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IPL 2023: TOP 3 high-earning players who played less than 10 Matches

As the IPL 2023 season reaches its thrilling conclusion with the Gujarat Titans facing off against the Chennai Super Kings, it is worth noting the performances of a few players who received lucrative contracts but had limited game time for their respective teams, playing fewer than 10 matches. These players managed to showcase their skills and justify their high price tags, despite being hindered by injuries and team combinations. Let’s examine three such players who earned over ₹10 crore but had restricted opportunities in the IPL 2023.

1. Ben Stokes (Chennai Super Kings):
Chennai Super Kings made headlines by signing England’s renowned all-rounder, Ben Stokes, for a hefty ₹16.25 crore. Although Stokes possessed immense potential and a strong reputation, he was only able to play in one match over the last two seasons due to various reasons. Fans were excited when CSK acquired him, hoping for a strong comeback under the leadership of MS Dhoni. However, fitness concerns prevented him from participating regularly. After featuring in the first two games, Stokes suffered an injury and remained on the bench for the remainder of the tournament due to team balance. Eventually, he returned home to prepare for England’s Test against Ireland.

2. Wanindu Hasaranga (Royal Challengers Bangalore):
Royal Challengers Bangalore retained the services of Sri Lankan all-rounder Wanindu Hasaranga for ₹10.75 crore before IPL 2023. Unfortunately, Hasaranga’s availability was limited due to international commitments and subsequent injury. He missed the initial matches due to Sri Lanka’s tour of New Zealand and later sustained an injury during the league stage. Hasaranga could only participate in eight matches, where he contributed 33 runs and took nine wickets. However, his economy rate increased this year, and in the final games, he was replaced by New Zealand’s Michael Bracewell.

3. Liam Livingstone (Punjab Kings):
Punjab Kings retained the services of England all-rounder Liam Livingstone for ₹11.5 crore before the start of IPL 2023. However, Livingstone’s participation was uncertain due to his recovery from injury. Despite joining the Kings squad late, he managed to play in nine matches and made a significant impact. Livingstone demonstrated his batting prowess by scoring 279 runs at an impressive strike rate of 163.16. Additionally, he also contributed with the ball, taking two wickets in the nine overs he bowled.