In this era of T20 cricket, we often hear new names who are performing well. With players from all over the world participating in the leagues, the number of fantastic performances is increasing daily.
And now the ongoing Lanka Premier League 2023 is set to give us few performers. Here are the five players to watch out for in the LPL 2023.
Shakib Al Hasan
How can we miss him if we are looking for a player to watch out for when he is part of any team? The ICC-ranked number-one all-rounder is currently in Sri Lanka, playing the Lanka Premier League 2023. He is representing Galle Titans in the LPL 2023. He is an important asset for the Galle Titans as he can contribute with both bat and ball. Shakib missed the IPL 2023 season due to an injury, but he is back playing the LPL. In 117 T20Is, the left-hander has smashed over 2300 runs and has taken 140 wickets.
In this season of LPL 2023, Shakib has already taken five wickets in just three games. He also scored 59 runs in three innings helping Galle win two of the three games. The left-arm, Shakib is the joint highest wicket-taker till now. He is the key player for Galle and will be one of the five to keep an eye on.
What can one say about this young seamer from Sri Lanka? The man who has the hand of the great MSD on his back can do nothing wrong. 2023 is going well for the Sri Lankan seamer. He anchored Chennai Super Kings to their fifth title with his fiery death bowling. He picked up 19 wickets in just 12 innings of his IPL 2023 season.
The 20-year-old is turning out to be a frontline Sri Lankan bowler. In just 25 T20 games, he has already taken 33 wickets. He is currently playing for the Colombo Strikers and has already picked up seven wickets in just three games. He is a key player for the Strikers and would have to perform consistently to take his team to the knockout stage.
The Pakistan captain will be the one to watch in this season of the LPL. He is in supreme form in the shortest format of the game. He is currently in third position in the ICC T20I rankings. Also, he is ranked first in the ICC ODI rankings. In 114 T20Is, he has scored 3485 runs with an impressive average of over 41.
Babar is representing the Colombo Strikers in the LPL 2023. He is also leading the Strikers and has helped them win one of the three games. The right-hander has already scored a fifty in one of the three games. In three games, Babar scored 107 runs. Colombo Strikers have lost two of the three games, it’s time for Babar to take responsibility and help his team to move forward.
Dunith is another young local Sri Lankan player. He has already made his international debut in ODIs and Tests but is yet to make a debut in the shortest format of the game. He is a left-arm slow orthodox bowler. In a total of 21 T20 games, Dinuth has grabbed 17 wickets economically.
Dunith is representing Jaffna Kings in the ongoing LPL 2023. In just three games, he has picked five wickets. Jaffna Kings are on the top of the points table with two wins out of the three games. Dunith is a crucial member of the team in this LPL 2023 and needs to perform consistently in the upcoming games.
The wicket-keeper batter from New Zealand is having a great time at the LPL 2023. Tim is a T20 specialist and plays the shortest format around the world. He has played a total of 175 T20 games and has scored over 3600 runs. He is known for his explosive-hitting skills and can play as an opener or even as a finisher.
In the LPL 2023 season, Tim is representing Galle Titans and has contributed nicely till now. In the three games, Seifert scored 106 runs including one fifty. He smashed 74 in his second game of this season against B-Love Kandy and also won the Player of the Match. For the Titans to play well, Tim should be consistent and play the way he is playing right now.
These are the five players to keep an eye on in the LPL 2023. Well, the tournament has just begun and there are a lot of players who are performing admirably well. Players like Kusal Mendis, Dasun Shanaka and Naseem Shah did pretty well in the last few games. But these players are going to be the stand-out performers for their respective teams in the LPL 2023.