Top 5 batsmen with most 50+ scores in the IPL

Batting in T20 is an art, modern art to be precise and hence, understanding the same is not a cakewalk for sure.

Rohit Sharma of Mumbai Indians

Rohit Sharma of Mumbai Indians. (Photo: Dhananjay TK/IANS)

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When the T20 cricket started, it was a speculation that this will be bowlers’ graveyard and batsmen will enjoy there time in the middle with some easy ‘bang-bang’. However, it turned out that the bowlers adjusted to the game better than expected and recharged their resources with new ammunition. The need arised for teams to have an anchor that can guide the team till the end so that the other batsmen can have some party in the middle.

IPL the pinnacle of T20 tournaments have kept the same culture and almost all the teams have such a strong personality in their squad. Those who can hit 4s and 6s but are good enough to take the game to the death overs by scoring those important 50s and 100s for their team. Usually, this responsibility is handled by the captain or the senior-most batsman of the team.

More often than not the big innings is played by the batsman batting at the top of the innings but just having more number of balls to face doesn’t make your job easy. Batting in T20 is an art, modern art to be precise and hence, understanding the same is not a cakewalk for sure.

Let’s have a look at the players who have found this formula and have scored the highest number of fifty-plus scores in the history of Indian Premier League:

5. Shikhar Dhawan (37)

Shikhar Dhawan
Shikhar Dhawan. (Photo: IANS)

Shikhar Dhawan is arguably the most underrated opener in IPL. His ability to score boundaries by picking gaps during powerplay with such ease is a delight to watch. He has played for Mumbai, Hyderabad and Delhi in his IPL career but was never able to become the biggest batsman of their line up.

Commonly known as ‘Gabbar’, Dhawan loves playing drives and cuts square of the wicket to trouble the opposition captain. Also, he is smart enough to buy some quick singles in the middle as well. His strike rate of 125 doesn’t tell you how aggressive he can be but with 4500 runs with an average of above 30 proves the level of consistency this Delhi boy poses.

Dhawan more often than not takes his team to the death overs and provides the batsman on the other end enough chance to score freely. Being a senior batsman ‘Jatt boy’ of Indian cricket has been a part of one of the best opening combinations in IPL. One thing that Dhawan would definitely look to improve is that he is yet to hit his debut hundred in IPL even after hitting 37 fifties. Though his highest score of 97 tells us that he is not far away from that.

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