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IPL 2023: Top 5 batting performances in the league stage

IPL 2023: Top 5 batting performances from the league stage.

IPL 2022, LSG vs KKR, Top Performances_ Rinku Singh, Sunil Narine added 58 runs off 19 balls for 7th wicket against LSG, KKR knocked out of playoffs _ Walking Wicket (Images ©BCCI_IPL)
Rinku Singh smashed 5 sixes in a row against GT (Images: ©BCCI/IPL)

The league stage of the 2023 edition of IPL has ended and we now move on to the knockouts with the top-4 teams vying for glory. Gujarat Titans, Chennai Super Kings, Lucknow Super Giants and Mumbai Indians have all qualified for the next stage and there have been several scintillating batting performances along the way.

Here are 5 such knocks that will be etched in the memory of IPL fans.

IPL 2023, SRH vs RCB, Top Performances_ Heinrich Klassen scored maiden IPL ton (104); RCB beat SRH _ Walking wicket (Images_ ©IPL_Twitter)
Heinrich Klassen scored maiden IPL ton (104) (Images: ©IPL/Twitter)
Heinrich Klaasen’s 104 off 51 vs RCB at Hyderabad

This has to be the finest knock of this IPL and is definitely amongst the best innings played by an overseas batter in the IPL. The South African keeper-batter was the best batter on display for the Sunrisers Hyderabad throughout the tournament and he had very little support from the rest of the batters, both Indian talent as well as the foreign contingent. The rest had an ordinary season, and this was one of the reasons why SRH finished at the last spot in the points table.

Hence, the only solace in the batting department came in the form of Henrich Klaasen who finished the season as the leading run-scorer for the Orange Army with 448 runs in 11 outings and his 104 against RCB at home is the best among his three fifty-plus scores in the season.

Coming to the knock, Klaasen’s 104 was all class and the way he played spin was simply outstanding. He attacked them from the word go and was particularly severe on the loose balls on offer. The fact that the rest of SRH batters scored only 82 off 69 balls shows the surface wasn’t that easy to bat either. He applied himself on that tricky Hyderabad wicket to bring up his century off only 49 deliveries.

Klaasen’s masterful innings included 6 sixes and 8 boundaries, and this propelled SRH to 186. However, that wasn’t enough to get them over line as RCB chased it down courtesy of a century by Virat Kohli.

Read More: IPL 2023, SRH vs RCB: Kohli-Faf duo thrash SRH at home, Klaasen ton in vain; RCB move to 4th spot

IPL 2023, KKR vs LSG, Top Performances_ Rinku Singh's 67 runs goes in vain as LSG beat KKR by 1 run; LSG qualify for playoffs _ Walking wicket (Images_ ©IPL_Twitter)
Rinku Singh's 48 helped KKR beat GT (Images: ©IPL/Twitter)
Rinku Singh’s 48* including 5 sixes vs GT at Ahmedabad

Rinku Singh before IPL 2023 and after are two different stories. Pre-IPL, many would have hoped that Rinku Singh would just be another player for KKR but at the end of the league, the left-hander is now regarded as one of the best finishers in the country.

And the reason is his remarkable