR)
One of the retained players of Rajasthan Royals, Yashasvi Jaiswal did not get enough chances this season. Even when he was in the playing XI, he failed to deliver up the order. This week was good for the young opener as well.
Jaiswal scored a 41 ball 68 run knock with a strike rate of over 165 while chasing a target of 190 runs against Punjab. His crucial knock as an opener made it easier for RR to register an important victory at this time of the tournament. He was the highest run-getter in that match and got full support from the middle order as well.
Another match against the Delhi Capitals was not a win but a lesson for RR. Jaiswal scored 19 off 19 while setting up a target of 161 for DC, the bowling unit of RR failed miserably. They were unable to defend a 161-run target and lost by eight wickets to DC.
3. Devdutt Padikkal (RR)
Devdutt’s form this season has not helped the youngster well. With an average of 24.58 this season, Devdutt is still struggling to find his way back with the bat. But the last three matches have been better for him as he is entering the double digits easily now.
Earlier against Punjab, in a chase of 190, he scored 31 runs off 32 deliveries. It was a slow knock as compared to the target but he balanced it out in the middle. He gave an assist with three boundaries and defended his wicket well.
In the match against Delhi, Padikkal scored 48 runs off 30 deliveries including two sixes. He fell two runs short of his second half-century as he fell prey to Anrich Nortje. Padikkal is performing better coming at one down for RR.
4. Rajat Patidar (RCB)
Rajat Patidar is proving to be a great bargain buy for Royal Challengers Bangalore this season. He has been consistently scoring runs for RCB when pillars like Virat Kohli are falling early. Rajat scored 48 runs off 38 deliveries against SRH.
His knock played a massive role while putting up a target of 193 runs for Hyderabad. RCB’s bowling later took the charge and bundled out SRH for 125 runs in 19.2 overs, giving RCB a 67 runs victory. Also, against Punjab, he was effective again.
Patidar scored 26 runs off 21 balls before falling to Rahul Chahar. While he was on the field, his two sixes and a four kept RCB alive in the match while others failed. RCB lost to Punjab by 54 runs but is still in contention for playoffs qualification.
5. Tilak Varma (MI)
The 19-year-old Tilak Varma has now scored the most runs in a season as a teenager in IPL history. He has scored a total of 368 runs in 12 innings for Mumbai Indians. With his continuous improvement in performance, seniors are lauding him inside Mumbai’s boot camp as well as outside it.
Although he failed to score in the match against KKR where Kolkata thrashed Mumbai with a 52 runs defeat. In another low-scoring game between the two most successful teams of IPL, CSK and MI, he stood firm on his ground. MI had bundled out CSK on 97 runs.
While chasing, Mumbai lost a few early wickets but Tilak made sure to not throw his wicket away this time. He scored an unbeaten 34 on 32 balls including four boundaries. He was deliberately sent at number 4 to boost his confidence. With his innings, Mumbai won this match by five wickets and ended CSK’s hopes of getting to the playoffs.
6. MS Dhoni (wk & c) (CSK)
Dhoni is one of the very few stalwarts of the game that is continuing to bat to his stature this season. While openers like Virat and Rohit have failed, Dhoni coming late after four to five wickets down is still proving to be the best finisher of the game. After the impromptu shift of captaincy, Mahi’s form still continues like before.
He has remained unbeaten on several occasions this season which has considerably helped CSK with those extra runs at the death. Even this week he shined as a captain and a finisher. His quick cameo of 21 runs off eight balls took CSK’s target to 208 against DC. He also took two catches behind the stumps in that match.
In another clash against Mumbai Indians, CSK’s batting lineup collapsed brutally. Dhoni managed to remain not out till the end but did not get enough support from the other end. He scored 36 runs off 33 balls in a total of 97 runs.
7. Ravichandran Ashwin (RR)
Ashwin’s orthodox approach mixed with his intellectual capacity has always shone through his game. He is the kind of all-rounder that will keep bowlers and batters simultaneously in check. Ashwin did not bat against Punjab earlier this week but bowled all his four overs.
He took the wicket of Shikhar Dhawan where only a total of five wickets fell. In another match against Delhi, he scored a crucial half-century. His 50-off 38 anchored the innings for Rajasthan to put up a total of 160 on the board.
He was the highest run-scorer for RR in that match. RR was only able to scalp two wickets of DC, but Ashwin remained considerably economical in his four overs and gave away 32 runs at an economy of 8 with seven dots.
8. Yuzvendra Chahal (RR)
Chahal is racing with time to be the highest wicket-taker of this season. He also became the highest wicket-taking spinner for Rajasthan this week. With 23 wickets, he is the joint-most wicket-taker this season with Wanindu Hasaranga.
While facing Punjab Kings, RR restricted them at 189. Chahal’s effective bowling made sure that Punjab Kings don’t cross the 200 run mark. He picked up three crucial wickets for RR.
In his four overs, Chahal gave away only 28 runs at an economy of 7 and bowled 10 dot balls. His victims were captain Mayank Agarwal, Bhanuka Rajapaksa and danger man Bairstow. Against DC, he managed to trap Mitchell Marsh and ended with figures of 1/43 from his 4 overs.
9. Avesh Khan (LSG)
Avesh Khan is having one of the best seasons of his career. He has a total of 16 wickets to his name. Khan picked up three wickets against KKR. LSG had set a target of 177 for KKR. The bowlers of Lucknow bundled out KKR at 101.
Khan’s lethal bowling trapped Nitish Rana and Anukul Roy. He also picked up the most crucial wicket of Andre Russell when the Caribbean was looking dangerous batting at a strike rate of over 230. Khan gave away only 19 runs in the three overs that he bowled.
In the match against Gujarat, Avesh again emerged as the most successful bowler for LSG. He picked up two wickets by dismissing Wade and Pandya respectively. He also took an incredible catch of Saha on Mohsin Khan’s bowling. His two sixes also flattered his teammates while chasing where LSG eventually lost by 62 runs.
10. Jasprit Bumrah (MI)
Jasprit Bumrah has regained his lost form but a bit too late as MI are officially out of the tournament. Bumrah’s impact on the result of Mumbai Indians has been very visible throughout the season. He registered the best figures of IPL 2022 so far and has been one of the best in the history of IPL as well.
KKR had set a target of 166 for the Mumbai Indians, but Bumrah gave away only 10 runs in the four overs that he bowled. He picked up a fifer at an economy of 2.5 but his efforts ended up in a losing cause.
In another clash against Chennai, Mumbai had restricted them to just 97 runs in 16 overs. The bowlers of Mumbai collectively bowled out CSK. Here, Bumrah again remained economical and gave away only 12 runs in the three overs that he bowled and picked up the wicket of Robin Uthappa.
11. Mukesh Chaudhary (CSK)
Debutant Mukesh Choudhary has emerged as one of the finest Indian bowlers this season, especially for CSK. He is continuously taking wickets at regular intervals in almost every match. With the guidance of MS, Mukesh is also delivering in line with Dhoni’s instructions.
While bowling against Delhi, the pacer made sure to bowl full-length deliveries. He picked up two wickets in the three overs that he bowled and gave away just 22 runs. With the help of his performance, CSK bowled out Delhi at 117 runs itself in 17.4 overs.
In the low-scoring match against Mumbai, he bowled an incredible opening spell. Mukesh gave away only 23 runs in his four overs and picked up three wickets including Ishan Kishan and Daniel Sams. Mumbai won that match very easily but Mukesh’s fight out in the field left a great impact.