The 16TH edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2023) has come to an end with Chennai Super Kings (CSK) winning the title for the 5th time. They now equaled the number of trophy wins by the team in IPL history with Mumbai Indians (MI). CSK won the IPL 2023 final by beating Gujarat Titans (GT) by 5 wickets on the last ball.
Another IPL season has ended and we have seen some amazing performances from different players in all the teams. Whether it is an Indian uncapped player, an experienced Indian player, and an overseas player. We saw every year, some new faces came in and do well in this league and make their name.
Today, we will talk about those players who were bought by the franchises for a big amount and justified their price tag as well. We will talk about those players who made an impact on their respective teams and have done well.
Players who justified their price tag in IPL 2023
There are a few players who went for a big amount in IPL 2023 auction. Some of them have done well for their teams and some failed to live up to the expectations of the franchise. Let’s see the players who justified their IPL 2023 auction price tag.
(a) We consider only those players who came into the IPL 2023 auction and were bought by the franchise for a big amount this year. The players who were retained by the teams and had more IPL salaries than these players were not considered.
(b) Also, we consider those players who played at least 5+ games for their teams and did well in IPL 2023.
List of the players who did well in IPL 2023
(1) Cameron Green
The Aussie all-rounder is one of the players who got a big contract in the IPL 2023 auction. MI bought Cameron Green for a whopping INR 17.50 crores.
At first, RCB and MI were fighting for him in the IPL auction. But RCB backed out and then Delhi Capitals (DC) joins the party. But MI got him in the end for a whopping INR 17.50 crores.
Cameron Green did well for Mumbai Indians and didn’t let his team down. He performed as per his IPL price tag and proves why MI invested in him so much.
In 16 matches in IPL 2023, he scored 452 runs at an average of 50.22 and a strike rate of 160.28. He scored 2 half centuries and a hundred, which came against SRH in an important game. It was the game that MI needs to win to go into the playoffs.
With the ball as well, he provides some assistance and took 6 wickets this season. Green gives balance to the side and this year, he justified his price tag.
(2) Nicholas Pooran
The West Indian hard hitter receives high ratings all around the world but hadn’t showcased his potential in IPL until this season. Before this season, he failed in the IPL and hasn’t made much impact when he used to play for PBKS and SRH.
When LSG bought him for a whopping INR 16 crores, they were hoping to get the best out of him. He lived as per the team’s expectations and won a few important games for LSG. How can we forget his outstanding innings against RCB, when the target was looking far from LSG’s hand?
Also, against SRH, he played a handy cameo as well. A few other performances show it’s worth it for LSG to make an investment in him.
(3) Heinrich Klaasen
SRH bought Heinrich Klaasen for INR 5.25 crores in IPL 2023 auction. Klaasen was class apart in IPL 2023. And he was probably the only player who performed consistently for SRH throughout the tournament. His inning against RCB was mesmerizing to watch. And he got the praise from Sachin Tendulkar as well for that knock.
He played both spin and pace very well. Unfortunately, his team finished last in IPL 2023.
(4) Ajinkya Rahane
Rahane’s career got a 2nd life. He replaced Ben Stokes after the latter got injured and performed well right from the first game. Rahane played some beautiful innings in IPL 2023 and his cameo of 27 off 13 in the final was crucial for CSK at that stage. He took the pressure from Dube, who was struggling to get going from ball one.
CSK bought Rahane for INR 50 lakhs in IPL 2023 auction.
(5) Mohit Sharma
It is an inspirational story of Mohit Sharma as he was a net bowler for GT last year. And this year, GT included him in the team and he was the 2nd highest wicket-taker (27 wickets) in the tournament after M Shami. Also, he played lesser games than Rashid and Shami and still make it into the top 3 wicket-takers list.
His role in the team was to bowl in the death overs. And he did exceedingly well and played an important part in GT’s campaign.
There are a few players as well who were bought by the teams. But either they played a few games or haven’t made a huge impact for their teams.
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