IPL final teams 2023: Who’s playing? | IPL final winners list

The Indian Premier League was established in 2008 by the Board of Control for Cricket in India. Since then it has become one of the most popular and financially successful cricket leagues in the world, with the latest edition edging close to identifying the IPL final teams 2023 as the playoffs loom. The IPL features a franchise-based system, where teams representing different cities compete against each other for the coveted IPL title. 

The IPL has witnessed some memorable moments and intense rivalries over the years. It has attracted top international players, providing a platform for young talent to showcase their skills alongside seasoned professionals. There are a number of examples of not only Indian but also foreign players who have made their mark in the IPL and then represented their country.

The IPL playoff format consists of four teams advancing to the playoffs. At the end of the league stage, the top four teams in the points table qualify for the playoffs. The playoffs consist of three matches: the Qualifier 1, the Eliminator, and the Qualifier 2. 

In Qualifier 1, the top two teams face each other, with the winner advancing to the final. The teams finishing third and fourth play the Eliminator, where the winner progresses to Qualifier 2. The loser of Qualifier 1 and the winner of Qualifier 2 then compete in the final for the IPL title.

In this article, we take a look at the IPL 2023 season so far and the teams that have made their way through to the playoffs. We also take a glance at the IPL final winners list for the past 15 seasons. 

IPL playoffs 2023: Latest qualification scenarios and predictions

How the IPL 2023 season has gone?

The IPL 2023 Playoffs are unfolding with nail-biting intensity as the league stage enters its final phase, leaving fans captivated by the unpredictable nature of the tournament.

Gujarat Titans became the first team to advance to the playoffs and also seal their berth in the top two. Thereafter, it was four-time champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK), who qualified for their 12th playoffs out of 14 seasons. Lucknow Super Giants were the third team to make their way through to the next round after they defeated Nitish Rana’s Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) by one run at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

Mumbai Indians was the fourth and last team to enter the playoffs after the Titans beat Faf du Plessis’ Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by six wickets at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.

The thrilling aspect of the IPL lies in its unpredictability, as teams that may have initially struggled, like the Delhi Capitals and Sunrisers Hyderabad, were the first teams to be eliminated. This serves as a reminder that every match in the IPL is significant and can potentially alter the standings dramatically.

The ever-changing dynamics of the IPL showcases the depth of talent and competitiveness within the league. The IPL 2023 season has well and truly kept everyone on the edge of their seats, eagerly awaiting the outcome of this captivating cricketing extravaganza.

IPL final teams 2023
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IPL final teams 2023

The IPL 2023 campaign has been characterized by its thrilling and unpredictable essence, captivating cricket enthusiasts globally. This edition of the Indian Premier League has exceeded expectations with its fierce competition and surprising turns, highlighting the teams' exceptional talent and competitiveness. 

Let us now look at the four teams that qualified for the IPL 2023 playoffs

  • Gujarat Titans:

The Titans came into the tournament as defending champion, and they have played like one. Shubman Gill has been the standout batter for them, having already racked up two centuries. He is also one of four batters, along with Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli and Jos Buttler, to score back-to-back hundreds in the IPL. The fact that Rashid Khan and Mohammed Shami are among the leading wicket-takers of the IPL shows how dominant GT have been. They lost to CSK in the Qualifier 1, but clawed back into the finals with a win over Mumbai Indians in Qualifier 2.

  • Chennai Super Kings:

CSK started their campaign with a five-wicket defeat at the hands of the Titans in the opening game of the tournament. At one point in time, they found themselves hanging in the middle of the table before climbing the ladder with some comprehensive performances under their belt. Devon Conway, Shivam Dube, Ajinkya Rahane and Ruturaj Gaikwad have been their batting mainstays. The likes of Matheesha Pathirana and Tushar Deshpande took charge of picking up wickets at crunch moments. They will face Gujarat in the finals of IPL 2023.

