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Rohit, Kohli and Indian stars are struggling in IPL 2022

The story for Mumbai Indians are always off to another disastrous start in the IPL 2022 season as they not only lost Ishan Kishan early, but also lost their skipper Rohit Sharma. The Hitman has had a horrific season so far, as he has only managed to score 114 runs in six matches at an abysmal average of just 19 for an opener. The current Team India skipper is not the only one who has had a poor IPL 2022 campaign, as former captain Virat Kohli has not fared much better either. Similarly to Rohit, Kohli too was dismissed for a duck in Royal Challengers Bangalore's previous game against the Lucknow Super Giants.

Rohit Sharma was dismissed by Mukesh Choudhary on the second delivery in the MI vs CSK match, leading him to register an unwanted record. As a result of not scoring a run again, the hitman now holds the embarrassing record for the most number of ducks in the history of the IPL (13). Similarly to the Mumbai Indians, captain Rohit is also having a forgettable season, having only managed scores of 41, 10, 3, 26, 28, 6 and 0 so far. He is yet to register a half-century in IPL 2022, similarly to Virat Kohli. As a result, Team India are likely to be worried at this moment ahead of the T20 World Cup later this year in Australia, as both their star batters have had dismal runs in the franchise T20 tournament so far.

Kohli may not be scoring runs but what concern the fans are the ways he is getting out. Kohli's dry run, below-par strike rate and knack of getting out to Off-spinners (Moeen Ali dismissed Kohli in CSK-RCB clash) is a major concern. Kohli is clearly feeling the heat. The 33-year-old cricketer, who is often criticised for his on-field reactions, looked disappointed with himself for throwing away his wicket against Punjab Kings, and his heartbreaking reaction while walking back to the dugout grabbed everyone's attention. Needless to say, the clip went viral like wildfire as Kohli fans came out in support of their idol. Talking about Kohli's poor batting performance in the ongoing season, RCB skipper Faf du Plessis in the post-match conference said, "He is seeing the lighter side of it, every single way that you can possibly get out is happening to him. That's how the game works.

In the 15th edition of IPL, we have witnessed a roller-coaster ride until now. Full of thrills and chills, hits and misses, sweet and sour, IPL 2022 has been a blockbuster. While new and exciting faces have dominated the conversation with their dazzling heroic efforts, more noticeable have been the established stars whose non-performance is the talk of the town. Fans come to the stands to watch their heroes, and when their icons do not perform well, it is a matter of worry for the fans as well as the powers that may be.

T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia is on the horizon. All international teams are gearing up for it, in every way they can. And thus the IPL, under being the closest in terms of skills to the T20 World Cup, is the last chance for a dry run for all the players expected to play in the World Cup. In this respect, going by the performances of the Indian superstars, Indian coach Rahul Dravid, and his support staff should be worried. If it was just one player or two, it would not be such a big cause of concern. But today we list five established players in the Indian team whose performances are a cause of worry for fans and team management:

Shardul Thakur has been in and around the Indian team for a long time now since 2017 to be precise. While his performances have always inspired promise, that promise remained unfulfilled for a long time. However, IPL 2022 has been a bit of a return to old ways for Shardul. With just nine wickets at an average of 45 in 12 matches, Shardul has given away runs at 9.8 rpo. While his batting exploits have somewhat acted as a balm on the bruise, it can not be denied that Thakur has not fulfilled his primary job on the team.

Having taken the Delhi Capitals to the playoffs in IPL 2021 under his captaincy, Rishabh Pant has found that things will not always be easy, no matter how talented he is. In IPL 2022, his team’s fortunes have resembled his batting fortunes. Both have been blowing hot and cold intermittently, with flashes of genius glimpses in between long periods of dullness. While not scoring a single fifty this year, he has played some crucial cameos for DC. In trying to correct his sluggish strike rates in IPL 2020 and IPL 2021, Rishabh Pant has overcorrected in a way, getting out in ways considered irresponsible for a captain. Scoring close to 300 runs at an average of 32.67 at a strike rate of 156.38, he is not woefully out of form. But the Rishabh Pant of 2018 and 2019 is still elusive.

In IPL 2022, Jadeja has scored just 116 runs in 10 matches, at an average of 19.33 and a measly strike rate of 118.36. It is hard to digest these numbers, considering he scored at an average of 75.66 and a strike rate of 145.51 in IPL 2021. His bowling numbers this season are even worse. He has picked up just 5 wickets in 10 matches at an average of 49.6 and an economy of 7.52. If the Indian team needs to the win T20 World Cup 2022, there is no player whose contribution will be more essential than Ravindra Jadeja. Jadeja has now been ruled out of the reminder of IPL due to an injury.

Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma's below-par form in the ongoing IPL 2022 season has been one of the biggest talking points. Both the batsmen have been struggling with the bat and their form has had a big impact on their respective teams. IPL's all-time highest run-scorer, Kohli has only managed 236 runs in 13 matches at an average of 19.66. He has recorded three golden ducks in the season and has breached the 50-run mark only once. In that fixture, his slow-paced knock had an impact on the team's score and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) lost to Gujarat Titans. Rohit has managed 218 runs in 12 matches at 18.16. He hasn't breached the 50-run mark even once in the season. While their form is a concern amongst the fans, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has said that he isn't worried about Rohit and Virat's form at all.

The former India captain said: "I’m not worried at all about the form of Rohit or Virat. They are too good…real big players. The World Cup is far away and I am quite confident that they will be in top shape much before the tournament.” Both the players are expected to be given much-needed rest after IPL 2022 and they will make their returns to international cricket during the England tour. Team India is scheduled to play one Test, 3 ODIs and as many T20Is against the Three Lions in July.

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