5 Unexpected Names Who Could Shine In IPL 2022

Let's have a look at 5 unexpected names who could shine in IPL 2022.

The IPL 2022 auction is done and dusted, the event took place in Bangalore and went on for two long days that saw a total of 204 players getting sold to the 10 franchises, with Gujarat Titans and Lucknow Super Giants making their debuts.

The IPL 2022, which is the 15th edition of the world’s biggest T20 league, is reported to start in the last week of March with all games to be played in Mumbai and Pune.

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Several players, youngsters and experienced ones, will be eyeing to perform well in the tournament to further their careers. Every season there have been few players who come out of the blue to perform over expectations and win games for their teams.

Here we look at 5 such unexpected players who could shine in IPL 2022:

Shivam Dube

Shivam Dube

It’s time for Shivam Dube to come of age in the IPL. Once touted to become a regular India player, Dube has featured in 1 ODI and 13 T20Is and has 24 IPL appearances. However, with just 2 fifties in all these games at a lowly strike rate for a finisher and 9 wickets at a high economy, Dube fizzled out of the national reckoning.

Despite that CSK have trusted him to fill the all-rounder’s boots with the ageing and injury-prone Dwayne Bravo. Under MS Dhoni, Dube could turn into the match-winner that we thought he was.

Tilak Varma

Tilak Varma

Mumbai Indians have been tracking Tilak Varma since his under-19 days, and now he is likely to be a starter in their middle-order. Varma has played 2 first-class games, and averages 52 in 16 List-A matches; in 15 T20 outings, the left-hander averages 29 at a strike rate of 143.

Like the many previous years, Tilak Varma could be this season’s surprise success of Mumbai Indians.

Dewald Brevis

Dewald Brevis. ipl 2022

Another player to watch out for in the Mumbai Indians team is young South African Dewald Brevis, who has got the nickname ‘Baby AB’ because of his beautiful stance and power hits akin to AB de Villiers.

Brevis was the Player of the Tournament at the under-19 World Cup having smashed a record 506 runs in six games; he can also bowl handy leg-spin. MI got the 18-year-old for a handsome amount of 3 crore and they would hope that Brevis could become a mainstay in their middle-order this season and going forward.There’s a lot of excitement among the Mumbai Indians fans for Dewald Brevis ahead of IPL 2022.

Ajinkya Rahane

Ajinkya Rahane
One this is for clear: Ajinkya Rahane has a point to prove in IPL 2022 after being dropped from India’s Test side, and although these are two different formats, the sheer weight of runs would never go unnoticed. Rahane, who featured in just 2 matches for Delhi Capitals last season, is likely to start as an opener in KKR’s eleven.
That would give him time to settle in and the freedom to play his shots with the powerplay restrictions. KKR’s batting was a concern last season; an experienced player such as Rahane will provide them with the much-needed stability and calmness even though T20 cricket is not his speciality. A big season from Rahane at the top will be beneficial for himself and KKR.
Benny Howell
Benny Howell
Don’t be surprised if Benny Howell turns up in the first game for Punjab Kings in IPL 2022. While not many in the subcontinent have heard or seen much of him, Benny Howell has become a kind of a cult in England with his bit and pieces cricket.
A hard-hitting middle-order batsman and someone who could bowl decent pace; it’s a tribute to Howell’s abilities that despite not playing a single international game so far, he was in contention for England’s T20 World Cup squad last year after impressive shows in the Hundred and the Blast.
With over 2000 T20 runs and 162 wickets in the shortest format, Howell is a desired player in franchise leagues. Benny Howell could be the trump card for Punjab this season.

Jatin Khandelwal

Hi, I am Jatin Khandelwal. Cricket writing came accidentally for me with an undergrad engineering degree. With opportunities first as a freelancer and then full-time, and experience with time, I have grown in the role. The Cricket Lounge is a place where I can thrive with the best of my abilities.

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