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The current edition of the Indian Premier League has been very eventful in several respects. One of the talking points of the season was the result of a few decisions made before the season or during the campaign. A few of them have seriously affected the returns for the affected franchises. Therefore, in this article, we look at three decisions that have failed so far in IPL 2022.
1) Chennai Super Kings appoints Ravindra Jadeja as skipper
Just a few days before the start of IPL 2022, MS Dhoni relinquished his captaincy to Ravindra Jadeja. The move seemed exciting at the time. However, fortune has not gone the way we wanted for CSK this edition.
While the wins are not regular, Jadeja’s form has also dropped. He looks stressed and has managed to get 112 runs and 5 wickets in 8 matches. It is a bad record as he is the first player to be retained by the team. The team must try to stop this slump to end the tournament on a high.
2) Sunrisers Hyderabad keep Abdul Samad
Sunrisers Hyderabad retaining Abdul Samad is one of the failed decisions so far in IPL 2022. While he has huge potential, the Jammu & Kashmir all-rounder has scored just 226 runs so far at an average of just 14. This season he failed to impress and was dropped from the XI.
Shashank Singh, Abdul Samad’s replacement, has done well and impressed viewers with his cameo against Gujarat Titans. Given the talent Samad has, he may not be released. The franchise should back him, but if they kept a player like Rashid Khan or David Warner instead of Samad, SRH could have been even stronger now.
3) Open Kolkata Knight Riders with Sunil Narine
Narine has so far opened for KKR in 39 innings. Although the average is only around 18, his success rate is 175. That is his role and he has fulfilled it. This season, however, Narine was not given that role from the start of the season.
After failing the regular openers repeatedly, Narine led off the at bat against Rajasthan Royals. He got out on a run-out without even being confronted with a delivery. In the next game against GT, he was able to score five runs in five balls. With these two failures, he was sent back to his floater role against Delhi Capitals. It seems the idea of opening with Narine mid-season has not worked out well for management.