Our boys may not have made it to the playoffs of the TATA Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023, but several of our batters grabbed the headlines.
Here are our standout batters from this year:
Our talismanic skipper, Shikhar Dhawan, finished as our leading run-scorer. The flamboyant southpaw amassed 373 runs in 11 matches at an average of 41.44 and a strike rate of 142.91.
During the league stage, Dhawan slammed half-centuries against Rajasthan Royals (RR), Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). With his fifty against KKR, our captain became the third cricketer to slam 50 half-centuries in the TATA IPL. His awe-inspiring knock of an unbeaten 99 off 66 balls at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad will be remembered for long.
Our swashbuckling opener, Prabhsimran Singh, stole the limelight with his scintillating performances. The 22-year-old accumulated 358 runs in 14 innings at an impressive strike rate of 150.42. Prabhsimran smashed his maiden TATA IPL fifty against RR at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium in Guwahati. His 34-ball 60 helped us secure a thrilling five-run win in our away fixture.
Prabhsimran took his batsmanship to the next level after he hammered his maiden TATA IPL hundred against Delhi Capitals (DC) at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi. The dynamic batter smashed 103 runs off 65 balls, laced with 10 fours and six maximums. The youngster’s explosive ton guided us to a comprehensive 31-run victory.
At just 22, Prabh had a breakout season, scoring 358 runs at a strike rate of 150.42! 🔥— Punjab Kings (@PunjabKingsIPL) May 20, 2023
Glimpses of a bright future. 👏#JazbaHaiPunjabi #SaddaPunjab #PunjabKings #TATAIPL | @prabhsimran01 pic.twitter.com/Cqu0k2Jws9
Our wicketkeeper-batter, Jitesh Sharma, was our consistent performer in the middle order this season. The Amravati-born cricketer aggregated 309 runs in 14 matches at an excellent strike rate of 156.06.
Jitesh played some eye-catching cameos of 21(11), 27(16), 41(27), 25(7), 24(10), 21(10), 49*(27), 21(18), 44(28). The 29-year-old clobbered 22 fours and 21 sixes in TATA IPL 2023. Jitesh’s power-hitting has played a pivotal role in our campaign this season.
Our hard-hitting all-rounder, Liam Livingstone, has continued from where he left off last season. Despite missing a few initial games due to injury, Livingstone scored 279 runs in just nine innings at a strike rate of 163.15 while maintaining a decent average of 34.88.
The England cricketer hit two blitzkrieg half-centuries this season. He also registered his highest TATA IPL score after he slammed 94 off 48 balls against DC at the picturesque Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) Stadium in Dharamshala. Livingstone’s blistering knock almost helped us pull off a miraculous 214-run chase.
Sher Squad, let us know who was our standout batter this season.