Ranji Trophy 2022: Best XI of the season

Ranji Trophy 2022: Best XI of the season

Few of the players were the part of the IPL 2022 as well.

Sarfaraz Khan
Sarfaraz Khan.(Photo Source: Twitter)

The 2021/22 edition of the Ranji trophy ended with Madhya Pradesh (MP) securing a historical victory by six wickets against Mumbai in the final clash. The league stage of the tournament was played in February-March, while the knock-outs took place in the month of June. MP reached the final by beating Bengal by 174 runs in the semis, while Mumbai won the semi-final game against Uttar Pradesh (UP) on the basis of the first innings lead.

This season witnessed young and experienced players finding their fame by helping their respective teams to do well in the tournament. Apart from MP and Mumbai, players of many other teams had a great influence on the outcome of the fixture as well. Particularly, the kn0ckouts of the tournament saw a major chunk of Indian Premier League (IPL) players being the top performers.

Best XI of Ranji Trophy 2021/22

Openers- Yash Dubey and Yashasvi Jaiswal

Yashasvi Jaiswal
Yashasvi Jaiswal.(Photo Source: Twitter)

The opening combination will be a left-right one for finding a better balance to provide a good start to the team. Yash Dubey featured for MP, and Yashasvi Jaiswal was the opener of the Mumbai team. Both players left a huge impact on the team with their contributions.

A lesser-known name in the domestic cricket, Dubey amassed 614 runs at an average of 76.75, with two centuries and a single fifty. His top score of 289 came against Kerala, which paved way for the team to get the first innings lead and secure a berth in the quarter-finals.  In the finals, the 23-year-old scored a total of 134 runs, with 133 coming in the first innings.

Jaiswal had not featured in the league stages but came into this tournament after good outings in the IPL. In six innings, the southpaw slammed 498 runs at an average of 83. He scored 181 in the semi-final game against UP.

Middle-order- Rajat Patidar and Sarfaraz Khan

Rajat Patidar
Rajat Patidar.(Photo Source: Twitter)

The number three and four positions usually play a key role in stabalizing the innings after a bad start or continuing the momentum built by the openers. In this line-up, the likes of Rajat Patidar and Sarfaraz Khan will don this role. Both players marked their presence in the IPL, with Patidar earning a name by a whirlwind century in the Eliminator.

In nine innings, Patidar scored 658 runs at an average of 82.25, with two centuries and five half-centuries. In the first innings of the finals, he scored 122 and provided a lead to MP, and followed with an unbeaten knock of 30 off 37 balls in the subsequent innings to chase down the total and win the trophy for the team. His best score of 142 came against Kerala.

The leading run-scorer of the tournament, Sarfaraz was terrific scoring 982 runs in nine innings at an average of 122.75, comprising four centuries. He registered the highest score of 275 against Saurashtra in the league stages. With an average of 81.61, he just falls behind Sir Donald Bradman’s 99.94 in first-class cricket.

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