The combined best playing XI of Ranji Trophy 2022
The Ranji Trophy of 2022 was concluded on Sunday with Madhya Pradesh winning the competition for the first time. Although Mumbai was considered the favourites to lift the trophy, Madhya Pradesh brought out a clinical performance to win their maiden title. Overall, it was a good season that passed by. On that note, in this article, we take a look at the combined best playing XI of Ranji Trophy 2022.
For the last two years, Ranji Trophy was not held. The domestic cricketers were waiting and BCCI announced the tournament. It took in two phases, with IPL 2022 placed in between. Many youngsters showed their skills in this tournament and a few of them could even make their India debut in the coming years.
Openers: Yashasvi Jaiswal and Yash Dubey
Yashasvi Jaiswal and Yash Dubey are the openers in the combined best playing XI of Ranji Trophy 2022. Yash Dubey scored 614 runs and was one of the reasons why Madhya Pradesh could do well. He also had a good show in the finals of the season. On the other hand, Yashasvi Jaiswal proved that he can do well in Tests, as well. He scored close to 500 runs at an average above 80. At times, he played with a good strike rate and in a couple of situations, he played the waiting game. Both the youngsters will look forward to a career with Team India in the future.
Middle-Order: Shubham Sharma, Rajat Patidar (C), Sarfaraz Khan and Chetan Bist (WK)
Madhya Pradesh had performers throughout their playing XI. This was one of the main factors behind their inspirational victory. In the batting department, Shubham Sharma and Rajat Patidar were solid. Especially Patidar, who played crucial knocks under pressure in many games. He was the calm presence that the young squad required.
Sarfaraz Khan was yet again the star of the season. He batted with an average of above 100 and ended as the leading run-getter of Ranji Trophy 2022. With this show, he has all but cemented his spot in one of the future Test tournaments for India. Chetan Bist, playing for Nagaland, also had a fine performance. Hence, he features as the wicket-keeper in this XI.
All-Rounders: Shahbaz Ahmed and Shams Mulani
Shahbaz Ahmed and Shams Mulani are the all-rounders in the combined best playing XI of Ranji Trophy 2022. Shahbaz Ahmed pulled out a true all-round performance this season. He made 482 runs and collected 20 wickets to round up an excellent season. Although he did not have too many great outings with the bat, Shams Mulani made it up with the ball by becoming the leading wicket-taker. Hence, he is part of this XI.
Bowlers: Kumar Kartikeya Singh, Gaurav Yadav and T Ravi Teja
Kumar Kartikeya did well in the spin department for Madhya Prades. Gaurav Yadav collected 23 wickets for Madhya Pradesh this season. T Ravi Teja from Hyderabad also had a fine season, picking 20 wickets. Gaurav and Ravi will form the pace attack for this XI.