The 16th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 ended with Chennai Super Kings (CSK) lifting the trophy for the fifth time. In the final, the Yellow Army was up against defending champions, Gujarat Titans. The visiting side was asked to chase a target of 171 in 15 overs after the rain arrived at the Narendra Modi Stadium.
Courtesy of Ravindra Jadeja’s heroics in the last over, CSK successfully completed the chase to become five-time IPL CHampions. Many cricket experts have been sharing their team of the team since the end of IPL 2023 and Irfan Pathan has unveiled his playing 12.
The former India all-rounder took to Twitter to unveil his squad. Surprisingly, there was no place for either MS Dhoni or Hardik Pandya. Dhoni captained CSK to their fifth IPL title win while Pandya captained Gujarat Titans (GT) to an IPL final for the second consecutive time.
Also missing from Irfan’s team was Yashasvi Jaiswal. He named Faf du Plessis as the captain of his plauing12. Shubman Gill was named du Plessis’ opening partner.
Pathan named Virat Kohli as his number three batsman. Suryakuamr Yadav will follow the RCB opener. Pathan included Rinku Singh and Heinrich Klaasen as two finishers in his squad. Rinku made a name for himself with his finishing skills while Klaasen had a decent season for Sunrises Hyderabad. Ravindra Jadeja and Rashid Khan are two spin-bowling all-rounders in Pathan’s team.
In the pace department, Pathan included Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Mohit Sharma and Matheesha Pathriana. All in all, Pathan named a balanced squad but the absence of MS Dhoni was a big surprise.
Apart from excelling on the captaincy front, Dhoni took up the finishing role for CSK and showcased his batting skills on a few occasions. The CSK legend is likely to play in IPL 2024.
Irfan Pathan’s playing 12 from IPL 2023: Irfan Pathan (Captain), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Heinrich Klaasen, Rinku Singh, Ravindra Jadeja, Rashid Khan, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Mohit SHarma, Matheesha Pathirana
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