With improved and impressive performances by Sri Lankan cricketers in the shorter format of the game they are getting recognition. Sri Lanka players in IPL is an example of this as in the last couple of IPL editions not many Sri Lankan cricketers get picked in IPL.
As many as three IPL franchises have picked the four Sri Lankan players in IPL 2023 to play for their sides in one of the top T20 cricket leagues in world cricket.
IPL Sri Lanka Players
Sri Lanka Players in Chennai Super Kings
The spin duo of Maheesh Theekshana and Matheesha Pathirana will play for Chennai Super Kings in IPL 2023. Both the spinners were retained by CSK for IPL 2023.
Theekshana picked 12 wickets in 9 games at an average of 21 in IPL 2022. In 7 games of the SA20 League, Theekshana picked 7 wickets at an average of 26 and kept his economy rate under 7.
On the other hand Matheesha Pathirana played only 2 games in IPL 2022 and picked 2 wickets. The 20-year-old has 7 wickets in 10 games T20 career so far.
Sri Lanka Players in Royal Challengers Bangalore
The World No.1 ranked T20I bowler, Wanindu Hasaranga was retained by RCB for IPL 2023. He was one of the standout performer last year when he picked 26 wickets at an average of 16 and was the best bowler of Royal Challengers Bangalore. Wanindu’s batting potential is an added advantage.
Sri Lanka Players in Punjab Kings
The Punjab Kings retained middle order batter Bhanuka Rajapaksa for IPL 2023. He scored 206 runs at an average of 22 and strike rate of 159 in the IPL 2022. Bhanuka’s recent form has been questionable. He struggled for runs in recently concluded PSL as well which is a sign of concern for Punjab Kings.
List of Sri Lanka Players in IPL 2023