Cricket is a game that may make a person feel any and all of the human emotions. As a supporter of a specific team or player, you will, throughout the course of each year, witness some spectacular victories as well as some memorable defeats.
On one side, a team or its players experience a fall from grace, while on the other, one makes a remarkable recovery that will be known for generations to come.
The year 2022 was the same as before. This year also saw the completion of a number of remarkable comebacks, which served as a source of motivation for many. Let’s have a look at them, shall we?
As the year 2022 rolled around, many people had written off this young all-rounder due to his fitness concerns. It appeared as though his back had abandoned him.
Venkatesh Iyer, a rookie all-rounder who made an impact in IPL 2021, appeared to be heading in the right direction after scoring 370 runs in 10 matches with four fifties and taking three wickets. He also had four fifty-plus scores.
Iyer was an extremely versatile batsman who also threw in some quick overs with the ball. It appeared as though Pandya was steadily fading from the main side before fully realising his potential, and Iyer was the ideal person to replace him at this point.
Then the Indian Premier League 2022 began, and one of the new clubs, the Gujarat Titans, decided to place their trust in Pandya. The all-rounder turned up strong performances, which proved that the support he was given was warranted.
Pandya was not only an outstanding leader, calm, and smart strategically, but he also displayed his utmost ability as an all-rounder. He was an incredible captain.
He was a significant contributor to GT’s success in their debut campaign, which they won. He played 15 games and had 487 runs scored for him with an average of 44.27 along with four half-centuries. In total, Pandya was responsible for taking eight wickets throughout the competition.
This victory in the Indian Premier League catapulted Pandya into megastardom, and many people had begun to consider the possibility of him becoming a leader for Team India in the future.
Pandya was given a new role with the national team after the 2022 season of the Indian Premier League (IPL), which acted as a stepping stone for him.
This new version of Pandya was more productive at the plate, more responsible with the bat, and able to switch at will between anchoring and power hitting. In addition to this, after he had recovered from his injury, he regained his bowling mojo and started taking vital wickets for his team.
Pandya got his first experience of leadership during the South Africa Twenty20 International series that was played at home. He served as Rishabh Pant’s deputy during those matches. After that, he was given the opportunity to lead his team throughout further series against Ireland, the West Indies, and New Zealand in the following months.
This year, he has scored 607 runs in 27 matches and 25 innings, with three half-centuries and a best individual score of 71*. His batting average is 33.72, and he has the best individual score. In the 20-over format, he has also been successful this year, taking 20 wickets.
Additionally, he has participated in three One-Day Internationals this year and has scored 100 runs in two innings, with his top score being 71*. Additionally, in the 50-over format, he has taken six wickets so far this year.
Since the return of cricket following the conclusion of COVID-19, Virat Kohli has felt like he is missing a piece of himself. He was frequently clumsy and would frequently fail miserably against spinners and debutants who he had previously been able to push around at ease.
In the years 2020 and 2021, Kohli was unable to reach the 71st century he had been shooting for. Even if his statistics were not particularly disappointing, as he averaged in the mid to late 30s and struck many fifties, the tremendous standards that Kohli set for himself made it appear as like it was not enough.
Virat entered the year 2022 labouring through what was arguably the most difficult era of his career, during which he had difficulty scoring even a half-century on many occasions. As of the month of July in 2022, he had not even reached the 500-run mark in international cricket.
Virat has frequently discussed his issues with mental health when speaking to the media. These struggles are a result of his demanding cricketing schedule and the unrealistic expectations that have been placed on him.
The troubles of the famous hitter helped many people become aware of the significance of mental health in sports, and they demonstrated that “King Kohli,” who frequently intimidated his opponents into submission with his exquisite striking, was, in fact, a human being.