Defending champions Chennai Super Kings will face Kolkata Knight Riders at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium on March 26 to kick off the 15th season of the IPL.
The 2022 IPL will have 10 teams divided into two groups of five each.
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1. David Warner: After years of making runs productive, Warner got a form error for Sunrisers Hyderabad last season. He also appeared to be in violation of the franchise’s owners, and for some games, he didn’t even travel to the venue with the team. But at the T20 World Cup in the UAE, hosted a few days after the second stage of IPL 2021, he got back into shape and topped the runcharts for Australia when it won the title.
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The Capitals are happy to get Warner into the auction for such a reasonable price. He has a few more years of cricket left in him and he has shown his appetite for runs. Having only played test cricket for the past two months, Warner should get into T20 mode soon.
2. Rashid Khan: The Afghan leg spinner is another IPL star and is known for his thrifty spells. Thanks to his good performance in the One-Day International series in Bangladesh last month, he has moved up to No. 9 in the T20I bowler rankings. He was also impressive in the Pakistan Super League, registering an economy of 6.25. So he’s in good shape too. Rashid will be practicing his profession on Gujarat Titans this time. The Titans acquired his services for INR 15 crore.
3. Quinton de Kock: De Kock abruptly retired from Test cricket in December 2021, to spend more time with his family. The fact that he will only play cricket with limited overs may mean that he is more combative for IPL. Wicket-keeper batter De Kock was a valuable player for the Mumbai Indians, helping the team to the title in 2019 and 2020.
De Kock’s form was good. He finished as the fifth best finisher in the CSA T20 Challenge, a South African domestic T20 tournament that concluded on February 27. He will play for Lucknow Super Giants in IPL 2022.
Quinton de Kock from South Africa in action. – REUTERS
4. Wanindu Hasaranga: Sri Lankan leg spinner Wanindu Hasaranga’s career has just kicked off after a prolific 2021 season. He is a fixture in the national team across all formats and was bought at auction last month for INR 10.75 crore by Royal Challengers bangalore.
Wanindu Hasaranga in action for Sri Lanka. – Getty Images
Hasaranga not only has a powerful conventional leg spinner, but also a deadly and deceitful googly. He took 11 wickets in 10 matches in the recent Lanka Premier League, against an economy of 6.80. And he took five wickets in two T20Is in a series in Australia last month before being diagnosed with a COVID-19 infection that kept him out of the T20Is and tests in India.
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5. Jonny Bairstow: The England batter is making runs in the Test format in the Caribbean, but he has shown he can play equally valuable strokes in the IPL, looting runs at will and obliterating bowling attacks. After Warner teamed up with Warner to place the order for the Sunrisers and show that he can match his more successful partner stroke by battle, Bairstow will now play for Punjab Kings.
Bairstow has represented the Sunrisers Hyderabad in previous editions of IPL. – BCCI/IPL
Some of the other players who can make their mark this season include: Jason Holder, Nicholas Pooran, Mitchell Marsh, Kagiso Rabada and Shimron Hetmyer.