IPL 2022: From Kuldeep to Buttler, from Rahul to DK – the most impactful players of the season so far | Cricket News

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NEW DELHI: As IPL 2022 heads towards the end of business, it’s a good time to look back on some of the standout performances so far this season.
There are a few players who have been head and shoulders above the rest in terms of consistency and have cornered the limelight in the ongoing 15th edition of the Indian Premier League, earning praise from pundits and fans alike. Some are established players, who should perform well, and some are newcomers who have impressed everyone with their performance.
Some of them score truckloads of runs, and some take a bucketful of wickets for their teams. But are they the most influential players for their teams? How will we decide their impact?
There can be many different criteria to check a player’s impact on the team, but one proven method is to count the number of Man of the Match (MoM) players have won. The Man of the Match award is given to the player who made the most impact in the match, sometimes regardless of the outcome. That’s why every once in a while we see a player who ended up on the losing side walk away with the Man of the Match award.
Taking this as a criterion, timesofindia.com analyzed the MoM award winners so far to find out who played the biggest role in their team’s success and found Delhi Capitals wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav in the lead playing the starring role in their four wins so far. Apart from Kuldeep, six other players have won multiple MoM awards for their teams – but they are both awards each.
Here’s how these seven players have been instrumental in their teams’ success so far in IPL 2022:
(All stats in this article are updated up to Match #47 between Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals on May 2, 2022.)
Kuldeep Yadav (Capitals of Delhi): M 9 | W 17 | Best 4/14 | One V. 15.82 | Eco 8.23 ​​| SR11.52

Currently the second highest wicket taker of the season with 17 kills in 9 games, Kuldeep Yadav has, incredibly, been awarded the MoM award in all four wins DC have recorded so far – claiming 13 wickets in all four winning matches. DC is currently sixth in the 10-team standings with four wins in 9 games.
Kuldeep shone from the start of the campaign, leading DC to a 4 wicket win over MI with 3 for 18 in their opener. He has continued to contribute with wickets in almost every game since then except against RR at Wankhede. His first four for (4/35) of the season helped DC beat KKR by 44 runs and then another economical 2/24 took DC to a comprehensive 9 wicket win over the Punjab Kings. He came up with his best numbers so far this season in the second leg against KKR, a 4/14 to help DC register a 4-wicket win.
The wrist spinner took just four wickets in DC’s five lost games during the season, which included two no-wicket spells. And so far, DC has struggled every time it failed to deliver.
Kuldeep Yadav’s award-winning MoM performances so far this season:
– vs MI – 3/18 in 4 overs | Result: DC won by 4 wickets
– vs KKR – 4/35 in 4 overs | Result: DC won by 44 points
– vs PBKS – 2/24 in 4 overs | Result: DC won by 9 wickets
– vs KKR – 4/14 in 3 overs | Result: DC won by 4 wickets
Joe Buttler (Rajasthani Royals): M 10 | R 588 | HS 116 | One V. 65.33 | SR150.76 | 3x100s | 3x50s

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With three hundred and three fifty in 10 games, Jos Buttler is the runaway leader in the race for Cape Orange this season. The Rajasthan Royals opener has already racked up a staggering 588 runs at an average of 65.33 and a strike rate of 150.76. Buttler has won two MoM awards for the Royals, who are currently third in the points table with six wins from nine games.
All of its three centuries resulted in royal victories. A 100 against Mumbai led to a 23 point win for the Royals, a 116 point hit against Delhi resulted in a 15 point win. His 103 also saw RR beat KKR by 7 points – a game in which teammate Yuzvendra Chahal won the MoM award for 5-for-40 numbers.
Interestingly, his three 50s on the season so far have all been in losing causes.
Jos Buttler’s award-winning MoM performances so far this season:
– against Mumbai Indians – 100 (68) | Result: RR won by 23 runs
– vs. Delhi Capitals – 116 (65) | Result: RR won by 15 runs
Yuzvendra Chahal (Royals of Rajasthan) – M 10 | w 19 | Best 5/40 | One V. 15.31 | Eco 7.27 | SR12.63

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The current season’s Purple Cap run leader with 19 wickets, Yuzvendra Chahal has played a major role in the Rajasthan Royals’ successful run so far, with Buttler. Like Buttler, Chahal also won two MoM awards for the Royals – for a fife against KKR and a four against Lucknow Super Giants.
Chahal has 15 wickets in the six games the Royals have won so far, going 5-for-40 against KKR in a high-scoring thriller. His first player of the match award this season came against LSG in a narrow 3-point win, in which he took 4 for 41 in 4 overs.
In the four matches the Royals have lost so far, Chahal has won just 4 wickets including a no-wicket spell against KKR on Monday.
Yuzvendra Chahal’s award-winning MoM performances so far this season:
vs LSG – 4/41 in 4 overs | Result: RR won by 3 runs
vs KKR – 5/40 in 4 overs | Result: RR won by 7 runs
KL Rahul (Lucknow Super Giants) – M 10 | R 451 | HS 103* | A V. 56.38 | RS 145.01 | 2x100s | 2x50s

