TATA IPL 2022: Royal Challengers Bangalore’s x-factor players for playoffs

The Faf du Plessis-led squad will need to make a quick rebound and stay in the top four if they are to enter the playoffs, as they currently have 14 points from twelve games.

RCB is at fourth in the IPL points table with six victories from 11 games prior to the match against SRH. Bangalore’s bowling has been a huge asset for the Faf du Plessis-led team in this season’s IPL 2022, as witnessed in practically every match they’ve played.

Limiting Chennai to 160/8 in 20 overs, for instance. Harshal Patel grabbed 3/35, with Josh Hazelwood, Shahbaz Ahmed, and Wanindu Hasaranga each taking one wicket.

Let’s take a look at the franchise’s x-factor players who might successfully lead it to the playoffs final four.

Dinesh Karthik

Dinesh Karthik, the defined finisher for Royal Challengers Bangalore, has dominated the 15th season of the Indian Premier League with a strike rate of 200 after 12 innings and 274 runs at 68.50. The wicketkeeper-batter is giving death overs bowlers in the league the shivers. It’s not only the fast runs, but Karthik’s overall performances have been critical to RCB’s success this season. DK has stayed undefeated in all seven of RCB’s victories thus far, scoring 200 runs at a strike rate of 202.02 in those games. On May 9, he made a blistering 30 not out off only 8 balls against the Sunrises Hyderabad.

Wanindu Hasaranga

When RCB paid Rs 10.75 crore for the spin-bowling all-rounder at this year’s auction, he became the most expensive Sri Lankan player in IPL history.

Hasaranga (21 wickets) became the second player in this IPL to pass the 20-wicket milestone with his fifer, and he is presently second after Yuzvendra Chahal (22).

Wanindu Hasaranga has jumped to second place with 21 wickets in 12 matches after grabbing five wickets against Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Josh Hazlewood

Since helping CSK win the title last season and subsequently Australia win the T20 World Cup, Australian bowler Josh Hazlewood has been a sensation in T20 cricket. Royal Challengers Bangalore paid 7.75 crore for the Australian fast, who is known for his line and length accuracy. Hazlewood will create a good, complete fast-bowling combination for RCB with the powerful Indian bowling of Siraj and Harshal.

Josh Hazlewood’s present form has made him one of the top fast bowlers in the IPL. Hazlewood has crushed batsmen in both the powerplay and the death overs in each of his matches this season.

Throughout his stints, he consistently delivers annoying deliveries that strike the top of the bat. This is notable since he is succeeding with a classic red-ball technique in the game’s shortest format.

Josh presently has a 16.00 average after taking 13 wickets in eight games.

Glenn Maxwell

Glenn Maxwell, who debuted in the IPL in 2012, is widely considered as one of the best T20 players of his age. So far, the great all-rounder has appeared in 354 T20 matches, scoring over 8,000 runs and taking 123 wickets.

After making his IPL debut for Delhi in 2012, Maxwell was signed by Mumbai Indians in 2013. The Mumbai Indians won their first IPL title under Rohit Sharma’s captaincy in the same year. Maxwell played for the Punjab Kings, formerly known as Kings XI Punjab, from 2014 to 2017, and led the squad throughout that time.

Glenn Maxwell has been more effective with the ball for RCB this season than he’s ever been the past.

So far this season, Glenn Maxwell has hit 193 runs in nine innings with a strike rate of 167.82. He has also taken 4 wickets for the franchise.

Harshal Patel

Harshal was signed by RCB for the 2012 IPL season after being signed by Mumbai Indians in 2010. He was with RCB till 2017, when he moved to the Delhi Daredevils for the 2018 season.

Patel won the Purple Cap last season, but he is currently 11th on the rankings with 14 wickets as the campaign enters the vital part. With an average of 22.57, he presently has 14 wickets from eleven matches.

He has picked up 84 wickets in the 67 IPL matches since debuting in 2012.

In 2021, he broke through with 32 wickets at an average of 14.34, earning him the purple cap. With 19 wickets in the last IPL, he was also the leading wicket-taker in the death overs.

He was not kept by Royal Challengers ahead of the major auction earlier this year, but was then bought back for INR 10.75 crore- 53.75 times his former wage of INR 20 lakh.

 

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