The T20 format of cricket is by far the most loved for sure among all the fans around the globe. It is going to all the mammoth sixes and big-hitting that the cricket lovers can’t take their eyes off T20 cricket. It is thus quite obvious that every side would love to have a good bunch of power-hitting batsmen in their lineup who can make their side look like a “Batting Power House”.
From this very term comes up the point of FINISHING, which is vital to any side because this is the effect which decides which team shall finally and up on the winning side. It is the finisher of a team who can turn the game on its head and snatch victory from the jaws of defeat for his team. There have been many instances of finishes changing the course of the game all by themselves.
This year’s IPL auction has seen several be hitting and efficient finishers being up for grabs. All 10 franchises were aware of what importance a good finisher brings to the outside and does by the end of the auction all of them would have loved to accumulate a good set of power-hitting finishers who could make their chances brighter to win the trophy. Which of these finishers would end up being of the highest quality in IPL 2022 was a major debate right after the auction.
Thus given below are five of that batsmen who can really set the stage on fire with their incredible finishing abilities:-
1. Rishabh Pant – The explosive young wicket-keeper batsman can surely be a threat to the opposition bowlers in the upcoming IPL season thanks to his red-hot form in the recent past in the Indian jersey.
It is due to his fantastic performance in the past few seasons that his franchise, Delhi Capitals decided to retain him in this year’s IPL auction and rightfully so. Close to 2500 runs in 84 matches for his franchise so far in his IPL career with an average of 35.2 and a mouth-watering strike rate of 147.5 which is surely bound to show even higher in the slog overs.
With time the left hand has also grabbed a responsible position in the batting lineup and the capitals will like him to run riot against any bowling lineup in IPL 2022 too.
His stats throughout his IPL career so far are:-
Matches – 84, Runs – 2498, Average – 35.2, Strike Rate – 147.5
2. Hardik Pandya – The former Mumbai Indians all-rounder who had been released by his previous franchise shall now be a part of the Gujarat Titans. 28-year-old Hardik who has had a pivotal role in winning 4 IPL trophies to Mumbai Indians in the past shall definitely be a player to watch out for in this year’s IPL.
The fact that an injury-prone Pandya had a lean patch with Mumbai last season was perhaps the most significant reason for them to not retain the all-rounder. However, they will definitely be highly rated by his new team going to his rare be getting ability in the latter half of the innings. In addition to this, his bowling and fielding skills shall also be handy for his side in several situations.
The fans will surely be hopeful for Hardik to discover his vintage rhythm in this IPL season.
His numbers in his IPL career are:-
Matches – 92, Runs – 1476, Average – 27.3, Strike Rate – 154.3
3. Tim David – The 26-year-old Singaporean cricketer made his debut for the Singapore national team in 2019. Tim David burst into the scene for the first time in IPL 2022 Mega auction.
He rose to new unexpected heights when Mumbai Indians agreed to pay a whopping 8.25 crores to include him in their side. Tim David with all his experience in top T20 leagues like the Big Bash, CPL etc can be really handy option to his side so as to fit in the lower middle order who can also be a part-time bowler.
Mumbai Indians who have had to go through a major transformation due to the mega auction this season will be expecting this young sensation to fill in the gaps of a finisher in their squad and thereby living up to the worth of every penny that they invested in him.
His career T20I stats are quite impressive:-
Matches – 14, Runs – 558, Average – 46.5, Strike Rate – 158.5
4. Shahrukh Khan – The right-handed batsman from Tamil Nadu had become a topic of great discussion when his name was called in the IPL 2021 auction for the first time.
Since then there was no looking back for a 26-year-old Shahrukh Khan as he lived up to everybody’s expectations and did justice to his name by displaying some brilliant performance in his debut IPL season.
Such was his impact that Punjab kings decided to retain him ahead of the next season’s IPL auction. Shahrukh’s amazing ability to steer the earnings at various places and also go for the big hips whenever needed makes him quite unique among the rest.
Punjab kings will hope that Shahrukh Khan continuous with his sublime form in this season too so that they can lay their hands on the IPL trophy for the first time. His IPL stats so far in one season are:-
Matches – 11, Runs – 153, Average – 21.9, Strike Rate – 134.2
5. Andre Russell – The destructive batsman from the West Indies who has been a part of KKR since 2014 has been a major part of their batting lineup for the past few seasons.
Russell’s big-hitting has got his side out of a hole on multiple occasions. His rare big-hitting ability and to win a game single-handedly for his side has been incredible in his IPL career so far.
The reason for concern however is that the all-rounder has been going through an extremely rough patch with the knights for the last couple of seasons.
Having failed both with bat and ball, his numbers have undergone a tremendous downfall in the recent past. The knights who have retained the 33-year-old once again for another season will definitely be eager to see Andre be back at his imperious best once again.
His IPL numbers are as follows:-
Matches – 84 , Runs – 1700, Average – 29.3, Strike Rate – 178.6