IPL 2022 – 3 players who were superstars in 2021 but flopped in 2022
In a tournament like the Indian Premier League (IPL), very few players have been able to keep their form going for a second season. It is owing to increased competition and the participation of the world’s greatest T20 players. From the bowler’s perspective, hitters are constantly trying to outsmart them by inventing new shots. Bowlers, on the other hand, have been utilizing their variations to get better off the batters.
This season, the most successful teams, such as the Mumbai Indians (MI) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK), have disappointed with their performances and have failed to qualify for the playoffs. Similarly, there have been players who had a significant impact on the team’s outcome the previous season but have failed to match that impact this season.
In this article, we are going to talk about 3 players who were superstars in 2021 but turned out to flop in the 2022 season.
Number 1. Venkatesh Iyer
Venkatesh Iyer, a left-handed hitter, has been a consistent performer for the Madhya Pradesh stateside in domestic cricket. He demonstrated his ability after being signed by Kolkata Knight Riders for the IPL 2021 by scoring 198 against Punjab in the Vijay Hazare Trophy. Although he did not receive a chance in the first half, the southpaw was inserted as an opener in the second half, which proved to be career-defining for him.
Iyer helped the club chase down the total in his first two IPL games, regaining the team’s momentum after only two wins in seven league games. He maintained his excellent form, which enabled the team to gain confidence and get to the finals. In this quest, he batted 41.11 and scored 370 runs in 10 innings.
He was rightfully retained for IPL 2022 as well. However, other than a 50* in the first half, he failed to contribute significantly and was pulled from the team. Despite returning to the starting XI, his performances have been subpar.
Number 2. Kieron Pollard
Kieron Pollard, the savage striker of a cricket ball, has been a member of the MI team since the 2010 edition. Since then, he has been retained by the team because of his finishing ability, which has helped them win the championship five times in a row.
Pollard scored 245 runs at 30.62 with a strike rate of 148.48 in the previous tournament. His best innings came against CSK, when he hit 87* off 34 balls, paving the way for the team’s stunning triumph.
Come IPL 2022, the Caribbean all-rounder hasn’t been the same and has lost touch, leaving the squad unable to chase down the high totals on the board. He scored 144 runs at 14.40 in 11 matches and was dropped from the team to allow younger players more opportunities.
Number 3. Harshal Patel
Harshal Patel struggled to find enough opportunities after performing well in the 2015 season. However, in the 2021 edition, the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) used him as the lead pacer.
Patel received the “Purple Cap” and the team management’s and captain’s confidence as a consequence of his 32 wickets in 15 matches at an economy of 8.14. His performance was critical in propelling the squad to the playoffs.
Despite having 18 wickets in 12 IPL 2022 matches, he has allowed runs in crucial periods of the game. In comparison to his steady ability to bowl yorkers last season, he has been inconsistent this year.