- May 24, 2022
5 Fantasy Picks To Target in the Indian T20 League 2022 Playoffs
After hosting a grueling schedule comprising 70 matches, the Indian T20 League has reached the playoffs stage. The four teams to qualify are Team Gujarat, Team Rajasthan, Team Lucknow, and Team Bangalore.
Gujarat vs Rajasthan sets up as the ideal opening match of the playoffs; Lucknow will take on Bangalore in a mouthwatering Eliminator.
Hardik Pandya and his team seamlessly qualified by winning 10 out of 14 matches in the league stages.
Rajasthan and Lucknow had their share of highs and lows, but managed to cross the line thanks to good results in crunch situations.
Bangalore struggled the most out of the four teams, but jumped the hurdle after Team Mumbai defeated Team Delhi in the penultimate match of the league stage.
With a mixed bag of close matches and easy wins, the league stage of the competition may have been nerve-wracking for fantasy managers.
The playoffs promise some close contests, too, making it important for fantasy managers to have the right players in their team combination.
Here we list the top 5 players you should target and play them in pivotal positions
1. Hardik Pandya (Team Gujarat)
This is a no-brainer. Despite concerns raised over his fitness, Hardik Pandya has proved to his doubters that he is a force to be reckoned with this season.
His run-scoring ability in high pressure games makes him one of the best inclusions in the fantasy team and a great captaincy pick.
One may wonder if the change in location to Kolkata and Team Gujarat’s inexperience in playoffs might hamper their chances of making it to the finals.
Nevertheless, the 1st Qualifier does make up for a delightful clash
- Runs – 413
- 100s/50s – 0/4
- S/R – 131.53
2. Jos Buttler (Team Rajasthan)
If you have been a fantasy manager throughout the Indian T20 League’s group stage matches, you have to have noticed Buttler’s dip in run-scoring.
In the last seven matches, Buttler’s strike rate has experienced a sharp decline to 111.29, as he has managed only 138 runs.
Regardless, it should not worry fantasy managers.
Buttler is an experienced T20 campaigner and his self-belief and ability to clear the boundary can never be underestimated.
As a matter of fact, he is the kind of player that Team Rajasthan needs to stay on the road and make it to the finals of this revered tournament.
He is still the top-scorer and too valuable to miss out on a fantasy team entry.
- Runs – 629
- 100s/50s – 3/3
- S/R – 146.96
3. Quinton de Kock (Team Lucknow)
He was a silent campaigner before his masterclass innings against Team Kolkata wherein de Kock scored 140* off 70 deliveries.
It was the highest individual score of the 2022 Indian T20 League and it helped Team Lucknow qualify for the playoffs.
You have to agree that the South African cricketer is a big match player; so, that is one reason to have him in your fantasy squad.
de Kock has an array of shots in his arsenal making him an interesting choice.
With the support of KL Rahul at the top of the batting order, the wicket keeper-batsman will want to explore more stroke-making in the playoffs.
de Kock’s stats:
- Runs – 502
- 100s/50s – 1/3
- S/R – 149.40
4. Yuzvendra Chahal (Team Rajasthan)
Yuzvendra Chahal did not waste any time in getting back his Purple Cap from Wanindu Hasaranga. His 2/26 against Team Chennai was crucial in securing his team’s place in the playoffs.
Chahal’s figures also helped him match the tally of most wickets by a spinner in a single season of the Indian T20 League, which was earlier held by Imran Tahir.
One of the reasons behind his success has been the variation in spin and his ability to find the right lengths while bowling against the top batsmen.
Chahal only has one way to go and that is ahead, as he shows no signs of stopping. Not including him in your fantasy team can result in a few missed points.
- Wickets – 26
- Average – 16.53
- Best Bowling – 5/40
5. Wanindu Hasaranga (Team Bangalore)
Arguably, Team Bangalore’s most effective player this season has been Wanindu Hasaranga. The Sri Lankan leg spinner has not shied away from the challenges thrown at him by his adversary Chahal, even managing to briefly hold the Purple Cap.
He has been economical and has managed to pick up the wickets of batsmen with the ability to cause serious harm.
His only 5-wicket haul this season came against Team Hyderabad where he conceded just 18 runs, which is also his personal best in T20 cricket.
Hasaranga has risen to the challenge and only time will tell whether he walks away with the Purple Cap.
Regardless, he is a key addition to any fantasy team.
- Wickets – 24
- Average – 15.08
- Best Bowling – 5/18
The Indian T20 League 2022 has been full of surprises and had its share of ups and downs. The playoff matches guarantee entertainment no less worthy of the tournament’s reputation.
By including the aforementioned players in your fantasy team, you are assured to secure massive points, and by positioning them as captain or vice-captain, you can be proud winners of some exciting cash prizes.
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