New Delhi. It has been three weeks since IPL 2022 started. During this, many great teams showed their strength, while many new teams showed their strength. If many big stars could not perform according to their stature, then many new players spread their shine. So far, two big things have emerged in the entire season. First, this season was dominated by young players and second, the players who came back after being injured or ignored, gave a strong performance and now their eyes are on making their respective team champions. Let us have a look at the performance of these players in IPL 2022 one by one.
If any one player has made the strongest comeback in IPL 2022, then it is Hardik Pandya. He had a dual responsibility this season as captain and player. But Pandya has been fit and hit in both the roles till now. Pandya was made the captain of Gujarat Titans before IPL 2022, so no one thought that his and this team’s performance in the first season would be so dazzling. This is because Pandya was returning from injury and he did not even have experience of captaincy.
There was also a question about Pandya’s bowling. But dismissing all the apprehensions, Pandya not only bowled, batted, but also captained. This is the reason that the team reached the top of the points table. Pandya has scored 228 runs in 5 matches so far this season. He has also scored 2 half-centuries and he remained unbeaten on both the occasions. For the first time in three years, Pandya completed 4 overs of his quota. Under his captaincy, Gujarat won 4 out of 5 matches.
KL Rahul: KL Rahul got injured before IPL 2022. For this reason, he could not play the T20 series against West Indies and Sri Lanka and returned to competitive cricket directly from the IPL. His comeback was also good. KL Rahul is captaining the new team Lucknow Super Giants this season. Lucknow may have lost the first match under his leadership. But since then the team scored a hat-trick of victory and emerged as one of the strongest teams of this season. Just like Hardik, his personal performance was not dazzling. Rahul had scored more than 500 runs in the last 4 seasons. But in this season he has not been able to open the account twice. But there are still a lot of matches left and on the strength of a good innings, Rahul can return to the old colors.
Yuzvendra Chahal: 8 years old left from RCB. A new team was found in the form of Rajasthan Royals. But the attitude looked the same old. Last year, Chahal was not found in the T20 World Cup squad. But after becoming the captain of Rohit Sharma, there was a return to the T20 team and since then there has been no looking back for Chahal. In the 5 matches played so far in IPL 2022, Chahal has taken 12 wickets at an average of 11.33. He is hunting the batsmen every 10th ball. He has also taken 4 wickets once in the season.
If last season’s laggy team Rajasthan Royals is performing well in this season, then one of the biggest reasons for that is Chahal. He has taken 11 wickets in the middle over for the team this season. If Chahal’s performance continues like this, then after years the dream of winning the title of Rajasthan can be fulfilled.
Umesh Yadav: Playing his first IPL match in two years, Umesh started the season with a bang by showing last season’s Orange Cap winner Rituraj Gaikwad to the pavilion. Kolkata Knight Riders bought in the last round of the auction and this time Umesh is wreaking havoc in the powerplay. He has so far taken 6 wickets in the powerplay. Whereas he has often faced criticism due to the run-getting in the powerplay. But this season, Umesh has made a great comeback. His economy rate of 6.79 is proof of this.
Due to this performance of Umesh, the team of KKR, which played the final last year, looks very strong and Umesh’s face is also showing the hesitation to answer his critics by making the team the champion.
T Natarajan: T Natarajan is another name among the players who made a strong comeback in IPL 2022. Natarajan’s last few months have been very difficult. Due to a knee injury, he remained away from the field for most of the last year. He could not even play IPL and T20 World Cup. He returned to the field through domestic cricket at the end of last year. But his real test was in IPL and this specialist death over bowler has passed this test.
Natarajan is bowling strong in IPL 2022 and is an important contributor to the Hyderabad team’s return to the league. He has bowled effectively in the powerplay so far and has taken 4 wickets so far. Natarajan has taken 11 wickets in 5 matches played so far. He is taking wickets in every 11 balls.
Suryakumar Yadav: Today it will be difficult to keep Suryakumar Yadav out of the T20 team anywhere in the world. He can fit in the middle order of any team. He made a strong comeback after injury in IPL 2022. After his return, the batting of Mumbai Indians has strengthened. Suryakumar has so far scored 163 runs in 3 matches at an average of 81. During this, he has scored two half-centuries and has been successful in the role of match finisher for Mumbai.
Chasing a target of 199 against Punjab Kings, he scored 43 runs in 30 balls to give Mumbai almost the first victory, but in the end the team missed and suffered their fifth consecutive defeat. If Mumbai has to make a comeback in the league, then batsmen like Rohit Sharma, Kieran Pollard and Ishan Kishan will have to support Suryakumar, who is in excellent form at the moment.