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No Rashid Khan in IPL 2022 Best XI of Kevin Pietersen, Hardik Pandya, Jos Buttler and KL Rahul


Former England captain Kevin Pietersen has picked his best XI from the recently concluded Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022. It was a memorable season with debuting Gujarat Titans crowned champions after scripting a fairy tale run in their debut campaign in the league. The tournament saw a number of youngsters rise to the occasion once again while some of the experienced campaigners continued their impressive run for their respective teams.

Pietersen named Hardik Pandya captain of his IPL 2022 XI after the versatile star led the Titans to their first triumph in style. Hardik led from the front and contributed with both bat and ball to help his team dominate proceedings throughout the season. He scored 487 runs in 15 matches and also took 8 wickets including a winning performance in the final against Rajasthan Royals.

Pietersen chose Jos Buttler and Quinton de Kock as the first two alongside him. Buttler had a fabulous season finishing as the top run-getter in IPL 2022 with a staggering 863 runs while De Kock was also consistent with Willow and recorded 508 runs in 15 games. Lucknow Super Giants skipper KL Rahul, who played as fly-half, was chosen at No. 3 by Pietersen.

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“Hit 140* as he and KL Rahul went all 20 overs unbeaten against KKR. Those innings, combined with other solid contributions, means he deserves a spot in this team,” the former captain said English on Betway explaining the reason behind keeping Rahul at 3 years old.

While there were other popular picks like David Miller and Liam Livingstone in his best XI, Pietersen also had a surprising inclusion in the form of R Ashwin. He snubbed GT spinner Rashid Khan, who netted 19 wickets at a brilliant save of 6.59 to keep Ashwin at the side.

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“To average over 27 with the bat and to take 12 wickets is a great effort. This overall outing means it’s been a great campaign,” Pietersen said of Ashwin’s selection. He completed his bowling attack with the likes of Yuzvendra Chahal, who was the season’s highest wicket taker, Umran Malik and Josh Hazlewood.

Kevin Pietersen’s Best IPL 2022 XI: Jos Buttler, Quinton de Kock (WK), KL Rahul, David Miller, Hardik Pandya (captain), Liam Livingstone, Ravichandran Ashwin, Rahul Tewatia, Umran Malik, Yuzvendra Chahal and Josh Hazlewood.

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