IPL 2023: OneCricket's Emerging Players Team of the Tournament
B Sai Sudharsan has been the biggest positive of IPL 2023 (Source: AP Photo)
The Indian Premier League (IPL 2023) has concluded after two months of hard toil. As Chennai Super Kings emerged as the winners, the tournament presented ample opportunities to some of the best talents in the cricketing world to showcase their abilities. Be it overseas or Indian players; we have seen some young players basking themselves in the limelight.
In this article, we look at the best-emerging players of the tournament and hence the team comprising the best young talents.
Prabhsimran Singh (PBKS)
The young Indian wicketkeeper has been one of the finest discoveries in IPL 2023. Prabhsmiran Singh batted positively throughout the tournament and played some sparkling knocks for the team. He scored 358 runs in 14 matches at a strike rate of 150.42 and an average of 25.57. One of the most promising openers in the tournament, Prabhsimran Singh, is the first opener of this team.
Ruturaj Gaikwad and Prabhsimran Singh had a great tournament giving some solid starts to their respective teams (Source: AP Photo)
Ruturaj Gaikwad (CSK)
The CSK opener might be a different fit, as he has already represented India. But Rututraj Gaikwad is yet to establish himself in the main scheme of Indian cricket, so we are considering him in this category.
Ruturaj Gaikwad scored 590 runs in the tournament in 15 innings. He had a strike rate of 147.50 and ensured that CSK got off to solid starts in most matches. Ruturaj played a brilliant knock in the night of the final where he provided the ideal start to the team along with Devon Conway
Cameron Green (MI) ✈️
The MI management was looking for someone to fill Hardik Pandya's shoes and went all out for Cameron Green in the mini-auction ahead of IPL 2023, spending INR 17.50 Cr for him. Green repaid the franchise's faith in him in the best ways possible.
Green scored 452 runs in 16 matches at a strike rate of 160.28 and an average of 50.22. He scored runs at some of the most important stages and played one of the most significant parts in MI making it to the playoffs.
Middle order batters of the Emerging Players Team of the Tournament (Source: AP Photo)
B Sai Sudharsan (GT)
The young middle-order batter from GT was a real revelation for the team in IPL 2023. Sai Sudharsan scored 368 runs in 8 matches at an average of 51.71 and a strike rate of 141.40. The best of the batter was reserved for the final where he scored 96 matches from 47 balls and helped his team to a stellar total of 214 runs in their 20 overs. Although, GT failed to win the final, Sai Sudharsan is definitely the best discovery of the tournament.
Atharva Taide (PBKS)
The young Indian left-hander impressed with his batting antics in the last few chances that he got. Atharva Taide played seven matches and scored 186 runs at an average of 26.57 and a strike rate 144.18. While the numbers may not be overwhelming, his batting style, technique and temperament impressed many experts and viewers.
Tilak Varma (MI)
The young middle-order batter impressed in IPL 2022 and was a part of the discussion as a rising talent. Tilak Varma became an even more significant part of the IPL discussions this year with his brilliant knock in MI's first match of the tournament, where he fought as a lone warrior against RCB.
Varma played 11 matches and scored 343 runs at a strike rate of 164.11 and an average of 42.87. He looked in fine touch in MI's stellar chase against LSG in Qualifier 2, but unfortunately, he failed to take the team home. Varma is undoubtedly one of the finds of IPL 2023.
Jitesh Sharma (PBKS)(wk)
Jitesh Sharma has been in great striking form throughout the tournament (Source: AP Photo)
A finisher and a safe keeper is what PBKS has found in Jitesh Sharma. He played the role of a finisher perfectly, providing the team with some solid and powerpack finishes in most matches. His clean-hitting ability and the power to clear the boundary at will were something to watch out for.
Jitesh scored 309 runs in the tournament at a strike rate of 156.06. He is the apt middle-order batter and wicket-keeper for this team.
Akash Madhwal (MI)
Akash Madhwal has been the best thing that has happened to MI in IPL 2023. He barged into the scene due to the lead bowlers' absence or below-par performances. But Madhwal grabbed his chances with both hands and performed to the best of his abilities. He picked up 14 wickets in eight matches and came up with a couple of game-changing performances.
Noor Ahmad (GT) ✈️
While there has always been hype around Rashid Khan, the Gujarat Titans scouted a mirror image of the Afghan superstar in Noor Ahmad. The left-arm wrist spinner was the perfect partner for Rashid. Noor complimented Rashid and adapted his bowling as per the need of the situation. Ahmad finished the tournament with 16 wickets in 12 matches and finds his way into this team as one of the best talents discovered in IPL 2023. The best of Noor came in the final of the tournament where he picked up two wickets for 17 runs in his allotted three overs.
Bowlers of Emerging Players of the Tournament (Source: AP Photo)
Tushar Deshpande (CSK)
IPL 2023 has been a season of turnaround for Tushar Deshpande. Deshpande came in as the impact substitute in the tournament's first match and failed to find any rhythm. He bowled extra deliveries and got smashed to the different parts of the ground. But after several matches, Deshpande began to find ways to pick up wickets. He finished with 21 wickets in 15 matches, and even though he is 28 years old, the fact that Deshpande is still unexplored at the international level, he finds his way into the team.
Suyash Sharma (KKR)
Suyash Sharma made his presence felt for KKR in his first match of the tournament, where he picked up three wickets after coming in as an impact player. He finished the tournament with ten wickets in 11 matches, but his ability to deceive batters with the change of pace and flight impressed many cricket followers.
Nehal Wadhera (MI), Ayush Badoni (LSG), Phil Salt(DC), Abhinav Manohar (GT), Harshit Rana (KKR).