Overseas players have always been an integral part of the Indian Premier League (IPL), adding diversity and depth to the competition. The 2023 season promises to be no different, with several foreign players looking to make an impact in the tournament. In this blog post, we will highlight the top 5 overseas players to watch out for in IPL 2023.
Sam Curran (Chennai Super Kings)
England left-armer Sam Curran missed the 2021 T20 World Cup due to a back injury, but he made a resounding comeback during the World Cup in Australia this year. Curran emerged as the star of the final with figures of three for 12 as England pipped Pakistan to earn its second title. A handy bat, Curran was often used as a floater during his previous stint in the IPL by Chennai Super Kings (2020-2021). Curran’s adept control and wicket-taking proficiency were a standout in the World Cup, and he could be a valuable asset for the Chennai Super Kings this season.
Harry Brook (Sunrisers Hyderabad)
Harry Brook is the next big thing in English cricketing circles, and he was part of England’s T20 World Cup-winning campaign in Australia last month. Brook weathered the storm with a 23-ball 20 in the final against Pakistan alongside senior teammate Stokes, but he also possesses the goods to thwart the opposition with his powerful strokeplay. Brook made his name in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) earlier this year when he smashed the second-fastest PSL ton (48 balls) for champion Lahore Qalandars. Brook could add to the firepower of teams scrambling to fix their middle-order woes at an opening bid of INR 1.5 crore.
Cameron Green (Mumbai Indians)
Cameron Green’s rapid ascent to Australia’s Test squad in 2020 with his indispensable all-round talent made him a no-brainier addition to its T20I set-up. Green struck two manic half-centuries in three matches in the T20I series against India in September 2022, and his stocks have risen as a flexible all-rounder who can ace multiple roles. Green will be eyeing his first IPL stint and has set a base price of INR 2 crore – the easiest bid for franchises that will be searching for an overseas all-rounder.
Will Jacks (Royal Challengers Bangalore)
Will Jacks is an explosive batsman from England and is firing on all cylinders in the South African domestic T20 league, SA20 2023. He has hit the most runs as of January 24, with 270 runs in seven matches at an average of 38.57 and an extraordinary strike rate of 201.49. This includes scores of 92 (46), 34 (16), 56 (25), and 62 (27). With the 2023 edition of the IPL fast approaching, Jacks is putting forward a strong case to be picked up by one of the franchises. His power-hitting ability could be a game-changer for the Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Jos Buttler (Rajasthan Royals)
Jos Buttler is a household name in the T20 format and has been a mainstay of the Rajasthan Royals side for several years now. The England wicket-keeper is one of the most explosive players in the game, capable of turning a match on its head in an instant. Buttler’s ability to score runs on tricky surfaces sets him apart from many other players. He is adept at finding the gaps in the field rather than trying to go over it, making him a run-scoring machine.
Add to this his exceptional ability behind the stumps, and you have got one of the best all rounder’s in the game and arguably the most destructive player with bat in hand. The royal ability to retain buttler bodes well for them this year and it no surprise that leading Indian betting sites are making them real contenders to be crowed ipl champions