The T20 format of cricket favours batsmen and the Indian Premier League (IPL) is a perfect advertisement of the game. IPL Season 11 has witnessed some tremendous performances by players and mostly the batsmen have got this league to another level. Be it Brendon McCullum and AB de Villiers’innovative shots or Virat Kohli’s style or the sheer power of MS Dhoni, the IPL has seen it all. Also, the platform that IPL provides has given an avenue to both old and new players to display fearless and ruthless cricket and that too facing a complete house.
As the growing season approaches its business end, let’s look at the top five batsmen so far.
Ambati Rayudu (Chennai Super Kings)
Rayudu, it seems, is enjoying his game to the fullest in the current season and his stats is really a testament to that. He had scored 395 runs in the 2011 season and is on the verge of eclipsing his personal best. He has already registered 391 runs in 9 IPL 2018 matches he’s played for the Chennai outfit up to now with a healthy average of 43.44 and a hit rate of 153.93 and tops the listing of highest run getters of the season.
Rayudu, who has switched his batting slots, has looked matured and emphasizing his trademark shots to score runs.
Rishabh Pant (Delhi Daredevils)
The 20-year-old Delhi’ite, Pant has taken the IPL by storm along with his ability hitting the ball at will. He cracked a blistering 69 against Rajasthan Royals that gave Delhi a nervy four-run victory at home. He also played a match-winning knock against Mumbai Indians where he scored 47 off just 25 balls. Pant hammered 85 off just 48 balls against Royal Challengers Bangalore but couldn’t get his team through on that occasion.
The young batsman will need to have certainly impressed the selectors and could perfectly maintain contention to displace MS Dhoni in the Indian squad in the limited overs format. Pant, second on the listing of top-run getters this season, has scored 975 runs in 9 matches with a healthy average of 41.66 and a hit rate of 180.28.
Virat Kohli (Royal Challengers Bangalore)
Kohli’s batting genius has continued in the IPL and he is making sincere efforts to greatly help his team give their best performance. In a dual role as captain and batsman, Kohli has been marshalling his troops well and also making his contribution count with the bat in almost every match.
Third on the listing of top run-getters of the growing season, Kohli has scored 349 runs in the eight matches with on average 58.16 and a hit rate of 138.49.
MS Dhoni (Chennai Super Kings)
It’s been the coolest IPL 2018 season for the hard-hitting wicketkeeper batsman. Be it Dhoni’s helicopter shot or strong bottom-handed straight sixes, folks have witnessed all of it in the growing season so far. Dhoni is a major element in CSK’s success along with his batting and the ever-inspiring captaincy.
His decision to produce four changes against Delhi showed the team’s depth and his faith in the bench-strength. Dhoni has scored 329 runs in 9 matches with on average 82.25 in the growing season so far. His knock of 70 not out of 34 balls to hunt down RCB’s 205 still remains his top effort.
Kane Williamson (SunRisers Hyderabad)
Four half-centuries in eight matches of the growing season are enough to attest to Williamson’s form in the current season of IPL. He scored three consecutive fifties against Kolkata Knight Riders, Kings XI Punjab and Chennai Super Kings respectively that silence those who wanted Shikhar Dhawan to be David Warner’s replacement as SRH captain.
The New Zealand skipper has smashed 322 runs with on average 46 in eight matches and a hit rate of 133.05. Currently No 2 in the IPL points table, Hyderabad’s progress will mainly rely on Williamson’s form in the coming matches.