4 bowlers except Ashwin who can be experimented by their teams at number 3 in IPL 2022 –


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One of the interesting strategies that Rajasthan Royals has used in IPL 2022 is the use of R Ashwin at number 3. While Ashwin’s batting abilities are well known, not many people rate him as a top-shelf T20 batter. Nevertheless, whenever an early wicket fell, RR Ashwin was promoted to No.3. He has delivered more often than not and even recently got half a century against Delhi Capitals. Such a strategy would be helpful for teams in increasing the length of their batting order. There are a few other bowlers that could be used in a similar role. On that note, in this article we take a look at four bowlers, except for Ashwin, who can be experimented at number 3 by their teams in IPL 2022.

1) Shardul Thakur (Capitals of Delhi)

Shardul Thakur was one of the expensive purchases by the Delhi Capitals at IPL 2022 Mega-Auctions. Aside from his services with the ball, DC is also said to have hired him considering his batting prowess. However, that hasn’t been used much by DC until now.

The team has one of the best No. 3 in the form of Mitchell Marsh. Using Shardul in this slot may not seem like such a great idea on paper. That said, depending on the situation, Ricky Ponting and co. might try the idea. Shardul was disappointing with the ball and maybe a decent show with the bat can help his confidence. Therefore, it can be used on No.3.

2) Pat Cummins (Kolkata Knight riders)

Pat Cummins is one of the bowlers, apart from Ashwin, that their teams can experiment with at number 3 in IPL 2022. KKR has either Nitish Rana or Shreyas Iyer hitting at number 3. While the duo were passable, KKR’s strike attack was disappointing overall.

Just as they use Sunil Narine as a floater, Pat Cummins can also be used in a similar role. Against the pacers, the Australian is a good hitter and therefore promotion could be an asset for him. This way, one of Shreyas and Nitish can also try to stay until the end.

3) R Sai Kishore (Gujarat Titans)

After a long hiatus, R Sai Kishore finally made his IPL debut. He had a good outing and is now set to be part of the playing XI for the Gujarat Titans. While the Titans have played well, the #3 in batting order still doesn’t have a permanent candidate. Vijay Shankar, Sai Sudharsan, Hardik Pandya and even Mathew Wade have hit this position.

Since GT doesn’t have a long batting lineup, they could try Sai Kishore on this slot. As seen in the domestic tournaments, Sai is not bad with the bat. If he is given role clarity and asked to put less value on his wicket, GT could have some quick runs overall. Therefore, management can try this idea.

4) Rashid Khan (Gujarat Titans)

Rashid Khan is also one of the bowlers apart from Ashwin who can be experimented on by their teams at number 3 in IPL 2022. The Afghan spinner has won a couple of matches with the bat for Gujarat Titans so far.

Similar to Sai’s case, GT can make use of a limited hitting attack with the use of Rashid on number 3. He is a well equipped player to take on the bowlers and therefore GT can disrupt the opposition’s plans with the entry from Rashid. However, this can only work if there is a bowler with decent hitting ability on number 8.


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