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The much awaited IPL tournament will start on 31st March 2023, where 10 teams will compete against each other for the ultimate title. All teams are looking well-balanced and threatening to crown for glory. IPL will be played in a home and away format as the teams can use their home conditions to their advantage. Let us have a look at some of the top teams in the tournament who can win the championship this year.
Top 5 Best IPL Teams To Watch Out For in IPL 2023
|Chennai Super Kings
The team has restructured itself completely from last year. They are having many fresh faces in the side along with a new skipper in form of Aiden Markram. They have a strong Indian core in Mayank Agarwal, Rahul Tripathi, and Abhishek Sharma in the batting department while Washington Sundar is the all-rounder, and Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Umran Malik, T Natarajan, Karthik Tyagi as the lead bowlers. SRH are spoilt for choices for the overseas middle-order options with Harry Brook, Klassen, Glenn Philips, and Aiden Markram.
They also have the option to play Adil Rashid as an overseas spinner. The Sunrisers Hyderabad are a rare team who has a solid middle order which does not take time to settle in. They don’t have big names in their lineup but they have a solid and balanced squad which makes them a threatening unit.
Lucknow Super Giants
The squad was successful in acquiring players like Daniel Sams, Jaydev Unadkat, Naveen UI Haq, and Nicholas Pooran during the 2023 auction. With a price tag of Rs 16 crore, Pooran is among the top 5 cricketers bought this season. While some critics claim that LSG could have spent more money on more dependable players, it is evident that Pooran could strengthen the team’s batting. Pooran’s addition might prompt KL Rahul to bat more freely and give quick starts to the Supergiants.
They have a wily old spinner in Amit Mishra who is an excellent second spinner or a backup to Ravi Bishnoi. Mark Wood could be a wicket-taker for Lucknow in the middle overs which often they lacked last year. Kyle Mayers, Romario Shephard, and Daniel Sams are proper utility cricketers and would come in very handy.
After the IPL 2023 auction, it does appear that GT has a strong lineup for this season as well. Seven cricket players were purchased by the franchise, bringing their roster up to 25 players. Last season, GT’s batting was a little unimpressive, but this year is different. Shubhman GIll has found his touch in T20 cricket and has been a dream 2023 year for the batter. The team now has Kane Williamson and KS Bharat to further strengthen its batting strength in addition to Tewatia, Miller, and R Khan. Kane Williamson might turn out to be the best buy for the Giants.
Last year, they tried various players at number 3 but lacked consistency. In Kane Williamson, they have got a collapse arrester and a reliable number 3 with the bat. Mohammed Shami, Alzarri Joseph, Yash Sharma, and Rashid Khan make up the team’s excellent bowling lineup, but Mohit Sharma, Joshua Little, and Shivam Mavi were also acquired through the auction.
Rajasthan reached the final of the IPL last year. They lacked firepower at the end and had a very short batting lineup. The team had only 5 bowling options and often a bad day to one of the premier bowlers meant that they were hit for plenty. But the smart buy of Jason Holder might solve most of the problems for Rajasthan this year. He can play at number 7 or 8 and can be a threatening pair along with Trent Boult while opening the bowling. Riyan Prarag is getting better each year and could be the player to watch out for. The addition of Adam Zampa and Joe Root is an excellent backup options for them.
Chennai Super Kings
The IPL 2023 performance of CSK started with their impressive performance in the auction, where they placed the biggest bid in CSK history of INR 16.25 Crores for all-rounder Ben Stokes. To strengthen their bench, they added a few more all-rounders from the auction table.
On paper, the Chennai Super Kings team for IPL 2023 appears to be strong. For CSK this season, players like MS Dhoni, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Devon Conway, Ravindra Jadeja, and Deepak Chahar will all attempt a significant turnaround.
Chennai is the best team playing at their home. MS Dhoni knows how to use spinning pitches to their advantage. They have experienced spinners in Moeen and Jadeja who are immaculate with their line and length. Ben Stokes gives them a lot f flexibility with bat and ball as the other players can play around him. With Stokes, Jadeja, and MS Dhoni we can definitely expect a lot of fireworks at the end of the innings.
Gujarat Titans is one of the strongest squad in IPL 2023. They won the previous edition of IPL in 2022. They have a solid lineup for this season.
CSK Squad list: MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Devon Conway, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ambati Rayudu, Subhranshu Senapati, Moeen Ali, Shivam Dube, Rajvardhan Hangargekar, Dwaine Pretorius, Mitchell Santner, Deepak Chahar, Tushar Deshpande, Mukesh Choudhary, Matheesha Pathirana, Simarjeet Singh, Prashant Solanki, Maheesh Theekshana, Ajinkya Rahane, Ben Stokes, Shaik Rasheed, Nishant Sindhu, Kyle Jamieson, Ajay Mandal, Bhagath Varma, Sisanda Magala.
Yes, MS Dhoni will be playing in this edition of IPL. He has already joined the CSK camp and is set to face defending champions Gujarat Giants in the opening match of IPL 2023.