Rating the 10 best batsmen in IPL history

Rating the 10 best batsmen in IPL history

The tournament will be entering its 13th season next April and that season promises to be even more exciting and challenging.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli. (Photo: Sandip Mahankal/IANS)

Who in the world would’ve thought of IPL turning out to be such a game-changer in Indian cricket history? A tournament that architectured the modern-day game, the Indian Premier League continues to compete with some of the greatest sporting competitions in the world in terms of quality, money-making and crowd turnouts.

Brendon McCullum set arguably the most perfect platform a tournament could’ve asked for, with a sensational 158 in the inaugural fixture in 2008. The likes of Chris Gayle, David Warner, Suresh Raina, Virat Kohli and most recently Andre Russell, have continued to better the glamour quotient of this amazing league.

The tournament will be entering its 13th season next April and that season promises to be even more exciting and challenging. Before we flood our brains with the excitement of the upcoming season, here’s a small tribute to the top ten batsmen the IPL has seen in these 12 seasons.

10. Gautam Gambhir

Gautam Gambhir
Gautam Gambhir. (Photo Source: Twitter)

A two-time trophy winning captain, a leader par excellence and most importantly, a classy batsman who rarely failed to lead by example, Gautam Gambhir has been a sensational figure in this tournament’s history. A cult leader for the Knight Riders, Gambhir has also represented the Delhi Capitals for four seasons.

Gambhir is one of the most technically gifted batsmen, who barely gives anything away while he’s in the middle. Not many were convinced his style would be feasible in the shortest format, but as it turned out, the man was pretty astonishing with the willow in hand.

Incidentally, he’s also the 10th highest run-scorer and one among the ten batsmen in IPL history to score more than 4,000 runs. Despite scoring just 59 sixes in his IPL career, he’s amassed a staggering 4,217 runs at an average in excess of 30 and a strike-rate of 123.88.