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IPL 2023: 5 Players Who Could Play Their Maiden Tournament

IPL 2023: 5 Players Who Could Play Their Maiden Tournament

The Indian Premier League (IPL) is the best platform to showcase their talent to the world and play with the best international and domestic players. Since the inception of IPL in 2008, it has thrown many players into recognition for their national teams.

Indian Premier League 2023 will see many players who would be featuring for the respective franchises they have been bought because of performances they displayed during various franchise leagues. Cricket fans don’t miss checking the bet365 IPL schedule to stay updated with the latest news.

Here we look at the 5 Players who could leave a mark in the IPL 2023:

  1. Sikandar Raza

Sikandar Raza was a part of the winning team that won the PSL 8 for Lahore Qalandars. He is known to be a hard-hitting batter that comes in any situation and also a decent off-spinner bowler that picks wickets at important times.

He played an important role in the ICC T20 World Cup 2022 for Zimbabwe with both bat and ball helping them to qualify for the Super 12 stage.

T20 World Cup
Sikandar Raza starred for Zimbabwe. (Credit: Twitter)

Raza featured in 66 T20I matches ( 63 innings) with the bat and scored 1259 runs with the best score of 87 at a strike rate of 128.86. With the ball, he has been impressive for Zimbabwe grabbing 38 wickets from 66 matches ( 55 innings) at an economy rate of 7.18 runs per over.

The Zimbabwe all-rounder will feature for Punjab Kings in IPL 2023 for Rs 50 Lakhs. He could be an asset for the PBKS franchise along with Sam Curran, providing the balance that the Shikhar Dhawan-led side would need during the 2023 edition of IPL.

  1. Harry Brooks

Harry Brooks is an explosive batter that can create an impact by taking on spinners as well as pacers. He produced some magical knocks during the 2 Test matches on New Zealand soil and toyed with New Zealand bowlers.

Brooks played a total of 20 T20I matches for England and scored 372 runs at a strike rate of 137.78. He is known for his aggressive batting that Sunrisers Hyderabad lacked last year.

Sunrisers Hyderabad bought Harry Brooks for a whopping 13.25 Crore during the mini-auction. The fight for Brooks was between SRH and Rajasthan Royals. It would be interesting to see if Brooks can adjust to the different conditions of Indian pitches.

  1. Vidwath Kaverappa

Vidwath Kaverappa is a fast bowler from Karnataka. He finished as the 2nd leading wicket-taker in the 2022/23 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy with 18 wickets from 8 matches at an economy rate of 6.36 runs per over. He picked up 5 for 11 as the best figures in the tournament as Karanakta reached the quarterfinals stage.

Kaverappa was bought by the Punjab Kings franchise for Rs 20 Lakhs during the mini-auction in December. With Arshdeep Singh and Baltej Singh as Indian pace bowlers in the squad, if the conditions help the pace bowlers, Kaverappa could be a handful of troubling best batters during this year’s edition.

  1. Joe Root

Joe Root is another decent batter has done for England in Test and ODIs. He would be playing for Rajasthan Royals at a base price of Rs 1 Crore.

Joe Root
Joe Root

He could be used at number 3 depending upon the start given by the openers. Root has now cultivated the habit of playing innovative strokes against both spinners and pace bowlers.

It will be a great motivation for Root to play in the Rajasthan Royals side in the IPL 2023 and help them to win the title that they did not win last year.

  1. Michael Bracewell

Michael Bracewell has been named as a replacement for Will Jacks for this year’s edition. He has some insights into playing on Indian pitches during the New Zealand tour of India.

He played one of the best innings with a brilliant 140 in the first ODI at Hyderabad chasing down 350 runs to win and almost took New Zealand home losing by a narrow margin. Bracewell has experience playing in 117 T20 matches and scored 2284 runs with a strike rate of 133.48. His ability to hit big shots makes him a tough batter to bowl at.

He is also a decent off-spinner bowler with 40 wickets at an economy of 6.52 runs per over. It will be useful for Bracewell to get used to conditions during IPL 2023 that will be prevailing during the ICC World Cup 2023 in India.

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