Here are 5 bowlers who could still play in IPL 2022

The build-up to the new season of the IPL is well underway and we are starting to see some drama already. Some of the players who were part of the mega auction are suddenly pulling out of the tournament citing various issues, and this is definitely throwing a spanner in the works of the teams who are now having to look for good enough replacement. The problem with that, however, is the fact that the players who went unsold in the auction are truly not in the best of shapes to play at the highest level, but the teams will have to rely on these names and hopefully pick a player who can motivate himself to deliver a wonderful season for his new franchise.

In this article, we are going to look at five bowling options that are not exactly at the peak of their game but can still dig deep enough to deliver the goods.

 

Number 1 – S Sreesanth

 

Yes, he has been away from cricket for a long while now and while he did register himself for the mega auction, he was not picked up by any of the franchises. Part of the reason for this rejection is his rather heated temperament and antics on and off the pitch. That said, on his day, he was one of the finest fast bowlers to come out of the Indian team and was also a part of the T20 side that won the first-ever World T20 Championship.

 

 

Sreesanth is eager to return to the limelight and is putting in a lot of effort to improve his fitness. The 39-year-old has a lot of promise when it comes to hitting long balls, and he also has a dangerous outswinger. It’s impossible to stop him when he’s on a roll, and he’s taken 40 wickets at an average of 29.9 in 44 IPL games. Due to his wicket-taking abilities, franchises will likely consider him as a replacement.

 

Number 2 – Amit Mishra

 

At one stage, he was one of the craftiest spin bowlers in the Indian camp and could take wickets at will. Age played its part and over time, Amit Mishra faded into oblivion. Yes, he did have his moments in the earlier seasons of the IPL and is still, the only bowler in the IPL to have taken three hat-tricks and has previously played for several franchises. Mishra went unsold in the mega auction despite having 166 wickets in 154 games, indicating that he still had some strong years of cricket remaining in him.

 

 

Leg spinners have always been in high demand in the IPL, and if he becomes available as a replacement, the 39-year-old is expected to attract a lot of interest. He has the ability to turn a game on its head in a flash and is also a capable batter down in the order. He has performed admirably for India whenever he has been given the chance, and he deserves to be brought in as a replacement signing.

 

Number 3 – Ishant Sharma

 

He is a seasoned campaigner across all the formats of the game, Ishant was India’s go to seam bowler for years, but eventually, he too turned obsolete, and try as he might, persistent injuries kept him out of the lineup and also hampered his game.

 

 

Ishant Sharma has been a part of the IPL since its inception, and he was expected to be picked up by one of the clubs in the super auction in 2022. Despite his international expertise, none of the franchises were interested in signing the lanky pacer. Ishant was a member of the Delhi Capitals squad in the previous IPL 2021 season, however he only got to play three games.

Ishant has 72 wickets at an economy rate of 8.11 and an average of 37.5 in 93 IPL games so far. The Delhi lad has the ability to hit the appropriate distances with the new ball and may be quite efficient with it. Ishant will undoubtedly be a substitute signing for certain franchises looking for experience in their bowling department.

 

Number 4 – Adam Zampa

 

He wreaked absolute havoc in the recent series for Australia and we were personally surprised to see him go unsold in the mega auctions.

 

 

Since making his IPL debut in 2016, the 29-year-old has only played 14 games in the competition, but he already boasts a six-wicket haul for the Rising Pune Supergiant. Zampa had a fantastic T20 World Cup, as he continued battling the opposition’s top names.

In turning conditions, Zampa can be a match-winner, and he also has a good googly. He’ll be a great fit for an overseas spinner in the side, and teams will be looking for him as a replacement. In the just finished BBL, Zampa had a good season for the Melbourne Stars, taking 10 wickets in ten games.

 

Number 5 – Andrew Tye

 

He was a bowler who was immense when he started his journey in the IPL, but now, the 35 year old has had to adapt his game, and while he may not have the wicket taking fire, he can still bowl deliveries that are difficult to face.

 

 

Tye is a death overs specialist who can bowl toe-crushing yorkers, but he hasn’t been able to play many IPL games in the last two seasons, which has had an impact on his IPL contract this season. So far, the Australian seamer has 40 wickets at an average of 21.8 in 27 IPL games.

Tye recently had a great BBL season, finishing third in wicket-taking with 25 wickets in 16 games at an average of 16.96. He was a member of the Rajasthan Royals in the last IPL season and will undoubtedly be considered as a replacement for the upcoming season.