Defending champions Gujarat Titans are continuing their brilliant form from last season in the Indian Premier League 2023. They have already secured the qualification to the playoffs and also assured a top 2 finish after defeating Hyderabad. Their brilliant performances are coming because of their players. The Players, especially the bowlers have been exceptional and consistent throughout the season. One such player is Mohammed Shami, who is aging like a fine wine. His powerplay stats are just unbelievable. Shami had played a pivotal role in restricting opponents to get off to a good start in the IPL 2023 so far.
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Gujarat Titans' bowling attack has been lethal in this season. Shami & Rashid Khan (23) are sitting on the top of the list of taking the most wickets this season. Mohit Sharma is also on the list with 17 wickets. That explains a lot. Their bowling attack has brought nightmares for the opposition teams.
Mohammed Shami has torn apart the batters in the powerplay. Not only he has picked up wickets on a regular basis, but he has also restricted the batters from scoring too many runs in the powerplay. Shami has taken 15 wickets till now in the powerplay this season. 3 of them came against Hyderabad in the last game. He has bossed this phase of the game in the ongoing season. He owns a powerplay economy of only 6.80. No other bowler has picked more than 9 wickets in the IPL 2023. Trent Boult (RR) and Mohammed Siraj (RCB) trail Shami with nine wickets each.
Shami's brilliant display with the new ball has helped him race to 44 wickets in the Powerplay in IPL history. Bhuvneshwar Kumar leads the chart with 60 wickets in the first 6 overs. Since IPL 2020, Shami is the second-highest wicket-taker in the powerplay with 37 wickets with an economy of 6.74. He is only behind Boult in this race (40).
Before this season, Shami featured in 93 IPL matches without being able to pick up a four-wicket haul. This season is different for the India star. He has scalped two four-wicket hauls in only 13 innings. His two four-wicket hauls have come against DC and SRH, both in Ahmedabad.
Shami has been very consistent for Gujarat Titans. He is the highest wicket-taker for GT with 43 wickets. Rashid Khan trails him in the wickets column with 42 wickets. Overall, Shami has scalped 122 wickets in 106 IPL appearances at 26.84.