IPL 2023: Top 10 batting performances from group stage
While there were eight centurions, some players who did not hit centuries too grabbed the spotlight with their breathtaking knocks.
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The group stage of the Indian Premier League 2023 has been nothing short of a roller coaster ride. Till the last ball of the last match, spectators were on the edge of their seats. It shows the competitive nature of the franchises and the way they delivered this time. The fight for one place in the last group matchday was exceptional.
This time, along with veterans of the game we saw glimpses of India's future, players who have the ability to dominate in the years to come. The likes of Rinku Singh, Prabhsimran Singh, Yashasvi Jaiswal, and many more have impressed immensely. If you name one franchise, there will be a certain number of individuals who rose to the occasion. Most importantly, the uncapped players utilized the stage set for them fully.
Altogether, the batting masterclass produced this season has been extraordinary. From proper cricketing shots to power hitting, from swashbuckling starts to nail-biting finishes. As the group stage matches have come to an end, we've put together top batting masterclasses that need to be appreciated.
10. Shimron Hetmyer 56* vs GT
Caribbean middle-order batter Shimron Hetmyer has come really better this time. He showed glimpses last year, but this season he grabbed those opportunities. One of his finest this season came during his unbeaten knock against Gujarat Titans at Narendra Modi Stadium. Chasing 178, Rajasthan Royals were struggling to get their innings going.
Partnering with skipper Sanju Samson, Hetmyer constructed his innings brilliantly. The Windies batter kept the momentum even after the skipper's dismissal. The 20-run-over against Alzarri Joseph minimized the asking rate. But the way he played Rashid Khan in the eighteenth over sealed the deal for RR.
The hard-hitting middle-order batter has been donning the finisher's hat quite successfully. He has instilled fear in the bowler's eyes and his strong bottom hand comes into play whenever they slot the ball away from him. Hetmyer, in this match against GT, delivered one of his best knocks for RR to take them home.
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