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IPL 2022 – 5 Worst performing Indian Players in the League stage of the tournament

The IPL 2022 league stage concluded with the last match between Punjab Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad in Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium. Punjab said farewell to the 15th edition with a five-wicket win over SRH in the last league encounter. This season has delivered some heroes to the field, both with the bat and with the ball.

Aside from certain players’ outstanding achievements, this season has been a nightmare for others who were selected by their teams in the mega auction for a good price. There are a few notable stars, including some kids, who have failed to live up to the expectations of their fans and teams.

This article will look at the five worst-performing Indian players during the league stage of the tournament.


Number 1. Ajinkya Rahane


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Since the Test series against South Africa earlier this year, this Senior Indian batsman has struggled in both formats. Rahane has been chastised for his poor performance, as he has consistently failed to score runs. During the IPL 2022 mega auction, the Kolkata Knight Riders acquired him for 1.0 crore.

KKR handed him a chance to bat at the opening slot, but Rahane failed to live up to the team’s expectations. After seven matches, management opted to remove him from the playing XI, and his inconsistency at the top of the order was a contributing factor to Kolkata’s bad season this year.

Rahane batted in all seven innings of the seven matches he participated in, scoring only 144 runs with a terrible average of 19.00 and failing to record a fifty or century.


Number 2. Virat Kohli


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Without a question, the best hitter in the world across all formats. Former Indian captain and batting legend Virat Kohli has had a hard spell in his career during the last several months. His bad form continued in the 15th edition of the IPL.

His batting has suffered since he relinquished the captaincy of the Indian National Team. A few ducks and below-par performances are not ideal for a batsman, especially one who once scored 973 runs in an IPL season.

Kohli scored 309 runs with a batting average of 23.77 in 14 league games, scoring only two half-centuries, one of which he got against GT in RCB’s final league game. Virat Kohli’s overall performance will be a source of concern as he prepares to play in India’s international fixtures in the coming months.


Number 3. Rohit Sharma


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Rohit Sharma, captain of the Senior Indian Team and Mumbai Indians in the IPL, is noted for his traditional batting style and propensity to play large innings in every format of the game. He was in terrific batting form prior to the IPL 2022. But things went completely wrong for him, both as MI captain and as a batsman.

In terms of captaincy, Rohit lost eight consecutive matches, which he did not want to be remembered for. He shared the record for most straight defeats with Pakistan captain Babar Azam, who lost a similar amount of matches as captain of the Karachi Kings in the PSL 2022.

Along with his captaincy, Rohit struggled at the plate this season, appearing in all 14 innings of MI’s 14 games. Rohit managed only 268 runs with a batting average of 19.14 and without a fifty or century to his name. The statistics are not typical of a batter of Rohit Sharma’s stature.


Number 4. Venkatesh Iyer


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Last year, the young Indian all-rounder put up some strong performances in both the IPL 2021 and the domestic circuit. Last year, KKR purchased him in a mini-auction for INR 20 Lakhs. However, he was retained by Kolkata before the IPL 2022 mega auction this year for a very lucrative sum of INR 8 Cr.

He was selected as an all-rounder but failed in every facet, whether batting or bowling. In 12 innings, he scored 182 runs and had a batting average of 16.55. He also let the team down with the ball, going wicketless after getting a chance to bowl in four of the twelve games.

Kolkata may reconsider his inclusion in the team for the next IPL season because he has not done anything to warrant the franchise’s investment in him.


Number 5. Mohammed Siraj


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Mohammed Siraj had some excellent results in the IPL 2021 last year, as well as on the international circuit. Royal Challengers Bangalore signed him before the IPL 2022 mega auction for a fee of 7.0 crore. However, Siraj was unable to replicate his previous two years’ performances and was dropped for RCB’s final league encounter.

Siraj only managed to take 8 wickets in 13 matches, with a bowling average of 55.25. He was also costly, conceding at an economy rate of 9.82 runs per over. Throughout the league stage of this season, he can be seen attempting to find his line and length.

Siraj did, however, give some strong performances for India in international matches prior to the start of the IPL 2022. Unfortunately, he was unable to maintain that form in this season’s IPL, failing to take key wickets for RCB.