If the whole batting has evolved after the T20 format, the IPL give a new dimension to it. IPL is a league where top international batters face world-class bowlers, which offers a thrilling experience with several strategies to viewers worldwide.
Many people prefer watching IPL matches on television, and the producers want the whole experience to be richer to give the viewers the best possible experience. The complete interface should be relatively modern and informative, which is why the IPL new score table shown below the screen of every match is modified every year to make it more modern and classy. Along with this, they also try to increase the sound of the crowds cheering to make the match more engaging with viewers at home.
Every other batter in IPL wants to show their full talent not just because of money but the recognition and exposure that will help them grow better in their future. In this world of T20, batters are now improving their big-hitting skills because of getting runs pretty quickly. In this format, a team gets only 120 balls to set a target for the opponent.
IPL is the toughest T20 league in the world, many reputed batters who performed pretty well internationally have failed to reciprocate the same in IPL. But on the other hand, many young unknown talents played very well and showed the world how capable they are. This makes IPL a unique league worldwide.
Some batsmen stand out from all the others by their sheer dominance over the years in IPL. The following is the list of the top batters of all time in the IPL.
- Suresh Raina- Chennai Super Kings
There was a time when Suresh Raina was the most crucial player in the CSK squad, even more or equal to, MS Dhoni. He was the highest run-getter for the IPL for a pretty long period. But in 2016, he was surpassed by Virat Kohli of Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Raina, in his entire IPL career never been an orange cap winner, but his consistent performances at big stages for the team earned him the tag Mr IPL. In his career, he scored 5523 runs, but in 2022, he announced his retirement from all forms of cricket due to his recent dip in recent form.
- AB de Villiers- Royal Challengers Bangalore
Undoubtedly the most destructive and innovative middle-order batter from South Africa, AB de Villiers is second on our list. Apart from his excellent batting ability, he was also the most agile wicketkeeper the world had ever witnessed. The most dazzling batter of IPL, AB de Villiers, scored 5162 runs from 184 matches.
De Villiers was a batter who could hit sixes on every corner of a field, and this ability of him also earned him the tag of Mr. 360, who can hit a six even from a yorker-length delivery. He announced retirement after the 2021 season because of his poor performances for the team.
- Virat Kohli- Royal Challengers Bangalore
Another great from India, Virat Kohli, is at number three on our list. Besides the inaugural year of 2008, Virat Kohli has never performed any below-average season for the RCB team and is the most consistent player RCB ever has. Right now, Virat is leading the chart of scoring the most number of runs in whole IPL history, 6624 runs from 223 matches.
Due to the consistent performances, he produces every year, he is also called Virat “Run Machine” Kohli by many. Kohli also scored the most runs in a single season of IPL, 973 runs from 16 matches, including four centuries. But unfortunately, his team, RCB, could not win the IPL trophy that season either.
Due to the team’s poor performance in IPL every year, in 2021, he resigned from the captaincy position of the team and gave it to Faf Du Plessis.
- David Warner- Sunrisers Hyderabad, Delhi Capitals
The destructive Australian opener and once the captain of the Sunrisers Hyderabad team, David Warner, is one of the best batsmen in IPL history. He is known for his batting ability, and his captaincy skills also helped the SRH team win the 2016 IPL season.
He is the only batsman in this list who completed 5449 runs from just 150 IPL matches, which is just an impossible task to do for any batsman. Warner also holds the record of having the best batting average among players who scored above 4000 runs in their entire career.
In 2015, Warner was appointed as the captain of the SRH team, and since then, the team has performed well till 2021. Because in 2022, he changed his team and moved to his old squad Delhi Capitals, and SRH performed pretty mediocre in the absence of David Warner.
- Chris Gayle- Kolkata Knight Riders, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Punjab Kings
The monster of the cricketing universe, Chris Gayle, does not need any introduction. His destructive batting prowess is well known, and his dominant performances against opponents earn him the “Universe Boss” tag. Gayle’s IPL records are also no different; he scored 4965 runs from 142 matches, with the highest score of 175.
Due to his inconsistent performance sometimes and injury, Gayle went unsold in the 2011 auction. Later he was brought by the RCB team as a replacement for Dirk Nannes in the middle of the season. This decision changed the entire luck of the team as he showed the most destructive part of his batting from there on and helped the team in several situations.
In 2013, the world witnessed the absolute “Gayle Storm” as he scored an unbeaten 175-run knock from just 66 balls against the Pune Warriors, India.
This is the list of the top batters of IPL history so far. Apart from these names, many others also performed well enough, but including all in a list is impossible. Seeing the future, we can say that many more names will be included in this list for their match-winning performances consistently every year.
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