Three Worst Retentions of IPL 2022


The ideologies of each Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise are quite different from each other as some plan for long-term success while others remain happy to focus on the present. The principles are difficult to understand if one wants to scrutinize them step by step.

The IPL 2022 caravan is now almost a month old. They have been asked the questions, which have yet to live up to expectations, while some have paid very rich dividends by performing consistently, whether with bat or ball. Crucially, however, the franchises, similar to the past, have been criticized primarily for their strategic blunders during the 2022 mega auction, as well as the holdbacks they made before getting into the bidding wars.

Let’s discuss the three worst retentions made by different franchises ahead of IPL 2022:

Three Worst Retentions of IPL 2022Abdul Samad in action for SRH at IPL 2022. © IPL

The 20-year-old Jammu and Kashmir cricketer, who has been representing Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) for three seasons, looked like one of the next big things in the lucrative, cash-rich league if not Indian cricket. His 33 out of 16 fastballs against Delhi Capitals in IPL 2020 Qualifier 2 drew a lot at that time. But more particularly, it still remained his best individual score in IPL.

Samad’s brutal power was on display in 2020, hitting 170.76 for his 111 runs. But his phenomenal scoring rate saw a sharp drop the following season when he averaged 12.33 after 11 outings, hitting at 127.58.

Yet, the SRH think tank, ahead of the latest mega auction, decided to hold Samad for INR 4 crore, probably viewing him as a long-term prospect. He had chances to improve his numbers in SRH’s first two games, against Rajasthani Royals (RR) and Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) respectively. But all he managed to score there was a four-six, followed by a golden duck.

Since then, SRH didn’t allow him to impress any further and brought in Shashank Singh in his place in their roster.

2. Yashasvi Jaiswal – Royals of Rajasthan – INR 4 Crores

Three Worst Retentions of IPL 2022
Three Worst Retentions of IPL 2022Yashasvi Jaiswal (left) and Joe Buttler in action for RR in IPL 2022. © IPL

Similar to SRH’s long-term prospect theory, Jaiswal – the 20-year-old uncapped Indian – was held by the RR at INR 4 crore ahead of the mega auction. The move made sense before the bidding wars started, as the talented left-handed flyhalf showed composure last season, tallying 249 points in 10 games at an impressive 148.21 strike rate. However, his first season – in 2020 – was not so memorable. He scored 40 runs in three outings, hitting 90.9.

But when the RR splurged INR 7.75 on Devdutt Padikkal at the recent mega auction, questions over the franchise’s new opening suit arose from there. With Jos Buttler already in the mix, the inaugural IPL champions decided to go with him and Jaiswal at the top and Padikkal at No.3 initially. It didn’t work out as Jaiswal’s scores showed 16-ball 20s, two-ball 1s and six-ball fours respectively in the first three matches.

Unsurprisingly, the franchise dropped him and went with their best possible opening duo – Buttler and Jaiswal. The new pair did not disappoint. In fact, they forged 155 together against DC in their last encounter, which is notably RR’s highest opener partnership in tournament history. So as things stand, no one can predict how long Jaiswal’s next opportunity will take.

Three Worst Retentions of IPL 2022
Three Worst Retentions of IPL 2022Axar Patel in action for the Delhi Capitals in IPL 2022. © IPL

There was a huge upset when Delhi Capitals (DC) held Axar Patel ahead of someone valuable like Kagiso Rabada at INR 12 crore. Although Axar’s salary is INR 9 crore, the extra money was deducted from the DC purse for the mega auction.

To be fair, Axar’s numbers in IPL 2021 were pretty decent. He won 15 wickets in 12 matches at an exceptional save rate of 6.65, which played a pivotal role in DC reaching the Playoffs. But he has appeared to be lackluster more often than not in the current edition, where he has managed to grab just three wickets in seven matches so far, averaging 60. His save rate of 7.83 isn’t great either.

Over the years, Axar has been considered the all-round bowling alley. But his IPL batting records are nowhere near justifying that. However, thanks to a breezy 38 not out of 17 balls against Bombay Indians (MI) in their first tournament, his strike rate, right now, stands at 171.74 in IPL 2022.

There are also a few worth mentioning in this chart, including KKR duo Venkatesh Iyer and Varun Chakravarthy and Mohammed Siraj of RCB. But among the above three, except Axar, there is a small chance for the others to turn things around this season. Hopefully they will all soon prove the critics wrong.

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