As the 15th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is progressing, the excitement is also increasing. A total of 32 league matches have been played in the tournament so far. Many players are single-handedly leading their teams to victory, while there are others who have disappointed with their performance so far. These include many foreign players, who came to India with great expectations to participate in this T20 league, but they have so far failed to live up to the expectations of their franchise.
From Kieron Pollard to Moeen Ali and Daniel Sams, everyone was roped in by the franchise by spending huge sums of money, but these star players could not do justice to that millionaire tag. However, they still have a chance to prove their talent.
Kieron Pollard is counted among the best all-rounders in the world. Pollard was retained by five-time champions Mumbai Indians for Rs 6 crore. Pollard has played an important role in Mumbai's victory for the last few seasons. Pollard is that player who has the ability to win matches on his own. Despite this, if we talk about this season, then he has not been able to do anything special till now.
Pollard has scored only 82 runs in 6 matches of IPL 2022. Along with batting, he has been ineffective in bowling. He has managed to take just one wicket so far. During this he has given 10 runs per over. Pollard was given preference over Hardik Pandya but the former Windies all-rounder is seen struggling for runs and wickets.
When the new ball is thrown in the hands of 29-year-old Australian fast bowler Daniel Sams, he proves to be very lethal. Mumbai Indians bought this pacer for Rs 2.60 crore only after seeing his performance in the Big Bash League (BBL). So far this season of IPL, Sams has not been able to show anything special in bowling. He has registered an unwanted record in his name against Kolkata Knight Riders.
Daniel Sams has conceded 35 runs in an over, which is the second most expensive over in the history of IPL. Since then, Sams has been out of Mumbai's playing XI in many matches. Sams has been able to take only one wicket in 3 matches. During this, his bowling economy has been 12.64 per over. Talking about batting, 7 runs have come out of his bat.
England's hard hitter all-rounder Moeen Ali was retained by Chennai Super Kings for Rs 8 crore. This all-rounder had performed well in the last season, the franchise had expressed confidence in this player seeing the same performer. Moeen was instrumental in making CSK the champions for the fourth time. In the 14th season of IPL, 357 runs were scored from his bat. Moin also took 6 wickets from the off break bowling.
However, in the 15th season of IPL, experienced all-rounder Moeen Ali has managed to score only 87 runs in 5 matches at an average of 21.50. Apart from this, he has not been able to open the account in bowling yet. The inability of these players to run is a major reason behind Chennai's poor start in the current season.
Chennai preferred Moeen Ali over South African veteran Faf du Plessis. Du Plessis had been performing well for CSK for the last few seasons. He played a big role in making CSK the champions last year. Du Plessis scored 633 runs for Chennai last season.