Many new stars rose to prominence in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022, while some well-known names fell short of expectations. The Gujarat Titans, led by Hardik Pandya, have been crowned champions of the franchise cricket league. Punjab Kings, on the other hand, struggled to find consistency and did not make the playoffs. After the mega-auction, the Mayank Agarwal-led team appeared to be quite a strong team on paper, but they ultimately finished sixth in the table with seven wins in 14 games. Mayank, who took over from KL Rahul as captain, struggled with his batting.
The 31-year-old Mayank endured a tough season scoring 196 runs in 13 games at an average of just 16.33. He scored just one half-century. This was one of his worst IPL seasons.
"If we talk about Mayank, I felt that 'What has happened to him?' He is such a good player. After getting captaincy, I think he was mentally under pressure. From opening he went down to No. 4. The team was being led from the outside. He is just taking everything. He seemed suffocated. He should have been given freedom. He has been under the radar and surely that could have been a little better," Harbhajan told Sportskeeda Cricket when asked to pick the 'most shocking moment' of IPL 2022.
"The way he performed (last year), they (Punjab Kings) showed a lot of trust in him, retained him too but he couldn't stand true to it. I don't think he had much prior experience of captaincy whether in domestic cricket or with India 'A' and that was visible here. The pressure of captaincy is different and it was clearly visible in his batting as well as how he used to look a bit edgy on the field. Captaincy isn't for everyone and it showed clearly here," Piyush Chawla said during an interaction on ESPNcricinfo.