The IPL 2022 is nearing its business end of the season with the final week of the league stage on. Gujarat Titans are the only team to have sealed a spot in the playoffs so far. Seven teams are still in with a chance to make it to the playoffs. Meanwhile, Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings, the two most successful teams in the competition have been eliminated this season.
The season has been a season of two halves for many players and teams as well. Sunrisers Hyderabad who won five matches on the trot in the first half have lost five in the second. Delhi Capitals and Punjab Kings have pulled themselves up and made a roaring comeback to stay in the reckoning. RCB and LSG have lost a bit of their gas in the second half after being good in the first.
Similarly, in this article, we take a look at five players who were hit in the first half but flopped in the second half of IPL 2022.
IPL 2022: 5 Players Who Were Hit In The First Half, But Flopped In The Second
Buttler is leading the Orange Cap race with 627 runs from 13 games so far. He got all of his three centuries in the first half of the season. His scores in the last five games read 67, 22, 30, 7, and 2.
His failure with the bat remains one of the prime reasons why the Rajasthan Royals did not yet make it to the playoffs even after playing so well in the first half of the season.
KL Rahul’s dip in form has led to a remarkable fall in the performance of his team as well. They have lost two games back to back and are stuck on 16 points still. They have lost two games on the bounce and now have only one game left against KKR which is a must-win for them in many ways. They need to win that game or else they will not be able to finish in the top two.
Iyer is KKR’s leading run-scorer with 351 runs from 13 games. However, his recent run of scores suggests his struggles in the season. He scored two fifties in the season both of which came in the first half. His last five scores are 42, 34, 6, 6, and 15.
Pandya is the second-highest run-scorer for Gujarat Titans with 351 runs from 12 matches. He missed a match due to injury. Though Gujarat has made it through to the playoffs, Pandya has struggled to score runs in the second half of IPL 2022. He has scored only 46 runs in the last five matches which speaks volumes of his lack of form in the season.
Gujarat Titans spinner Rashid Khan has tapered off a little bit in the second half. Overall, he has 16 wickets in the season out of which 8 are in the second half. He got four of them in a game against LSG when they were bowled out for 82. In the second half, batters have been a bit more attacking against him and taken him on. He has gone wicketless in three games in the second half.