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IPL 2022 – 5 benched players who need to start playing for their franchises

We are halfway through the world’s largest T20 competition, and things are getting better as the tournament progresses. When the league nears its conclusion, we might expect a big shift in the points table as certain teams regroup their soldiers and game plans and go all guns blazing. This week was nothing short of spectacular. It had everything: drama, action, tragedy (Covid cases in the DC camp), and the good old conclusion given by the likes of David Miller and the ever-cool Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

The fourth week of the IPL 2022 season was remarkable for the table-toppers Rajasthan Royals, who maintained their dominant form. The Mumbai Indians, the five-time winners, are doomed as they remain winless and at the bottom of the points chart. The threat of disqualification looms big, owing to their 7-match losing skid. The Delhi Capitals camp had to confront the dangers of Covid at the conclusion of the week, as six of their players tested positive, including Tim Seifert and Mitchell Marsh. Not long after, a member of DC coach Ricky Ponting’s family tested positive as well.

Talking about being unlucky, several players did not have a chance to participate in the starting XI despite the fact that they deserved to be on their respective teams. These individuals have the ability to turn the tables for their teams, and while some in-form teams may choose to remain relatively intact, this group of players can certainly contribute to their advantage if necessary. It’s past time for the points table’s backbenchers to recognise these individuals’ potential and exploit the talents in their ranks to change their fortunes as the tournament enters the second half.

Let’s take a look at 5 benched players who need to start playing for their franchises.

 

Number 1. Yash Dhull (Delhi Capitals)

 

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Yash Dhull has had a lot of expectations placed on him since he led India to the U19 World Cup title. He finished his World Cup campaign with century in both innings of his Ranji Trophy debut. Dhull was selected by the Delhi Capitals as a result of his outstanding performance (DC). At the U19 World Cup, he led India’s batting and contributed a match-winning effort in the final.

The Delhi Capitals’ middle order has been plagued by issues, with Rovman Powell and Lalit Yadav failing to contribute. Dhull might be a useful substitute as Delhi looks to tighten their screws ahead of the end of this season’s IPL. Yash Dhull is a one-of-a-kind combination of delicacy and power.

Dhull may rotate the strike in the middle order and allow Pant to play his natural game, which will magnify their team dynamics as the tournament progresses. After their loss to the Rajasthan Royals, Delhi is anticipated to make several changes for their upcoming game against the Kolkata Knight Riders.

 

Number 2. Mahipal Lomror (Royal Challengers Bangalore)

 

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In the last edition of the IPL, Mahipal Lomror demonstrated his ability with the bat. A fast-scoring left-hander with the ability to hit it miles out and bowl with left-arm spin. The teenager has proven his worth by playing for Rajasthan Royals (RR) in past IPL tournaments. The left-hander, who was a member of the 2016 U19 World Cup squad, was signed by Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) earlier this year at the auction.

Lomror might be introduced into the middle order to add some firepower, as the middle order is struggling to make meaningful contributions. In the latter stages of the tournament, he can be useful with both the bat and the ball. Because of his left-arm spin, his addition to RCB’s playing XI will be a big help.

Mahipal Lomror, 22, will provide the RCB squad with much-needed general well-roundedness. The youngster possesses six-hitting talent and can move the ball in any direction. He has the ability to read match situations and adapt accordingly. Bangalore will undoubtedly use this resource to win their much-anticipated first IPL title.

Number 3. Tim David (Mumbai Indians)

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Tim David, a Singaporean-born all-rounder, has played two games for the Mumbai Indians (MI) this season but has yet to make an impact. So far, he has 14 runs at a strike rate of 100, with the highest score of 12. The 26-year-old cricketer, who was auctioned off for INR 8.25 crores earlier this year, has failed to justify his high price. He was left out of the Mumbai playing XI due to his poor form.

With the five-time champions failing to get their first win after losing seven consecutive games, Mumbai should surely pick him in the future games since qualifying for the play-offs and, more importantly, returning to winning ways is becoming increasingly difficult. David, a T20 specialist, has the ability to deposit the ball a long far and is also a useful partnership breaker with his moderate medium pace. He has scored with an exceptional average of 33.3 and a strike rate of 158.6 in 89 T20 outings.

With Kieron Pollard out of form, David can give much-needed punch in the lower order alongside Suryakumar Yadav. Mumbai can likely end their losing skid if he fires on all cylinders in their forthcoming encounter.

Number 4. Sandeep Sharma (Punjab Kings)

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On his comeback to the Punjab Kings (PBKS) for IPL 2022, the experienced speedster is yet to see game action. Sandeep Sharma has led Sunrisers Hyderabad’s (SRH) bowling assault for several years. He has been a steady performer with the new ball and has taken important wickets in powerplay overs. Nobody is surprised by his ability to seam the ball.

With Punjab bleeding runs in the final few overs, skipper Mayank Agarwal may try to make some changes and tighten the screws as the competition draws to a close. This could create opportunities for Sandeep, who has consistently performed admirably for the teams for which he has played. With the league nearing the second half, getting him on board will be critical since Punjab’s game plan has been “all attack with the bat,” but without a good bowling squad, it is impossible to win the game’s crucial moments.

His partnership with Arshdeep Singh will bolster their pace attack, and the opening overs will include a nice mix of seam and swing bowling. In total, he has 112 wickets in 100 IPL matches, with an economy rate of 7.79 runs per over. Sandeep Sharma is crucial to Punjab’s early breakthroughs, which are nothing short of gold dust in the shortest format of the game.

Number 5. Mayank Markande (Mumbai Indians)

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The Mumbai Indians need to be resurrected. The five-time trophy winners are terrified of being disqualified. Until this point in their campaign, all of their strategies had failed terribly. Their reliance on Jasprit Bumrah is making life difficult for them. The team’s seven-match losing streak has made qualifying for the playoffs nearly impossible. They must make some changes as quickly as possible if they are to remain in the competition, even if only in a remote sense.

The Mumbai Indians chose right-arm leg-spinner Mayank Markande for the 2018 season. In his IPL debut, he took three wickets. His contribution was a crucial element in the Mumbai Indians’ reaching the finals. His IPL record speaks for itself; he has 16 wickets in 18 matches with an incredible economy rate of 8.54. He was the best wicket-taker for his home side, Punjab, in the 2018-19 Ranji Tournament, with 29 wickets in six matches.

Until date, he has been benched by the Mumbai Indians in the 2022 IPL. Mumbai’s bowling attack has been largely unnoticed over the first half of the season. The attack, led by Jasprit Bumrah, is failing game after game, with no significant help from the batsmen. At present, Jayadev Unadkat, Tymal Mills, and Murugan Ashwin are underperforming and failing to deliver wickets early in the innings. Mayank possesses the ability to take wickets in both the powerplay and the middle portion of an innings. The Mumbai Indians must play this youngster if they wish to improve their fortunes.