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IPL 2022 – The 5 Worst players from the sixth week of the tournament

More than half of the 15th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) has been finished, but there is still a lot to happen. We witnessed some remarkable things happen in the last seven days, like Liam Livingstone’s enormous 117 m six and Umran Malik becoming the first Indian to register 157 km/h delivery.

The most recent IPL franchise The Gujarat Titans remains on top of the points table, while the five-time champion Mumbai Indians became the first team to be eliminated from contention for the playoffs. The Orange Cap is currently held by Jos Buttler, while the Purple Cap is held by Yuzvendra Chahal. With the competition heating up, several unexpected twists and turns are predicted.

The sixth game week saw a few players rise to the challenge and some fall from grace. In the last post, we spoke about our Top 5 picks from the sixth week and in this article, we will be talking about 5 players who we think, did not live up to the expectation.

Number 1. Prithvi Shaw – Delhi Capitals


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The pocket-sized dynamo, regarded as a ferocious batter of the cricket ball, has struggled to find form this season. Prithvi has scored some spectacular runs for the Delhi Capitals in his brief IPL tenure. The DC fans would want the batter to regain form and win games for the Delhi franchise, as they need to win every game from now on to have the best chance of making the IPL 2022 playoffs.

Prithvi played just one game for the Delhi Capitals this week, against the Lucknow Supergiants. LSG batted first and set DC a difficult mark of 196 in 20 overs. Prithvi was bowled out by Dushmantha Chameera after hitting only five runs off seven balls. Chameera bowled outside off for a short length and trapped the right-hander at mid-on.

The kid from Mumbai, who was retained by the Capitals, is having a forgettable campaign. This season, he has appeared in nine games for DC, scoring 259 runs at an average of 28.78. He has two fifties to his name, but consistency has been a major issue for the teenager.


Number 2. Marcus Stoinis – Lucknow Super Giants


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The brand Lucknow Super Giants selected the Australian all-rounder as one of three draught picks (LSG). His performances have been diametrically opposed to his reputation. He’s had a string of poor performances for LSG this season. With the competition nearing its conclusion, KL Rahul and the company will undoubtedly want Marcus Stones to show some form.

LSG faced DC in their only game of the sixth week of the IPL 2022. LSG batted first and had an incredible second-wicket stand between KL Rahul and Deepak Hooda. Everyone expected LSG to end with a score of 220 or higher, but Stoinis looked out of sorts, scoring only 17 off 16 balls with a strike rate of 106.25.

The Perth player has struggled with both the bat and the ball this season. He has only played six games this season, scoring 90 runs at an average of 22.5. He was expected to bowl several middle-order overs, but he has an economy rate of 10.25 runs per over. He’s been quite pricey this season, with only one dismissal to his name.


Number 3. Kieron Pollard – Mumbai Indians


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The big man from Trinidad is having his worst IPL season to date. He was retained by the five-time champion Mumbai Indians but has failed to live up to expectations with both bat and ball in the league’s 15th edition.

In IPL 2022, the West Indian achieved only 129 runs from 10 innings, with a top score of 25. Pollard has a 14.33 batting average with a strike rate of 109.32. This is not the Pollard we know, and he has looked far from his best.

The Mumbai franchise played two games in the sixth week of the IPL 2022. Pollard scored 10 runs off 14 balls against the Rajasthan Royals and four runs off 14 balls against the Gujarat Titans. With Mumbai languishing at the bottom of the standings, the management would be hoping that the experienced all-rounder rediscovers his form in the remaining games.


Number 4. Lockie Ferguson – Gujarat Titans


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This season, the speed cannon from New Zealand with some extra speed in his arsenal has been rather pricey. Ferguson’s narrative is not dissimilar to Shami’s. Both have done well in this competition, but their economic rate has been a major issue.

GT played three games this week against RCB, PBKS, and MI, and Ferguson bowled 36, 29, and 34 in his four overs, respectively. This week, he only got three wickets. One of the primary reasons for Gujarat’s back-to-back failures has been his inability to pick up wickets.

He has 12 wickets in 11 games in IPL 2022, with a bowling average of 32.0. This season, he had an economy rate of nearly nine. You simply cannot be that pricey when bowling in an IPL event.


Number 5. Umran Malik


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Umran Malik’s sheer pace and aggressive bowling may have dazzled everyone, but he has been far too pricey. His pace, which was once a friend, is now one of his most dangerous foes. He is young and will, hopefully, learn a lot. Let’s see whether he improves his economics in the following games.

This week, the Sunrisers Hyderabad have played two games. On May 1st, SRH faced CSK in a match in which MS Dhoni and Co. batted first and set SRH a goal of 203. Umran was costly, conceding 48 runs in his stint and remaining wicketless. The CSK batters found his pace easy to play because they only needed to time his deliveries.

The same thing happened in their following game against the Delhi Capitals. Umran went for 52 runs in four overs as the team scored 207 runs. In the same game, he bowled the fastest ball ever bowled by an Indian in the IPL.