IPL: Batsmen with most runs in the middle-order
These batsmen have been so amazingly consistent for their teams.
Published - Jan 10, 2018 9:00 pm | Updated - Jan 10, 2018 9:42 pm
The eleventh edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) is approaching fast as the franchises are bracing up for the upcoming auctions later this month. The team combinations will be changed as the players will go under the hammer after playing for a particular franchise over the years. Naturally, all of them will have to adjust themselves in the batting order whenever they will get the opportunity to play in the team. However, there are few players who have done wonders while batting at a certain position so far in the grand history of this cash-rich league.
The shortest format of the game is purely about the specialists. There are specialist T20 bowlers in this generation who have opted to play only in the leagues around the world to keep themselves fit. Similarly, there are batsmen who love to take up the responsibility to take the team through in tough times. The likes of Virat Kohli, Chris Gayle, Brendon McCullum, Suresh Raina are the top order players who believe in giving quick-fire starts to the team.
But it is the middle-order which is under the pump most of the times and more often than not, they thrive. During all these years, IPL has witnessed the number of cricketers who have finished the games for their teams in the extreme situations. Here we have a look at those players who have managed to score more runs in this lucrative league while batting at positions 4, 5 and 6:
7. AB de Villiers – 1840 runs
AB de Villiers has been the legend of the game for a long time now. He has been part of the IPL ever since its inception and has played for only a couple of franchises Delhi Daredevils and Royal Challengers Bangalore. He is currently with the latter franchise and has played a lot of memorable innings for them. In his illustrious IPL career of 129 matches, Mr. 360 has performed his role in the middle order 73 times. However, the man like him rarely disappoints and even in this role, he came out with flying colours.
The Superman from South Africa has amassed 1840 runs at an average of 32.28 which is more than decent considering the number of risky shots the batsmen play in this format. But de Villiers is from a different planet as he has managed to score all these runs at a strike rate of 145.11 scoring 11 half-centuries. The only thing he hasn’t managed while batting in the middle-order is scoring a century as his highest score is 89*.
Though he will be determined to do the same in the upcoming season and even if he doesn’t he will make sure his team wins more matches this time around.