  • Mumbai Indians: 

Mumbai Indians started their campaign with two defeats on the trot after being the first team to be eliminated back in the 2022 IPL. But after they beat the Delhi Capitals to secure their first win, the five-time champions found momentum. After beating Sunrisers Hyderabad by eight wickets, MI needed luck to go their way and that came in the form of GT’s win over RCB at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium. They beat Lucknow in the Eliminator to enter the Qualifier 2 clash. But lost to Gujarat there to crash out of the season.

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  • Lucknow Super Giants:

LSG were dealt with a body blow after KL Rahul was ruled out of the tournament midway due to an injury. However, the Super Giants brought in Quinton de Kock to fill that void. The Super Giants had their fair share of ups and downs and in the end, they finished 17 points to qualify for the playoffs after beating KKR at Eden Gardens.

In the Eliminator on May 24th between LSG and MI, Mumbai emerged victorious, knocking Lucknow out of the season. Qualifier 2 and the TATA IPL 2023 final will be held at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on May 26th and May 28th respectively. 

Which teams are playing the final?

It seems as if it was only yesterday when the Gujarat Titans, the defending champions, squared off against the Chennai Super Kings to commence the highly anticipated 2023 season of the Indian Premier League. However, in the blink of an eye, we have already come to the completion of the group stage of IPL 2023. And in the Qualifier 1, Chennai Super Kings trumped Gujarat at home in Chepauk to go through to the finals for the 10th time in 14 attempts, a remarkable record for a top-notch franchise.

The Gujarat Titans were one of the favorites to play in the Final of the TATA IPL 2023, but the latest loss would mean them having to win two games on the trot to win the title for a second time. The pre-season favorites were the first of IPL final teams 2023. The second team in the IPL final teams 2023 will be the Chennai Super Kings. Another consistent season from the Men in Yellow, making a strong comeback after a bad run in 2022. The IPL final teams 2023 will be the clash between mentor and the disciple, MS Dhoni vs Hardik Pandya.

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The prediction for the winner of IPL 2023 is Gujarat Titans. The most consistent team in the IPL for the second season running. Every player from No.1 to No.11 along with the substitutes have stepped up in the time of need. The opener Shubman Gill, is having a year to remember as the rising star of Indian Cricket carried his form with the bat into the IPL 2023. Gill has been GT’s prominent contributor with the bat, scoring 576 runs at an average of 48 and a strike rate of 146.19. Gill has been supported by his opening partner Wriddhiman Saha, Hardik Pandya, David Miller, Sai Sudharsan and Vijay Shankar all scoring above 200 runs in the season.

In the bowling department, Mohammed Shami and Rashid Khan have picked up 24 wickets each, as they battle it out for the Aramco Purple Cap. Mohammed Shami has shown his magic with the new rock while Rashid has cleaned up the middle and the lower order of the teams. The pair has been supported by the likes of Mohit Sharma, Noor Ahmad and Alzarri Joseph who have stepped in the limited opportunities that they have got.

Even though the Chennai Super Kings might be looking for their 5th IPL title to go level with arch-rivals Mumbai Indians but will eventually fall short to the defending champions Gujarat Titans, who we predict will come back and win against CSK in more favourable conditions at home in Ahmedabad after winning the Qualifier 2 against Mumbai Indians.

Playing conditions for reserve day

After the Sunday washout, brace yourselves for an unprecedented twist in the IPL 2023 final—rescheduled to the reserve day, marking a historic moment for the IPL. It's time to buckle up for an extraordinary rollercoaster ride!

Now, let's cut to the chase. The playing conditions remain unchanged since Sunday night, and the clock is ticking away relentlessly. The window for a full match to kick off closes sharply at 9:35 pm.

But fear not, for we're prepared for any curveballs. If that doesn't happen, we have a five-overs-a-side match that can ignite the night until 12:06 am. The final call for a Super Over is 1 am. It's the ultimate test of nerve and skill, where every ball holds immense significance.

Now, here's a captivating tidbit: If a Super Over doesn't materialize, the Gujarat Titans, who reigned supreme atop the points table during the league stage, will seize the title again. Their unwavering dominance at No. 1 paves their path to glory.

