IPL 2022: Four franchises that can reach playoffs
With the addition of two new teams to the existing pool of eight teams in IPL 2022, the fight for the championship is only going to get tighter. Out of 10 teams, only four will be able to get into the playoffs, where they will battle for the title. Each team will play 14 league stage games, in a span of two months.
The Chennai Super Kings is by far the most consistent side in IPL history. They have a history of making it into the playoffs in every season except 2020. The defending champions will be fighting for yet another title in IPL 2022.
Rajasthan Royals and Punjab Kings will look to make their way into the reckoned playoff spots. Meanwhile, the newly added Gujarat Titans and Lucknow Supergiants will also look to make an impact in their inaugural season. We will take a look at 4 teams who are more likely to appear in the playoffs in IPL 2022.
Chennai Super Kings
The four-time IPL winners and defending champions will try their best to reach the playoffs in the IPL 2022. Chennai Super Kings did their best in the IPL 2022 mega auctions. The player to look out for is the main man MS Dhoni himself and his dynamic leadership. Dhoni knows how to produce the best results out of his teammates.
MS Dhoni has the two best spin bowlers in the squad, Moeen Ali and Ravindra Jadeja. They are pretty good with their bat as well if needed. Faf du Plessis, however, creates a void in the team that is very hard to fill. Though, each player is aware of their role as they have been assigned to it. They could get off the blocks quicker in the IPL 2022.
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Chennai Super Kings Squad – IPL 2022
MS Dhoni (captain), Moeen Ali, Dwayne Bravo, Robin Uthappa, Deepak Chahar, KM Asif, Tushar Deshpande, Shivam Dube, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ravindra Jadeja, Ambati Rayudu Maheesh Theekshana, Rajvardhan Hangargekar, Simarjeet Singh, Devon Conway, Dwaine Pretorius, Mitchell Santner, Adam Milne, Subhranshu Senapati, N Jagadeesan, Chris Jordan, K Bhagath Varma, Mukesh Choudhary, Prashant Solanki, C Hari Nishaanth.
Delhi capitals might have shredded some of their key performers such as Shikhar Dhawan and Shreyas Iyer. However, the runners-up of the 2020 edition did pretty well in the IPL 2022 mega auctions to bring reinforcements. Prithvi Shaw will start with the newly acquired David Warner as they will be backed up by Rishabh Pant and Mitch marsh.
Shardul Thakur and Axar Patel will operate as all-rounders for Delhi Capitals. Both players are capable of doing a great amount of damage to the opposition. The pacer line-up includes Anrich Nortje (injury concerns), Shardul Thakur. Three left-arm bowlers are in forms as Chetan Sakariya, Mustafizur Rahman, and Khaleel Ahmed.
Delhi Capitals Squad – IPL 2022
Prithvi Shaw, Anrich Nortje, Rishabh Pant (captain), Axar Patel, David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Shardul Thakur KS Bharat, Mandeep Singh, Khaleel Ahmed, Chetan Sakariya, Lalit Yadav, Ripal Patel, Yash Dhull, Rovman Powell, Pravin Dubey, Lungi Ngidi, Tim Seifert, Vicky Ostwal, Mustafizur Rahman, Kuldeep Yadav, Ashwin Hebbar, Sarfaraz Khan, Kamlesh Nagarkoti.
Kolkata Knight Riders
Kolkata Knight Riders are one of the franchises that did well in the IPL 2022 mega auctions. The former Delhi Capitals player, Shreyas Iyer will lead the franchise this season and will for an aggressive top order. The top order will consist of other players such as Alex Hales and Venkatesh Iyer.
The middle-order consists of Nitish Rana and two match finishers who are in form, Andre Russell and Pat Cummins. Sunil Narine can make use of his pinch-hitting nature given his temptation to score runs at a huge pace. An experienced bowling line-up completes the Kolkata Knight Riders IPL 2022 squad. Top bowlers like Pat Cummins, Umesh Yadav, and Tim Southee will take the pace attack into their hands.
Young and inexperienced players like Shivam Mavi are given a chance to experience the festive nature of the IPL 2022. They are well armored in the spin department. Sunil Narine will lead from the front while Varun Chakravarthy and Mohammad Nabi will be supporting him.
KKR Squad – IPL 2022
Shreyas Iyer (captain), Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Venkatesh Iyer, Varun Chakravarthy, Nitish Rana, Baba Indrajith, Chamika Karunaratne, Abhijeet Tomar, Pratham Singh, Ashok Sharma, Sam Billings, Alex Hales, Tim Southee, Ramesh Kumar, Mohammad Nabi, Umesh Yadav, Aman Khan, Pat Cummins, Shivam Mavi, Sheldon Jackson, Ajinkya Rahane, Rinku Singh, Anukul Roy, Rasikh Dar.
Lucknow Super Giants
As newcomers, Lucknow Super Giants have attended the IPL 2022 mega auctions and did the business very well. The two experienced batters KL Rahul as well as Quinton de Kock will appear as openers for LSG. Their middle order consists of strong players like Deepak Hooda, Marcus Stoinis, Manish Pandey, Krunal Pandya, and Jason Holder.
The fast bowling line-up consists of Jason Holder and Avesh Khan. They will take charge of the pace bowling department for the new franchise. Meanwhile, Mark Wood and Marcus Stoinis are the other two pacer options. The spin bowling department is a lot deeper as they have 3 spinners in the playing XI. Ravi Bishnoi, Shahbaz Nadeem, and Krunal Pandya could bring a deadly spin attack in the IPL 2022.
Lucknow Super Giants Squad – IPL 2022
KL Rahul (Captain), Ravi Bishnoi, Marcus Stoinis, Deepak Hooda, Jason Holder, Manish Pandey, Quinton de Kock, Krunal Pandya, Mark Wood, Avesh Khan, Ankit Singh Rajpoot, Manan Vohra, Mohsin Khan, Ayush Badoni, Kyle Mayers, Karan Sharma, Evin Lewis, Mayank Yadav, B Sai Sudarshan, , Krishnappa Gowtham, Dushmanta Chameera, Shahbaz Nadeem.