IPL 2022 – 3 CRUCIAL Indian National players who are badly out of form in the current season
We have been on a roller-coaster ride since the 15th edition of the IPL began. The tournament has been a blockbuster, full of thrills and chills, hits and misses, sweet and sour. While new and fascinating faces have dominated the discourse due to their stunning heroic attempts, familiar stars whose non-performance has been the talk of the town have been even more obvious. Crowd flock to the stands to see their heroes, and when their idols fail to deliver, both the fans and the powers that be are concerned.
The T20 World Cup 2022 is approaching. All international teams are preparing in every manner they can. As a result, the IPL, being the closest in terms of talent to the T20 World Cup, is the final opportunity for all players scheduled to compete in the World Cup to get some practice in. Going by the performances of the Indian superstars, Indian coach Rahul Dravid and his support staff should be concerned in this regard. It would not be such a big deal if it was only one or two players. But today, we’ll look at three CRUCIAL players in the Indian team whose performances have fans and team management concerned.
Number 1. Virat Kohli
In IPL 2022, Virat Kohli is enduring a nightmare with his eyes open. And he has acknowledged on the record that he now understands what it is to be woefully out of shape. Virat Kohli once regarded to be the ultimate batsman with no chinks in his armor, now has a shield filled with glaring holes. For the first time, it is unclear what his weakness is. Is he prone to wrist spinners? Is he vulnerable to off-spin (think Moeen Ali)? Or does he have difficulty negotiating pace and bounce?
The truth is that Virat Kohli is a human person, and failing is a part of life for everyone. It’s just that you don’t get to experience all of them at once. In an ideal world, setbacks should be evenly distributed between extended periods of success. It feels like an eternity ago that Virat Kohli ruled the IPL, scoring four hundred in a single season. That season, he nearly scored 1000 runs. Virat Kohli of 2022 is unable to purchase a run. He’d be happy with four fifties, let alone four hundred.
In 12 IPL 2022 games, RCB’s previous captain has 216 runs with a strike rate of 111.34. Before the commencement of the IPL 2022 season, it was assumed that Virat Kohli, free of the captaincy, would resume his normal scoring ways. However, three golden ducks and a terrible half-century later, we appear to be still in the eye of the storm. The Indian team needs its best batter to perform if it is to win the T20 World Cup this year.
Number 2. Rohit Sharma
After years of being projected as the next Indian team captain, things moved a little too rapidly for Rohit Sharma in the end. Rohit Sharma, the captain of the Indian men’s cricket team across all formats, has all eyes on him right now. However, his second franchise, the Mumbai Indians, has chosen an inopportune time to fail. According to experts, it was not Rohit Sharma’s captaincy, but rather the resources at his disposal, that contributed to MI’s extraordinary trophy-winning streak. And, despite his accomplishments, Rohit Sharma still has a point to make.
But, unlike Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma was never a run-machine in the IPL in the first place. His IPL batting average is 30.42, while his IPL career strike rate is 130.20. But why haven’t we talked about them before? The reason is straightforward. Rohit Sharma is the only player in IPL history to have won six titles, five of which he captained. In cricket, when the team is performing well, no one questions the captain about his performance.
However, when you set the unwelcome milestone of becoming the first team in history to lose the first eight games of a season, your individual statistics are scrutinized. Rohit Sharma has 200 runs in 11 IPL 2022 matches at a strike rate of 125. These are the worst batting statistics in an IPL season, even for Rohit Sharma. His squad, on the other hand, has already been knocked out and looks poised to take home the wooden spoon this time. But, as the Indian captain, everything will be forgotten if Rohit Sharma leads this Indian side to the T20 World Cup triumph for the first time since 2007.
Number 3. Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant, the captain of the Delhi Capitals and a strong captaincy potential for Team India in the near future, is 24 years old and has the world at his feet. Rishabh Pant has already shattered numerous records set by MS Dhoni in tests in his brief career, establishing himself as an important piece of the Indian side in all three formats.
After captaining the Delhi Capitals to the IPL 2021 playoffs, Rishabh Pant has discovered that no matter how great he is, things will not always be simple. His team’s fortunes in the IPL 2022 have mirrored his personal batting fortunes. Both have been blowing hot and cold, with flashes of genius interspersed with long stretches of drab.
The Delhi Capitals are yet to win consecutive games in the IPL 2022. Pant, too, has struggled to put together consistent performances this IPL. Despite not scoring a single fifty this season, he has made several critical appearances for DC. Rishabh Pant overcorrected in an attempt to improve his sluggish strike rates in IPL 2020 and IPL 2021, going out in a manner regarded as irresponsible for a captain. He is not out of form, having scored nearly 300 runs at an average of 32.67 and a strike rate of 156.38. However, the Rishabh Pant of 2018 and 2019 remains elusive.