IPL 2022: Best Benched XI from the fourth week
The fourth week of IPL 2022 had all the ingredients to be a blockbuster.
Updated - Apr 26, 2022 1:19 am
We are halfway through the biggest T20 league in the world and it is getting better and better as we are moving ahead in the tournament. From now on we can expect a dramatic shift in the points table as some teams will reassemble the troops, their game plans, and go all guns blazing as the league reaches its business end. This week was no short of a blockbuster. It had all the ingredients like drama, action, tragedy (Covid cases in DC camp), and the good old climax delivered by the likes of David Miller and the ever so cool Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
The fourth week of IPL 2022 was exceptional for the table-toppers Rajasthan Royals as they continued their flourishing form. The five-time champions Mumbai Indians are doomed as they are still winless and reeling at the bottom of the points table. The fear of disqualification is looming large, courtesy of their 7-match losing streak. At the end of the week, the Delhi Capitals camp had to face the perils of Covid as six of their players tested positive including Tim Seifert and Mitchell Marsh. Not too long after, one of DC’s coach Ricky Ponting’s family members tested positive as well. Ponting himself tested negative but will be in quarantine for five days. How unfortunate for the Capitals?
Talking about being unfortunate, some players did not get an opportunity to be in the playing XI but deserved a spot in their respective teams. These players have full potential to turn the tables for their sides, while some in-form teams may choose to remain largely unchanged but if necessary this lot of players can surely chip into their advantage. It’s high time for the backbenchers in the points table to realize the capabilities of these individuals and make use of the talents in their ranks to change their fortunes as they enter the second half of the tournament.
1. Evin Lewis
Evin Lewis is not a novelty when it comes to the shortest format of the game. The rapid scoring Trinidadian cricketer is the third batsman to score two T20 international centuries. He was in the scheme of things in the first two weeks and bagged the player of the match in LSG’s second game against Chennai Super Kings. In his 50 T20 international outings, he has amassed 1423 runs at an impressive average of 30.9 and strike rate of 155.5. His IPL record is decent as well.
Lucknow Super Giants bought him for 2 crores as a top-order enforcer. His destructive batting won the game for LSG wherein he played a match-winning knock of 23-ball 55 in an arduous 211-run chase. After a couple of outings from that match-winning performance, he hasn’t really got a chance to demonstrate his talent. Evin Lewis is someone who can give quick starts to the innings which are mighty essential while chasing big targets.
Lately, Lucknow Super Giants have their concerns in the middle order as finishers like Marcus Stoinis are sent way down the order when it gets tough to seal the difficult task of chasing targets. To make the run-chases easy and accessible to the finishers, Evin Lewis can be used at the number 3 position to give that early boost at the start of the run-chase or even when setting a target. He is a proven T20 bloke who can win games upfront in the innings. So, LSG should look at him as a game-changing prospect for their upcoming games.