The 16th edition of IPL is coming to an end . Hence now is the best time to look at the best IPL 2023 XI . We had come across many stupendous batting performances ,hence it was a difficult task to chose the best possible batters and thus a lot of importance was given to batting strike rates.
Likewise in bowling too there were some stellar performances in a batting dominated season .
Taking all the aspects into consideration, below is the best IPL 2023 XI as listed :
Shubman Gill (GT) :
Shubman Gill has batted at a different level in this IPL and his batting flowered even more at the business end. His dazzling strokeplay on both sides of the wicket and his imperious pull shots were a treat to watch . Gill scored 3 100s and may well have had a 4th one as he was 94 notout in one league game . His century , 129 off 60 balls, in the Qualifier 2 is already talked about as one of the all time greatest IPL centuries. Gill scored 851 runs so far in 16 games at 60.48 average and 156 strike rate and he still has one game to go .
Yashasvi Jaiswal (RR) :
Jaiswal was in breathtaking form in IPL2023 and created the IPL record by scoring the highest number of runs in a season as an uncapped player in IPL history . His backfoot play has caught the eye of many experts and he has developed a wide range of shots which is evident this season. He batted excellently against quick bowling and used his feet brilliantly to spin . A budding generational talent , who is sure to play for India soon , Yashasvi has amassed 625 runs in 14 games at at 48 average and 163.61 strike rate with one century .
Faf Duplessis ( RCB – captain )
Faf Duplessis batted in breathtaking style as opener while captaining RCB and his opening stand with Virat Kohli was a standout in this season with both scoring 600 plus runs for the season in breathtaking fashion. Faf generally started slowly for first 10-15 balls but after that he shifted gears in such a way that opposition bowling often looked in total disarray due to his onslaught . With talks of returning to international cricket going on in the background, Faf amassed 730 runs in 14 games at 56 average and 153.68 strike rate and he hit 8 fifties showing unreal consistency. He is the captain of this team.
Suryakumar Yadav (MI):
The modern day Mr 360, Surya played some breathtaking knocks consisting of blistering strokeplay. Batting at 4 , he was one of the main reasons Mumbai reached the playoffs despite having a weak bowling attack . His array of shots were mind blowing as he used his supple wrists to great effect . Surya scored 605 runs in 16 games at 43 average and a staggering 181 strike rate .
Henrich Klaasen ( SRH)
Amongst the keeper batters , Klaasen towered above all the rest keepers with consistently blistering display of attacking batting and he almost singlehandedly pulled the SRH team together. A brilliant destroyer of spin , Klaasen raked up 448 runs in just 12 matches at 49.77 average and a mind blowing 177 strike rate with one century and 2 fifties .
Rinku Singh (KKR )
The best finisher in this IPL season, Rinku finally realised his potential this year with some breathtaking and tense finishes . He was responsible for the best moment of this IPL , achieving 29 runs in the last over against reigning champions Gujarat Titans in their den by hitting 5 sixes off Yash Dayal . Great finishes against Punjab Kings and CSK raised his stocks even further not to speak of his exciting final innings vs LSG at Eden Gardens where he fell 1 run short . Capable of batting in different gears , Rinku has scored 474 runs in 14 games batting in 5th or 6th spot in the batting order . He averaged 59.25 and had a strike rate if 149.52 with 4 fifties .
Axar Patel ( DC) :
Axar Patel ended as one of the leading allrounders this season. Cameron Green was the other competitor for this spot but Axar offered more than Green as a bowler . Axar in his batting form should have been utilised by Delhi at number 4 and as a bowler he was miserly . One of the few shining lights in Delhi team , Axar scored 283 runs at 28 average and 139 strike rate . In bowling he took 11 wickets at 30.72 average and an impressive 7.19 economy
Rashid Khan ( GT)
As a bowling allrounder , Rashid Khan has scored 130 runs in 16 games at 43 average and 224 strike rate . He has been an extremely dangerous batter in the death overs playing his brand of unorthodox shots . As a bowler Rashid is currently at 27 wickets at 18.80 average and 7.93 strike rate repeatedly giving breakthroughs in powerplay and in crucial phases of the game with his skilful leg spin . He is already an IPL legend .
Mohammed Shami (GT)
Shami by far has been the best fast bowler in this IPL season , getting repeated breakthroughs in powerplays. He bowled quick and moved the ball . His rhytm has been great this season. So far Shami has taken 28 wickets at 17.60 average and 7.95 strike rate and having a fight to the finish for the purple cap with Rashid Khan
Mohammed Siraj ( RCB)
RCB’s shining light in the bowling department, Mohammed Siraj bowled with ruthless hostility and has been highly successful in powerplays. He has always spelt danger to the opposition openers with the ball in hand . In 14 games Siraj has picked 19 wickets at 19.73 average and 7.50 economy.
Varun Chakravarty (KKR)
Varun was the best bowler for KKR and has rediscovered his rhytm this season . His accurate leggies accounted for the best batters of opposition . He had a close contest for this spot as Yuzi Chahal , Bishnoi and Piyush Chawla were very strong contenders too. In 14 games Varun Chakravarty has taken 20 wickets at 21.45 average and 8.14 economy .
Impact player : Matheesa Pathirana ( CSK )
The best impact player this season with his unorthodox Malinga like action and hurling the ball at great pace with good yorkers. In 11 matches the emerging Sri Lankan star has taken 17 wickets at 19.23 average and an astounding 7.72 strike rate by bowling exclusively in death overs .
We also need to spell out special mentions to Virat Kohli (639 runs at 139 strike rate and 53 average), Yuzi Chahal (21 wickets ), Piyush Chawla (22 wickets ) and Cameron Green ( 452 runs , 50 average , 160 strike rate and 6 wickets ) who can all be mentioned as reserves