Indian Premier League is a whole other world and the fand love it. Each season of IPL witnesses a few new faces and also the retirement of a few old ones. IPL 2021 was stopped in the middle because of the pandemic but now the BCCI is ready to launch the second phase of this season in Dubai starting from September 19. After the season concludes franchises will be bidding for the new teams and the focus would of course be to build a squad that stays. This might be the last IPL season for many cricketers. Let’s have a look at them.
- MS DhoniMS Dhoni has played 211 IPL matches in his career and has garnered 4669 runs at an average of 40.25. Dhoni was asked after the 2020 IPL season concluded whether he was thinking of retirement and he replied with a stubborn, “Definitely not!”. Fans are not sure whether they would get to hear this statement again this year. MS Dhoni does not seem as comfortable and confident with the bat any longer. The player is 40 years old now.
Auction for 2022 would demand some big decisions to be made. Chennai Super Kings cannot afford to have MSD in the team so it would be better if the batsman himself takes a call on his retirement. It is needless to say that his fans and teammates are going to miss him a great deal.
2. Harbhajan Singh
Harbhajan Singh has played 163 IPL matches and has taken 150 wickets with an economy rate of 7.11. Though when the player appeared for auction in 2021, many predicted that the bowler may go unsold because he had missed the 2020 season. But Kolkata Knight Riders included Singh in their team and even gave him opportunities to appear on the field. Harbhajan Singh, I s41 now and is fairly inactive in domestic cricket which makes him go without practice for a long time. Considering these factors, there aren’t many teams that would be willing to invest in him.
Harbhajan Singh has been a part of the winning teams for both Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings. But the present circumstances indicate that it’s time for the player to announce retirement.
3. Imran Tahir
Imran Tahir is 42 years old now and his IPL career boasts of 59 matches, 82 wickets, and an economy rate of 7.76. He might soon quit the T20 field as during the first phase of 2021 IPL, he did not appear to be his best self. He has won the purple cap in 2019 but did not get enough opportunities to play in 2020. Imran Tahir being a foreign player might not get any opportunity to play this season because the franchises would not be interested in investing in a foreign player who is over 40.
4. Chris Gayle
Chris Gayle has been a part of 140 IPL matches and has created a massive 4950 runs at an average of 40.24. He has been the Orange Cap winner in 2011 and 2012 and also the highest six-scorer for four IPL editions. Gayle, IPL, and entertainment go hand in hand. Gayle’s spirits are young and he has already announced that his followers and fans should not be surprised if they see him playing till 45. Though it seems to be difficult in the next season as the magic that Gayle is known for has been missing from his recent innings. He plays at no. 3 now and many teams cannot even afford to have Gayle. All this sums up to no-Gayle IPL 2022.
5. Amit Mishra
Amit Mishra has collected 166 wickets in 154 IPL matches which makes him the second-highest wicket-taker in the history of IPL. Bit the last three seasons that he played, he failed to create the same spell with the ball. Mishra has been struggling with his fitness lately and missed many matches during IPL 2020.