IPL 2022 – 5 Most Expensive players of the current season and their performances so far
The IPL 2022 super auction, which took place in February 2022, produced some significant surprises as well as some even bigger upsets. With the addition of two new clubs, the Lucknow Super Giants and the Gujarat Titans, the previous eight teams relied on building new squads from the ground up. A few players were steadfastly supported by their teams because they were too good to let leave.
Notably, most franchises made significant investments in promising young pacers during this time period. Deepak Chahar received offers of up to 14 crores in the past auctions, owing to the effect he left for Chennai Super Kings during his previous stint. This is the same auction where Suresh Raina, dubbed “Mr. IPL,” went unsold and is currently commentating on this year’s IPL.
Some of these massive acquisitions performed as predicted in the 15th season of the IPL, while others have yet to justify their high prices. Some struggle to maintain a regular form, while others appear to fade away after being destructive in the past. With that in mind, let’s take a look at how the five most expensive players have fared this season.
Number 5. Wanindu Hasaranga and Harshal Patel (Royal Challengers Bangalore) – 10.75 Crores Each
Royal Challengers Bangalore paid more than Rs. 21 crores for Sri Lankan superstar Wanindu Hasiranga and their previous bowling partner Harshal Patel. Both players are steadily establishing themselves in the RCB playing XI. RCB won every match at the start of the competition, but they have now lost nearly as many games as they have won.
Pacer Harshal, the purple cap winner of the IPL 2021, was called up to the national team in November 2021. So far this season, he has taken 13 wickets in ten matches while also being frugal. Wanindu Hasaranga, on the other hand, is bowling even more regularly for RCB.
Hasaranga, who has 16 wickets in 11 matches, is also capable of scoring runs down the order. Wanindu has more wickets than Harshal while being less economical. The bowling tandem is a big cause for RCB’s fourth-place finish in the points table.
Number 4. Shardul Thakur (Delhi Capitals) – 10.75 Crores
The Delhi Capitals spent INR 10.75 Crores on Shardul Thakur’s ability to take wickets at regular intervals. His previous experience in the Chennai Super Kings Bootcamp under MS Dhoni’s guidance gained him the reputation of being a trustworthy player throughout the innings. Thakur has received high praise for his abilities as a player in all versions of the game.
His cameos as a batsman have bowlers second-guessing their judgments based on how a tail-ender is reading in between lines throughout the over. Thakur has scored 89 runs so far this season in nine matches. Shardul has taken seven wickets with the ball, including some famous names from both teams.
Despite his inefficiency, Thakur is nevertheless backed up by captain Rishabh Pant on a frequent basis. His best results this season are 3/40, with an average economy of 9.75. Thakur is unquestionably one of the leaders in DC’s bowling squad. Throughout the competition, he has sought to justify his price by saving runs and catching some blinders.
Number 3. Liam Livingstone (Punjab Kings) – 11.5 Crores
This season, Liam Livingstone was the most expensive acquisition made by the Punjab Kings. In recent months, the Brit has excelled in the BBL and the Abu Dhabi T10 league. His performance for England was the deciding factor in Punjab’s decision to invest over 11 crores on the batsman in the super auction.
Following a disastrous IPL season in 2021, Liam increased the ante by pounding the pavement in other foreign competitions. When it comes to contributing quick runs to the order for Punjab, he is regarded as dependable. This season, Liam has a strike rate of 186.62. This season, his knocks have either had strike rates close to 200 or none at all.
He has scored 293 runs in the ten matches he has played thus far. He has a poor average but yet contributes significantly to Punjab. He has three wickets with the ball in his hands. Liam is certainly bad news for the opposing team’s bowlers, but he has yet to find a continuous flow of runs for his club.
Number 2. Shreyas Iyer (Kolkata Knight Riders) – 12.25 Crores
The Kolkata Knight Riders found their new skipper in their most costly signing of the season. The side’s skid was expected to end when Iyer stepped in to compel the captaincy oaths, but the points table tells a different story after five weeks of the tournament. KKR raced through the first four matches, topping the table and looking like full-fledged contenders for the trophy.
KKR went on a winless stretch that ended against RR in the following games. As captain, Iyer is having difficulty keeping up with the winning batting and bowling combinations. But, as a batter, his form in T20 internationals carried over into the IPL season.
Iyer has a few captaincy knocks to his name and has scored 324 runs in 10 matches at an average of 36. His average strike rate is 133.33, and his highest score is 85. Despite the fact that Iyer has stepped up numerous times to bail his team out in the middle overs, KKR still needs to win a lot more games to remain in contention for the playoffs.
Number 1. Ishan Kishan (Mumbai Indians) – 15.25 Crores
As soon as the auctioneer named Ishan Kishan in the blockbuster auction, Mumbai Indians were ready with their bidding paddles to go all-in. A tense struggle for this 23-year-old Jharkhand native was worth the wait for Mumbai, which eventually acquired him for 15 crores and 25 lakhs. Ishan is now the second most expensive Indian player in IPL history, trailing only Yuvraj Singh, who was sold for 16 crores late in his career.
Kishan is a left-handed hitter who is well-known for his batting prowess. His previous two IPL seasons with Mumbai were equally as impressive as his recent form for India. Kishan is developing into a top-tier T20 batsman, capable of precisely adding runs up the order. This season, his strike rate as an opener has earned him the recognition he has been receiving.
Kishan has scored 225 runs in his nine appearances thus far. He has a strike rate of 111.39 and an average of 28.13. This season, his best score is 81 not out. He looked his best in the opening couple of games this season, but as the tournament went, he seemed to fade away, falling down with a streak of low scores. The Mumbai Indians are enduring their worst season in franchise history and have already been eliminated from the tournament.