The 16th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL), which has been eagerly anticipated, will soon begin, and cricket fans are giddy with anticipation to see one of the biggest franchise events in the world.
All-around players are valuable to any team. They are the ones who bring much-needed balance to a squad. Teams with strong all-around players have had success in the past. Below is a list of the top 10 all-rounders for the TATA IPL 2023 squad:
10. Jason Holder
Rajasthan Royals struggled with their lineup and occasionally ran out of hitters, despite the fact that they reached the championships the season before. They batted R Ashwin lower in the order and needed him to bowl, as they only used five bowlers, five batters, and a meager all-rounder in Riyan Parag. In order to correct this imbalance, they bid 5.75 crores for Jason Holder at the IPL 2023 auction. Holder had been shockingly released by LSG despite having a strong season the year before.
9. Cameron Green
The Mumbai Indians purchased Cameron Green, who has not yet participated in the IPL, for INR 17.5 crore during the IPL 2023 auction, making him the second-most expensive player in IPL history. He recently played against India in a Test match in Ahmedabad and scored a century, announcing his arrival just before the IPL in 2023. When he eventually participates in the competition, Cameron Green will surely be the center of attention due to his pricey signing and excellent form.
8. Ben Stokes
Ben Stokes will receive a lot of attention, even if MS Dhoni will be the focus at CSK. Stokes, who is back in the IPL after missing the previous season, was chosen by CSK at the highest auction price ever—INR 16.5 crore. Since Stokes is viewed as the likely successor to MS Dhoni as CSK’s captain after his retirement, it would be interesting to see how he gets along with the team’s fans and MS Dhoni this season.
7. Ravindra Jadeja
Ravindra Jadeja would be eager to make up for a bad season the previous year in the IPL 2023. He was given the captaincy prior to the IPL 2022, but after six defeats in eight games, he gave it back to MS Dhoni. Jadeja struggled personally as well, scoring at just 19 runs per innings while taking just 5 wickets. Jadeja, on the other hand, is a CSK legend and a crucial player for them, particularly on the Chepauk surface.
6. Hardik Pandya
In 2017, Hardik Pandya received the Player of the Year award after leading the Gujarat Titans to the IPL championship while serving as their first-ever captain. Pandya, who came up to bat at positions 3 and 4, distinguished himself for GT with both the bat and the ball. He claimed 8 wickets while scoring 487 runs. He won Player of the Match for his 3-wicket haul and 34 runs scored against RR. The legacy of Hardik Panday and the history of Gujarat would once more be in danger.
5. Sam Curran
The Punjab Kings paid a significant number of money in the IPL 2023 to get Sam Curran, the ICC T20 World Cup 2022 tournament winner. Curran didn’t do well for his SA20 League team. He is one of those players who excels in the most trying circumstances, but the stakes will be bigger in IPL 2023.
4. Andre Russell
In the T20 format, Andre Russell of the Kolkata Knight Riders is every opponent’s biggest nightmare. With a 177.88 career strike rate, Russell holds the highest mark of any player in IPL history. He has 2035 runs scored and 89 wickets taken in 98 IPL games.
3. Sikandar Raza
Sikandar Raza was acquired by Punjab Kings for a fair price. With his all-around excellence at the highest level, he has completely revolutionized the cricket world. His current performance is directly tied to Zimbabwe cricket’s recent two years of increasing success.
2. Glenn Maxwell
For the previous two IPL seasons, Glenn Maxwell was the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) MVP. In addition to regularly scoring runs for RCB, the Australian all-rounder has also contributed with the ball when the team needs his off-spin. Maxwell regrettably suffered an injury at a party right before the IPL 2023. He started playing domestic cricket again last month, only to injure his wrist once more. Maxwell will serve as the key all-rounder for the RCB if he recovers in time for the IPL 2023.
1. Deepak Hooda
The Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) stocked up on all-rounders with some big names in the super auction last year. For the IPL 2023, they have retained the majority of their all-rounders, including Deepak Hooda, an up-and-coming player from India. The all-rounder who bowls off-spin has excelled for India in the game’s shortest format. For LSG, Hooda played in 15 IPL 2022 games last season, recording 451 runs and one wicket. In the IPL in 2023, he will be eager to increase his performance.