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Currently second in the Orange Cap run, KL Rahul is only the second hitter this season to score one hundred after Buttler. The LSG skipper leads his side from the front, scoring 451 runs so far at an average of 56.38 in 10 games. He has scored two centuries so far, both against Mumbai Indians, and helped LSG win both games with his batting prowess, earning him two Man of the Match awards.
Since starting the new campaign with a first-ball duck against GT, Rahul has come a long way with a string of good scores – 40, 68, 24, before another first-ball duck against the Royals. But he came back strong, scoring two hundred in the next three games he played.
Riding on their batting form, LSG currently sit second in the standings with seven wins in 10 games.
KL Rahul’s MoM award-winning performances so far this season:
– vs MI – 103* out of 60 | Result: LSG won by 18 points
– against MI – 103* out of 62 | Result: LSG won by 36 points
Dinesh Karthik (Royal Challengers Bangalore) – M 10 | R 218 | SH 66* | One V. 54.50 | SR194.64 | 1x50s

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Veteran wicket-keeper batsman Dinesh Karthik is the odd one out on this list, as he is currently nowhere really in the running for Cape Orange. But Karthik has made a huge impact as a finisher in the RCB lineup this season. He has the best batting rate of 194.64, among hitters with over 100 runs currently.
Karthik was undefeated in all five RCB wins and played a major role in two of those wins. Chasing 170 against RR, RCB were struggling at 87/5 in 12.3 overs, Karthik (44*) and Shahbaz Ahmed (45) brought their team home. And against the Delhi Capitals, the duo of Karthik (66*) and Shahbaz (32*) took RCB to 189/5 from 92/5, ultimately winning the game by 16 points.
His achievements were hailed by all, even prompting many to suggest that Karthik should be part of India’s squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup. But their dip in form in the last three games has coincided with back-to-back defeats for RCB, who were even knocked out for 68 by SRH. RCB are currently fifth in the standings with five wins from 10 games.
Dinesh Karthik’s award-winning MoM performances so far this season:
– against RR – 44* out of 23 | Result: RCB won by 4 wickets
– against DC – 66* out of 34 | Result: RCB won by 16 runs
Umesh Yadav (Kolkata Knight Riders) – M 10 | W 15 | Best 4/23 | A V. 19.06 | Eco 7.15 | SR16.00

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Kolkata Knight Riders point guard Umesh Yadav is currently fourth in the Purple Cape run standings with 15 wickets, having been the early leader at the start of the campaign.
Umesh started the campaign with a bang, leading KKR to three wins in the first four matches in which he won a total of 9 wickets for the team. A 2 for 20 in the opener helped KKR limit CSK to a sub-par 131/5, which they won by 6 wickets. After losing their second game against RCB, Umesh led KKR to victory against Punjab Kings. Umesh took a game-winning 4 for 23 to help KKR knock out PBKS for 137, which they chased in just 14.3 overs with six wickets in hand.
After 10 wickets in the first five games, Umesh’s form plummeted and with it KKR’s fortunes suffered as well. They lost five games in a row, before recording their fourth victory of the season against RR on Monday, in which Umesh returned numbers of 1 for 24 in 4 overs. KKR is currently 7th in the points table.
Umesh Yadav’s MoM award-winning performances so far this season:
vs CSK – 2/20 in 4 overs | Result: KKR won by 6 wickets
vs PBKS – 4/23 in 4 overs | Result: KKR won by 6 wickets
Umran Malik (Sunrisers Hyderabad): M 9 | W 15 | Best 5/25 | One V. 19.13 | Eco 8.44 | SR13.60

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The biggest discovery of this year’s IPL has to be fast bowler Umran Malik from Sunrisers Hyderabad who mesmerized everyone with his blistering pace. He constantly drove over 150 km/h and recorded the fastest delivery of the season – 154 km/h against CSK.
The speedster has won 15 wickets so far in 9 games and is sixth in the Purple Cap race.
Malik has won two MoM awards so far for SRH, but one of them came in a losing cause. His first four for – a 4/28 against Punjab Kings helped SRH register a comprehensive 7 wicket win. But his fife-5 for 25 didn’t stop GT from chasing a massive 196-point goal. Umran, however, received the MoM award for what remains the best numbers of the season so far.
Riding on the heroism of Malik, SRH stays alive in the play-off race and currently occupies 4th place in the standings with five wins in 9 games.
Umran Malik’s award-winning MoM performances so far this season:
– vs Punjab Kings – 4/28 in 4 overs | Result: SRH won by 7 wickets
– vs Gujarat Titans – 5/25 in 4 overs | Result: SRH lost by 5 wickets
(All stats in this article are updated up to Match #47 between Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals on May 2, 2022.)



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