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The ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League is just 11 days away from coming to a conclusion. This IPL edition commenced on 31st March, 2023 with defending champions Gujarat Titans taking on the Chennai Super Kings at the Narendra Modi Stadium. Almost 2 months after the inception of the current IPL season, the defending champs are once again on the top of the table, and are also the first team to qualify for the playoffs for this season.
The ongoing edition of the IPL season has seen some spectacular bowling performances from veterans and youngsters alike. Wickets have literally been broken this season as well when Arshdeep Singh struck the stumps with his lightning fast deliveries against Mumbai Indians. But in this particular article, we will be taking a look at the top 3 purple cap contenders for IPL 2023 so far. So, let’s jump right into it.
IPL 2023: Top 3 Purple Cap Contenders So Far
3. Yuzvendra Chahal
Yuzvendra Chahal bagged the purple cap last year for his terrific performance for the Rajasthan Royals. In this IPL season also, he is one of the top contenders to grab the purple cap. In IPL matches this season, Chahal has bagged 21 wickets at an average of 18.67 with as many as 3 4-fers to his name. Chahal’s performance this season might help him land the opportunity to play the ODI World Cup later this year which is all set to be hosted by India. In the T20 World Cup in 2022, Chahal was not picked to represent team India, but this time around, his skill and experience, amalgamated with his talent to deceive the best of batsmen can land him a place in the Indian team for the World Cup.
2. Rashid Khan
Gujarat Titans’ Rashid Khan sits on the 2nd position on this list with a total of 23 wickets to his name in 13 matches for Gujarat Titans. Khan has been tremendous this IPL season and was also the only bowler to nail a hat-trick in a match against the Kolkata Knight Riders during the initial stages of the tournament. Khan has bowled at an average of 18 and has given away a total of 414 runs during the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League. Khan has also claimed a 4-fer in this tournament and has been clinical in helping GT make it to the play-offs once again.
1. Mohammed Shami
And topping this list is none other than veteran pacer Mohammed Shami, who like his fellow teammate Rashid Khan, also has bagged 23 wickets in 13 matches for the Gujarat Titans. Shami has bowled at an average of 16.74 this season and has leaked a total of 385 runs in the ongoing edition of the IPL. He has bagged as many as 2 4-fers this season and is expected to claim more important wickets for the Titans throughout the remainder of the tournament. It is nothing but Shami’s experience, skill and talent that make him stand out as one of the best pacers the world has ever seen.
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