The 2023 Indian Premier League will conclude in a few days time, with Chennai Super Kings set to face either Mumbai Indians or Gujarat Titans in the final. The 2023 season saw several riveting performances from big names, while several unknown faces left a lasting impression on everyone’s mind. Ahead of the much-anticipated IPL 2023 final, here’s a look at the top five players who outshone the others despite being bought for a relatively lesser price at auction.
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Matheesha Pathirana – Chennai Super Kings
Having made his debut for Chennai Super Kings in IPL last season, Matheesha Pathirana became the breakout player for the four-time champions in IPL 2023. With an action similar to that of Sri Lankan legend Lasith Malinga, the 20-year-old years has 17 wickets to his name in 11 games, before the summit clash. Interestingly, he was bought by the CSK led by MS Dhoni for just INR 20 lakh at the auction.
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Tushar Deshpande – Chennai Super Kings
In only his second year with CSK and third year in IPL, Tushar Deshpande leads the wicket-taking charts for the MS Dhoni-led side with 21 wickets in 15 games, ahead of the IPL 2023 summit clash. debuting with DC in 2020, he was signed by CSK for INR 20 lakh in 2022 and 2023 auctions.
Mohit Sharma – Gujarat Titans
Making a full return to the IPL after several years, 35-year-old Mohit Sharma emerged as a surprise to many at the start of the tournament. He picked up a total of 19 wickets in the first 12 games for Hardik Pandya’s Gujarat Titans which is his best show in the league since his time at CSK in 2014. Interestingly, the defending champions bought him for just INR 50 lakh at auctions .
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Kyle Mayers – Lucknow Supergiants
31-year-old Kyle Mayers was one of the best performing players in the 2023 season for Lucknow Super Giants. The Caribbean player finished IPL 2023 as LSG’s second highest run scorer after Marcus Stoinis. The KL Rahul led side bought it for just INR 50 lakh at the IPL 2023 auction.
Rinku Singh – Knight Riders of Calcutta
Rinku Singh was undoubtedly the biggest talent to make a mark in the 16th edition of the marquee T20 league. The UP cricketer scored the most runs for the Kolkata Knight Riders, while usually coming out to bat late in the match. He snapped 474 runs in 14 games at an average of 59.25 and a strike rate of 149.52. His tally includes his feat of breaking five straight sixes in the last five balls of a match to give KKR victory over the defending champions. He was bought for just Rs 50 lakhs.