Batting in T20 cricket is not easy, as a batsman barely gets time to settle at the crease. In the shortest format of cricket, you are invariably expected to go hammer and tongs from the word go, and consequently, strike rate becomes the most important metric for a batsman.
The Indian Premier League is a marquee T20 tournament which attracts the best of the talent from across the world. As a result, the competition is really stiff during IPL and the quality of bowling is really high, which makes matters even tougher for batsmen.
There have been a few batsmen throughout the history of IPL who have been able to master the quick scoring approach towards batting. With IPL 2019 just a few weeks away, here's a look at 5 batsmen who are at the top of the charts as far as strike rate is concerned:
#5 Glenn Maxwell
Glenn Maxwell has had a topsy-turvy IPL career so far. Barring a few editions he has not been able to justify the faith various franchises have put in him through money paid and opportunities provided.
IPL 2014 was the most prolific season for Maxwell where he scored 552 runs from 16 matches at an astonishing strike rate of 187.75.
Overall Maxwell has played 69 IPL matches and he has scored 1297 runs at a strike rate of 161.13.
#4 Rishabh Pant
India's new wonder kid Rishabh Pant came into limelight through his exploits in the Indian Premier League. Pant's ability to tonk the cricket ball a long way came to the fore in the IPL last year.
Pant had an amazing IPL 2018 and he ended up scoring 684 runs for his franchise Delhi Daredevils, which is now known as Delhi Capitals.
Overall Pant has played 38 IPL matches and he has scored 1248 runs at a strike rate of 162.71.
#3 Chris Morris
Chris Morris is a bowling all-rounder who has the ability to hit the cricket ball a long way. The South African has been a regular in IPL since 2015, when he began his IPL stint with Chennai Super Kings.
He then moved to Rajasthan Royals and eventually landed up with Delhi Capitals. Morris has been an important cog in the wheel for the Delhi franchise since then.
Morris has taken 56 wickets from 52 IPL matches so far and he has scored 485 runs from these matches at a strike rate of 166.66.
#2 Sunil Narine
Sunil Narine has gone from strength to strength ever since the erstwhile KKR captain Gautam Gambhir discovered his batting talent. Narine has become one of the most sought after T20 cricketers around the world due to his all-round abilities.
He plays in almost every franchise-based T20 tournament across the cricketing world.
Narine has taken 112 wickets from 98 IPL matches so far and he has scored 628 runs from these matches at a strike rate of 168.81.
#1 Andre Russell
The West Indian all-rounder who is equally good in all three departments of the game, Andre Russell has been the go-to man for Kolkata Knight Riders since they acquired him in 2014 from Delhi Daredevils.
Russell has the ability to hit the cricket ball a long way. He is a strong man who can bowl at a speed of more than 140 km/hr. His all-round abilities make him a fantastic T20 player in the modern era of franchise cricket.
Russell has taken 44 wickets from 50 IPL matches so far and he has scored 890 runs from these matches at a strike rate of 177.29.