Major League Cricket (MLC) 2023 could be a turning point for cricket in a nation where baseball and football are popular sports. The MLC aims to alter both how the sport is practiced and viewed in the US. A few former India players will play in the inaugural New York-based Cricket League. Along with native players from the USA, the league will feature top international players. The league’s primary goal is to promote awareness of the sport in America. The Grand Prairie stadium will host the league’s opening game on Friday.
The MLC 2023 is set to kick off with the game between Texas Super Kings and Los Angeles Kingh Riders. Veteran South African batter Faf Du Plessis will wear the CSK colors once again this time in a different league. The Los Angeles team is also having firepower in the names of Andre Russel, Rillee Rossouw, Sunil Narine, and Martin Guptill.
Here are the top 5 Players to watch out for in the MLC;
Sunil Narine (LA Knight Riders)
Arguably one of the best spinners in the history of T20 cricket, Sunil Narine, has played the game all around the world for various franchises. With his deceptive variation in his armory, Narine can be a lethal option for his MLC franchise LA Knight Riders.
The spin wizard has played 468 matches in the T20 format in which he has managed to take 509 wickets and even with the bat Narine has scored 3636 runs.
Faf du Plessis (Texas Super Kings)
Faf du Plessis is among the most athletic retired cricketer who has gone from strength to strength post his retirement. Another veteran of the game who plays franchise cricket all around the world. The interesting part of this year’s MLC for Faf as well as his fans will be that the former South African batter will be donning a Super Kings jersey.
Faf has played 343 T20 matches so far and has scored 9336 runs at an average of 32.20 as well as with a strike rate of 133.35. Faf will be seen leading the Texas Super Kings.
Rashid Khan (MI New York)
The modern-era spin maestro, Rashid Khan is arguably one of the best T20 bowlers going around in this time. Rashid also plays has been one of the major keys to Afghanistan’s successes in their early years in international cricket. The 24-year-old extraordinarily effective leg spin has made him one of the greatest T20 bowlers ever, among the first names on wishlists of teams in leagues all around the world.
Rashid has played 408 T20 matches so far and has picked up 555 wickets at an impressive economy of 6.45. Rashid Khan will be playing for MI New York.
Devon Conway (Texas Super Kings)
One of the most lethal as well as threatening opener batters in recent times, Devon Conway, has played a vital role for the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) franchise in the recently concluded IPL 2023. He was among one of the major reasons for the CSK side to lift their fifth title.
The star New Zealand batter has played 156 matches so the 5321 runs at a solid average of 44.34 with 42 fifties and two centuries. Conway will be seen playing for Texas Super Kings.
Trent Boult (MI New York)
Trent Boult has over the years shown that he is among the best exponential of swing bowling with the new ball. Boult with the new ball has been a nightmare for the openers. Trent Boult is a left-arm quick who presents a significant threat to batsmen around the world with an ability to move the ball both ways even in unresponsive conditions.
Boult has played 194 matches in the T20 format and has picked up 225 wickets with an impressive 8.06 economy considering that he bowls difficult overs. Trent Boult will be playing for MI New York.