In this edition of IPL 2022, where the newcomers have performed to the best of their ability, some of the top batsmen who have done well in the previous season of the tournament have struggled to move ahead.
These players, who scored massive runs in the two halves in the 2021 edition, did not get the mojo that their teams would have liked to see in the first 13 matches of the 2022 edition.
Here’s a look at the cast from last season who have struggled so far in the current season of the league:
Ruturaj Gaikwad (CSK)
Gaikwad, the Orange Cap holder of IPL 2021 with 635 runs in 16 matches, has not been able to score runs in the 2022 season. The right-handed opener from Pune has managed just two runs in Chennai Super Kings’ first three matches, including getting dismissed for zero against Lucknow Super Giants.
Chennai could not progress with the bat in the first six overs due to lack of runs from the 25-year-old’s bat. Chennai will be hoping that Gaekwad, who entered the tournament after recovering from a wrist injury during the T20I series against Sri Lanka, will turn his poor start into something spectacular, as he did in the last two seasons of the IPL.
Venkatesh Iyer (KKR)
The breakout star has found his debut in IPL 2022 a bit tough, with 370 runs from 10 matches in the second half of IPL 2021. Iyer entered the tournament for Kolkata Knight Riders after impressive performances with the bat and ball in the T20I series against West Indies and Sri Lanka.
But, in the IPL, Iyer has so far opened at the top, scoring 16, 10 and 3 while he bowled once against Bangalore, conceding 10 runs as Harshal Patel took them to the cleaners.
Yashasvi Jaiswal (RR)
In a formidable campaign for Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2021, the youngster scored 249 runs in 10 matches with a high strike rate of 148.21. Rajasthan backed the left-handed opener when they retained him ahead of IPL 2022.
But Jaiswal has not been able to repay the faith shown in him with scores of 20, 1 and 4 in the first three matches. Rajasthan will need runs from him to complement top-of-form Jos Buttler.
Prithvi Shaw (DC)
The 2018 U19 World Cup-winning captain has been a mainstay in the Delhi Capitals’ batting order for four seasons, which was demonstrated when he scored 479 runs in 15 matches of IPL 2021. Delhi have relied on him to make an explosive start in the first six. over.
But Shaw hasn’t been able to repeat the good start from the past, getting dismissed for 38 and 10 in the pull shot twice.
Delhi will hope that a possible return of David Warner in the opening slot will boost Shaw’s scoring abilities.
Nitish Rana (KKR)
The left-handed middle-order batsman has been a key force at the wheel for Kolkata, which was seen when he top-scored for them in IPL 2021 with 383 runs in 17 matches.
But Rana has stayed away from his best performance in IPL 2022, making 21, 10 and 0 in the first three matches. Kolkata will be hoping that Rana will find his groove with the bat for the upcoming matches.