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IPL 2023: Rating The Opening Pairs Of All 10 Teams. The IPL 2023 auction was a one-day affair that saw some really high biddings that shattered all previous records. England’s Sam Curran, Ben Stokes, Harry Brook, and Australia’s Cameron Green were some of the costliest buys.

Some of the franchises have decided to retain a few overseas players for IPL 2023 who did not get a chance in the last season.

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IPL Auction 2023- Sam Curran Bought By Punjab Kings (PBKS) For 18.50 Crores
IPL Auction 2023- Sam Curran Bought By Punjab Kings (PBKS) For 18.50 Crores

All-rounders raked in the big bucks at the recently held IPL auction 2023, with the 10 franchises going all out to pick the best from the set of players available. Punjab Kings broke the bank and paid INR 18.5 crores to acquire the services of England’s Sam Curran, the most expensive buy in IPL history.

The franchises spent INR 167 Crores to buy 80 players in the bidding arena of the 405 players registered officially. Sunrisers Hyderabad bought the most number of players, having acquired the services of as many as 13 players. The side also had the highest remaining purse heading into the auction with 42.25 Cr. to spend.

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Dawid Malan
Dawid Malan Image Credits: Twitter

Chris Jordan and Dawid Malan were among the unsold players in the IPL auction 2023 that included several Indian stars as well like Abhimanyu Easwaran, Priyank Panchal, Varun Aaron, Sandeep Sharma, and Shreyas Gopal to name few.

Openers make or break IPL campaigns. In the IPL 2022 season, each of the top-four teams had at least one of their opening batters in the top-10 run-scorers list. Batting first, a team relies on its openers to get a feel of the pitch and bat accordingly. Again, in the second innings, it’s the role of the first two to make sure the start is good enough to chase down the target.

In 2022, the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) struggles emerged from the constant change of their opening combinations. The Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) were so dependent on KL Rahul and Quinton de Kock that they failed whenever neither of them scored. Mumbai Indians’ batting just couldn’t get going because their openers struggled.

IPL 2023: Rating The Opening Pairs Of All 10 Teams

1) Delhi Capitals -Prithvi Shaw and David Warner – 10/10

David Warner, Prithvi Shaw
David Warner, Prithvi Shaw. (Photo: IPL)

Delhi Capitals’ (DC) opening combination of David Warner and Prithvi Shaw is immaculate. David Warner is a T20 legend while Prithvi Shaw is one of India’s most promising batters who, for some reason, is being ignored by the national selectors. Thanks to them, the Delhi Capitals recorded the best powerplay strike rate in IPL 2022.

The Australian opener recently scored a double hundred in the Test series against South Africa at home. Prithvi Shaw, on the other hand, scored a chart-topping 332 runs for Mumbai in this year’s Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy at a strike rate of 181.42.

IPL 2023 will probably see David Warner and Prithvi Shaw score the most runs as an opening pair. David Warner amassed 432 runs in IPL 2022 and Prithvi Shaw scored 283 runs in IPL 2022.

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