As the headline states, the Indian T20 League 2022 was a season of firsts. Whether it was the introduction of the eventual champions Team Gujarat and playoff finishers Team Lucknow or the final being hosted in front of a record-breaking 100,000 plus spectators in Ahmedabad, there were plenty of things which were new for the teams to contend with in the 2022 campaign.
Overall, the BCCI and the governing council will be pretty happy with the way the season went and even though the viewership numbers were a bit down from the previous years, the fans were back in the stadiums in numbers and that added to the spectacle this year. Here we’ve tried to summarise the Indian T20 League 2022 season within five key points. Here’s our season review.
TEAM GUJARAT DID THE IMPOSSIBLE
“Where are the batters? Where are the death bowlers? This team will surely finish in the bottom half.” This was the rhetoric going around various digital platforms about Team Gujarat after the conclusion of the mega auction. Most people were convinced that they were going to struggle in their maiden season and captaining an Indian T20 League may be a step too far for Hardik Pandya.
The way they played through the season was refreshing. Different leaders emerged from that squad. The likes of Shubman Gill, Rashid Khan, Mohammed Shami, David Miller, Rahul Tewatia along with captain Pandya all were ready to burden the responsibility for the team on different occasions. Not only did they make it to the playoffs, but they made it in style, finishing first in the league table and comfortably winning the first qualifier to book a spot in the final.
The final was against Team Rajasthan, a team they had a better matchup against and it was one of the most one-sided finals in the history of the league as Gujarat sailed through with flying colours.
IS THERE A BETTER BATTER CURRENTLY THAN JOS BUTTLER?
Jos Buttler finished the 2022 season with 863 runs, the second most by any batter in a single season, behind the great Virat Kohli. Buttler was the recipient of the most awards at the closing ceremony and rightly so as he was easily the standout player in the league. The way Buttler is batting at the top of the order, he seems light years ahead of his contemporaries in T20 cricket.
Even on his off day, Buttler has an impact on the match. There just seems to be no deficiencies in his T20 batting currently. He loves to attack the bowlers from the first over but understands the game situation pretty well as well and when need be he gets his head down and tries to play the 20 overs. There’s no doubt that Buttler will be a key player in the T20 World Cup later in the year and England will be hoping for him to keep his good form right through the tournament.
YUZI CHAHAL IS ALL CLASS
Buttler was a massive contributor to the success of Team Rajasthan this season but one of his partners in crime was Yuzvendra Chahal. The leg-spinner seems like a perfect player to have in your squad as he keeps the vibes in the camp positive with his personality and on the field he is one of the best players more often than not.
Chahal has bounced back exceptionally well after missing out on the Indian World Cup squad in 2021. But in a season in which he has picked up 27 wickets, the most ever by a spinner in the history of the competition, Chahal should be one of the first names on the Indian team sheet.
THE LEAGUE IS BACK WHERE IT BELONGS
After a couple of seasons in the UAE, the Indian T20 League was back to where it belongs, to its home country for the 2022 season. Fans were tired of watching cricket in the UAE and the moment the league came back home, the excitement around the league was pretty evident.
The tournament started off with an attendance limit of 25% but finished with more than 100,000 people in the final. It was great to see the fans flocking back to the stadiums in numbers.
BIG THINGS COMING UP FOR THE LEAGUE
There is a new media rights license to be given out which will surely be valued higher than the previous one. That means there is more money in the league which will go to the franchises that will trickle down to the players and grassroots of Indian cricket.
There have been talks of increasing the window for the Indian T20 League in the 2023 season where the teams will revert to the home and away format. It will give a chance for the fans of different teams to see their team play live in their home stadiums after a gap of three years.
Cricket seems to be going down the football route where international cricket may go on the sidelines and the Indian T20 League will take centre stage in the cricketing calendar.
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