After the successful 2007 T20 triumph, India launched a cricket league called IPL where all the best players from the world would combine to play for a particular franchise. The concept of it looked foolish at that time, but little did we know that the same league would become a spectacle. The IPL launched a bandwagon!
Though many have berated the Indian Premier League for diluting the quality of the game it would be safe to say that the IPL has both pros and cons like every existing thing.
Cricket is a batsman's game and IPL is no exception. Since it's inception in 2008, cricketing world has witnessed some of the greatest T20 batting performances ever. Some of the best batsmen of all-time have graced the league in the 11 editions so far. They have shown their batting prowess and innovations at the same time.
With only a few months left for the spectacle, let us have a look at 5 greatest Indian batsmen to have graced the Indian Premier League.
#5 Gautam Gambhir
Gambhir is a kind of a player who will never give up until its finally over and his whole IPL career is an example of it. He started with Delhi Daredevils and after failing to lift the trophy with them he moved to Kolkata Knight Riders and the rest was history.
Even though cricket pundits doubted his team's ability to do well, he replied by winning the coveted trophy not once but twice. Gambhir took KKR to their first ever IPL playoffs in 2011 and then the following year in 2012 his inspiring batting and captaincy helped KKR win their first ever IPL trophy.
And in 2014 he once again proved why he is one of the best captains that India never had. He held the trophy for the second time and got his name registered in the history books.
The classy southpaw has scored 4217 runs in 154 matches that he has played, maintaining the average and strike rate in excess of 31 and 123, respectively. He has scored 50-plus runs in 34 matches. Despite not having the ability to hit the ball out of the park, Gambhir has shown why classical stroke play could still earn you some runs.