The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 has been a mixed bag for captains from various franchises. Ironically enough, KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya, the leaders of the two new teams, Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) and Gujarat Titans (GT), stood out.
Rahul led the way with the bat for LSG, amassing 537 carries at an average of 48.82 and a strike rate of 135.26. Pandya contributed 413 points in 13 games for GT with an average of 41.30 and a strike rate of 131.52.
Among the other captains, the Faf du Plessis of the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) had a mixed career. He completed 443 carries at an average of 34.08 and a strike rate of 130.67. The South African has a chance to make an impact in the playoffs.
Will these franchises have new leaders for IPL 2023?
Rishabh Pant of Delhi Capitals (DC) and Rohit Sharma of Mumbai Indians (MI) had horror runs with the willow as they led their respective franchises in IPL 2022. Pant’s captaincy skills were also questioned in DC’s last league game against Mumbai Indians (MI). ). However, the management of both teams are likely to retain them as leaders for next season.
A few others might not be so lucky. We foresee three teams that could have new captains for the next edition.
#1 Kings of Punjab (PBKS)
Punjab Kings (PBKS) finished sixth at the end of the IPL 2022 Championship Stage with seven wins and as many losses. They ended their campaign with a five wicket win over Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) but it was a bit too late as the franchise had already been knocked out of the playoff race.
Punjab captain Mayank Agarwal’s poor performance with the bat was one of the major reasons behind the team’s disappointing performance this season. He scored just 196 points in 13 matches with an average of 16.33 and a strike rate of 122.50.
Agarwal had only half a century to show for his efforts. The added pressure from the captain clearly affected his stick. He even moved from the opening position to the middle order, but his fortunes did not change.
Agarwal won plaudits for sacrificing his opening position for the team and was decent with his tactical movements on the pitch. However, Punjab need him more as a striker than as a captain.
In the previous two seasons, he had scored over 400 runs. Agarwal could very well come back as a pure hitter for Punjab next season.
#2 Hyderabad Sunrisers (SRH)
Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) had the most bizarre IPL 2022 campaign of any team. They started with two losses, then won five games in a row and followed that up by losing as many games in a row. Hyderabad eventually finished eighth in the points table, registering six wins and eight losses. They concluded their season with a five-wicket defeat at the hands of Punjab.
Kane Williamson, who was retained as captain ahead of IPL 2022, failed to inspire the franchise. He had a horrible season with the bat, to say the least. He played 13 matches, scoring just 216 points with an average of 19.64 and an extremely low strike rate of 93.51.
While Abhishek Sharma impressed at the other end with 426 points at a strike rate of 133.13, Hyderabad often found himself stuck because Williamson couldn’t get into the power play. Rahul Tripathi, Aiden Markram and Nicholas Pooran did well, but they still covered the captain’s shortcomings. There are every reason SRH is looking for a new captain for the new season.
#3 Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR)
The Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) entered the IPL 2022 as one of the main contenders to finish in the top four. They started their season on an impressive note, winning three of their first four games. However, things kept going downhill for them from there. They never had consistency when it came to team selection which was reflected in their performances. In the end, they finished seventh, winning only six and losing eight.
On an individual level, KKR captain Shreyas Iyer hasn’t had a bad season. He scored 401 points in 14 games with an average of 30.85 and a strike rate of 134.56. However, the level of consistency expected of him was not quite there. Even on the pitch, Kolkata looked like a disjointed unit, which was unsurprising given the number of changes made.
Shreyas was also embroiled in controversy when he made the statement “The CEO is also involved in team selection”. Later he issued a clarification, which was not very convincing. Former India fly-half Aakash Chopra, speaking about the controversy, said:
“I think he got slapped on the wrist and maybe told to change his statement.”
The trust between Shreyas and KKR management might not be the same as at the start of IPL 2022. Therefore, a management change for Kolkata will be in line with expectations.
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