There are players who set the stage on fire with their consistent and flamboyant performances, midway through the TATA IPL 2023.
While RCB Captain Faf du Plessis has been the most successful overseas batsman in the TATA IPL 2023. At the end of the first half, the former South Africa cricketer is the top run-getter in TATA IPL 2023 with 407 runs in 7 games. Du Plessis has been striking at 165.3 in this edition and continues to prove age is just a number.
Former India cricketer Mohammed Kaif has lauded the former Protea captain for his athleticism in the field and quick running between the wickets which is helping his opening partner Virat Kohli at the other end.
Speaking on Star Sports Cricket Live, Mohammed Kaif said, “Faf du Plessis and Virat Kohli are very good runners-between-the-wickets. AB de Villiers may not be there but in Faf, Kohli has a partner who is capable of playing big knocks and string long partnerships.”
Afghanistan star spinner Rashid Khan is amongst the most successful overseas bowlers in the ongoing competition with 14 wickets under his belt in the first seven games for Gujarat Titans. Rashid has been picking up a wicket every 12 balls for the defending champions in IPL this season.
When it comes to the Uncapped Players who made their mark in IPL 2023, Kolkata Knight Riders’ Rinku Singh has been the best batter. The left-handed middle-order batter from Uttar Pradesh has accumulated 233 runs in the first seven games this season.
Speaking highly of Rinku’s performance in the ongoing competition for KKR, former Australia cricketer David Hussey backed him to play for the Indian cricket team.
Speaking on Star Sports Cricket Live, David Hussey said, “Rinku Singh is a phenomenal talent. He has been doing well in domestic cricket and the KKR franchise has backed him well. He’s grown in his confidence and taking his game to the next level. Hopefully, he gets to play for India soon.”
Promising young Rajasthan Royals’ batter Yashasvi Jaiswal has also taken his game to the next level in TATA IPL 2023 and the left-handed batter from Mumbai has amassed 227 runs in the first seven games.
While Chennai Super Kings’ right-arm pacer Tushar Deshpande has been the best-uncapped bowler so far with 12 scalps in seven games. Deshpande may be slightly expensive but he’s picking up a wicket every 12.7 deliveries.
Commending Tushar Deshpande for rising up to the challenge and bowling tight lines under pressure for CSK, former India cricketer Sunil Gavaskar said on Cricket Live on Star Sports, “Tushar Deshpande has risen to the challenge of bowling in death and pressure situations for CSK. He keeps picking up wickets at crucial times for his team and not once he looked down after getting hit for six. His body language looks positive this year.”
(extract from agency)
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