Most Runs in IPL
2020 has been a bland and sad year so far because of COVID-19, and it can’t be more grievous. People have been confined to their homes due to lockdown and physical distancing, and entertainment has only been limited to shows and movies on TV and online streaming platforms. For a country where cricket is religiously followed, India has gone through testing times while missing the sport badly. And whenever cricket is discussed here, we never miss out on one of the most famous and exciting formats – Indian Premier League (IPL), which will finally be commencing in September.
Believe it or not, but for a country like India where cricket is considered a religion, IPL is a festival. A festival that is celebrated every year and goes on for nearly two months. Ever since its inception in 2008, the format has never failed to amuse us. With so many records like most runs in IPL made and so many broken over the last 12 years, this edition of IPL is going to be the most exciting one, not only because of the anticipation of new records but also because of it breaking the monotony of life that we have been leading since the COVID-19 outbreak occurred.
IPL 2020 News : What Could Happen
2020’s Indian Premier League could bring a lot of surprises as all the teams have pulled up their socks to prove their mettle by making and breaking records. While the IPL franchise Mumbai Indians is so far the ace of the league with splendid four wins, CSK is trailing with three wins (2010, 2011, 2018) and is, thus, the strongest contender of the 2019 champion.
Although CSK has the highest win percentage (60.61%) in IPL history, it is short by seven absolute winnings as compared to Mumbai Indians, which is leading at 107.
5 Highest Scorers of All Time in IPL
- Virat Kohli (5412 runs)
Currently, the record for the highest score in IPL is accredited to Virat Kohli, who has been associated with Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and has been the captain of the team since 2013. In 177 matches, Virat Kohli has scored 5412 runs, averaging 37.84. In the last 12 years of IPL, Kohli has scored 5 centuries and 36 half-centuries; his highest IPL inning score being 113 runs.
- Suresh Raina (5368 runs)
After Mahendra Singh Dhoni, if one could name the second-most powerful player in the IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings (CSK), it has to be Suresh Raina. No wonder he is also called “Chinna Thala” by CSK fans. In his IPL career, Raina has played 193 matches and scored a great deal of 5368 runs, averaging 33.34. Fans often regard him as the backbone of the top order in CSK. In 2019, Raina became the first player to score a total of 5000 runs in the history of IPL.
Although Raina happens to be the top contender of Virat Kohli in IPL, he will not be seen on the field as he is not playing this year’s edition.
- Rohit Sharma (4898 runs)
Captain of the IPL franchise Mumbai Indians (MI), Rohit Sharma is the top contender of Virat Kohli as he could break the latter’s record of most runs in the history of IPL. Having played 188 matches and scored 4898 runs in the format over the last 12 years, Sharma led Mumbai Indians to victory four times, the highest in the history of IPL so far. Talking about IPL most runs in 2020 , Rohit Sharma can snatch the record from Kohli in this year’s edition.
- David Warner (4706 runs)
If we talk about the top 5 greatest batsmen in IPL history, Australian cricketer David Warner is the only non-Indian batsman on the list. With 4706 runs off 126 IPL matches , Warner is a strong competitor to Kohli while we also consider his average of 43.17, the highest batting average in the history of IPL.
- Shikhar Dhawan (4579 runs)
Shikhar Dhawan has scored 4579 runs off 159 matches and has scored 37 half-centuries in his IPL career. His highest inning score is 97*, which validates his dominance on the batting crease.
It’s UAE Again: IPL Top Scorers in 2014 Edition
Considering the appalling scenario in India due to the COVID-19 outbreak, this year’s IPL is going to take place in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). This is the second time that the IPL is set in UAE, after 2014 when the first 20 matches were held in Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, and Dubai due to the general elections in India.
Here’s a look at the batsmen with most runs in IPL 2014, based on only the UAE matches:
No batsmen scored a ton in UAE during the IPL 2014. So this time, along with most runs in IPL 2020 , the second-most anticipated thing is to see the first IPL century in UAE.
IPL 2020 Most Runs Possibility: Top Batsmen of 2019
Considering the fact that in IPL 2014 no one scored a century in UAE, it’s undoubtedly a great challenge for the batsmen who registered the highest scorers in IPL 2019. Let’s take a look at the top 5 Orange Cap holders from IPL 2019:
- David Warner
Australian batsman David Warner played from the IPL franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad and aced with 692 runs, averaging 69.20.
- KL Rahul
Indian batsman KL Rahul opened for Kings XI Punjab and scored 593 runs, averaging 53.90.
- Quinton De Kock
This South African cricketer played for Mumbai Indians and kept bowlers on their toes throughout the tournament and managed to bat 529 runs, averaging 35.26.
- Shikhar Dhawan
Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan played for Delhi Capitals and got the Orange Cap with 521 runs, averaging 34.73.
- Andre Russell
West Indies wonder Andre Russell shook the IPL fraternity with his 48 runs off 13 balls against RCB. Playing from Kolkata Knight Riders’ franchise, Russell scored 510 runs in 14 matches and achieved the third-highest batting average of 56.66 after MS Dhoni (1st) and David Warner (2nd).
The IPL 2020 is surely going to be a thrilling ride for both viewers and players as the pitch reports of UAE suggest that the pitches are not quite batting-friendly, which is also evident from the fact that there were only two 200+ scores from the 20 matches that were held in UAE in IPL 2014.