Woefully for MI, the IPL 2022 has been utterly hellish. Barring Suryakumar Yadav and Tilak Varma there’s not been any silver lining. Their two legendary players- Rohit Sharma and Kieron Pollard have severely nosedived. Even Jasprit Bumrah hasn’t been at its best to bail.
Just like their biggest counterpart, even the yellow army has poorly performed. The defending champions surprisingly have also endured a leadership struggle. Their two retained marquee all-rounders (Jadeja & Moeen Ali) have been the biggest flops so far. Both the southpaws have averaged under 20 along with a combined tally of just 11 wickets.
For KKR, their two retained spinners (Narine & Chakaravarthy) have been the bleakest performers so far. Though individually Sunil Narine has exhibited a prolific economy of 5.23, his wickets tally has been reasonable (8 wickets from 13 games). However, the other mystery spinner Varun Chakaravarthy has just scalped 5 wickets from 10 games.
Sadly for RCB, their three retained players have been floundering. So far from his 13 appearances, King Kohli has scored 236 runs at an average of 19.67. Mohammed Siraj has been woeful. At present, his wickets tally looks very diminished with just 8 wickets in 13 matches. Glenn Maxwell’s show in particular has been quite moderate. Compared to his IPL 2021 performances, the Aussie is yet to discover his mojo.
Before the mega 2022 auction, SRH had only preserved three players from their 2021 squad. Retained batter Williamson has just assembled 208 runs at an average of less than 20. The other retained batter- Abdul Samad has now been bitterly snubbed. By hounding batters through his express pace, Umran has scalped a total of 18 wickets from his 11 games.
PBKS has now experienced a good turnaround in their performances. However, their two reserved players have uncertainly been topsy turvy. Particularly in Mayank Agarwal’s case, the batter hasn’t contributed immensely this season. Perhaps even on the other end, Arshdeep’s apt bowling has lacked wickets.
Interestingly in the DC dugout, their four retained players have exhibited themselves in a bittersweet manner. For example, the skipper Rishabh Pant has consistently contributed but is yet to score his first fifty. Similarly even Prithvi Shaw has been eruptive but is yet to surpass the 300-run mark. The retained bowlers, both Axar Patel and Anrich Nortje have been peculiar.
Well, LSG in its first IPL season has almost made it to the playoffs. Their ultra-dynamic squad has allowed them to play a ruthless brand of cricket. Starting from their skipper, yet again KL Rahul has profusely scored. Other two retained players, Marcus Stoinis has terribly struggled, & Bishnoi has scalped 9 wickets in his 11 games.
RR’s retentions have exceedingly done well. Right at the top, Jos Buttler has belted the most runs in IPL 2022. Even the skipper Sanju Samson has helmed the batting order through his stack of 327 runs. However, the uncapped retention of Yashasvi Jaiswal has been quite hollow.
Starting from their captain, Hardik Pandya has proven his worth to the franchise. Even the other two retained individuals have commendably stepped up to triumph Gujarat. Perhaps in response to their leader, both Shubman Gill and Rashid Khan have also been the glowing stars.