Best Batsmen Who Took The Game Of IPL To Next Level

The T-20 game of cricket has taken the world by storm. More so when it is a platform like IPL that is an epitome of entertainment. It is fair to say that the real test of a batsman is the shortest format of the game. This is a game that is not meant for a player who takes a lot of time to settle down. From the word go they have to clear the ropes. Coming to best batsman, they have gone on to break the records of IPL new score table. Let us go through the list in detail

Virat Kohli

The former captain of India is right up there when it comes to the dangerous batsman of IPL. It is fair to say that the strike rate is not high when it comes to the other dangerous players in IPL. But still, his range of shots and outstanding consistency leaves everything behind. He just keeps on raking up the score sheet. Despite not having a single IPL title to his credit, he is among the top run-getters in every single edition of the IPL.

He is one of the few players to have scored 5 centuries in a single edition of IPL and statistics back up the figures. The best season of Virat Kohli was in 2016 when he took RCB to his finals on his own. Eventually, they lost to Sunrisers Hyderabad by a whisker. His strike rate of 152.03 in that season was simply sorting out outstanding. Before the start of IPL 2021, he went on to state that this would be his last year as captain of the franchise.

David Warner

One of the evergreen dangerous players to have graced the IPL.

The Australian great has an average of 37.03 in around 150 odd games with various IPL franchises. One of his achievements is that he has gone on to turn in consistent performances for the franchise. There was a sense of fear when he came out to bat in the eyes of the opposition team. With his outstanding captainship skills and batting, he ensured that Sunrisers went on the lift the IPL.

His strike rate of 139. 96 is a testimony of his consistency. Though he did evoke a lot of consistency as Sunrisers had to bench him as his performance dipped down considerably. But his class is permanent and performance is just a stone away. He showcased his class in the present edition of IPL. Warner and the name destruction go hand in hand, which makes him one of the most destructive players that have gone on to play IPL. In the list of dangerous players, he ranks at number 4.

Chris Gayle

The Universal Boss in the cricketing world has lit up the IPL time and time age with his magic hitting. Just as everything has a shelf- life maybe age has caught up with him but what he has achieved would be hard to replicate. In the history of IPL, he is rated to be one of the biggest hitters of the cricket ball. His striking rate is close to the 150 mark and he has an outstanding record of scoring 6 hundred and 31 + in the fifties.

In one of the games of IPL, he went on to score 175 runs which still ranks among the top scores in the history of IPL. No doubt the player is an epitome of destruction. He has gone on to score an enormous number of runs in T-20 cricket. Apart from that, he has a record of having scored the first century in T 20 world cup cricket. One of the cleanest hitters of the cricket ball he is considered to be a legend in T- 20 cricket. There is a school of thought that he may have played his final game in IPL. But in the overall context a true entertainer who has kept us entertained for a long period.

Suresh Raina

Recently went on to announce his international retirement so that he can ply his trade in the various T- 20 cricket leagues all around the world. If you talk about consistency in IPL his name has to be right up there among the best. He is one of the leading scorers in the IPL and his strike rate is hard to match. A testimony to his performance is that he has kept the performance for over 205 odd years.

Suresh Raina did have its share of controversies as he went on to leave CSK in the middle of an IPL season. This did not go well with the management and ever since then, he did not find the rub of the green going his way. But considering what he has achieved still he ranks among the top 2 dangerous players in the history of IPL.

AB de Villers

His performance for RCB has evoked the T 20 game to a considerable extent. He was a nightmare for all the bowlers as he could hit the ball to all parts of the ground. It is a fair reflection that he was one of the most difficult bowlers to bowl in T-20 cricket. His finishing capabilities with the bat make him one of the top dangerous players in IPL.

He has a strike rate of 151. 68 and he is among the top run-getters in IPL history. Though he is an all-format player his skills are especially suited for the T 20 game. Since his strike rate is on the higher side, he is a top draw in most of the T- 20 leagues all over the world. In the last year, he went on to retire from all formats of the game. But whatever he has achieved during his playing career would be really difficult to replicate for a modern generation player.

He went on to represent the franchise of RCB. During their time with them he played quiet a number of match-winning knocks.

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