IPL 2022: Sachin Tendulkar Picks IPL 2022 best XI, Shikhar Dhawan And Jasprit Bumrah Included

Updated - 31 May 2022, 05:44 PM

Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar (Image Credit: Twitter)

Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar has picked his best XI of the as of late finished up IPL 2022 season. The side highlights seven Indians and four foreign cricketers.

Punjab Kings (PBKS) opener Shikhar Dhawan and Mumbai Indians (MI) pacer Jasprit Bumrah were the unexpected picks in Sachin Tendulkar’s dream XI for IPL 2022.

The former MI skipper picked Dhawan and Rajasthan Royals’ (RR) Jos Buttler as his openers. While Orange Cap victor Buttler (863 runs) was the undeniable decision, Dhawan had a blended season, scoring 460 runs in 14 matches.

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Shikhar Dhawan Punjab Kings (Image Credits: Twitter)
Shikhar Dhawan Punjab Kings (Image Credits: Twitter)

Making sense of his choice to pick the PBKS batter, Tendulkar said on his YouTube channel:

“I would want a left-hand, right-hand combination and hence I am going to play Shikhar Dhawan. He accelerates beautifully and keeps rotating the strike.”

Lauding Buttler, he added:

“One need not discuss who Dhawan’s opening partner would be. Jos Buttler – what a season he has had, just fabulous. When Buttler gets going, no one can match him.”

The 49-year-old selected Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) captain KL Rahul (616 runs) as the No. 3 batter for his ‘consistency’ and ‘stability.’

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Hardik Pandya. Photo-IPL
Hardik Pandya. Photo-IPL

Meanwhile, as anticipated, IPL 2022’s triumphant skipper Hardik Pandya (487 runs and eight wickets) would bat at No. 4 and would lead the side too. Talking about Pandya the batter, Tendulkar said:

“Hardik Pandya at No. 4 has shown tremendous form this season and has played some crucial knocks. He has brute power, his bat swing is beautiful. The stability when he wants to hit the ball is really nice.”

Commending his leadership for Gujarat Titans (GT), the Indian great added:

“Hardik was the standout captain this season. He was clear in his mind and proactive.”

David Miller. Photo-IPL
David Miller. Photo-IPL

Sachin Tendulkar chose GT hitter David Miller (481 runs) for exceptional recognition while naming him as the No. 5 batter in his IPL 2022 dream team. He commented:

“At No. 5, I would like to bring in another left-hander. It’s very important to have a left-right combination. There were a lot of contenders but I am going to play David Miller. He has shown very good form, tremendous consistency and played some crucial knocks.

“What I observed this season was, he was able to hit to all sides of the ground. It was not slogging but proper cricketing shots. It was a treat to watch.”

The former India skipper picked PBKS’ Liam Livingstone (437 runs) at No. 6 for his capacity to hit fours and sixes and his helpful spin bowling. Livingstone had a strike rate of 182.08 in IPL 2022.

For the wicketkeeper position, Tendulkar went for RCB’s finisher Dinesh Karthik (330 runs at a strike rate of 183.33). The legend hailed the veteran cricketer for his consistency and serenity all through the season.

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Jasprit Bumrah. Photo-IPL
Jasprit Bumrah. Photo-IPL

Moving concentration to the bowlers, Sachin Tendulkar picked the Indian duo of Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah as his new-ball pair.

The 49-year-old hailed GT’s Shami (20 wickets) for his prosperity with the ball forthright while depicting MI’s Bumrah as the ‘best death bowler’ on the planet.

Bumrah’s inclusion is fascinating since he finished the season with average numbers – 15 wickets in 14 games.

Leg-spinners Rashid Khan (GT) and Yuzvendra Chahal (RR) are the two spin bowlers in Tendulkar’s dream team for IPL 2022. Making sense of the picks, he concluded:

“I would have Rashid as he is a dangerous batter and, with the ball, he gets the breakthroughs in the middle overs. His success rate is very high. Chahal was the highest wicket-taker. He always thinks about outsmarting batters.

“Chahal and Rashid can bowl in tandem. If a left-hander comes in, I have the option of bowling Livingstone’s off spin.”

Yuzvendra Chahal
Yuzvendra Chahal (Credits: Twitter)

While Chahal finished IPL 2022 with 27 wickets in 17 matches, Rashid guaranteed 19 wickets in 16 games however had an outstanding economy of 6.59.

Sachin Tendulkar’s IPL 2022 best XI: Shikhar Dhawan, Jos Buttler, KL Rahul, Hardik Pandya (captain), David Miller, Liam Livingstone, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Rashid Khan, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah.

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