Indian Premier League 2020: Best U23 IPL XI From This Season

Since the start of the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in UAE, cricket fans across the globe have been witnessing nail-biting finishes and games that are fully entertainment-loaded. There were doubts over whether a change in playing conditions in the UAE and the lack of crowd could affect the player’s performance in this year’s IPL, but those notions till now have been far from true.

A set of new, as well as experienced entrants has set the 13th edition of the IPL on the right track. Cricketbettingtips.io has created an article that lists the best U23 XI from current times. For cricket fans looking to bet on the IPL or cricket leagues across the globe, we have listed the top cricket betting apps which offer the best odds and cover a wide range of markets. 

Prithvi Shaw

Prithvi Shaw is not the first young Mumbai cricketer to capture people’s attention with stupendous batting skills, and probably won’t be the last. A precocious child prodigy, Shaw shot to prominence as a mere 14-year-old when he scored 546 off 330 balls for his school Rizvi Springfield in the Harris Shield, an inter-school cricket tournament in Mumbai.

Given an opportunity to play in the IPL for Delhi Capitals, Shaw impressed head coach Ricky Ponting with his fearless batting; scoring 245 runs in nine innings at an impressive strike rate of 153.12. Overall, Shaw has played 28 matches so far and scored 669 runs at an average of 23.89. Hence, Shaw justifies his position in this U-23 team due to his extraordinary batting skills and cricketing brain.

Devdutt Padikkal

As a left-handed batsman who oozes class and confidence, Devdutt Padikkal started the sport at the age of 11 and slowly moved up the ranks to create a niche for himself. The Kerala-born first came under the spotlight for his stunning 53-ball 72 knock for his team Ballari Tuskers in the Karnataka Premier League.

Following an impressive score of 829 runs in the Cooch Behar Trophy 2018, Padikkal rose to limelight due to his ballistic knock in the debut match against Sunrisers Hyderabad. Here, he managed to score 53 odd runs, giving RCB a much-needed start which the team had been craving since the inaugural edition of the IPL.

Padikkal has been one of the best finds of IPL 2020 and has scored 472 runs till now. With immense skills and athletic prowess, Devdutt Padikkal is a comfortable fit for the role of an opener in this U-23 team.

Shubham Gill

Hailing from Punjab, Shubham Gill is a right-handed top-order batsman known for his penchant for big runs. He made his first-class debut for Punjab in the Ranji Trophy in late 2017 with a half-century in the game, followed by an attacking 129 in the next match. When picked for the national U-19 side, Gill scored 351 runs in four innings and was named the Man of the Series during the Youth ODI series against England.

Donning the purple-gold jersey in IPL 2020, Shubham Gill has showcased sublimed batting skills and has breached a personal milestone by crossing the 400 run mark in the league. Thus, he makes his appearance at the no.3 position in the squad.

Tom Banton

A dynamic wicket-keeper batsman who has been a part of England’s domestic scene since 2017, Tom Banton is a shining star for Somerset. Extremely unconventional with the bat and lightning-fast behind the stumps, the Chiltern-born has already been touted as the successor to Jos Buttler.

Having the potential to put some really good scores on the scoreboard, Banton happens to be the go-to man for any team as he can bail the team out of trouble with his unorthodox shots. 

Tom Banton made his IPL debut for Kolkata Knight Riders in October 2020, where he scored 10 runs off 8 balls. Although Tom hasn’t got enough chances to perform in the IPL, given his domestic records the rising star will perfectly perform his roles and responsibility.

Ishan Kishan

A left-handed opening batsman and wicket-keeper from Jharkhand – the same state “Mr Cool” MS Dhoni hails from – Ishan Kishan was picked to lead India for the U-19 World Cup held in Dhaka. Despite his lean performance with the bat (73 runs in six innings), he managed to take the India under-19s to the finals. Ishan’s average play in Dhaka didn’t stop him from showing his true potential. With 799 runs, Ishan ended up being the leading run-scorer for Jharkhand in the Ranji season.

Till date, Ishan Kishan has played 49 matches in his IPL career. Amassing 1123 runs at a strike rate of 134.33, the left-hander renders full justice to his price money of INR 5.5 crores. In his last 12 matches for Mumbai Indians, he has smashed 428 runs at a strike rate of 140.32. Kishan’s extraordinary performance in the IPL makes him a part of this list.

Sam Curran

Sam Curran is a part of ‘Thala’s’ team in the 13th edition of the IPL. Overall, the swashbuckler has played 23 IPL matches, where he has amassed 281 runs at an average of 23.41 and strike rate of 143.36.

Just like his batting skills, his performance with the ball is good as well. In 23 matches, the 22-year old accounted for 23 wickets at an average of 29.00 and strike rate of 19.56.

Having an inherent quality to assess the conditions of the match, the all-rounder possesses the ability to change the course of the game with his mighty hands.

Shivam Mavi

An important part of the Indian team that lifted the 2018 ICC U-19 World Cup, Shivam Mavi depicts how far India has come in the realm of fast-bowling. Like most kids in India, Mavi tried his hands at batting first, until his cricket coach advised him to take fast bowling. He was picked up by KKR in the 2018 IPL auction.

In IPL 2020, Mavi accounted for 9 wickets in 8 matches. These wickets come at an average of 23.55 and a strike rate of 17.33. The youngster has the capacity to lead the bowling department and add pressure on the batsman to force him to throw a wicket.

Rashid Khan

Rashid Khan made his ODI debut for Afghanistan in 2015 and went on to make his T20 International debut for the same team later that month. Today, he is one of the most asked for players in various T20 tournaments happening across the globe.

Having played 60 matches for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL, Rashid has scalped 74 wickets at a majesty economy of 6.25. His outstanding performance in the IPL has helped him garner the title of one of the best T20 players in the world.

Ravi Bishnoi

Ravi Bishnoi, the right-arm leg spinner who with his amazing performance in Under-19 World Cup, has been the internet sensation for quite a while. Kings XI Punjab brought the youngster at a price of INR 2 crore in IPL auction 2020.

The Jodhpur-born has justified his hype in the cricketing world with his extraordinary performance. In his 14 matches for Kings XI Punjab, the 20-year old has scalped 12 wickets at an economy rate of 7.37. Ravi Bishnoi’s ability to destroy the opposition batsmen with his street-smart bowling skills justifies his position in this squad.

Kamlesh Nagarkoti

Kamlesh Nagarkoti was a prominent part of 2018 Under-19 World Cup and his contribution led India to cling on to the coveted trophy. Kolkata Knight Riders showed their trust in Nagarkoti and bought him in the 2018 IPL auction.

Till now, he has been able to don the purple and gold jersey only twice. However, his humongous talent provides him with the ability to demolish the opposition batting squad.

Mujeeb-Ur-Rahman

Mujeeb-Ur-Rahman was picked by Kings XI Punjab for IPL 2018. Mujeeb has played 16 IPL in his career, where he has scalped 17 important wickets at an enthralling economy of 7.95. The 19-year-old’s fantastic execution of plans and strategies at the ground makes him a perfect fit in this U-23 IPL XI.