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Top 5 Most Improved Players Of IPL 2022

Written By: Shivani Shukla

The 15th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) has seen several players rising from the ashes and giving their best in the biggest T20 extravaganza. With the advent of two new teams, many players have emerged and made their name on the biggest stage by giving back-to-back stunning performances.  

Another exquisite feature that made this edition a delight to watch has been the match-turning performances by specific players from the last few editions of the league. With this in mind let us take a look at the top 5 players, who made a sound comeback in the 15th season of the IPL. 

Kuldeep Yadav 

After enduring a couple of bad years, which saw him getting dropped from his former franchise (KKR) and not getting regular chances in team India as well, Kuldeep Yadav has finally come out with all the guns blazing with his enticing performances and startling spells this season. 

The left-arm unorthodox spinner has so far bagged 20 wickets for Delhi Capitals in just 13 matches this season at an economy rate of 8.45 and is currently the fifth-highest wicket-taker in the tournament with 4/14 being his best figure, which came against his ex-team Kolkata Knight Riders. 

Deepak Hooda 

The Baroda cricketer has been the standout performer for Lucknow Super Giants this year with the bat. He has played several impactful knocks under pressure for LSG and handled the middle order on many occasions.  

With 406 runs from 13 innings at an average of 31.23 and a strike rate of 133.55, Hooda is the second leading-run scorer for Lucknow Super Giants and sixth in the tally of leading run-scorers in the ongoing edition of the tournament. He has contributed equally with the ball as well and is undoubtedly one of the most improved white-ball players in the IPL.

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Abhishek Sharma

The Sunrisers Hyderabad opener has finally stepped up for his franchise after enduring two average seasons with the bat. The southpaw is currently the second-highest run-scorer for SRH, having amassed 383 runs from thirteen matches at a healthy strike rate of 133. 

The left-hander has smacked the quality spinners in a way no one could think of.  With skipper Williamson struggling at the top, Abhishek Sharma has made sure to deliver his side with a good start on several occasions. 

Umesh Yadav 

Butchering all the chaos around, the 34-year old emerged as one of the best performers for the Kolkata Knight Riders, picking 16 wickets in 12 matches at an economy rate of 7.06 with 4/23 being his best spell this season. 

The Vidarbha pacer had seen a tough time in IPL in the last few years and was picked by Kolkata Knight Riders in the final stages of the mega auction and he repaid the management’s faith by picking regular wickets for the franchise. 

Umran Malik 

The Jammu Express, with its sheer pace, impressed the cricket fraternity in the 14th edition of the IPL. But he was yet to master the line and lengths, which came under scrutiny at the end of IPL 2021. 

Making further improvements to his bowling skills in IPL 2022 under the watchful eyes of South African legend Dale Steyn, Malik roared back and displayed incredible control and accuracy in his bowling this season. The 22-year old is currently the fourth-highest wicket-taker in the tournament with 21 wickets in 13 innings at an average of 20 and an economy of 8.93.