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IPL 2021: Top ten batsmen to watch for

The fourteenth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2021) is just to begin in a few days as 9th April will welcome the world’s cash-richest league with a hundred top-notched players from the world.

As many as six venues in India will be hosting the event. It is speculated that no audience will be allowed inside the grounds in the first half of the IPL 2021 whereas, the decision on the second phase is yet to be taken.

Since its beginning, the league has gained popularity and revenue in surplus amount. It is watched all across the love with different teams featuring since the inaugural version.

We have witnessed a pile of records coming our way that is unique by any means. From Sohail Tanveer’s record to Gayle’s highest score, there are numerous record-breaking registered.

Seeing a couple of batsmen either local or international, we have seen smashing performances with many centuries and half-centuries scored.

There are also tons on minimum numbers of balls as the explosive batters continue to work out. Here are the top ten batsmen to watch for in IPL 2021.

IPL 2021: Top ten batsmen to watch for

Rohit Sharma:

Rohit Sharma, the most successful IPL captain
Rohit Sharma from MI, the most successful IPL captain. Image: DNA India

The opening batsman and the skipper of the Mumbai Indians, Rohit Sharma ranks fourth on the list of most runs in the Indian Premier League. Sharma gathers 5230 runs since the time he is playing.

He took over the captaincy of MI back in 2013 and since then, he has won every final for the co he reached into. Notably, Sharma’s captaincy skills make him the most successful IPL captain with five trophies.

His opening form has worked out terrifically in most of the matches so far so he got able to amalgamate over 5000 IPL runs.

IPL 2020 was not up to the expectations if one considers his individual performances as he could slam only 332 runs in 12 matches.

Featuring in 195 innings of 200 matches, the successful skipper holds an average of 31.31 at a strike rate of 130.61.

He can be one of the batsmen to watch for in IPL 2021 that is scheduled to begin by 9th April.

AB De Villiers:

RCB part, De Villiers has always been outstanding
RCB part, De Villiers has always been outstanding. Image: CF

The RCB-based Proteas batsman is known for his 360 shots. AB De Villiers has often turned out to be productive for the Bangalores piling up his partnership with the captain Virat Kohli.

However, his innings have never helped out RCB to win the final of the IPL as one of the famous teams with top-notched players is yet to conquer in the finals.

De Villiers has shown his class in the robin hood stages keeping his team dominant throughout the level. His stats gather 4849 runs featuring in 156 innings of 169 matches.

The South African player averages 40.40 at an SR of 151.91. Seeing his last edition he donned an RCB jersey, he has 454 runs with 73*

KL Rahul:

KL Rahul, KXIP captain ended as the top run-getter in IPL 2020
KL Rahul, KXIP captain ended as the top run-getter in IPL 2020. Image: IPL

Punjab-based skipper, KL Rahul failed to lead the team to the playoffs despite tiring efforts throughout the IPL 2020. However, he did not fail the inspire the masses with his individual performances as the Orage Cap holder ended with the most runs last season.

Rahul stayed on the top of the list in 2020 when it comes to the highest run-getter and gathered 670 runs with 132* as his highest score.

Discussing his detailed stats since the time he is playing, the KXIP leader has 2647 runs in 72 innings of 81 matches. The smashing batter averages 44.86 with an SR of 135.81.

With two hundred and thirteen fifties, he is going to be among the top ten players to watch for in IPL 2021.

Virat Kohli:

Virat Kohli, RCB captain
Virat Kohli, RCB captain. Image: IPL

Virat Kohli, the RCB commander, despite failing as a skipper in the terminal stages, has given severe blows to the opposing teams with his explosive knocks with the bat.

He is the highest run-scorer in the history of IPL. Having 5878 runs at an average of 38.16 and an SR of 130.73, he is the dictator of the team struggling to get the maiden trophy.

In the IPL 2020, Kohli could score 466 runs at an average of 42.36 with no hundred but only three fifty+ score coming his way.

He will be looking to a comeback to challenge his past record of chasing most runs in a season that turned out to most runs by any batsmen in any IPL season.

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Shikar Dhawan:

Shikar Dhawan, Delhi-based batsman
Shikar Dhawan, Delhi-based batsman. Image: TOI

Shikar Dhawan, the Delhi Capital belonging, ranked second on the list of highest run-getter in IPL 2020. He fell beneath KXIP’s Rahul by only 52 runs.

Dhawan has always proved his worth with his explosive knocks whether for the national side or for the richest league.

Seeing his overall stats, Dhawan has 5197 runs at an average and SR of 34.41 and 126.87 respectively. His highest score remains 106 not out with 2 hundred and 41 fifties in his years-old longest career.

Delhi-based batter with aggressive tricks will be another superior talent to watch for in the upcoming IPL season just less than a month away.

Kane Williamson:

Kane Williamson, SRH crucial batter
Kane Williamson, SRH crucial batter. Image: News 18

New Zealander Kane Williamson, who plays for the Sun Risers Hyderabad, ranked 25th in the lastly held IPL list of most runs scored by an individual.

He amalgamated 317 runs that season and is probably known for his batting specialty every time. Seeing his overall IPL stats, he has played 52 innings so far.

Williamson has 0 centuries yet but his outstanding highest score of 89 remains probable for his side. Kane averages 39.48 at an SR of 134.80.

He already had targetted 15 fifties with 137 fours and 54 sixes in his detailed IPL stats.

David Warner:

David Warner, SRH skipper
David Warner, SRH skipper. Image: Gulf News

The Sun Risers Hyderabad batsman, belonging to Australia, is the top run-getter for SRH. He has 5254 runs and is one of the oldest players featuring in the world cash-rich league.

Warner averages 42.71 at an SR of 141.54 featuring in 142 matches. Seeing his IPL 2020 stats, he was the third-highest run-scorer with 548 runs at an average of 39.14.

He hit 4 half-centuries and 85* remained his HS of the season. Warner slammed 52 fours and 14 sixes in that season.

Rishabh Pant:

Rishabh Pant, Delhi Capitals batsman
Rishabh Pant, Delhi Capitals batsman. Image: IPL official

Rishabh Pant gathered 343 runs in 14 matches of the IPL 2020. Discussing his overall IPL stats, the competitive wicketkeeping batsman has featured in 68 matches.

In 68 innings of these 68 matches, he has slammed 2079 runs with the highest score of 128*. He averages 35.23 at an SR of 151.97.

The Delhi-based player would be a star to watch for in the upcoming season of the IPL.

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Suresh Raina:

Suresh Raina, CSK
Suresh Raina, CSK, Image: TOI

Suresh Raina has served CSK and other franchises. However, it was speculated that he no more will be a part of CSK after he left the camp last year in midways due to family tension.

He stays the Dhoni-led team part and will be contributing with the bat. Raina gathers 5368 IPL runs at an average of 33.34. His highest score is 100* which was the only century he smashed in his longest IPL career.

Notably, CSK collapsed in the lastly held IPL ending on the terminatory spots. Hence, they will be looking for a magnificent comeback this season.

MS Dhoni:

CSK skipper, MS Dhoni
CSK skipper, MS Dhoni, Image: India TV

The captain of the Chennai Super Kings has 4632 runs. The mid-order wicketkeeping batter failed to make it in the last season of IPL as he scored only 200 runs in 12 innings.

However, his talent is not hidden, and will be dominating his team this season as usual to overcome the 2020’s mediocre performances.

Also, see:

IPL 2020 complete venues, schedule

 

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