5. Yashasvi Jaiswal (RR)

Another talented youngster touted as a future India opener, Jaiswal was one of RRs only three retentions for IPL 2022 alongside Orange Cap Holder Joss Buttler and captain Sanju Samson. Jaiswal was again given a look in after six games and made a stunning 68 in a match-winning chase on return against PBKS.

4. Varun Chakravarthy (KKR)

Another KKR retention who has failed to impress, Chakravarthy had done really well bowling in tandem with Narine in the past few seasons and was understandably one of their retentions. Now capped and in major contention for the T20 World Cup, there were a lot of lofty expectations from the mystery leg spinner.

3. Venkatesh Iyer (KKR)

Having burst onto the scene in the last season, Venkatesh Iyer seemed to be the fast bowling allrounder who was also a proper top-order batsman that India had been desperately clamoring for. With Hardik Pandya unfit and underutilized as a bowler, Iyer was touted as a mainstay in India’s limited-overs setup and KKR recognized this hype.

2. Kieron Pollard (MI)

The recently retired former West Indies Captain has been an MI and IPL heavyweight for quite a few years now. He was unsurprisingly retained by MI as their only overseas player out of the four retentions. However, this season has been shocking for the stalwart as he has struggled to score runs and been unable to accelerate or finish off games

1. Abdul Samad (SRH)

The 20-year-old, having been part of SRH since 2020, was undoubtedly retained for IPL 2022 with an eye for the future, and although he played the first 2 games he was perhaps prematurely dropped soon after. He hasn’t made an appearance since. Having made just 4 runs in 2 innings and overseen 2 losses to kick off the campaign.