The mega auction ahead of the 2022 Indian T20 League season brought about plenty of excitement regarding which team got the best players. But now that we’re halfway through the season, things have become more precise regarding the players who have been the top signings and players who haven’t worked out well for their franchise. Players like Kuldeep Yadav and Wanindu Hasaranga have enjoyed a successful campaign and feature in our top five buys from the Indian T20 League 2022.
Here’s the list of players who have had a major impact on the competition this year and are contenders for the signing of the season award, if there was onew.
KULDEEP YADAV (TEAM DELHI)
After a promising start to his international career, left-arm wrist spinner, Kuldeep Yadav had fallen away in the middle phase. He had lost his place in the international team and wasn’t even getting picked for his franchise in the Indian T20 League. Post that he went through knee surgery and there were fears that we won’t see the best of Kuldeep ever again on the cricket field.
But he put in the hard yards in his rehabilitation and made a few technical adjustments to his bowling and the bowler we see in 2022 looks ready to take international cricket by storm yet again. He was backed by Team Delhi in the auction and coach Ricky Ponting saw something in the spinner that he liked. Kuldeep has played all eleven games so far in the 2022 season and has picked up 18 wickets. Surely a contender for the singing of the season.
DINESH KARTHIK (TEAM BANGALORE)
Another man who was most certainly written off coming into the 2022 season but has made his doubters swallow their tongues with his performances has been Team Bangalore’s Dinesh Karthik. He has by far been the best finisher in the season with a strike rate of 200. He has helped his team win games from improbable situations and is one of the influential members of the squad who is trying to get Team Bangalore to the playoffs.
YUZVENDRA CHAHAL (TEAM RAJASTHAN)
Leading wicket-taker of the competition so far, Yuzvendra Chahal has been at his absolute best in 2022. Team Rajasthan have had their eyes on the leg-spinner for a long time now and in 2022, they could finally make this move happen. So far, Yuzi has delivered way more than what was expected of him and will be key going forward in the season as well.
DAVID WARNER (TEAM DELHI)
It was an exciting homecoming for David Warner as he joined the team that made him a household name in the league. The opening partnership between Warner and Prithvi Shaw was deemed to be the most lethal opening partnership in the league, even though Shaw has been off-colour in the season, it hasn’t hindered Warner’s form. The southpaw has scored 375 runs in just nine matches at an average of 53.27 and a strike rate of 156.90.
These numbers are incredible and Warner just needs someone in the team to support him going forward for them to qualify for the playoffs.
WANINDU HASARANGA (TEAM BANGALORE)
The hefty price tag was certainly bothering Wanindu Hasaranga in the initial period of the competition but the mystery spinner has gotten better as we have progressed through the season. The way he bowled in the match against Team Hyderabad where he picked up his maiden five-wicket haul in the league was exactly why Team Bangalore paid as much as they did for him in the auction.
As the pitches are beginning to slow down, the more lethal Hasaranga is proving to be in the league.
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