The 15th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2022) is halfway through after a month of high-octane matches at the richest Twenty20 cricket tournament in the world.
Here are five highlights from the first half of the season.
– Smiling assassin –
Jos Buttler smiled to lead the batting leaderboard this season with three centuries of sparkle for the Rajasthan Royals.
The soft-spoken Englishman was a bowler’s nightmare with 491 runs in seven games to send the Royals into the top four of a 10-team group.
His most recent 65-hit hit 116 games against Delhi Capitals gives him a chance to chase Virat kohli2016 record of 973 runs in a season.
“Jos has a cheat code to hit the ball”, British fast pitcher Jofra Archer tweeted.
– Kohli failed –
Former India captain and national superstar Kohli has struggled with the worst slump of his stellar career after winning the Golden Duck twice for Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Kohli has only 119 runs from eight games, after his recent lackluster form for his country with the top scorer failing to manage a century internationally in more than two years.
Disappointment after work, a wry smile and a dejected walk back to the stall have been the familiar sights of “King Kohli” during this IPL season.
Great batting Sunil Gavaskar said it was the “anxiety” to leave that was going on in the Batman star’s mind.
– Electric attic –
The Mumbai Indians and defending champion Chennai Super Kings have won nine of the 14 IPL titles since the tournament’s debut.
But the powerhouse teams are languishing at the bottom of the standings with Mumbai without a win and Chennai only managing two wins from eight.
Mumbai captain Rohit Sharma, who has made just 153 runs, has blamed his batters, including himself, after his last loss to the Lucknow Super Giants when he failed to give chase. get 168.
Fans turned their backs and Rohit acknowledged “their undying faith and loyalty to this team thus far”.
– Titanic launches Gujarat –
IPL debuting team Gujarat Titans is the team to beat this year and top the table with six wins out of seven matches.
Multi-talented person Hardik Pandya took the lead from the front with 295 runs and four off his speed bowling ball.
Afghanistan’s spinning wizard Rashid Khan also shined with the ball and a lightning bout, while South Africa David Miller went 94 undefeated to stun Chennai.
Gujarat also shocked two-time champion Kolkata Knight Riders and former opener for India Wasim Jaffer call them a “surprise package”.
– Umpires received a Fuming Pant –
Captain of the Capital Delhi Rishabh Pant almost called his players off the pitch to protest the referee’s call against the Rajasthan Royals during a bad game last week.
Drama happened on the third ball of the final when Good-natured McCoy bowling a full high throw that Delhi believes should have been called a no-ball because it was above the waist.
Pant and assistant coach Pravin Amre, who entered the field, both were fined 100% of their match fee. Amre was also banned for one game.
Endless controversies are not new to IPL. Mahendra Singh Dhoni took to the field in 2019 to protest a ban call and was charged 50% of his match fee.
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