Over the years, innumerable memorable performances have been produced and the ongoing 15th edition of the tournament has been no different. In the first two weeks of the competition we witnessed some jaw-dropping performances.
With most teams choosing to chase after winning the toss, the big hitters have been making regular headlines, snatching victories for their teams from the jaws of defeat on multiple occasions already, this season.
TimesofIndia.com here takes a look at five of the most incredible performances by the batsmen in the first two weeks of IPL 2022 in no particular order:
Pat Cummins (Kolkata Knight Riders vs Mumbai Indians)
This for many people will go down as one of the best cameos ever played in IPL history. Australia’s Pat Cummins, known for tormenting the batsmen with his immaculate bowling, is making rapid strides as a finisher with the bat for his franchise Kolkata Knight Riders. Everyone expects Cummins to hang around when the chips are down but the 28-year-old stunned the cricketing world with his bat recently and helped his team canter to a win, which was looking tricky and almost unlikely for some when he walked into bat.
His unbeaten 15-ball 56 blitzkrieg left both the opposition (Mumbai Indians)and his on teammates stunned in the 14th match of the season. Chasing a tricky 162, KKR were in a state of disarray at 101 for 5 in the 14th over when Cummins arrived in the middle.
Mumbai had got the dangerman Andre Russell for 11 and were looking to tighten their grip on the match until Cummins’ stupendous effort stunned the five-time champions.
His knock was completely ‘out of syllabus’ for Rohit Sharma and co. as Cummins whacked 4 fours and 6 sixes, scoring the joint fastest fifty in the IPL (14 balls) and took the match away from Mumbai in a blink of an eye, as he blew away the most successful team in the history of the tournament in the space of a few minutes.
Smacking Daniel Sams for as many as 35 runs in one over, Cummins wrapped up the 162 run chase for KKR, with as many as 4 overs to spare, giving the KKR net run rate a huge shot in the arm. The shot-line of the over he faced from Sams read: 6, 4, 6, 6, 2 (no-ball), 4, 6.
Rahul Tewatia (Gujarat Titans vs Punjab Kings)
He came, he saw and he conquered, again! Rahul Tewatia took his love-affair with Punjab Kings to a whole new level on Friday, producing one of the best performances of the season so far with the bat. And even though his knock was one of the smallest ever in the history of the tournament in terms of balls faced (3), its impact was felt throughout the cricketing community.
In the match against Mayank Agarwal-led Punjab, Rahul achieved the unimaginable, single-handedly snatching away victory from the opposition’s grasp.
With 12 runs needed off the last two balls in the steep chase of 190, Rahul smacked Punjab pacer Odean Smith for consecutive sixes to pull off a jaw-dropping win.
The impact of that unbelievable effort was so stunning that his skipper Hardik Pandya, tagged as one of the biggest hitters in the modern era, was in almost in a state of shock and just sat in the dug-out with his mouth wide open and with a smile of disbelief on his face as Rahul whacked a match-winning unbeaten 3-ball 13.
Fans and cricket pundits also went completely berserk on social media as Rahul reminded the world that his IPL 2020 knock against the same team, which was something similar to this, was not a fluke.
Rahul’s magical knock against Punjab helped his new franchise Gujarat Titans register their third straight win of the season.
Dinesh Karthik (Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Rajasthan Royals)
‘I am not done yet’ said Dinesh Karthik after he produced one of his best ever IPL performances in a tricky chase against Rajasthan Royals in the 13th match of the season.
A superb unbeaten 23-ball 44 knock that included 7 fours and a six and came at a strike rate of over 191, blew away the Royals.
Chasing 170 for victory, RCB were reeling at 87 for 5 but then Karthik arrived at the middle and took the Royals’ bowling attack to the cleaners.
With a match-turning 67-run (33 balls) sixth wicket partnership with Shahbaz Ahmed (45 off 26) followed by an 8-ball 19* partnership with Harshal Patel, veteran Karthik bossed the chase, guiding his team to their second win of the season.
The knock against Royals has put Karthik back in the spotlight as talks of his inclusion in the national team as a designated finisher for the next T20 World Cup are now doing the rounds.
Andre Russell (Kolkata Knight Riders vs Punjab Kings)
Swashbuckling Andre Russell has been doing this for a while now for his franchise Kolkata Knight Riders, but when the Jamaican fired an unbeaten 31-ball 70 in the clash against Punjab Kings, the cricketing world was once again in awe of the batting prowess of Dre-Russ.
With the likes of Venkatesh Iyer, Shreyas Iyer and Russell in their batting lineup, KKR were always the favourites in the chase of a below-par 138 run target, but the mayhem that Russell caused was nothing short of a horror show for Mayank Agarwal and co.
With 8 sixes and a couple of fours, Russell’s carnage that came at a strike rate of over 225 helped KKR wrap up the match in the 15th over itself.
After a below-par last season, Russell with his muscular power-hitting against Punjab reminded the world that he still is the mightiest slogger around, especially with no Chris Gayle around anymore to challenge him for that crown.
Jos Buttler (Rajasthan Royals vs Mumbai Indians)
One of the best strikers of the cricket ball of recent times, Jos Buttler has kicked off his IPL 2022 season in style for the Rajasthan Royals, who currently find themselves at the top of the points table. With a hundred and a fifty already to his name in just four matches, Buttler is currently at the top of the list of the highest run-getters this season with 218 runs.
‘Jos the boss’ cracked the first century of this edition, firing a 68-ball 100 against five-time champions Mumbai Indians in Match 9.
With the help of 11 fours and 5 sixes Buttler registered one of his finest knocks in the IPL, helping the Royals post a steep 194 target for Mumbai.
Smacking the Mumbai bowlers to all corners of the park, Buttler staying true to his reputation of being one of the cleanest strikers in the modern game, deflated the opposition’s morale with his brutal hitting.
Royals eventually went on to win that match by 23 runs