“He Seemed Suffocated…”: Harbhajan Singh Picks India Star’s Form As “Most Shocking Moment” Of IPL 2022


Harbhajan Singh mentioned Punjab Kings had been being “led from the skin” in IPL 2022.© AFP

The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 noticed the rise of many rising stars, whereas some reputed names couldn’t meet the expectations. The franchise cricket league additionally received a brand new champion within the Hardik Pandya-led Gujarat Titans. Nevertheless, one crew that would not discover consistency and didn’t qualify for the playoffs was Punjab Kings. The Mayank Agarwal-led facet regarded fairly a powerful crew on paper after the mega-auction however finally completed sixth within the desk with seven wins in 14 video games. The skipper Mayank, who took over from KL Rahul, was additionally off-colour together with his batting.

The 31-year-old Mayank endured a troublesome season scoring 196 runs in 13 video games at a median of simply 16.33. He scored only one half-century. This was considered one of his worst IPL seasons.

“If we discuss Mayank, I felt that ‘What has occurred to him?’ He’s such participant. After getting captaincy, I believe he was mentally underneath strain. From opening he went all the way down to No. 4. The crew was being led from the skin. He’s simply taking all the things. He appeared suffocated. He ought to have been given freedom. He has been underneath the radar and certainly that would have been just a little higher,” Harbhajan instructed Sportskeeda Cricket when requested to select the ‘most surprising second’ of IPL 2022.


Earlier, former India spinner Piyush Chawla felt that the management function has affected Mayank’s batting, saying that “captaincy is not for everybody”. Agarwal changed KL Rahul as Punjab Kings’ skipper forward of the IPl 2022. After scoring 441 runs at a median of 40.09 in IPL 2021, the opening batter couldn’t replicate the success.

“The way in which he carried out (final yr), they (Punjab Kings) confirmed plenty of belief in him, retained him too however he could not stand true to it. I do not assume he had a lot prior expertise of captaincy whether or not in home cricket or with India ‘A’ and that was seen right here. The strain of captaincy is totally different and it was clearly seen in his batting in addition to how he used to look a bit edgy on the sector. Captaincy is not for everybody and it confirmed clearly right here,” Piyush Chawla mentioned throughout an interplay on ESPNcricinfo.

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