Vijay Hazare Trophy 2022 combined best 11 games of the tournament

Jaydev Unadkat leads when looking at the combined top 11 playing in the tournament for Vijay Hazare Trophy 2022.

Team India’s premier List A tournament, the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2022, is coming to a successful conclusion. Saurashtra took their second title by defeating Maharashtra in a thrilling final. While Ruturaj Gaikwad racked up a hat-trick in knockouts for centuries, including the final, it was Sheldon Jackson who grabbed all the attention with a spirited century in the final.

Overall, this time the tournament was uniquely designed without a concept of Plate groups. All Plate group teams were placed next to Elite groups. While this provided an opportunity for emerging teams, it also unbalanced the group with better teams completely dominating the Plate group teams.

Nevertheless, given its unique format, the 50-over tournament saw some wonderful performances from the teams’ players. So, in this article, we take a look at 11 such players, who would make up our combined best-playing 11 for the 2022 Vijay Hazare Trophy. First, let’s take a look at our unique methodology to find the best players.

Stats Wizard methodology:

Batting: As always, we analyzed batting performance based on batting score calculated from the overall aspect of the game. This includes runs scored, consistency, the number of matches won and good hits, acceleration bonus and power hitting bonus.

Bowling: We analyzed the bowling performance based on the bowling score calculated from the overall aspect of the game. This includes wickets taken, consistency, the number of winning and good spells, the number of girls bowled and the economy rate bonus.

In general, the combined top 11 playing for VHT 2022 is selected based on the performance rating. Only players who have played at least the quarter-finals will be selected. Also, the team has a combination of 1-3 all-rounders, a minimum of 3 pacers and a minimum of 1 spinner.

Top order: #1: Ruturaj Gaikwad [ Maharashtra ]

lodge: 5 // runs: 660 // avg: 220 // SR: 113.6 // HS: 220*

It was a show of unreal supremacy from Ruturaj Gaikwad, who scored 660 runs from 5 innings at an amazing average of 220 and an astonishing strike rate of 113.6. He became the only player to beat three consecutive centuries in QF, SF and the final of the 2022 Vijay Hazare Trophy.

Not only that, he is also the all-time leading centurion in the Vijay Hazare Trophy with 12 centuries under his belt. The temperament and confidence Ruturaj Gaikwad brings to his batting show that he is made for greater things. It is only a matter of time before we see him as a regular member of the Indian team.

#2: N Jagadeesan [ Tamil Nadu ]

Inns: 8 // Runs: 830 // Avg: 138.3 // SR: 125.4 // HS: 277

The side’s second opener and also the side’s wicket-keeper, N Jagadeesan made history when he hit the highest score in 50 overs cricket. He made an impressive 277 runs off 141 balls as his team went 506/2 in 50 overs. In addition, he became the first player to beat 5 consecutive centuries in 50 overs cricket. It was epic work from N. Jajadeesan who finished the 2022 VHT as the leading run scorer with 830 runs to his name from just 8 innings.

#3: Sai Sudharsan [ Tamil Nadu ]

lodge: 8 // runs: 610 // avg: 76.3 // SR: 111.9 // HS: 154

At number 3, we have Sai Sudharsan, who was just as good as his opening partner, N Jagadeesan. In terms of consistency, Sai Sudharsan was the same as Jagadeesan at 75%. However, the only difference was that Sai Sudharsan had 3 centuries and 2 fifties, while Jagadeeesan had 5 centuries, including the biggie 277. Overall, Sudharsan’s 610 runs from 8 innings amounted to a good average of 76.3 and a great success rate of 111.9.

Middle Order:

#4: Ankit Bawne [ Maharashtra ]

accommodate: 9 // runs: 587 // avg: 83.9 // SR: 101.6 // HS: 184*

At number 4 we have the talent from Maharashtra, Ankit Bawne. Ankit, the fourth highest run-getter in the tournament, was the mainstay of Maharashtra’s mid-table. Ruturaj may have grabbed all the attention, but it was Ankit who tied the openers and finishers together. The good thing about Bawne is that his 587 runs had a strike rate of 101.6 and a consistency of 62.55. These are excellent numbers for someone hitting the middle class.

