We saw an absolute blockbuster of a match which is often referred to as ‘full paisa vasool’ in Hindi take place at the Brabourne Stadium between Team Rajasthan and Team Kolkata. Yuzvendra Chahal was the star of the game picking up the first hat-trick and five-wicket haul of the 2022 season.
Along with Chahal, there have been four other spells that have stood out so far in the season. Here are the best five spells of the Indian T20 League 2022 so far.
YUZVENDRA CHAHAL | 5/40 vs TEAM KOLKATA
Yuzvendra Chahal leads the way in the race for the purple cap and this recent five-wicket haul against Team Kolkata puts him way ahead of his competitors. In a match where we witnessed sixes galore, Chahal kept his nerve and bowled wicket-taking line and lengths to bamboozle the Kolkata batters.
The last over of his spell is one that is going to be remembered as an iconic moment from the season. The game seemed to be tilting towards Kolkata’s favour when Chahal picked up the ball in the 17th over of the game. 40 runs were needed off 4 overs on a batting paradise but Chahal proved to be the gamechanger.
He picked up a hat-trick off his last three balls of the over and registered his first-ever Indian T20 League five-wicket haul. For his match-winning spell, the leggie was also named the Player of the Match.
WANINDU HASARANGA | 4/20 vs TEAM KOLKATA
Team Bangalore splashed plenty of money on Sri Lanka’s mystery spinner, Wanindu Hasaranga at the mega auction. He was always going to be a key player for the franchise in the 2022 season and so far he has provided them with a few spells that were match-defining.
One such spell came against Team Kolkata at the DY Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai. On a slow and low track, Hasaranga exploited the conditions extremely well to pick up four key wickets in the first innings. He pulled out the Neymar celebration as well in this game and was named the Player of the Match for his 4/20.
UMESH YADAV | 4/23 vs TEAM PUNJAB
Umesh Yadav was close to being an unsold player for the 2022 season but Team Kolkata snatched up him at the last moment. The kind of impact he has had in the first few matches is unimaginable.
The pitches in the first week of the league had a fair share of grass covering on them and Umesh with his ability to swing the new ball up front made life difficult for the opening batters. His spell of 4/23 against Team Punjab earned his side a big win and him the Player of the Match award.
AVESH KHAN | 4/24 vs TEAM HYDERABAD
Another Indian pacer who has been impressive so far in the 2022 season has been Team Lucknow’s, Avesh Khan. The tall pacer had an outstanding campaign in 2021 and that earned him a national team call up as well. He has gone from strength to strength in no time and is a key player in Team Lucknow’s squad this season.
His career-best figures of 4/24 came under pressure in the match against Team Hyderabad. His game-changing 18th over, where he picked up two massive back-to-back wickets, helped his team win that contest.
LOCKIE FERGUSON | 4/28 vs TEAM DELHI
New Zealand’s Lockie Ferguson is easily one of the underrated bowlers of this season. He has raw pace in him that can trouble any batter but along with that raw pace, he has improved tremendously on his accuracy.
His best spell of the season, 4/28 came against Team Delhi at the MCA International Stadium, Pune. He intimidated the Delhi top order with pace and bounce and ended up picking three out of the top four Delhi batters.
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