At half-time in the 2023 Indian Premier League (IPL) we are witnessing a close race for the four playoff spots. With up to eight teams battling it out for the top four spots, the second half of the competition promises to be exciting.
If you look at his previous achievements, the 38-year-old veteran drinks from the fountain of youth. The Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper runs away with the orange cap after amassing 422 runs in his 8 innings spanning 5 half centuries. More than the number of runs, it was a pleasure to watch the destructive manner in which the South African scored them. He has hit 27 sixes and 34 fours in the 252 deliveries thrown at him.
The fact that the Chennai Super Kings did not have to regret their decision to release Faf du Plessis is mainly due to Conway’s brilliant form. The Blackcaps opener finally found a foothold in the franchise this year and that has led to a string of half centuries. Four fifties in just 7 innings by Conway were instrumental in setting the tone for CSK’s batting superiority in the tournament. He has been a key pillar for MS Dhoni’s squad as they look ominous in their quest for a record-breaking 5th IPL title.
The India Pacer was a revelation with the new ball this year as his ability to create seam movement became a nightmare for opposing racquets. His 14-wicket record has seen him join Rashid Khan at the top of the Purple Cap award this season. The majority of the RCB ace’s wickets have come in the PowerPlay overs, where the sight of him knocking over stumps is common. Siraj has always been able to produce special deliveries with the new ball, but he’s taken it up several levels this year with remarkable accuracy and intensity.