#5: Riyan Parag [ Assam ]

Inns: 10 // Runs: 552 // Wkts: 10 // SR: 123.2 // HR: 177

Number 5 sees the one man army from Assam, Riyan Parag. Be it batting, bowling or fielding, Riyan Parag showed exceptional skills in all 3 areas. Besides scoring 552 runs and taking 10 wickets for his team, Riyan will be remembered for the exceptional contribution he made in the quarter final against J&K. Riyan scored a match-winning 177 off 116 balls while chasing 351. The 21-year-old certainly seems poised for bigger things in IPL and beyond.

Finishers: #6: Azim Kazi [ Maharashtra ]

Inns: 9 // Runs: 421 // Avg: 52.6 // SR: 127.2 // HR: 106

Like Ankit Bawne, Azim Kazi did his job quietly and without any spotlight. His 127.2 pass rate was the second highest in the league. What’s even more impressive is that his 421 runs, along with the pass rate, averaged 52.6, which is excellent for a finisher. Some of his aggressive hits are 106(97), 50*(32), 67(39) and 88(57).

#7: Chirag Jani [ Saurashtra ]

Mate: 10 // Run: 123 // Wkn: 10 // SR: 92.5

Number 7 sees the foremost bowling all-rounder from Saurashtra, Chirag Jani. He not only took quite a few wickets but also scored valuable points for his team in the rankings. Moreover, Chirag Jani’s value as a batsman is not in the big hits, but in the small cameos he played in the knockouts. He did not fail in all three knockout matches, scoring 52* in QF, 13* in SF and 30* in the final, making him a key member of this playing 11.


#8: Jaydev Unadkat (C) [ Saurashtra ]

Inns: 10 // Wkts: 19 // Avg: 16.1 // ER: 2.2 // BBI: 5/23

Speaking of the first bowler, we have the captain of the team and leading wicket taker of the 2022 Vijay Hazare Trophy, Jaydev Unadkat. The veteran left-arm pacer took 19 wickets in 10 matches for Saurashtra at a brilliant average of 16.1 and an economy rate of 3.3. What’s more, Unadkat was amazing in the semi and final with spells of 4/26 and 1/25 respectively.

#9: Dharmendrasinh Jadeja [ Saurashtra ]
Inns: 10 // Wkts: 15 // Avg: 21.8 // ER: 3.8 // BBI: 7/10

A regular member of the Saurashtra team in all 3 formats, Dharmendrasinh Jadeja was the leading wicket taking spinner of the tournament. He took a total of 15 wickets from 10 innings at an excellent economic rate of 3.8. He would be remembered for the best bowling spell of the tournament, 7/10 vs Manipur.

#10: Rajvardhan Hangargekar [ Maharashtra ]

Inns: 8 // Wkts: 15 // Avg: 24.9 // ER: 5.8 // BBI: 5/53

The team’s second pacer is the pressure match player, Rajvardhan Hangargekar. While Ruturaj was the batsman who performed exceptionally well in the knockouts for Maharashtra, it was Hangargelkar, who bowled two match winning spells of 5/53 and 4/65 respectively in QF and SF. Under the able leadership of CSK and MS Dhoni in IPL, we should only see Hangargekar flourish as a player.

#11: Vidhwath Kaverappa [ Karnataka ]

Inns: 8 // Wkts: 17 // Avg: 13.2 // ER: 3.5 // BBI: 4/40

Vidwath Kaverappa, the hottest property of Karnataka at the moment, impressed not only in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy but also in Vijay Hazare Trophy 2022. Vidwath finished the VHT 2022 with 17 wickets to his name from 8 innings. What separated him from his counterpart, Vasuki Koushik, was his performance in the knockout stages. He cast a brilliant spell of 3/20, 4/40 and 1/20 in the preliminary QF, QF and SF respectively.

Vijay Hazare Trophy 2022 Combined Best 11 Plays of the Tournament:

Ruturaj Gaikwad, N. Jagadeesan (wk), Sai Sudharsan, Ankit Bawne, Azim Kazi, Riyan Parag, Chirag Jani, Jaydev Unadkat (c), Dharmendrasinh Jadeja, Rajvardhan Hangargekar & Vidwath Kaverappa

So that’s about the combined best playing 11 for Vijay Hazare Trophy 2022. Apart from those mentioned above, special mention to Kuldeep Sen, Vasuki Koushik, Shivam Mavi, Satyajeet Bachhav, Mukhtar Hussain, Rahul Tripathi, Harpreet Singh, K Rohit Rayudu, RS Kunnummal and Tilak Varma. These guys also had a fantastic tournament.

Thank you for reading! What is your combined best 11 for Vijay Hazare Trophy 2022? Email your comments to [email protected]

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