Top 5 batsmen with best strike rate in Indian Premier League
Updated - Apr 14, 2014 2:32 pm
The highest run is always counted, cameos often go ignored. For me, a cameo of 11 balls that accounts for 25+ runs at a crucial juncture has more importance than a 43 ball 55 runs, that holds the innings together in a T20 match. So let us have a look at the top 5 batsmen with best strike rate in Indian Premier League.
5. Kieron Pollard (Mumbai Indians) [Strike Rate: 147.08]
5th in the list is the swasbuckling finisher of Mumbai Indians, Kieron Pollard. With his ability to hit the ball into the stands whenever he wants, Pollard shot into fame after the inaugural Champions League T20, in which he featured for Trinidad and Tobago. He was picked up by the Mumbai Indians ahead of the third edition of the IPL and since then he has finished things off beautifully for the side amassing 1059 runs at a strike rate of 147.08
4. Yusuf Pathan (Rajasthan Royals, Kolkata Knight Riders) [Strike Rate: 147.13]
The next man in the list is Yusuf Pathan. Having been instrumental in the victory of Rajasthan Royals, in the first edition, Yusuf has failed to make serious impacts off late in the IPL. After the third edition, he was brought by Kolkata Knight Riders for a whooping 10 crores INR but he failed to make impacts during the initial stages. Given his strike rate of 147.13, it is enough to say how destructive he can be on his day.
3. David Miller (Kings XI Punjab) [Strike Rate: 156.83]
Third in the list is the middle order batsman of Kings XI Punjab, David Miller who believes in the sayings, “When it is V, it is in the tree; when it is in the arc, it is out of the park.” David Miller has been an impact player for his franchisee last season and his single handed match winning knocks prompted the side to retain him. Miller’s T20 stats speaks about the impact player he is and with a strike rate of 156.83, all eyes will be on him about making the impact with Virender Sehwag.
2. Chris Gayle (Kolkata Knight Riders, Royal Challengers Bangalore) [Strike Rate: 160.20]
Second in the list is the dangerman of RCB, Chris Gayle. Having not made any impact in the first three editions of IPL, Chris Gayle became one of the most feared batsman from IPL 4, when he single handedly started blowing away the teams. However, Gayle has never managed to play the knocks which his team needed in the big games. Being an impact player with a strike rate of more than 160, it will be important for Gayle to play the innings when they are needed the most to help his side lift the trophy.
1. Virender Sehwag (Delhi Daredevils, Kings XI Punjab) [Strike Rate: 160.32]
A player like Virender Sehwag is never out of form. He may be not in his good patch but it will never take him time to get back start timing the ball as good as ever. Virender Sehwag, the Indian discard and former player of Delhi Daredevils (he played all the 6 seasons for them) will now don the Punjab jersey from the 7th edition that starts on April 16, 2014. With a strike rate of 160.32, the highest among all batsmen in IPL, Kings XI Punjab will be expecting him to make an impact and his fans will be expecting him to make a statement to the critics who wrote him off.
Stats updated till the IPL 6