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IPL 2022 – 5 Overseas players who have flopped so far in the tournament

It’s been three weeks since the start of the Indian Premier League (IPL), and we’ve seen some significant upsets from global superstars who were vouched for by their individual franchises at the mega auction earlier this year. The 15th edition of the Indian Premier League is set to be more entertaining than ever before, with two new teams entering the fray with brand-new squads. With all ten teams competing on an equal playing field, each team has lost at least one game.

Mumbai Indians (MI), five-time champions, have yet to find their winning ways, whilst Chennai Super Kings (CSK) secured their first win of the season this week against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). This season has been largely dominated by Indian and international teenagers, with the stalwarts still struggling to find their groove.

In this article, we are going to talk about 5 overseas players who have flopped so far in the tournament.

 

Number 1. Jonny Bairstow (Punjab Kings)

 

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Jonny Bairstow, who can score on the powerplay, has remained composed until the third week of the tournament. Bairstow, who is playing for Punjab Kings this season, has a big duty to lead his club over the finish line. Although the British stalwart has only batted in two innings, his strike rate is 95.24, which worries the franchisee who paid INR 6.75 crores for him.

He has the ability to hit the ball out of the park whenever he wants, and he will if he gets more time on the field. The 32-year-old has scored consistently well in the last three IPLs and is expected to keep up his streak. Overall, the English cricketer has scored 1059 runs in 30 matches with a strike rate of 39.19 percent.

Punjab will be hoping that Bairstow fires on all cylinders and offers solid starts at the top in the remaining games as the league nears its conclusion. They’ve always managed to wrest a defeat from a well-crafted victory. The team defeated the Mumbai Indians by 12 runs, which they repeated in the final over.

 

Number 2. Matthew Wade (Gujarat Titans)

 

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Matthew Wade, an attacking opening batsman from Australia, with a career average of less than 15 thus far. While his strike rate is over 100 percent, he struggles with consistency. Wade was thought to be a good buy because of his excellent wicket-keeping abilities.

Gujarat Titans paid INR 2.4 crore for him, which he has yet to justify. With only one loss in the tournament, Gujarat can prepare for the rest of the tournament by switching to another opening combination. Wriddhiman Saha is a wonderful option as a wicketkeeper who is waiting for a game. He has the ability to score extra runs on the powerplay.

Wade will need to boost the ante and improve his performances quickly before his time runs out. GT should be commended for his patience thus far, and now it is time for the left-hander to perform.

 

Number 3. Kieron Pollard (Mumbai Indians)

 

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The West Indian heavyweight has been one of Mumbai Indians’ most dependable finishers. Throughout the IPL, his reputation for power-hitting has caused bowlers to flee for their lives. Kieron Pollard, who was retained by the franchise for INR 6 crore, has yet to put on a spectacular performance for his team this season.

As Mumbai is winless this season, he must perform admirably. With a season average of only 16.40, he has struggled to find his rhythm this season. On the bowling department, the colossal Trinidadian has only taken one wicket and has shelled runs at a rate of 10 runs per over.

As the five-time IPL champions attempt to qualify for the playoffs, Mumbai would want Pollard to come out all guns blazing and carry the team over the line.

 

Number 4. Moeen Ali (Chennai Super Kings)

 

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The Chennai Super Kings have always believed in Moeen Ali’s ability to score runs at the top of the order. Aside than his 48 off 35 against SRH, he hasn’t offered much in terms of power hitting. Despite being a productive spinner, he has failed to take some wickets from the opposing ward.

Moeen went wicketless in all four games he played, and he has an economy rate of 8.5. To return to winning ways, Moeen Ali must improve his ball-handling skills, since CSK has struggled to make consistent breakthroughs this season. CSK ranks tenth on the points table with a net run rate of -0.745, despite having only one win this season.

The experienced English all-rounder, who was instrumental in CSK’s title-winning effort in 2021, is expected to light up the stage as Chennai looks to extend their winning streak in order to remain in contention for the playoffs.

 

Number 5. Rassie Van der Dussen (Rajasthan Royals)

 

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Rassie van der Dussen’s IPL career got off to a shaky start. This South African right-hand batsman was expected to deliver, bolstering Rajasthan Royals’ middle order. Rassie, on the other hand, has only managed to score 10 runs in the two games he has played so far.

The debutant has a lot to prove in this two-month-long event. However, he must perform quickly because Rajasthan’s bench strength appears to be outweighing this debutant’s potential. Rajasthan is already looking strong as a team, thanks to Jos Buttler’s Orange Cap.

The 33-year-old cricketer has a lot of promise and will be eager to make his IPL debut memorable. Rassie van der Dussen will attempt to live up to expectations as the playoff race heats up.