Hardik Pandya and David Warner to lead as we look at the best performing left arm vs right arm playing 11 for IPL 2022.
The IPL 2022 season is at the business end of the tournament, and it is living up to its hopes of giving a lot of excitement to its fans in terms of playoff qualification. Not only the teams but the players also bring a lot of excitement and franchise love which attracts a lot of fan base.
As history has seen, the tournament has given us many great left-handed and right-handed batsmen and bowlers since its inception. Be it the great Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers, Virender Sehwag, Lasith Malinga, or Zaheer Khan, there has been a mixed bag of players on the opposite hand to shake up the game.
The current IPL 2022 tournament is no different. Although the presence of right-handed players is high, left-handed players are also not far behind. So, in this interesting article, we will compare 11 best-performing left-handed and right-handed players to impress in the tournament so far.
To remove any bias and perception, we have selected the players only on the basis of their performance for this IPL. Playing 11 is selected on the basis of 2 openers, 2-3 middle order batsmen, at least 1 finisher, at least 1 spinner and at least 3 fast bowlers. In addition, the rule of 4 overseas players is also taken into account.
Left handed team: Shikhar Dhawan and David Warner
Team Right Hand: Jos Buttler and KL Rahul
Comparing the openers of both the teams, Team LH has former SRH openers David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan. While Team RH consists of current Orange Cap leader Jos Buttler and Mr. Constant KL Rahul. All four are the highest run-getters for their respective teams, and have performed better than any other batsman.
In terms of statistics, Jos Buttler is the best of these four batsmen, having scored 625 runs in 12 innings at an average of 56.8, a strike rate of 149.9 and a consistency of 66.7%. David Warner of Team LH scored 427 runs in 10 innings with an average of 61, strike rate of 152.5 and 70% consistency. KL Rahul has scored 459 runs in 12 innings with a consistency of 50%. While Shikhar Dhawan has scored 381 runs in 11 innings with a consistency of 54.5%.
Left handed team: Tilak Varma, David Miller & Nicholas Pooran
Team Right Hand: Suryakumar Yadav, Aiden Markram and Hardik Pandya
Among the left-handers in the middle order, Tilak Verma has been the best left-handed batsman for Mumbai Indians this season. He currently has 368 runs in 12 innings at an average of 40.9, a strike rate of 132.9 and a consistency of 72.7%. Suryakumar Yadav, his right-hand counterpart, has also been the shining star of Mumbai Indians in a dwindling campaign. While Skye has been ruled out of the tournament due to injury, he scored 303 runs in 8 innings at an average of 43.3 and a consistency of 62.5%.
It is followed by David Miller and Nicholas Pooran from Team LH and Hardik Pandya and Aiden Markram from Team RH. While Miller has 332 runs batting at 5 or below at a strike rate of 141.3, Pooran has scored 261 runs at a strike rate of 147.5 while batting on 5. For Team RH, Hardik has taken a step with his batting and scored 344 runs. An average of 38.2 and a strike rate of 131.8. While Aiden Markram has an impressive average of 65.2 out of 326 runs scored so far.
Left handed team: Shimron Hetmyer
Team Right Hand: Andre Russell and Dinesh Karthik
Team LH has Shimron Hetmyer. Both have been excellent finishers for their respective teams. Shimron Hetmyer has made a very quick cameo and has scored 291 runs in the process at an impressive strike rate of 166.3. Unfortunately, Team LH does not have any good all-rounders to feature in the playing 11.
When it comes to the best finishers for Team RH, look no further than Andre Russell and Dinesh Karthik. While Russell is the best all-rounder of the season with 281 runs and 14 wickets to his name, Dinesh Karthik has undoubtedly been the best finisher of the season, scoring 274 runs at an amazing strike rate of 200.
Left handed team: Arshdeep Singh, Mukesh Choudhary, Kuldeep Yadav, Khaleel Ahmed and T Natarajan
Talking about bowlers, Team LH has 4 pacers and 1 spin combo of Arshdeep Singh, Mukesh Chaudhary, Khaleel Ahmed, T Natarajan and Kuldeep Yadav. While Mukesh Chaudhary and Khaleel Ahmed are excellent powerplay bowlers, Kuldeep Yadav controls the game in the middle overs and T Natarajan is an excellent death overs bowler.
In terms of starts, Kuldeep is the leading wicket-taker for Team LH, taking 18 wickets in 12 matches at an economy rate of 8.7 and a consistency of 41.7%. T Natarajan and Khaleel Ahmed have taken 17 wickets in 9 matches and 16 wickets in 8 matches respectively. Both have been excellent, but could not play the match due to injuries.
Meanwhile, Mukesh Choudhary has been impressive in his debut season with 16 wickets in 11 matches at a consistency of 45.5%. He has been a prolific powerplay bowler. Arshdeep Singh may not have many wickets, but he has been one of the best death overs bowlers in this IPL. He currently has 6 wickets in 11 matches at an economy rate of 7.8.
Team Right Hand: Wanindu Hasaranga, Umesh Yadav, Avesh Khan and Yuzvendra Chahli
Coming to Team RH, Avesh Khan progresses as a prolific fast bowler along with Umesh Yadav, who has been impressive this season as well. His two excellent leg and leading wicket takers to support him are Yuzvendra Chahal and Wanindu Hasaranga. All four bring in unique skillets with great support from Andre Russell and Hardik Pandya when needed.
In terms of statistics, Yuzvendra Chahal is the Purple Cap leader with 23 wickets in 12 matches with a consistency of 66.7%. Hasaranga is not far behind with 21 wickets in 12 matches with a consistency of 50%. Avesh Khan has been the most impressive right-arm fast bowler, taking only 16 wickets in 10 out of 60% with a consistency. While Umesh Yadav has taken 15 wickets in 10 matches with a consistency of 60%.
IPL 2022: Best Performing Left Handed Playing 11:
Shikhar Dhawan, David Warner (C), Tilak Varma, David Miller, Nicholas Pooran (WK), Shimron Hetmyer, Kuldeep Yadav, Arshdeep Singh, Khaleel Ahmed, Mukesh Choudhary & T Natarajan.
IPL 2022: Best performing right handed playing 11:
Jos Buttler, KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, Aiden Markram, Hardik Pandya (c), Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Oneindu Hasaranga, Umesh Yadav, Avesh Khan and Yuzvendra Chahal
So, this completes the comparison of Strongest Left Arm vs Right Arm Playing 11 for IPL 2022. Overall, the batting looks strong for Team RH XI with excellent openers and finishers, but the middle order looks better for Team LH. While Team LH’s speed department is better than RH’s, Team RH seems to have better spin department.
Apart from these, other players who were in contention include Umran Malik, Mohammed Shami, Shahbaz Ahmed, Abhishek Sharma, Ishan Kishan, Kagiso Rabada, Mohsin Khan, Liam Livingstone, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Faf du Plessis, Deepak Hooda and . Shubman Gill.
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