Chennai Super Kings won the final to beat Gujarat Titans at the Narendra Modi stadium in Ahmedabad. They have now equalled the record of most IPL wins along with Mumbai Indians as both teams now have 5 titles each. In this article, we are focusing on the players who have performed brilliantly this season. It’s really hard to pick XI particular players so We’ll try to build the best XI of the IPL 2023 and there will be some key impact players in the squad.
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IPL 2023: Best XI of the Season
Shubman Gill | Gujarat Titans
Shubman Gill becomes the representative for Gujarat Titans. The batter amassed 890 runs in the season and has been the highest run scorer. He also won the MVP award for his fantastic performance. Gill’s class and a new added power hitting makes him one of the most fearsome batters and the 23-year-old thus makes the list.
Yashasvi Jaiswal | Rajasthan Royals
Along with Gill, Rajasthan Royals’ Yashasvi Jaiswal will be the other opener. The 21-year-old has won the Emerging Player award as he amassed 625 runs in just 14 matches this season. The youngster demonstrated fearless cricket and showed a new level of power hitting at such a tender age. Jaiswal’s aggressiveness makes him the perfect partner for Gill and together the young pair can cause mayhem, make no mistake.
Virat Kohli | Royal Challengers Bangalore
Run machine Kohli broke multiple records in the IPL 2023. He scored 639 runs in 14 matches with an average of 53.25. The 34-year-old slammed two centuries and six half-centuries in the 16th season of the cash-rich league which helped him to get a position in the best XI of this season. Virat scored a century against Sunrisers Hyderabad and Gujarat Titans and the best part is, it came in consecutive games.
Faf du Plessis(cap) | Royal Challengers Bangalore
Faf finished second in the list of leading run-getters with 730 runs to his name in 14 matches he played. The RCB skipper ended the season with a brilliant average of 56.15 and an eye-catching strike rate of 153.68. He also got the award for smashing the most sixes (36) this season including a 115m massive six against Lucknow Super Giants. It’s a shame that despite Virat and Faf’s consistent performances, RCB didn’t qualify for the playoffs.
Suryakumar Yadav | Mumbai Indians
Suryakumar Yadav found his game back in the midway of this season and never looked back. Despite a slow start, the MI star scored runs galore in the latter half of the season. He looked at his optimum best and played some outrageous shots. The MI player played some fantastic knocks and ended up scoring 605 runs in the season. SKY will be a perfect fit at no. 5 for any team and his ability to turn on destruction mode at any time is the bonus that makes him so dangerous.
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Heinrich Klaasen(wk) | Sunrisers Hyderabad
Heinrich Klaasen has been the best player for Hyderabad this season. Despite the team struggling throughout the season, Klaasen remained consistent and scored so many runs to push Hyderabad for the greater good. He scored 448 runs after playing 12 matches with an average of 49.78 and a strike rate of 177.08 which is an absolutely terrific number. He had to be in the Playing XI after the performances he showed.
Ravindra Jadeja | Chennai Super Kings
There has to be a specific spot for the Match-winner for Chennai Super Kings in the Final. Not only in the Final, but Jadeja has also been consistent with the bowl throughout this season. When CSK needed him to contribute with the bat, he delivered there too. Sir Jadeja picked 20 wickets in 16 matches with only an economy of 7.56. He smashed 10 runs in the last two deliveries in the Final and won the 5th title for CSK.
Rashid Khan | Gujarat Titans
The brilliance of Rashid Khan has been synonymous with the Titans’ success, and it was the same this season as well. Rashid picked up 27 wickets this season, second highest after his GT teammate Mohammed Shami (28). But the added security of his batting promotes the Afghan’s value many folds. His inning against Mumbai Indians this season was a treat to watch, and so was his ability to roar back from adverse situations.
Mohammed Shami | Gujarat Titans
Mohammed Shami won the “Purple Cap” for scalping the most number of wickets this season. Throughout the tournament, Shami showcased his exceptional skills by taking a total of 28 wickets in 17 matches. His best bowling figure of 4/11 was an example of his bowling prowess. Additionally, Shami maintained an impressive economy rate of 8.03.
Mohit Sharma | Gujarat Titans
Sharma Jee came late in the show but came stronger than before this season. A comeback to remember for a long time in the most entertaining competition. Mohit Sharma was a net bowler last season but now he is in the second position in terms of picking wickets. He got 27 wickets in just 14 matches with an economy of 8.17. Mohit Sharma almost secured the victory for Gujarat in the final but the Jadeja storm blew away the opposition team by surprise.
Mohammed Siraj | Royal Challengers Bangalore
RCB pacer Mohammed Siraj has been improving on a daily basis. We witnessed the best of ‘Miyaan bhai’ in this IPL season. Siraj bowled with intensity and pulled fantastic results for RCB. The pacer picked up 19 wickets in the season and often provided early breakthroughs. His ability to get wickets in the powerplay enhances the importance which makes Siraj the RCB representative in the team.