IPL 2022 – 5 BEST players from the the 6 eliminated teams of this season
There aren’t as many club cricket tournaments in the globe that involve superstars as the IPL. This year has been no exception, as megastars from every major cricketing nation have got the opportunity to demonstrate their skills in the IPL 2022. This season has seen some heavyweight clashes, with some of the greatest names putting their reputations on the line.
If we put all of those talents on one team, it will be dominated by the teams that did well in the tournament. But what about the teams that did not advance to the IPL 2022 finals? They, too, had luminaries within their ranks who shone throughout the competition. Some excellent individual performances will go unnoticed because of their franchises’ collective failings.
In this article, we will pick 5 of the BEST players from the six eliminated teams from the league stage of the tournament.
Number 1. Liam Livingstone
Liam Livingstone came into the IPL with a reputation for being a power hitter. However, his two-year stint with the Rajasthan Royals was a letdown. Livingstone’s reputation was only growing, especially following his ferocious batting performance against Pakistan. In the first T20 against Pakistan at Trent Bridge, the Lancashire man scored England’s fastest-ever international century in just 42 balls.
In the 2022 auctions, Punjab Kings paid INR 11.50 crore for the Englishman. The batting all-rounder made his IPL debut and carried his fireworks with him. Livingstone has 437 runs in IPL 2022, with four half-centuries and a strike rate of more than 180. With the bat in hand, he has shown no inhibition, smacking sixes at will. Livingstone has also contributed with the ball, taking six wickets.
Unfortunately, he will not be seen again in IPL 2022 because Punjab Kings failed to make the playoffs. However, it was fitting that Livingstone hit the 1000th six of IPL 2022, the most sixes in an IPL season to date. He finishes the competition with 34 sixes, second only to his countryman Jos Buttler’s 37. One of the 34 sixes was a 117-meter monster hit against GT, the season’s longest.
Number 2. David Warner
David Warner, one of the most regular run-getters in IPL history, had a disastrous season in 2021. As his struggles with the bat persisted, the Sunrisers Hyderabad management stripped him of the captaincy. Fans feared the worse for Warner after he was fired from the team.
Warner’s dismal performance in the IPL 2021 aroused concerns about his abilities, and there were whispers that he would contemplate retiring. However, the Australian opener bounced back with strong performances in the T20 World Cup.
The Delhi Capitals paid INR 6.25 crore for the Australian opener’s performances in the IPL 2022 auctions. David Warner set the record right as he maintained his IPL form. The three-time Orange Cap winner made a statement against his former team, Sunrisers Hyderabad, scoring 92* off 58 balls. This year, the dynamic opener scored 432 runs, averaging 48 and striking out 150 times. One of the driving elements behind Delhi Capital’s playoff chances was Warner’s form.
Number 3. Kagiso Rabada
Kagiso Rabada’s statistics are impressive for a player his age. On the international stage, the quick pacer has over 400 wickets for South Africa across all forms. Rabada’s figure of 16/6 remains the best by a bowler on his ODI debut.
Rabada also brought his A-game to the IPL. His 30-wicket haul in IPL 2020 (the second-most in a season) helped his Delhi team to the competition’s final. However, the South African had a disappointing IPL 2021 performance, taking only 15 wickets.
In the IPL 2022 auctions, Punjab Kings paid INR 9.25 crore for Rabada. The former Delhi player has been breathing fire down batters’ necks and has looked like the man from 2020, having dismissed 23 batsmen in 13 games. Rabada, who now has 99 wickets in the IPL, needs one wicket in seven games to break Lasith Malinga’s record of 70 games to reach the three-figure milestone.
Number 4. Kuldeep Yadav
Kuldeep Yadav enjoyed playing cricket as a hobby as a child. His father encouraged him to seek a career in cricket. Yadav began his career as a fast bowler. Kapil Pandey, his instructor, advised him to try left-arm wrist spin, a unique technique that Yadav learned at an early age.
The Chinaman, as they are colloquially known, drew international prominence at the U-19 World Cup in 2014, finishing as the second-highest wicket-taker with a hat-trick. He made his national team debut in 2017 and now has the second greatest strike rate in T20Is. His breakthrough season came in the 2018 IPL when he took 17 wickets for KKR. However, a dry spell in the IPL saw him bounce between teams.
The Delhi Capitals took a chance on the unconventional spinner, signing him for INR 2.00 crore in the IPL 2022 auctions. The 27-year-old has rediscovered his form and enjoyed his most fruitful year in the IPL to date. Kuldeep has looked the most dangerous in IPL 2022 under the leadership of skipper Rishab Pant. Yadav has taken 21 wickets this season after fooling many batters with his tricky googly. Kuldeep’s form bodes well for the Indian team, as he belongs to a unique breed of wrist spinners.
Number 5. Jasprit Bumrah
In 2016, Jasprit Bumrah emerged as a limited-overs specialist. His yorker precision and slinging movement attracted comparisons to his Mumbai counterpart, Lasith Malinga. But his potential skyrocketed when he made his Test debut in 2018. The pacer’s bowling has taken on a new dimension as he has demonstrated excellent control with the red ball.
Bumrah has taken 15 wickets in every season since 2016, but his death bowling has been a valuable asset to Mumbai. In recent years, he has been equally effective on the powerplay as he has been at troubling batters with his perfect line and length. The Mumbai Indians rewarded the bowler by keeping him on their roster ahead of the IPL 2022 auctions.
Jasprit Bumrah is another veteran player who has had a disappointing season for MI in comparison to his lofty expectations. In 14 IPL 2022 games, the Indian fast has only taken 15 wickets. However, his 5/10 versus KKR is the best of the season thus far. The yorker specialist has looked like himself in the last few games, as he has been impressive in the death overs and remains the tournament’s finest death bowler.