The ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 has ended up being a paramount one for the Punjab Kings (PBKS) batting all-rounder Liam Livingstone. The 28-year-old English was signed for a major amount of cash by the Mohali-based side, and the former Rajasthan Royals player satisfied the owners by scoring 437 runs in the 14 matches that he played in the competition.
Livingstone was signed for Rs 11.50 crore in the mega auction recently, which made him the costliest abroad player this time around, however, in spite of his unfortunate history in the money-rich league, he intrigued the whole franchise with his overall show and ended up being the most important resource for the Mayank Agarwal-drove side.
It’s Nice To Prove A Few People Wrong: Liam Livingstone
He pounded 29 fours and 34 sixes and scored runs at an amazing strike rate of 182.08. Throughout 14 league matches, he crossed the fifty-run mark on four events and stayed not out on 49 from only 22 balls against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the last league match on Sunday (May 22) at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
Aside from his batting, Livingstone likewise got six wickets and dominated Game Number 11 against Chennai Super Kings independently with his inside and out show. What’s more, after PBKS’ last match on Sunday, Livingstone said that his display in IPL 2021 had procured him criticism, and he is cheerful now in the wake of disproving those pundits.
“It was nice. I felt like I was hitting the ball well throughout the tournament. The way we played today was perfect – attacking as well as being smart. It’s been a long two and a half months, it would be good to be away,” the English all-rounder said after the match.
“It’s nice to prove a few people wrong. Had a few comments after last year’s IPL. I am still learning and developing,” he added.
Livingstone was at his disastrous best against SRH on Sunday as his five sixes and two fours helped the Mohali-based side pursue down the score of 158 runs in 15.1 overs. In the 2021 season of the world’s most extravagant franchise cricket league, the right-handed hitter featured in five matches and could score only 42 runs.