Batting in T20 cricket is not easy, as a batsman merely gets time to alleviate at the crease. Since the day T20 cricket has commenced, the role of the strike rate is the most important out of all the batting stats. In IPL the role is even more valuable as in Indian conditions the grounds are small and pitches are flat, which makes any score apparent to chase.
The Indian Premier League is a marquee T20 tournament which entices the best of the talent from across the world. As a result, the competition is really cold during IPL and the quality of bowling is really high, which makes matters even tougher for batsmen.
That’s the reason there have been very few batsmen who have mastered the art of slamming the bowlers in a quick time. With the IPL 2020 just around the corner, let’s have a look at 7 batsmen who are at the top of the tables:
Inexhaustible England wicketkeeper-batsman is a new entrant to the IPL who was bought for Rs. 1.5 crore by the SRH team management for the 2019 season. A proven performer at the highest level for his country, Bairstow is also a useful commodity at the T20 level.
The right-handed batsman has smashed 48 fours and 18 sixes. He has smashed 445 runs with an outstanding strike-rate of 157.24.
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The South African cricketer Chris Morris is a valuable support for any team he plays for. He can bowl four overs comfortably and collect quick runs in just a few balls. Morris has the potential to remake the game at any moment, and that’s the reason quite a few teams went for him in the 2020 auction.
The all-rounder has played 61 matches in IPL and scored 517 runs. With two half-centuries to his name, the right-hander has an SR of 157.62. Morris has also smashed 37 fours and 27 sixes in the cash-rich league. The Proteas player has been roped in by Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the upcoming season for INR 10 crore.
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The Australian power-striker Glenn Maxwell is a well-known figure in the IPL. The Aussie power-hitter has only knocked six fifties so far in the exhilarating league; still, his utmost striking ability can’t get resisted.
Kings XI Punjab, for whom the 31-year-old has played before, repurchased him for a whopping price of INR 10.65 crore. The all-rounder has knocked 1397 runs in 69 games with an incredible strike-rate of 161.13. He has hit 109 fours and 91 sixes.
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India’s young sensation Rishabh Pant has been on a roller coaster ever since he debuted in the lucrative league. The left-handed batsman has compiled 1736 runs in 54 matches, with 128 being his highest score.
The Delhi-born has flattened 152 fours – 27th most by an Indian player, and 94 gigantic sixes. In the list of best batting strike-rate, Pant sits at the 4th place, with a career SR of 162.69.
Amongst Indians, Pant is at the top. He has crashed 11 half-centuries and one hundred.
A versatile left-handed batsman and an aggressive off-break bowler, Moeen Ali was bought by the RCB at the IPL 2018 Player Auction. Trumpeted as England’s No.1 spinner in Test matches [at home] along with his fluent stroke play, makes Moeen Ali one of the valuable players in the English setup.
The left-handed batsman has smashed 20 fours and 23 sixes. He has smashed 297 runs with an outstanding strike-rate of 165.1.
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Sunil Narine is the highest wicket-taker for the KKR team and eighth overall in the list of ‘most wicket-takers.’ In 110 games, the all-rounder has grabbed 122 wickets.
Among the overseas players, he’s the third leading wicket-taker in the history of the cash-rich league. The southpaw has also enjoyed his intrigue with batting in the past couple of seasons, and due to that, he sits right at the second spot amongst batters with highest strike-rates.
Narine hasn’t scored many runs, but he did inscribe with his quick-fire batting style.
The left-handed batsman has smashed 93 fours and 44 sixes. He has smashed 771 runs with an outstanding strike-rate of 168.34. Narine has three fifties to his name as well in the IPL.
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The West Indies power-hitter, Andre Russell, is the most destructive cricketer amongst IPL proponents. His clean hitting mixed with an attacking approach never expires to insinuate.
In 64 matches, the right-handed batsman has shattered 1400 runs with 96 fours. He has also whacked 120 sixes – seventh-most by a foreign player. When it comes to highest strike-rates, then Russell tops the table with 186.41 career SR in IPL. The Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) batsman has also banged eight half-centuries for his side in the exciting league.