Top 5 batsmen with the best strike rate during death overs in IPL


Top 5 batsmen with the best strike rate during death overs in IPL

Best Strike Rate In IPL

Gone are the days when players were lauded for playing classy drives and sumptuous flicks. In the age of T20 cricket, the ones with excellent strike rates are considered to be the standouts. Today, batsmen don’t get scared going after the bowler right from the first ball.  

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Just like giving a great start to the team is vital; finishing the innings too holds as much importance in T20 cricket. Teams tend to score as many runs as possible in the death overs and thus look for power-hitters who could score a plethora of runs in death overs. 

Over the years, IPL has witnessed numerous finishers who can score runs at a rapid pace in the death overs. The criteria for this list was that the batter should have at least played 20 innings in the death overs.

In this article, we look at the top 5 players with the best strike rates in death overs:

5. Virat Kohli

Top 5 batsmen with the best strike rate during death overs in IPL, Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli (Image via Ron Gaunt / Sportzpics)

Kohli, the undisputed king of the cricket world, has made sure to leave his mark on every batting record there is. The most prolific run-scorer in the cash-rich league and boasts of an outstanding strike rate in death overs. 

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In his IPL career so far, Virat Kohli has faced 491 balls in the death overs and has scored 991 runs at a strike rate of 201.83. 

He is counted amongst the ones who might just be striking again in his 2016 form ahead of the 2023 IPL. 

4. Rishabh Pant


Rishabh Pant (Image via BCCI)
Rishabh Pant (Image via BCCI)

Pant plays as a finisher in Delhi Capitals and has been successful in finishing games for the side on numerous occasions. Rishabh Pant has one of the best strike rates in the death overs in IPL. Pant has scored 534 runs in 264 balls at an outstanding strike rate of 202.27. 

3. Chris Gayle

Chris Gayle (Image via BCCI)

Regarded as the ambassador of T20 cricket, Chris Gayle finds himself in the third position on the elite list. The West Indies cricketer is hailed as one of the best T20 players of all time. He boasts of an impressive record in T20 cricket. 

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While Gayle bats at the top of the order, he has played 196 balls in the death overs in IPL, of which he has scored 404 runs in the death overs at a strike rate of 206.12.

2. Andre Russell

Andre Russell (Image via BCCI)

Unsurprisingly, Andre Russell has the second-highest strike in the death overs in IPL. Andre Russell wreaked havoc in the past seasons and scored a plethora of runs in the death overs of the innings.

Andre Russell was the highest run-scorer for KKR in 2019, scoring 510 runs at a strike rate of 204.82. 

In his IPL career, Russell has scored 854 runs off 408 balls faced at the death. He boasts of a strike rate of 209.31 in the death overs. 

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1. AB De Villiers

AB De Villiers (Image via BCCI)

Talent and AB De Villiers are often synonymous. The now-retired 360-degree cricketer has played numerous heart-warming knocks in IPL and is known for playing some breathtaking shots in the death overs.

AB De Villiers has the highest strike rate in the death overs in the tournament’s history. Having played 611 balls at the death, De Villiers has scored 1421 runs at a strike rate of 232.56. 

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