IPL 2023: From Sam Curran To Cameron Green, Top 5 Players Who Can Set The Stage Of Fire In India Premier League 16
The 16th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is all set to kick off on March 31st, with ten franchises battling it out for the coveted T20 title over a period of 57 days and 74 matches. With all teams boasting a star-studded squad, the stage is set for some blockbuster T20 action. Here are five players who are expected to make a big impact in the world’s most popular T20 league:
Sam Curran (Punjab Kings)
Punjab Kings broke the bank to secure the services of English all-rounder Sam Curran in the auction, spending a record INR 18.50 crore for the 24-year-old. Curran has impressed with his all-round skills for England, emerging as one of the best death bowlers in the game. He will play alongside his England teammate Liam Livingstone in PBKS.
Virat Kohli (Royal Challengers Bangalore)
The Indian captain will be key to RCB’s success this season as they seek their maiden IPL title. After an underwhelming outing in the last edition, Kohli will be looking to carry his international form into the IPL. Alongside Kohli, Faf du Plessis and Glenn Maxwell will also be crucial to their chances of success.
Cameron Green (Mumbai Indians)
One of the top buys in the auction, Cameron Green was signed by Mumbai Indians as a replacement for Kieron Pollard, who will now mentor young players as the batting coach for MI. The Australian all-rounder, signed for Rs 17.50 crore, impressed on the India tour, hitting his maiden Test century in the final Test at Ahmedabad.
Nicholas Pooran (Lucknow Super Giants)
Another big-money signing, Pooran was snapped up by the Lucknow Super Giants for Rs 16 crore, becoming the costliest wicket-keeper batter in IPL history. Pooran’s explosive batting skills make him one of the most dangerous T20 batters in the world, and LSG will be hoping for big contributions from him.
Suryakumar Yadav (Mumbai Indians)
Suryakumar Yadav of the Mumbai Indians, coming off a disappointing ODI series against Australia where he suffered three consecutive golden ducks, will be eager to redeem himself in the upcoming IPL 2023. With a T20 strike rate exceeding 175, he aims to replicate his outstanding performance from the previous season. In the 2022 IPL, the explosive Mumbai batsman scored 303 runs at an impressive average of 43.29 and a strike rate of 145.67, making him a crucial contributor to the team's success. As the five-time champions seek to add another trophy to their collection, Yadav remains a key player for the franchise.