In the much-awaited final of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 Gujarat Titans (GT) will be locking horns with Rajasthan Royals (RR) at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on May 29 (Sunday). RR registered a win over spirited Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by seven wickets in Qualifier 2 of the IPL 2022 to reach the final.
Just before the final of this season, the voice of cricket, Harsha Bhogle has named the playing XI comprising of Indian players in the 15th edition of the tournament. Harsha Bhogle had no hesitation in excluding players like Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, and Virat Kohli.
Moreover, RR has managed to reach the IPL final for the first time since winning the inaugural edition in 2008 and is one step away from reclaiming its lost glory. In the season so far, GT and RR locked horns with each other twice and on both occasions, Gujarat has managed to get better off Rajasthan, once in league stages and the other time in Qualifier 1.
Here’s the Indian 11 of IPL 2022 by Harsha Bhogle:
KL Rahul and Rahul Tripathi
Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) skipper, KL Rahul has reached the 500-runs mark for the fifth consecutive year. The right-hander managed to smash a couple of centuries in the span of 15 matches that he played in IPL 2022. On the other hand, Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) batter, Rahul Tripathi was demoted in terms of the batting position in his team but showed an unreal combination of consistency and firepower towards the mid-end of the innings. He amassed 413 runs in 14 games this season.
Sanju Samson, Suryakumar Yadav, and Hardik Pandya
Rajasthan Royals (RR) skipper, Sanju Samson will be leading the team in the grand finale at the iconic Ahmedabad stadium. The right-hander had maintained a strike rate of almost 150 while batting in crunch situations. It was a surprising pick by Harsha Bhogle as Suryakumar Yadav SKY did not feature in half of the encounters of MI due to injury. But in the limited games, SKY amassed 303 runs in 8 games at an average of 43+.
Gujarat Titans (GT) skipper, Hardik Pandya has impressed one and all with his brilliant leadership skills, but he has also been one o the most consistent batters for the side batting in the middle-order. He scored more than 450 runs at an average of 45.