One of the major attractions of the IPL is batsmen scoring at a rapid pace and putting the bowlers under pressure. While crowds do enjoy yorkers crashing stumps, most still prefer the sight of the ball behind launched into the stands. This is exactly why batsmen who can clobber the ball are always in high demand in the IPL. As yet another edition gets underway, we take a look at seven of the most dangerous hitters in the Indian T20 league.
1. ANDRE RUSSELL
When it comes to monstrous hitting, Andre Russell is an IPL legend. He can tonk the ball a long way, and so frequently that bowlers are forced to get demoralized. Some of the most amazing knocks in the IPL have come from Russell, when KKR have had their backs to the wall, especially in the 2019 edition. That season, he hammered 510 runs in 249 balls at an incredible strike rate of 204.81, with four fifties. It was almost a one-man show for KKR that year as Russell was their trump card. It was not a one-off though. Russell registered 300plus runs in the 2015 and 2018 seasons at strike rates of 192.89 and 184.79 respectively. Andre Russell’s career strike rate in the IPL: (182.33 after 74 matches)
2. CHRIS GAYLE
Big-hitting is a somewhat West Indian trait. If Russell is a sensation, Chris Gayle is the original boss, having made a mockery of bowling attacks for over a decade. Even after crossing 40, he refuses to stop. Gayle still holds the record for the fastest hundred, the highest score and most sixes hit in an IPL inning. All three records were registered when he blazed away to an unbeaten 175 representing RCB against Pune Warriors in 2013. He raced to a hundred in 30 balls and smashed 17 sixes. Last year as well, Gayle managed to whack 288 runs in seven games for Punjab Kings at a strike rate of 137.14. Gayle has blasted as many as six hundreds in the IPL, the most by any batsman in the T20 league. Chris Gayle’s career strike rate in the IPL: (150.11 after 132 matches)
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