IPL 2022 Orange Cap, Purple Cap, Best Innings, Best Bowling, Best Catches, Expensive Over, and Expensive Spell so far.
The Indian Premier League (IPL) kicked off on March 26 at Mumbai’s iconic Wankhede Stadium with a game between last year’s finalists, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), which was won by the latter.
Let’s see how the numbers stack up at the end of the first week of TATA IPL 2022:
IPL 2022 Most Expensive Over(s)
The most expensive over of Tata IPL 2022 came in the battle between the two West Indians, Andre Russell and Odean Smith. Russell playing for KKR got the better of the two where he smacked Odean Smith representing Punjab Kings all over the park for 30 runs in an over with 4 sixes and 1 four.
The second-most expensive over of Tata IPL 2022 was in the Mumbai Indians (MI) vs Rajasthan Royals (RR) match, where Jos Buttler took Basil Thampi to the cleaners with some fabulous hitting, scoring 26 runs in a single over which included 3 sixes and 2 fours. This match also saw the first hundred of Tata IPL 2022 coming from Jos Buttler’s bat (100 off 68 balls).
IPL 2022 Most Expensive Spell
The most expensive spell of IPL came in the second match of the season in a contest between Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Punjab Kings (PBKS), where Mohammed Siraj was punished for 59 runs in a 4-over spell; while Siraj did manage to take two wickets, he wasn’t able to stop Odean Smith and Shahrukh Khan who went on to chase a mammoth 206 runs against RCB.
IPL 2022 Orange Cap, Top run-scorer
The most expensive player of Tata IPL 2022, pocket dynamo Ishan Kishan who went for a whopping INR 15.25 crores, currently holds the Orange Cap along with Jos Buttler as both of them are tied with 135 runs in their kitty.
Kishan has hit two fifties and his runs include 3 sixes and 16 fours at a strike rate of 148.35 with a highest score of 81* against Delhi Capitals (DC).
Jos Buttler’s 135 runs have come at a strike rate of 140.62 which include 8 sixes and 14 fours. He also became the first player to score a hundred in Tata IPL 2022.
IPL 2022 Purple Cap, Top wicket-taker
The man who almost went unsold in Tata IPL mega-auction 2022, India veteran pacer Umesh Yadav holds the Purple Cap with 8 wickets from three innings. He has bowled a total of 12 overs and has given away just 59 runs at an economy of 4.92 which is the lowest amongst all bowlers in Tata IPL 2022.
The Punjab Kings leggie, Rahul Chahar stands in the second position with 6 wickets in 3 matches at an economy of just 5 runs per over. Punjab Kings (PBKS) might not be missing the services of Ravi Bishnoi as Rahul has been doing tremendously well so far in the tournament. Rahul Chahar's best bowling figures of 3/25 came against CSK.
IPL 2022 Best Catches
Jos Buttler took a stunning catch running backwards to send back Daniel Sams off the bowling of Chahal in RR’s game against MI. The England wicketkeeper-batter would be very proud of that catch as he wasn’t wearing the wicketkeeping gloves.
Shubman Gill produced another sensational backward running diving catch to dismiss Even Lewis. The catch was a jaw-dropping moment for all the spectators and players present in the ground.
IPL 2022 Best Innings
There are already few innings which had the spectators in awe but one innings won a game for Delhi Capitals (DC) where they were down and out and not many would have backed the franchise at that stage against MI.
It was Lalit Yadav’s innings of 48* which was an impactful innings where he walked into bat with DC at 32-3 with all big guns back to the pavilion and another 148 runs still needed off 16 overs. He stitched a swashbuckling partnership with Axar Patel and took his side home with an unbeaten knock against the five-time IPL champions.
IPL 2022 Best Bowling
The best bowling performance of Tata IPL 2022 after the first week was from Gujarat Titans’ (GT) Lockie Ferguson who picked up four wickets against DC. With this year’s IPL favouring the chasing side, GT were defending an average score of 171 runs and they needed a magical bowling performance to defend the score with dew on the ground.
Ferguson went on to pick the crucial wickets of Prithvi Shaw, Mandeep Singh, Axar Patel and DC captain Rishabh Pant, as he finished with bowling figures of 4-28 at an economy of 7 runs per over.