In IPL 2023, players like Piyush Chawla, Mohit Sharma, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane have silenced the career question with strong performances. Except Rahane, these four players were not part of any team last year.
Indian Premier League 2023 (IPL 2023) saw the rise of young players like Rinku Singh, Yashasvi Jaiswal and Nehal Wadhera. During this, some old players also made a great comeback. Before the start of the season, it was believed that his career was almost over, but his comeback is nothing less than an inspiration. Players like Piyush Chawla, Mohit Sharma, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane have put in silence questions about their careers with strong performances. Except Rahane, these four players were not part of any team last year. Mohit Sharma was a net bowler from Gujarat. Piyush Chawla was commenting there.
Ajinkya Rahane – Ajinkya Rahane has batted in a style opposite to his style. In the last three IPLs, he scored 254 runs at an average of 16 and a strike rate of 104.5. Never before in his IPL career has his strike rate touched 140 in any season. Never before has his dot ball percentage been lower than 33 in any season (this year it is 19.9 percent). He was dropped from India’s Test team and was struggling in domestic cricket hoping to make a comeback.
He got his chance at the Wankhede Stadium for CSK when Ben Stokes was unavailable and never looked back. Not only has he cemented his place at No.3 for CSK, but has also been back in the squad for the WTC final for India and has a good chance to revive his international career. Rahane has so far scored 299 runs in 13 matches at an average of 33.2 and a strike rate of 169.9. He has scored 2 half-centuries. His highest score is 71 not out.
Piyush Chawla – Piyush Chawla was doing commentary during IPL 2022 after going unsold in the auction. Mumbai bought him at the base price in the 2023 auction as they did not have any experienced spinners in their team. They picked and fed them out of compulsion. The 34-year-old had the best IPL season ever. Earlier, he had never crossed the 20-wicket mark in any IPL season. He took 22 wickets in 16 matches with an economy of 8.11.
Mohit Sharma – The career of Mohit Sharma, who won the Purple Cap in IPL 2014, was hit hard by injuries. He played just two matches in four tournaments between IPL 2019 and IPL 2022. After a good performance in domestic cricket last year, Gujarat Titans coach Ashish Nehra asked him if he would like to stay with the team as a net bowler, to which Mohit agreed. This year he was picked in the auction in the main squad and was given a chance ahead of the young Indian fast bowlers and he did not disappoint. In only 13 matches, he has taken 24 wickets, with a wicket almost every 10 balls. He has taken 4 wickets in 3 matches. In Qualifier 2 against Mumbai Indians he took 5/10.
Ishant Sharma – Ishant Sharma played just four matches in the last three IPL seasons and was not bought last year. Delhi bought him at his base price this season and he sat on the bench in the first five matches. After five defeats in five matches, there was a change in the team. Ishant got a chance. He was the plater of the match in the very first match. Delhi won four of their next five matches. Ishant performed brilliantly in the powerplay, taking six wickets at an economy rate of 7.88. His bowling average of 20.6 and strike rate of 15 in IPL 2023 was his best performance in any IPL season. He took 10 wickets.
Amit Mishra – Amit Mishra is among the top 5 wicket takers in IPL history. He remained unsold in IPL 2022. Lucknow Super Giants signed him this year for Rs 50 lakh. Although, he did not get much chance, but his performance was good. He took 7 wickets in 7 matches. During this, his economy was 7.84.