IPL 2020: Leading run scorer for every franchise in the tournament's history

IPL 2020: Leading run scorer for every franchise in the tournament’s history

Over the years, there have been a few batsmen who have emerged as the lynchpins of their respective batting line ups and etched their names in the hearts of fans with their stupendous exploits with the willow.

Gautam Gambhir
Gautam Gambhir of Kolkata Knight Riders. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The Indian Premier League(IPL) is the most coveted T20 tournament in the world. International players leave even their ‘country’ commitments to be a part of the league, the very best players in the world ply their trade in the franchise-based T20 extravaganza and it is a wonderful amalgamation of Indian cricketing icons and foreign stars.

A good performance in the IPL can catapult a player into the national side and a good outing in the T20 tournament can make a player a household name in India. Veterans turn to the IPL to get back their lost form, and youngsters view the tournament as an opportunity to throw their hat in the ring for a place in the side.

Over the years, there have been a few batsmen who have emerged as the lynchpins of their respective batting line ups and etched their names in the hearts of fans with their stupendous exploits with the willow.

With the 13th edition of the IPL due to start on 19 September 2020, let us have a look at the highest run-scorers for every franchise in the IPL.

Here’s the list:

8. Virender Sehwag- Delhi Capitals(DC)

Virender Sehwag Delhi Daredevils
Virender Sehwag Delhi Daredevils. (Photo by Tom Shaw/Getty Images)

Watching Virender Sehwag at his best was an adrenaline altering sporting experience. His hand-eye coordination is second to none, and his ability to take the attack to the opposition and shatter a bowler’s confidence marks him out as a match-winner.

Sehwag spent the first six years of his IPL career with the Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals). The ‘Nawab of Najafgarh’ played 79 innings for the Delhi franchise between 2008 and 2013 and scored 2174 runs at an average of 29.37. However, what made him such a lethal weapon in the armoury of the Delhi outfit was that he scored his runs at an unreal strike rate of 160.32.

The dashing batting stalwart also scored a hundred and 15 fifties for the Delhi Daredevils side. The 119 that Sehwag smashed against Deccan Chargers is a memory that will never fade away. In typical Sehwag style, the batting legend took the bowling attack by the scruff of the neck and dismantled the opposition. Sehwag carted 13 fours and six sixes in his 56 ball stay. His whirlwind knock allowed his side to make light work of a tall chase of 176. Just for the record, the next highest scorer for Delhi in that match was James Hopes who scored 17 runs.

Sehwag then moved to Kings XI Punjab and played two seasons for them before retiring from IPL cricket at the end of the 2015 season.