With not long left of the IPL season, there have been some very disappointing players this season. Here is a team of the most underperforming players in the IPL in 2022.
1. Rohit Sharma
The Mumbai Indians have really struggled this season and a huge part of that is due to Sharma’s poor play at the top of the innings. He is averaging just 18 runs per innings, his lowest ever IPL total, and eleven games in, Sharma has failed to hit 50 this season. His poor performances have been a big reason for Mumbai Indians being out of the run for the final.
2. Virat Kohli
Another Indian superstar who is struggling this season is former captain Virat Kohli. After stepping down from RCB captaincy after the 2021 season, Kohli is having his worst season since his first in the IPL. Despite RCB sitting in fourth, Kohli is averaging just 19 with the bat. Bangalore will be happy that they are still in a good position even without Kohli performing at his best and hope that his form improves before the end of the season.
3. Mayank Agarwal
One of the most expensive retentions, Mayank Agarwal has certainly not been able to recreate the form of 2021. Coming off the back of his best season in the IPL, it looked like Agarwal would continue that form into 2022. But this season he is averaging less than half the runs he was last year.
The captain of Punjab Kings has struggled this season and has not been able to replace KL Rahul. It seems like these struggles could mean Punjab misses out on the top four for the eighth season in a row.
4. Kane Williamson
After a very disappointing 2021 season, Sunrisers Hyderabad hoped that the auction could be beneficial to the team. But captain Kane Williamson has really struggled in 2022. It comes after two excellent seasons from Williamson, but he has struggled this season and is averaging less than 20 with the bat.
His poor performances have also led to Sunrisers currently sitting in sixth and four points off the semi-finals. To make matters even worse, he is striking at under 100 so is hurting his team more than helping them.
5. Venkatesh Iyer
One of the success stories in 2021 was the rise of Venkatesh Iyer. Having come into the team in the second half of the season, Iyer changed the fortune of his Kolkata Knight Riders and he was retained by the team for 2022.
But Iyer is struggling this season, averaging just 19 with the bat, less than half of what he was averaging last season. His strike rate is also down from 128 to 110. With Kolkata paying as much as seasoned veterans like Moeen Ali and Suryakumar Yadav were paid, they will be very disappointed with the second-season slump from Iyer.
6. Johnny Bairstow
In eight games this season, we have seen Johnny Bairstow really struggle. It seems like he has had a difficult 2022 all around. Coming off the back of the ashes disappointment he was signed by the Punjab Kings through the auction to partner with international teammate Liam Livingstone.
While Livingstone has been good, Bairstow is averaging just 17 runs with the bat, compared to 41 last season. Despite a very good auction, his struggles have been a big reason why Punjab currently sits in eight with the top four very far away.
7. Kieron Pollard
It was always incredibly unlikely that Kieron Pollard would be let go by Mumbai Indians. He was an obvious retainment for his skills with bat and ball, a brilliant finisher. Coming off the back of a good but not great 2021, it was always likely that he would continue with the team in 2022.
But the BigMan has massively struggled this season, averaging his lowest ever with the bat. Pollard has really struggled to finish games for Mumbai and it is a big reason why they are in last place, and eliminated from the playoffs. Pollard is key to the problems with Mumbai and is probably a sign that the team should have moved on in the auction.
8. Ravindra Jadeja
MS Dhoni, Josh Hazlewood, and Faf du Plessis were all crucial to CKSs title last season, but there may not have been a more important player than Ravi Jadeja. Coming off the back of his best batting season in the IPL, Jadeja became the perfect closer. This season has been far from that.
Jadeja is averaging just 19 with the bat, his lowest total since 2018. His fortunes aren’t much better with the ball, averaging 50, almost double his average from last season. It seems like keeping hold of Jadeja may have been the wrong decision for the reigning champions.
9. Mohammed Siraj
One of the stars over the last few years, Siraj has become a key part of India’s limited overs and test side. So it was not that surprising that he was retained by RCB for 2022. They shelled out 7 crores for his services but that does not look like the right decision at the moment.
If it was not for the excellent bowling of Wanindu Hasaranga and Josh Hazlewood, we would be hearing a lot more about Siraj’s struggles. He is averaging more than 50 with the ball, a worse record than bit hitters Liam Livingstone and Marcus Stoinis. Siraj will need to improve, particularly as he is much more expensive than in 2021 when his economy was brilliant.
10. Shardul Thakur
One of the best bowlers in 2021, Thakur is another player who has become much more crucial to the national team. He was crucial to CSKs title win in 2021 but was not retained by the team and so was bought by Delhi as the fifth most expensive purchase of the auction.
He has certainly not been worth it, averaging 45 with the ball, his worst season in the IPL by quite some margin. Considering how expensive Thakur was to purchase, he has been a big disappointment this season.
11. Arshdeep Singh
Singh was one of the most outstanding bowlers of the 2021 IPL season and yet he has dropped off massively a year later. Having been retained by Punjab, the Kings looked like they could be really good this season, but have struggled massively.
Singh has been massively disappointing, averaging just almost 50 with the ball compared to 19 last season. It is a huge disappointment for a bowler who looked like one of the best young talents in the IPL before this season.