IPL 2022: 5 Unsold Capped Indian Players Who Could Return as Back-up Options
IPL 2022: In 2008, at the time of the inception of the Indian Premier League, nobody ever imagined the amount of contribution it will have towards Indian cricket. It has given a huge pool of talented players to the senior team. IPL has become a benchmark for Indian selectors and to scout players for the national team of the country. Here are some IPL Cricket Betting Sites and match predictions.
Not only to team India, but IPL also has a major contribution in giving a platform to some overseas unknown cricketers as well. During the 2022 mega auction, a lot of new faces got a good deal from the bidding franchises. However, there were few Indian cricketers who went unsold. These Indian cricketers were at one point a crucial part of team India as well.
It is disappointing to see the deteriorating career of some of the best Indian cricketers. The primary reason was either their age or their absence from international cricket. Another reason could be the higher base price which the players decided to keep for the auction.
All the franchises are now in process of finalizing their playing XI. There is a possibility that some of the unsold players might still get a deal. We have compiled a list of 5 Indian capped players, who might be hired as a backup option.
5 Unsold Capped Indian Players Expected to Return for IPL 2022
5) Piyush Chawla
Piyush Chawla made his debut for IPL in 2008 for Punjab Kings. In just 4 seasons of IPL, he had taken 57 in 55 matches and only 5 players had a better record at the time. After 5 years of service, he was released by the team and Kolkata Knight Riders took this opportunity and bought the player. However, his career started deteriorating in 2020 after joining CSK and in 2021 with Mumbai Indians.
Overall in IPL, Chawla has come out as a skilled spinner. In 165 fixtures, Chawla has picked up 157 wickets at an economy of 7.88. Piyush made his debut for team India in 2006 and was last seen with the team in 2012 in the test format.
4) Ishant Sharma
The tall flamboyant Indian pacer, Ishan Sharma, was at one point responsible to decimate the opening pairs from the opposition. After Zaheer Khan’s retirement from international cricket, Ishan became team India’s go-to bowler in the test format. He has been part of some major test series for team India and was recently dropped from the team because of inconsistent performance.
However, it came as a shock when the Delhi pacer went unsold in a mega auction. He made his debut in 2008 with Kolkata Knight Riders. Ishant was a prominent bowler for Delhi Capitals in 2021 and became a crucial part of the team. However, his run in the last season was disappointing, and couldn’t perform as expected.
3) Cheteshwar Pujara
Cheteshwar Pujara was at one point the most dependable batsman in the test format for the Indian squad. He has been part of 95 tests and has scored 6713 runs at an average of 43.88 while maintaining a strike rate of 44.25. Pujara made his test debut in 2010 against Australia and immediately became a crucial player for the team. Looking for more IPL updates and match predictions? Find it here on our site.
Pujara is always known for his test cricket intelligence. May that’s one of the primary reasons he never had a successful IPL run. Pujara made his debut in 2010 for IPL with KKR but after a year he was bought by RCB. For two years he was with RCB and in 2014 he became a part of Punjab Kings for a year. Pujara made an unsuccessful attempt in IPL after 7 years with CSK in 2021 but couldn’t contribute much to the team. However, there is still a chance for him if some franchise needs a backup batsman in case.
2) Amit Mishra
Amit Mishra is one of the most successful Indian spinners who made a good name in IPL as well. Mishra made his IPL debut for Delhi Capitals in 2010 also played with Deccan Chargers and Sunrisers Hyderabad during his 11 years run at IPL. He had a brilliant 6 year run from 2015 to 2021 with Delhi Capitals.
Overall in IPL, Mishra has been part of 154 fixtures and picked up 166 wickets while maintaining an economy of 7.35. Since IPL is now focused more on youngsters, Mishra missed his chance to get sold during the auction. However, he might get a deal before the beginning of IPL 2022 as a backup spinner for a team.
1) Suresh Raina
Things will not be the same without the presence of Mr. IPL in the tournament. It was a shock to see Suresh Raina not getting any bids from any team during the IPL mega auction. Raina was an integral part of the Chennai Super Kings and was released by the team in 2021. Under the shadow of MS Dhoni, Raina had a legendary run with CSK.
Overall in IPL, Suresh Raina has been part of 205 matches and he has scored 5528 runs at an average of 32.51 while painting a strike rate of 136.76. Not only this, he has big achievements as a bowler as well. As a competent spinner, Raina has picked up 25 wickets at an economy of 7.38 in IPL history. Any franchise that is looking for the most dependable power-hitter for their team as a backup option can hire the services of Suresh Raina.
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