IPL 2022 Flop XI Of The Tournament: Openers, Middle-Order, Lower Order, Bowlers


IPL 2022 emerged as another entertaining season in the history of this League. A total of 10 franchises played a total of 74 games among themselves. In the final, the new franchise Gujrat Titans defeated Rajasthan Royals by 7 wickets to claim the IPL trophy. Batting first, Gujarat Titans comfortably chased down the 131-run target set by RR in the first innings.

IPL 2022 Flop XI Of The Tournament Openers, Middle-Order, Lower Order, Bowlers

Batting first, Rajasthan Royals were restricted to just 130-9 from their 20 overs. Hardik Pandya bowled superbly and picked up 3 crucial wickets from his 4 overs. Later, Gujarat Titans chased down the target in the 19th over with 7 wickets in hand. Shubman Gill and David Miller remained unbeaten on 45 and 32 runs respectively while Hardik Pandya slammed 34 runs for his team in that game.

While many batters and bowlers came up with spectacular performances in the season, some players failed to showcase their talent and skills. These players became a liability for their sides due to their poor performances. In this article, we will take a glance at the flop XI of the IPL 2022 season.

Openers: Rohit Sharma and Kane Williamson

We have two modern-day greats like Rohit Sharma and Kane Williamson as the openers of this flop 11. These two endured a horrible IPL 2022 campaign and Both skippers were unable to contribute to their IPL teams, which proved to be one of their teams’ biggest weaknesses this time around.

The most successful skipper of IPL Sharma failed to hit a single half-century this season although he looked in good touch in the last few games. The Mumbai Indians captain could only manage to score 268 runs in the tournament. The right-hander registered a poor average of 19. 1 and a mediocre strike rate of 120. Mumbai Indians also struggled in the tournament due to his poor run and the 5-time champion side finished last on the point table.

Kane Williamson, on the other hand, also looked out of color this season and highly failed to score runs as an opener for his side. When in form Kane is one of the most appealing batters to watch but unfortunately, he struggled for runs throughout this tournament due to his poor form.

The Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper scored only 216 runs in 13 innings at an average of 19.54. The right-hander also hit just 1 half-century and owned a strike rate of 93.50 which was too miserable.

Middle-Order: Matthew Wade, Mayank Agarwal, and Kieron Pollard

Matthew Wade is our pick for the wicket-keeper in this lineup. He was one of the star performers for the world cup winning Australian side. Due to his excellent performance for the national side, the left-hander was picked up by the new franchise Gujarat Titans in the mega auction of IPL 2022. However, Matthew Wade struggled for runs in the whole tournament but fortunately, his side still managed to win the trophy. The 34-year-old scored just 114 runs in 8 games at a poor strike rate of under 115.

At No. 4 we have the Punjab Kings captain Mayank Agarwal. He was excellent in the last season but this year he struggled to score runs. After failing to score runs at the opening position, he gave his opening position to Jonny Bairstow and demoted himself to the middle order. However, runs didn’t come in any position for Agarwal this season. The Punjab skipper could only score 195 runs ik12 innings at an average of just 16 and a poor strike rate of below 123.

At no. 5 is the veteran all-rounder Kieron Pollard who had managed to score only 144 runs at an average of 14.40 in 11 innings. Keiron Pollard was among the retained player of Mumbai Indians and the franchise preferred his power-hitting ability over Hardik Pandya. The former Windies skipper didn’t contribute much with both bat and bowl and was even dropped from the team in the last few games.

The Caribbean all-rounder played with a strike rate of 149 for Mumbai but this was a forgettable season for him as he owned a strike rate of just 107.46. He also failed to deliver with the bowl and grabbed only 4 wickets in the tournament.

Lower Order: Ravindra Jadeja and Shahrukh Khan, and Chris Jordan

Ravindra Jadeja will lead this flop eleven of IPL 2022. Jadeja was a star performer in the previous season but IPL 2022 was a season to forget for him. MS Dhoni gave him the captaincy post of CSK before the start of the season. However, after the CSK’s poor show under his leadership, he handed back the captaincy role to Dhoni midway. The left-hander scored only 116 runs in 10 games at a horrible average of 19.33 and a strike rate of 118.36. With the ball, Jadeja picked up only 5 wickets in 10 innings at an average of 49.60.

At No. 7 is another batter from Punjab Kings Shahrukh Khan. He helped his domestic team to a spectacular victory in the finals of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy so, a huge amount of hype was created for the Tamil Nadu player before the start of this year’s IPL season which raised his value at the mega auction.

Due to his match-finishing ability, Punjab Kings bought him for ₹9 crores. However, Shahrukh Khan’s performances didn’t justify his price this season. The right-hander scored only 117 runs in 8 innings at a mediocre strike rate of 108.

Chris Jordan played for CSK in IPL 2022 but he wasn’t able to put his experience into results. The white-ball specialist featured in four games where he managed to pick up just two wickets at an alarming economy rate of over 10.5.

Bowlers: Dushmantha Chameera, Varun Chakravarthy, and Muhammed Siraj

Dushmantha Chameera was one of the overseas bowlers that failed to perform in this edition of IPL. The Sri Lankan pacer played 12 matches in the competition but wasn’t effective at all. He bowled with a quick pace, but in the process, he lost his line and length and kept on bowling a lot of loose deliveries.

At No. 10 is the mystery spinner Varun Chakravarthy, who was retained by Kolkata Knight Riders following an excellent IPL 2021 campaign. The KKR’s spinner had a below-par start to this season and was even dropped from the playing XI.

The 30-year-old bowler struggled with the bowl and he only managed to pick up six wickets at an economy rate of 8.5 in 11 matches. He registered an average of 55.3 this season which was one of the worst averages among all full-time bowlers in this tournament.

Mohammed Siraj is another retained player on this list who failed to deliver for his franchise. The RCB pacer picked up just 9 wickets in 15 games and registered a horrible average of 57.1 and an economy rate of 10.1. The right-arm pacer was criticized a lot due to his horrible show throughout this season.

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