IPL 2022 – 5 players who should not have been released from their franchises
The 15th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is halfway over, and clubs are still working out their best lineups to advance to the finals and win the trophy. We’ve seen some entertaining action in the first four weeks thanks to the team management’s selection of some of the best talents during the February auctions.
However, because of the limited funds available, the teams were forced to let go of some of the players they hoped to acquire in the auctions, forcing them to rethink their plan. If given the chance again, they would undoubtedly choose their favorite or most trustworthy players. In this article, we are going to talk about 5 players who should not have been released from their original franchises.
Number 1. Hardik Pandya (Mumbai Indians)
The departure of the Pandya brothers from their squad has resulted in Mumbai suffering in 2022 due to a lack of depth in the all-rounder area. Many expected Hardik to be kept, but he was released after Mumbai chose Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, and Kieron Pollard as their four options.
Gujarat Titans then signed Pandya and declared him captain. Hardik has been outstanding, with the Titans winning six of the seven games he has played in. Hardik’s involvement in the middle order would have helped Mumbai’s batting, bowling, and fielding, as he is the type of player who can impact the game with any of the three abilities.
He is a more mature player now, and he has been promoting himself to score runs for his team. This aspect of Hardik Pandya, combined with his bowling abilities, would have made the Mumbai Indians more lethal than anticipated.
Number 2. Liam Livingstone (Rajasthan Royals)
Last year, Liam Livingstone was a new addition to the Royals squad and was given a few chances to show off his skills. However, his bad scoring streak caused the management to lose faith in him and, as a result, he was released from the team.
The Punjab Kings chose him in the auction because of his hard-hitting ability, and Livingstone is doing everything he can to justify the Kings’ purchase. With his propensity to score rapidly, he has been giving bowlers nightmares. Livingston is also an important part of the PBKS bowling attack, where his two overs, and occasionally all four, are crucial for the Punjab Kings since he scoops up wickets at regular intervals.
This would have been extremely beneficial if Livingstone had been on the Rajasthan team, as he and Hetmyer may have formed a critical middle-order combination. Livingston’s off-break would have also impacted the game by restricting runs and scooping up wickets during the middle overs.
Number 3. Rashid Khan (Sunrisers Hyderabad)
Rashid Khan was the orange army’s second-best wicket-taker and was instrumental in the team’s winning numerous matches, particularly during the 2016 season when they were named winners. On the other hand, Rashid was released by the Hyderabad franchise and was eventually selected by the Gujarat Titans during the auctions.
Rashid has the power to turn the course of a game in a single over, not only with the ball but also with the bat. The astute leg-spinner, who considers himself an all-rounder, ran through the CSK bowlers, slamming Chris Jordan for 22 runs in an over. In that game, he led the team, scoring 40 from 21 balls, with two fours and three maximums.
This enabled his side to cross the finish line against CSK, which many thoughts was very impossible at the start. SRH would have benefited significantly from having Rashid on their side, as he would have provided strength to their spin department as well as been useful down the order with his 20s and 30s.
Number 4. Yuzvendra Chahal (Royal Challengers Bangalore)
Yuzvendra Chahal has been a valuable addition to the Bangalore franchise in recent years. The leg-spinner is their biggest wicket-taker in IPL history, and many expected RCB to keep him. However, Chahal was released before the auction, and he was selected by the Rajasthan Royals.
The Haryana leg spinner was passed over by RCB in their chase of Wanindu Hasaranga, a bowling all-rounder. Chahal has been playing incredibly well this season, much to Royal’s joy. He has taken the most wickets in this season’s TATA IPL, with 18 in seven games. He finished with 5 for 40 against the Knight Riders, including a hat-trick.
This was his first hat trick in IPL history, and it helped Rajasthan emerge victorious from a difficult situation. With the option of selecting a previous player, RCB will grasp Chahal with both hands, owing to his calmness in between matches and wicket-taking talents.
Number 5. Faf du Plessis (Chennai Super Kings)
The South African batsman is one of the most brilliant athletes a team can have, and CSK was fortunate to have him for nearly a decade. However, during this year’s big auction, the CSK franchise attempted to reclaim Du Plessis but lost the bidding war to Royal Challengers Bangalore, who purchased him for INR 7 crore.
He was also named captain by the RCB administration and has performed admirably for them since. CSK would have made full use of the option to bring in Du Plessis, as his expertise would have bolstered their batting lineup and saved quite a few runs on the field, as he is excellent in both departments.
The Du Plessis-led RCB team has been doing extremely well, with him mostly embracing the responsibility and playing some crucial knocks, including an 88 against the Punjab Kings in the first match and a 96 against the Lucknow Super Giants. His captaincy abilities (as seen with RCB) would almost certainly have led to CSK appointing him as captain this season rather than Jadeja.