Defending champions Gujarat Titans will head into the IPL 2023 auction needing to fill up seven spots. The title winners have retained 18 players and have a remaining purse of 19.25 crores. Skipper Hardik Pandya will hogg the limelight as and when the season kicks off. His leadership was most talked about after he led Gujarat to win their maiden IPL title in their debut season. Leading India in T20Is followed subsequently.
The IPL 2023 auction will be held in Kochi on December 23. A total of 991 players are set to go under the hammer in the upcoming auction. There are 714 Indian players and 277 overseas players in total. 21 players have registered themselves for a base price of 2 crores all of whom are overseas players.
Every franchise has a total salary cap of Rs. 95 crores in the auction. During the retentions, the 10 teams retained 163 players in their squad. Now, there are 87 slots available overall during IPL 2023 auction.
Meanwhile, the BCCI is all set to introduce a new rule in the tournament. The rule will be called the ‘Impact Player’ rule adding a new dimension to the tournament. As per the stated rules, both teams need to name four substitutes or impact players along with their playing XI at the time of the toss. The impact player can replace any member of the starting XI at any point before the end of the 14th over of either inning and will be able to bat and bowl his full quota of overs.
The Impact Player rule is only limited to Indian players and not overseas players. The board has not yet shared any rules and regulations on how will the concept work. The decision to not allow the overseas players to be used as the impact players has been made to make sure that only four foreign players are taking part in an IPL game.
Meanwhile, in this article, we take a look at five GT players who can be used as an impact players in the upcoming season.
IPL 2023: 5 Players That Gujarat Titans (GT) Can Use As Impact Players
Manohar was roped in by Gujarat Titans for 2.60 crores. He had a good start to the season playing a few cameos but his impact lessened as the season progressed. In 8 games played last season, Abhinav scored 108 at an average of 18 in 7 innings but with a healthy strike rate of 144.
His strike rate might make the management use him as an impact player. With Hardik Pandya and David Miller around him, Manohar can be given the license to go hard in the final overs.