IPL 2022 14th edition is going in full swing with teams giving a neck-to-neck fight for a place in the playoff. Barring Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings, who are bottom in IPL 2022 points table all the 8 teams are in contention to reach the top 4. In IPL 2022, there have been a few players who have performed exceptionally well. They were almost discarded as players who cannot perform, but they have surprised everyone with their impeccable performance this season. Let us have a look at 5 players who have performed unexpectedly well in IPL 2022:
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IPL 2022: 5 Players Who Are Performing Unexpectedly Well In The Tournament
YUZVENDRA CHAHAL (RR)
Yuzvendra Chahal had a forgettable IPL 2021 first edition that was held in India. He performed poorly but salvaged some pride in IPL 2021 second edition. RCB released him ahead of IPL 2022 mega auction. Rajasthan Royals later purchased him for 6 crores. Chahal has silenced his critics with his exceptional performance in IPL 2022 till now.
He is the leading wicket-taker with 17 wickets in 6 matches. This includes a hat-trick against Kolkata Knight Riders. With his incredible performance, Chahal has impressed everyone.
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UMESH YADAV (KKR)
Umesh Yadav could not play in IPL 2021 due to injury. Prior to this, in the IPL 2020, he got to play in just 2 games, picking zero wickets. But, 2022 has been a memorable season so far for Umesh Yadav. The pace bowler has shared the new ball for Kolkata and has picked 10 wickets in 7 matches.
He also played a memorable knock with the bat, hitting one of the best T20 bowlers, Trent Boult, for 20 runs in an over. Umesh Yadav was unsold in the IPL 2022 first round. However, he returned again in the accelerated auction and was picked by KKR for 2 crores, which seems a good investment.
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KULDEEP YADAV (DC)
As far as cricket is concerned, Kuldeep Yadav was slowly getting sidelined from the frame of things. In IPL 2020, he got the opportunity to play in just 6 games. He was injured last year. As a result, he missed the entire season of IPL 2021. Delhi Capitals purchased Kuldeep Yadav in IPL 2022 mega auction for 2 crores, and he has made his presence felt.
The wrist-spinner has scalped 13 wickets in just 6 matches played so far. Delhi Capitals have won 3 matches out of 6 so far and Kuldeep was awarded the man of the match award in all three matches won by DC Indeed, Kuldeep Yadav had silenced his critics with his performance in IPL 2022.
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HARDIK PANDYA (GT)
Hardik Pandya was one of the most talked-about players due to his dismal performance in IPL 2021. In fact, he was among the first player to be released by Mumbai Indians ahead of IPL 2022 mega auction. In IPL 2021, the all-rounder scored just 127 runs in 11 innings. But, it is said that every adversary brings an opportunity.
Hardik Pandya was purchased by Gujrat in IPL 2022 for 15 crores and was even made the captain. He has justified his critics with a stellar performance both with the bat and captaincy, scoring 228 runs in 5 innings, including 2 half-centuries. He has also led Gujrat Titans exceptionally well, winning 5 matches out of 6.
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SHIVAM DUBEY (CSK)
Shivam Dubey also had a quiet IPL 2021. His performance had raised questions about his future prospects in the IPL. But, after joining Chennai Super Kings, Shivam Dubey has performed well. He was purchased by CSK for 4 crores in IPL 2022 mega auction. Shivam Dubey has accumulated 226 runs in 6 matches so far. He is one of the players who has impressed everyone with the firepower with the bat in the current edition of IPL 2022.