All these players have proved themselves in the T20 format.
In a tournament like the Indian Premier League (IPL), there is cut-throat competition to find a place in the squad. Some players make full use of their opportunity to contribute to the team, while some fail and get dropped as well. With T20 serving as a game of momentum, the team management does not look to tinker often with their combinations.
In the 2022 season, most of the teams constituted experienced foreign players and hence, there were not enough chances for others to get into the team. On the other hand, a few talented Indian players also could not get their due chances as they could not get into the scheme of things.
Here are 5 deserving players who didn’t get to play even a single game:
1. Mohammad Nabi
The all-rounder of the Afghanistan team has been a part of almost all the franchise leagues in his career. He has contributed in both departments of the game to help his respective sides to do well in different tournaments. He was a key member of his teams in the 2022 editions of the Big Bash League (BBL) and Pakistan Super League (PSL).
KKR availed his services in the IPL 2022 mega auction for a base price of INR 1 crore. However, the Afghan national could not get any opportunity due to the presence of retained all-rounders Andre Russell and Sunil Narine. With 4996 runs and 302 wickets in T20s, Nabi is a proven performer in the shortest format of the game and might have helped KKR to seal the playoffs stage.
His abilities have also been under-rated in the tournament as he has featured in only 17 matches since the 2017 edition. He has picked up a total of 13 wickets and garnered 180 runs in his career. Nabi last featured for Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in IPL 2021 against Mumbai Indians (MI).