Asia Cup 2022: 5 Players who might get picked in IPL 2023 auction

As the Asia Cup is done and dusted, here are five players who might feature in the upcoming IPL.

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Koustav Sengupta

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With the Asia Cup now done and dusted, it’s the right time to look back at how the teams and the players fared in the tournament. Now, it’s not a secret anymore that the Indian Premier League has become the benchmark of T20 cricket in the world and everyone wants to participate in the cash-rich tournament. With many of them already playing in the tournament, there are five talents in particular who can feature in the 16th edition of the IPL.

The scouts of all the teams were eyeing for fresh talent and a lot of them actually caught the eyes of general cricket fans. However, their strike-rate or age factor couldn’t justify selection. For example, Ibrahim Zadran is a solid cricketer but with a career strike-rate of 108.27, he might find it difficult to get in. On the other hand, Ehsan Khan is good but his fitness and consistency will cut him out of the race. Bangladesh’s Mosaddek Hossain has also done well but he still needs to prove himself to make it in the IPL. The T20 World Cup can be his golden ticket.

So, who cuts the chase and is likely to feature in the mega tournament?

List of players who can feature in IPL 2023

5. Kusal Mendis

With 155 runs in the tournament, Kusal Mendis is the sixth leading run-scorer of the Asia Cup. Even though he has a career strike-rate of 126.48 in T20Is, the 27-year-old batted at a strike-rate of 156.56 in the Asia Cup and that is very impressive for an opener.

Now, Kusal can be treated as a floater in T20 cricket as he can bat anywhere in the top order. His flexibility can offer teams various combinations to try in the IPL. His fearless approach will also help his team take the attack to the opposition and teams need that kind of a player in the powerplay.

His wicket-keeping skill also adds to his CV but more importantly, the man can play handsome shots in every part of the ground. If he proves his consistency in the next few tournaments, the 27-year-old might get his first opportunity in the cash-rich league.

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