IPL 2022 – 3 players who are giving their respective franchises a HUGE headache
The IPL 2022 has only recently reached the halfway point. The current table toppers are the new comers, GT, and the underdogs, RCB. Heavyweights such as MI, CSK, and DC are at the bottom of the points table.
Even many franchises’ retained players have disappointed dramatically in 2017 IPL. In the current season, big stars like Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma jointly average about 20. The uncapped young talent, on the other hand, has been the most beneficial aspect of IPL 2022.
Overall, among the players that are retained or purchased, a few individuals have already resulted in blunders for their respective organisations. So, in this list, let’s have a look at 3 players who are giving their respective franchises a HUGE headache.
Number 1. Vijay Shankar (Gujarat Titans)
Vijay Shankar was a member of the SRH family before joining GT. The Hyderabad cricketer batted in the middle order. Shankar played as a floater because the orange army featured players like Manish Pandey at number three. However, despite batting at his natural position, the man has struggled in the IPL 2022.
The 31-year-old is batting at number three for Gujarat and has only scored 19 runs. The all-rounder has a 4.75 average in four outings. The guy has somehow failed to survive or rotate his strike at the crease. Instead of Shankar’s dismal batting, the Titans could have signed a younger talent for INR 1.4 crore.
Because GT has very few possibilities to replace him, Shankar’s absence will be a major setback for the brand. They hope, though, that Shankar’s dismal 2022 season will be over soon.
Number 2. Manish Pandey (Lucknow Super Giants)
Except for Manish Pandey, everyone in LSG’s batting order is in excellent form. The experienced batter has been abysmal for his new team. Despite batting in his preferred position, Pandey has not brought any solidity to Lucknow’s batting. In his four games, the 32-year-old has only scored 60 runs.
Fortunately, this IPL veteran’s absence appears to be the lone crack in Lucknow’s armour. However, under the tutelage of Gautam Gambhir, Pandey is expected to not only score runs but also to resurrect his white-ball game. So far however, with an average of only 15 so far, the cricketer has called LSG’s pick into question.
Overall, at a hefty INR 4.6 crore, the franchise could have chosen a more viable batter. But, ideally, his last score of 38 runs versus MI will assist him brim with runs.
Number 3. Matthew Wade (Gujarat Titans)
Matthew Wade skillfully made his IPL comeback on the strength of his performances in the 2021 World T20. A player who can bat anywhere in the top seven seems to be an underrated commodity. His current term with GT, on the other hand, has been a colossal letdown.
Wade, along with David Miller, is the ace overseas batter for the Gujarat team. In his five appearances, the southpaw has only given up 68 runs. With an average of 13.6, the gloveman has raised numerous questions over his IPL 2022 selection. Instead of investing INR 2.4 crore on Matthew Wade, the Gujarat management should have sought for a better proportion.
The 34-year-old also missed the last game against CSK. Unfortunately, if Wade’s issue continues, it will be another thorn in GT’s otherwise successful season.