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IPL 2022 – 3 players who were retained by their franchises but were dropped from the starting XI

With two new franchises to prepare for and the huge auction to prepare for, some franchisees were left worse off than others, with only four retentions. Most famous names were retained, as expected, but some teams made unexpected and intriguing retentions, as well as some stunning withdrawals.

Some retentions that were intended to form the heart of their franchises have not worked out, at least not yet. All of these players were granted a run of games at the start of the season, but they all lost their spots in the starting eleven.

We take a look at three such players whose tournament did not begin as well as they or their franchises had hoped. As we near the end of the group stage, there is still an opportunity to make a lasting impression in this edition of the IPL.

Number 1. Kieron Pollard

 

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For many years, the recently retired former West Indies captain has been a MI and IPL heavyweight. Unsurprisingly, he was retained by MI as their lone overseas player among the four.

However, the stalwart has struggled to score runs and has been unable to accelerate or finish games, both of which we have long associated with the hard-hitting allrounder.

He has also had the most support on this list, making 11 appearances yet failing to make an impression in any of them. MI eventually gave up on Pollard and replaced him with promising SA prospect Tristan Stubbs.

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Number 2. Varun Chakravarthy

 

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Chakravarthy, another KKR retention who has failed to impress, had done well bowling in tandem with Narine in the previous seasons and was understandably one of their retentions.

With the mystery leg spinner now capped and in contention for the T20 World Cup, there were high expectations for him. Varun, on the other hand, only took four wickets in the first eight matches at a high economy rate and was later dropped for three matches.

As KKR faces a do-or-die situation, they will have high expectations of the 31-year-old who has returned to the team. Chakravarthy would like to have a say in the playoff battle after picking up a wicket and being frugal on his comeback.

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Number 3. Yashaswi Jaiswal

 

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Jaiswal, another brilliant kid tipped as a future India opener, was one of RR’s only three IPL 2022 retentions, with Orange Cap Holder Joss Buttler and captain Sanju Samson.

The aggressive 20-year-old let up 25 runs in his first three innings and was replaced by Devdutt Paddikal. However, after six games, Jaiswal was granted another chance and struck a magnificent 68 in a match-winning chase against PBKS.

With those innings potentially cementing his place, the elegant left-hander still has plenty of time remaining in the season to make a lasting impact.