So, keep your eyes glued, spirits soaring, and witness the unfolding drama of this unforgettable IPL finale. Regardless of the outcome, this extraordinary twist will etch its name indelibly in the annals of cricket history.

IPL final winners list

Year Finalist 1 Finalist 2 Winner
2008 Rajasthan Royals Chennai Super Kings Rajasthan Royals
2009 Deccan Chargers Royal Challengers Bangalore Deccan Chargers
2010 Chennai Super Kings Mumbai Indians Chennai Super Kings
2011 Chennai Super Kings Royal Challengers Bangalore Chennai Super Kings
2012 Kolkata Knight Riders Chennai Super Kings Kolkata Knight Riders
2013 Mumbai Indians Chennai Super Kings Mumbai Indians
2014 Kolkata Knight Riders Kings XI Punjab Kolkata Knight Riders
2015 Mumbai Indians Chennai Super Kings Mumbai Indians
2016 Sunrisers Hyderabad Royal Challengers Bangalore Sunrisers Hyderabad
2017 Mumbai Indians Rising Pune SuperGiants Mumbai Indians
2018 Chennai Super Kings Sunrisers Hyderabad Chennai Super Kings
2019 Mumbai Indians Chennai Super Kings Mumbai Indians
2020 Mumbai Indians Delhi Capitals Mumbai Indians
2021 Chennai Super Kings Kolkata Knight Riders Chennai Super Kings
2022 Gujarat Titans Rajasthan Royals Gujarat Titans
2023 Chennai Super Kings Gujarat Titans

Chennai Super Kings, Mumbai Indians, Kolkata Knight Riders, Rajasthan Royals, Deccan Chargers, Sunrisers Hyderabad and last season’s new arrival Gujarat Titans are prominent teams that have achieved success in the Indian Premier League.

MI, led by Rohit Sharma, is the most successful IPL team to date, having clinched the title a record five times (2013, 2015, 2017, 2019, and 2020). They make the top of the IPL final winners list. Their success can be attributed to the contributions of star players like Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, and Kieron Pollard, among others. The team's combination of talented domestic and international players, along with their astute management and coaching staff, has made them a dominant force in the IPL.

The second on the list of IPL final winners list is Chennai Super Kings. CSK, captained by Mahendra Singh Dhoni, is one of the most successful franchises in IPL history. They have won the tournament three times (2010, 2011, and 2018). CSK is the team with most appearances in the IPL Playoffs with 8 appearances in the Finals. The Yellow Brigade have failed just twice (2020, 2022) to make it to the playoffs. The pillars of CSK’s success over the years have been experienced players like Suresh Raina, Faf du Plessis and Dwayne Bravo. 

KKR, under the captaincy of Gautham Gambhir, have won the IPL twice (2012 and 2014). The team is known for its aggressive style of play and has been backed by prominent Bollywood personalities, adding glamor to their brand.

RR, captained by Shane Warne, won the inaugural edition of the IPL in 2008. Despite not being consistent in subsequent seasons, RR has managed to produce exceptional talents like Shane Watson, Yusuf Pathan, and Ravindra Jadeja.

Deccan Chargers, captained by Adam Gilchrist, emerged as champions in 2009. However, the team was disbanded after the 2012 season due to financial troubles. They had some standout players like Gibbs, Andrew Symonds, and Dale Steyn during their existence.

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SRH, captained by David Warner, won the IPL in 2016. Known for their strong bowling attack, SRH has consistently performed well, reaching the playoffs on multiple occasions. They have players like Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Shikhar Dhawan who have played crucial roles in their success.

Debuting in style, under the captaincy of Hardik Pandya, the Gujarat Titans surpassed everyone’s expectation in IPL 2022. The Titans went on to lift the IPL title in their inaugural season. The Gujarat Titans firstly topped the IPL league table with their consistent performances and then continued their run to put their name on the trophy. Along with the captain Pandya, players like Shubman Gill, Rashid Khan and Mohammed Shami all stepped up to help GT win the title. They have a chance to make it two in a row as they take on Chennai Super Kings in the final of IPL 2023.

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Rohit is an experienced cricket writer based in India