IPL 2022: 5 Players Who Might Be Playing Their Last Season
The IPL 2022 extravaganza is set to get underway on Saturday with defending champions Chennai Super Kings taking on runner-ups Kolkata Knight Riders at the Wankhede Stadium. The 15th edition of the league, which sees the addition of two teams making it a 10-team tournament, will be played in four venues across Mumbai and Pune. …
The IPL 2022 extravaganza is set to get underway on Saturday with defending champions Chennai Super Kings taking on runner-ups Kolkata Knight Riders at the Wankhede Stadium.
The 15th edition of the league, which sees the addition of two teams making it a 10-team tournament, will be played in four venues across Mumbai and Pune.
The IPL 2022 is also set to prove to be the last season for many a stalwart of the game. Let’s look at 5 players for whom this season might be their last:
IPL 2022 is most likely MS Dhoni’s last IPL.
That MS Dhoni decided to give up his captaincy – to a younger, fitter, and someone who will surely hold his place in the eleven: Ravindra Jadeja – was an acknowledgement by MS Dhoni himself about his diminishing batting form, his fitness, and that he no longer is in the best eleven for CSK.
The legacy of MS Dhoni remains intact no matter what happens this season or how many games he plays in. MS Dhoni will be 41 in July this year, making the thought of IPL 2022 being his last very plausible.
Another IPL stalwart in Robin Uthappa could be playing his last IPL season this year in IPL 2022. Uthappa, who has played a key role in KKR’s 2014 and CSK’s 2021 title wins, was brought back by CSK in the mega-auction for his base price of 2 crore with no other franchise showing interest in the 2014 Orange Cap winner.
CSK bought back some of their players from last year in the mega-auction. However, should CSK go for a revamp after this season, and Uthappa’s form isn’t great to keep his place, he could be released. Uthappa is currently mid 36, and it would be unlikely for him to find buyers next auction.
Wriddhiman Saha remains arguably the best wicket-keeper in India. However, T20 hasn’t been the former in which he’s attained much success. He has, though, gotten into IPL sides as a keeper and an aggressor as an opener – apparently the only position he could be utilized in T20 or IPL.
However, Saha, who is 37-and-half will be over 38 by the time the next IPL comes around. He has had fitness issues too and now with him being dropped from the Tes team, his match practice will also be decreased. He had a poor season last year too – average of 14.56 and strike rate of 93.57.
Question is, that Saha may ponder upon by the next auction, will IPL teams really fancy a 38-year-old wicket-keeper who could seemingly only play as an opener and whose batting returns are diminishing?
Dwayne Bravo is another CSK player who might play his last IPL this year. Bravo, who is just three wickets behind IPL’s leading wicket-taker Lasith Malinga’s tally of 170 wickets, has already retired from international cricket last year.
Currently 38-and-half, Bravo is amongst the oldest CSK members, behind only Dhoni. He will be 39 and over by the time next year’s IPL comes around. His batting prowess has already been on a decline, and he wasn’t at his best with the ball either last year in the IPL and T20 World Cup.
Mohammad Nabi has been one of the top T20 all-rounders in the world. However, he’s managed to get only 17 IPL matches under his belt in five years at SRH from 2017 to 2021. This is chiefly because on most occasions SRH have had the four overseas players filled with the likes of Warner, Bairstow, Williamson and Rashid Khan.
Nabi’s form with bat and ball was utterly disappointing in the BBL and PSL earlier this year, but he still managed to get a deal in the mega-auction: KKR bought the Afghanistan all-rounder for his base price of 1 crore.
Surely, Nabi has been under-utilized in the IPL at SRH, however, it also appears that his best time has gone to rock the tournament. On paper, Nabi is 37, will be 38 by next year’s auction. That, and if he continues to under perform, will make teams reluctant to buy him in the auction next time.