IPL 2022 – 5 players who have been successfully replaced by their old franchises
The 15th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) confronted franchisees with an unprecedented challenge. With the mega auction earlier this year, the eight current franchises were permitted to retain only four players while complying to the domestic and international quotas. Additionally, with the advent of two new clubs, the market’s battle for the best T20 players has intensified.
For the eight organisations that played last season, Plan A was to attempt to re-sign their key players at a favourable price in the auction. However, if it does not work out as planned, the franchisees can fall back on their Plan B. The secondary objective was to choose a suitable substitute for the player who could at least partially fill the hole left by the predecessor.
Not one, but several viable successors have been identified for the few franchises. In this article, we are going to talk about 5 players who have been successfully replaced by their older franchises.
Number 1. Tymal Mills (Mumbai Indians) – Replaced Nathan Coulter-Nile
Mumbai Indians, five-time winners, have always excelled at hiring talent in the auction. Mumbai lost Nathan Coulter Nile this season, who bowled predominantly in the middle and slog overs previous season. While the Mumbai Indians have yet to find a replacement for New Zealand bowler Trent Boult, they have got a capable alternative for Nathan Coulter Nile.
Tymal Mills was targeted by the Mumbai Indians in the mega auction, and the Englishman has thus far repaid his recruiter’s trust in him. The Englishman has six wickets in three appearances, including a three-wicket haul against the Rajasthan Royals. The veteran bowler delivered an outstanding last over against the Royals, claiming two wickets and keeping the opposition to a respectable score.
Number 2. Faf du Plessis (Royal Challengers Bangalore) – Replaced Devdutt Padikkal/AB de Villiers
When Royal Challengers Bangalore opted not to retain Devdutt Padikkal before to the blockbuster mega auction, many eyebrows were raised. The young left-handed hitter had consistently performed well at the top of the order and was improving with each passing season. As a result, RCB faced a massive vacancy at the top of the order.
The franchise successfully replaced Devdutt Padikkal with Faf du Plessis, a former South African captain. They have not only discovered a steady run scorer in the seasoned hitter, but also someone who has assumed the captaincy duties at Royal Challengers Bangalore.
The former Chennai Super Kings batsman scored 633 runs in the last IPL season, only two fewer than his then-teammate Ruturaj Gaikwad, who won the Orange Cap. Faf du Plessis has had a solid start to the season, amassing 138 runs in four innings at a 34.50 batting average.
Number 3. Yuzvendra Chahal (Rajasthan Royals) – Replaced Rahul Tewatia
Rahul Tewatia was a forgotten hero during his tenure with the Rajasthan Royals. The Indian all-rounder has made a significant contribution with either bat or ball in nearly every game. Additionally, he was frequently the Royals’ top spinner, given the Royals’ dearth of spin bowling alternatives. However, the Rajasthan franchise chose not to retain Tewatia for the IPL’s 15th season and has found a suitable substitute.
Yuzevndra Chahal was acquired by the Royals in the mega auction, and the former Royal Challengers Bangalore spinner has performed admirably with the ball in hand thus far. Chahal has taken seven wickets in three appearances, including a three-wicket haul against Sunrisers Hyderabad. What makes the spinner’s start to the season even more amazing is that he has bowled at a strike rate of less than six runs per over in two of the three matches thus far.
Although Yuzvendra Chahal cannot replace Rahul Tewatia’s batting, the Rajasthan Royals have made the right acquisition by investing in a specialist spinner.
Number 4. Kuldeep Yadav (Delhi Capitals) – Replaced Ravichandran Ashwin
Delhi Capitals have a plethora of retention options ahead of the IPL 2022 big auction. A few significant players were not retained, including Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin. The Capitals chose to keep Axar Patel over the experienced spinner due to his pinch-hitting ability. The Delhi Capitals, on the other hand, had some business to do at the auction, considering Ashwin’s performance in the powerplay overs.
The Delhi Capitals signed out-of-favour Indian spinner Kuldeep Yadav as a replacement for Ashwin. For the last three years, the former Kolkata Knight Riders spinner had been going through a difficult period. He spent the most of the 2020 and 2021 seasons with KKR on the bench. Kuldeep, on the other hand, has excelled in his first few appearances for Delhi, claiming six scalps in only three bouts. The Indian spinner produced a superb performance against the Mumbai Indians, taking three wickets, including those of Rohit Sharma and Kieron Pollard.
Number 5. Rahul Chahar (Punjab Kings) – Replaced Ravi Bishnoi
Ravi Bishnoi has been a popular name in the Twenty20 market. The Indian leg-spinner has taken over 20 wickets in two seasons with Punjab Kings. The franchise, however, chose to retain only two players, omitting Bishnoi. There were numerous spinners available at the auction, but having an Indian spinner is usually a plus, since they are familiar with the conditions.
The Punjab Kings have replaced Ravi Bishnoi with Rahul Chahar, a former Mumbai Indians leg-spinner. And thus far, this strategy has paid off handsomely. Rahul Chahar has taken seven wickets at an average of 14.42 in four appearances thus far. He ripped through the lower order of the Chennai Super Kings, taking three wickets for 25 runs in his four-over session.
The 22-year-old has matured in his approach to bowling and has constantly kept batters guessing.