The Indian Premier League (IPL) is one of the most popular and eagerly-awaited cricket tournaments in the world. Every year, fans from across the globe tune in to watch their favorite teams battle it out on the field. However, as with any sporting event, there are always a few players who fail to live up to expectations. In this blog post, we will be taking a closer look at three players who flopped in the IPL 2022 season. From highly-paid international stars to promising local talent, these players were expected to make a big impact but unfortunately, failed to deliver.
Number 1. Anrich Nortje
Delhi Capitals’ squad in IPL 2022 featured South African fast bowler, Anrich Nortje, who had a stellar performance in the previous season. In IPL 2021, he managed to secure 22 wickets in 16 matches with an economy rate of 8.391. However, Nortje was sidelined due to a back and hip injury since the T20 World Cup held in November of the same year. Following a three-month hiatus, he made a return to the pitch but unfortunately struggled. Despite bowling for a total of 22.2 overs, he could only secure 9 wickets with an average of 23.11 and a strike rate of 14.89, conceding an economy rate of 9.31. Nortje’s best bowling figures were 3/414.
Experts have attributed his poor performance to a lack of match fitness and rhythm, as well as his difficulty in adapting to different pitches and conditions. His coach, Ricky Ponting, stated that Nortje required four to five more spells before achieving match readiness.
Number 2. Manish Pandey
Lucknow Super Giants included right-handed batsman, Manish Pandey, in their squad for IPL 2022 after he was released by Sunrisers Hyderabad before the Mega Auction of the same year. Pandey was signed for a price of 4.6 crore. However, his performance in the tournament was abysmal, with him only managing to score 88 runs in six games. Pandey’s batting average for the season was a paltry 14.67, and his strike rate stood at 110.00.
Experts have attributed Pandey’s poor form to his inconsistency and lack of aggression, coupled with his inability to rotate the strike and accelerate when required. Additionally, he faced trolling from fans and critics for his slow batting and lack of impact.
Number 3. Matthew Wade
Gujarat Titans signed Australian wicket-keeper batsman, Matthew Wade, for a price of 1.5 crore in the 2022 IPL Mega Auction. Unfortunately, his performance in the tournament was disappointing, with him only managing to score 157 runs in ten games. Wade’s batting average for the season was 17.44, and his strike rate stood at 113.77.
Experts have attributed Wade’s poor form to his inconsistency and lack of timing, coupled with his difficulties in facing spinners and death bowlers. Additionally, he failed to convert his starts into significant scores, with his highest score being a mere 35.